Salvatore Arancio


Born in Catania, Italy in 1974. Lives and works in London. He received his MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art.

His artistic signature is photo-etching, but he works across a range of media such as sculpture, collage, animation and video. Arancio’s main interest lies in the potential of images. Departing from their literal meaning, he creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. He looks to nature and science for his sources of inspiration, while unsettling any hint of the sublime by re-framing the images and the viewer’s experience. His constructed landscapes contain a sense of both the familiar and the unknown that enhances their symbolic readings and implications.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: In the EarthTime. Our generations of Italian ceramics and the Faenza Prize, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea (upcoming); Viva Arte Viva, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017); Tropical Hangover, Tenderpixel, London, UK (2017); Evolutionary Travels, Foundación Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016); Travelling Circular Labyrinths, Museo Civico di Castelbuono, Castelbuono, Palermo, Italy (2016); Oh Mexico! Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2016); Teleonomy, Cafe Oto, London, UK (2016); Fashioned to a Device Behind a Tree, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2015); The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2015); Une Taxonomie des Sens et des Formes, Centre d’art contemporain La Halle des bouchers, Vienne, France (2015); Project 09: Salvatore Arancio, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK (2015); The First Humans, Pump House Gallery, London, UK (2015); Birds, Cinéphémère, FIAC, Paris, France (2014); The Hidden, Ensapc Ygrec, Paris, France (2014); Cathedral, AV Festival, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); Curiosity: Art & the Pleasure of Knowing, Hayward Touring, UK (2013-2014); Cyclorama, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (2013); The Cosmos, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2012); An Arrangement of the Materials Ejected, Spacex, Exeter, UK (2011); Vedere un oggetto, vedere la luce / To See an Object to See a Light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy, (2011); SI Sindrome Italiana, Magasin-Centre National d’Art contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (2010); Catastrophe? Quelle Catastrophe!, Manif D’Art 5, The Quebec City Biennal, Engramme, Quebec City, Canada (2010); I Giovani Che Visitano Le Nostre Rovine Non Vi Vedono Che Uno Stile, GAM - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy (2009); Sentinel, Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan, Italy, (2009).

Selected residency: CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain, (2016); Ceramics Fellowship, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2014/2015); Résidences Internationales aux Recollets, Paris, France, (2013); Art Omi, New York, USA (2011); EKWC: European Ceramic WorkCentre, SG ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (2012); Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge, UK, (2012); Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy (2012); ISCP, New York, USA (2009). He was awarded The Elephant Trust Grant, London in 2011, the Premio ‘New York’ in 2009 and was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2006.

Link: Contemporary Art Society