B. 1983, Subiaco, Rome, Italy
Lives and works in Rome
Rooted in a lineage of painters of phenomena and things, itinerant sketchers and landscapists, Michele Tocca’s depictions elicit questions on the relationship between painting and the physical world with all the paradoxes implied in sur-le-vif ruminative, historical and imaginative dynamics.
He holds an MA in Painting (2011) from the Royal College of Art, London. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and independent spaces, among which: 1/9unosunove gallery, Rome (2018); SHE WILL, Oslo (2018); Villa Vertua Masolo, Nova Milanese (2018); Francesco Pantaleone Gallery, Palermo (2015); Musei di Villa Torlonia, Rome (2015); Fuoricampo Gallery, Siena-Bruxelles (2014-2015); FLAG ART Foundation, New York (2014); Studiolo Project, Milan (2014); Museo del Paesaggio, Verbania Pallanza, (2013); MARCA, Catanzaro (2011); CIAC, Genazzano, Rome (2010); the Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2010); the Prague Biennale, Prague (2009); Otto Zoo Gallery Milan (2008). He has recently been selected for the residency Painting Project: Out Looking Inwards organized by painters Robert Bordo and Robert Holyhead at PRAKSIS, Oslo (2019). Writing projects include articles on Balthus, Carlo Carrà, James Ensor, Carlo Levi, Roberto Melli and Fausto Pirandello.