Pasquale de Sensi

SHORT BIO: Born in 1983, Pasquale de Sensi lives and works in Lamezia Terme, Italy.
Since 2010, he has worked with several galleries, museums and independent spaces worldwide.
After having studied painting and graphic in Italy, he slowly developed the technique of collage, for which is today most known.

Pasquale de Sensi

SHORT BIO: Born in 1983, Pasquale de Sensi lives and works in Lamezia Terme, Italy.
Since 2010, he has worked with several galleries, museums and independent spaces worldwide.
After having studied painting and graphic in Italy, he slowly developed the technique of collage, for which is today most known.

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The artworks of Pasquale de Sensi (Lamezia Terme, CZ, Italy-  1983) combine an imaginative, surreal style with a balanced sense of composition. The symbols he uses, establish a mysterious structure of correspondences, based on affinity or contrast. In his collages can be traced elements taken from religious art, the italian Renaissance portraiture, as well as explicit references to Dadaism and classic punk collage. He studied graphic design and painting, with a particular interest in art history and phenomenology, in various Italian cities like Rome, Reggio Calabria, Urbino and Perugia. His chosen technique is collage. A marginal technique, considered to be minor, collage works as an immediate medium able to give access to a more fluid and not practicable approach to the construction of the image. His collages look like a rebus whose solution belongs to a forgotten language. Here we can find the conjunction of opposing forces, the chance and the organisation of it, the instinct and the control, but always under the light of a playful operation, tinged with irony.

Over the years he has worked with various galleries, curators, museums and cultural institutions. Beside the artistic activity, he works in the field of musical graphic, making artworks for bands, record labels and music festivals.

He has exhibited in various Italian and foreign cities including Padua, Bologna, Warsaw, Milan, Reggio Emilia, Cagliari, Bari, Perugia, Terni, Parma, Berlin, Rome, Como, Livorno, Athens, Trieste, Ravenna, Matera, Bergamo, Turin , Krakow, Palermo, Cosenza, Barcelona, Riga, etc.

His works have appeared in various magazines and websites including Rapsodia, Artwort, ArtVibes, Small Zine, Artribune, Italian Factory Magazine, Kolaj Magazine, Dude Mag, Lobodilattice, La Forma, B come Blog, WSF, Circle Magazine, TRIBEart, Baloon, Colart , Subculture Fanzine, Pittura Punk, Velum Mag, Mekanik Copulaire, etc.

He has collaborated with MACRO Museum, ArtCore Gallery, scatolabianca, Crac, Cell63, Fruit Exhibition, the Italian Institute of Culture in Warsaw, the Civic Museums of Reggio Emilia, Magazzini Criminali, Piscinacomunale, Brand, Limen Arte, White Noise Gallery, Rugabella Award, CircoloQuadro, Zelle, Underdogstudio, Schwanzo Kollektiv, Visual disorders, Semm Music Store, Art Vinyl Italy, Frac Festival, Future Vintage Festival, Color Fest, Cheap festival, La Tempesta Records, Trovarobato, La Lumaca Records, V4V, Woodworm Label, etc.


Pasquales’s interview on DRECK Magazine 2017

Q: How did you discover your passion for collage work?

PD: Collage is a medium I found by accident, when I was a student, mainly thanks to concert flyers and self-produced fanzines. During the years I deepened the study of artists such as Max Ernst, Jindrich Styrsky, Jiri Kolar and I did practice in shaping my own method.
I always loved the most marginal forms of expression and collage is the one I find more familiar among underground techniques. From dada movement to punk aesthetic , as well as in many pop artists, you can always find some interesting collage makers.
I am fascinated by the way connections are created by chance, or by the way an image spontaneously shapes itself in our mind. Collage keeps intact the vicinity between conception and execution, eliminating the boundaries between the two. And to a certain extent, the author himself loses his control in shaping his own work. Chaos eventually takes place within the creative process, affecting original intentions and results. As a matter of fact, something surprising happens, in both makers and observers.
What I also like is the sort of irony you can always find in collage, even when it deals with thorny or tragic issues. For example, in John Heartfiled’s photomontages we can see a weird coexistence of both furious and ridiculous elements, creating a mismatching and ambiguous result.

Q:You also do paintings. How similar or different do you feel they are compared to your collage work?

PD: In paintings, usually I work with a more abstract approach, starting from the sign and the gesture. It might seem the opposite of what I do with collages, but I think that the two are closer than one might think. The main difference is in the dimension: collages often are very small and they sort of keep a mysterious nature, like something sketchy and evanescent. In this I find a more real sense of beauty.

Q:What motivates you to create? What are your inspirations?

PD: I find motivation in the desire to transform everyday things, things that both amaze or disgust me, things that excite me or make me feel ill. A precise motivation is not always necessary. Sometimes the motivation comes when the image is already done. It is a sort of language I learned through time, and that periodically needs to be expressed. Inspiration may come at any time and from any direction. It can be an exhibition, a poster in the street, a conversation or a book that I’m reading, but most of the times it comes from the music in my headphones.

Q: What is your creative process and how do you pick what material you will put together in 1 work?

PD: It’s all very casual in a first moment and that’s the biggest thrill of it. You don’t have a definitive idea of what your’re going to do but you have this deep urge to do it. And the pieces always fit in an unpredictable way. After this first instinctive moment, a more reflective and analytic phase comes, giving a proper structure to the image and the illusion of a possible meaning. I think it’s just the way most of our actions work in ordinary life. Sometimes I already have an idea in my mind and I search for the right pieces to form it, but it’s a very rare case and ultimately the image is less effective and a bit of schematic.

Q: If you were to make a collage portrait of yourself, what do you imagine it would look like?

PD: It would be some kind of fierce dinosaur overwhelmed by flowers.


Selected Exhibitions List:

Solo Exhibitions:

“S:P:A:C:E A:G:E”, a collaboration with Studio Orafo Iacopetta, Lamezia Terme
“53C0ND.51GH7”, M.A.C.R.O. Rome. Curators Veronica D’Auria and Giulia Pellini for Interiora Fest
“Icaro test”, Tip Teatro, Lamezia Terme
“Tregenda” duo exhibition with Michele Guidarini. Future Vintage Festival 2016. Padua
“Tiny Traps” curator Nicoletta Vittorino, Spazio &, Bologna
Stone Age II” CRAC contemporary research art center.. Lamezia Terme (CZ)
Stone Age” site-specific installation. FRAC Festival. Historical palace of Aieta. Cosenza.
“Małe Limbo” curator Alex Urso. Italian Institute of culture. Warsaw
“Due Misure” duo exhibition with Chiara Seghene. curator Stefano Serusi. scatolabianca etc. Milano
“Summer songs” curator Lapo Simeoni. Aldobrandesco Castel. Arcidosso. GR
“Ashram Equinox”. Civic Museum. Reggio Emilia
“Chimische Hochzeit” duo exhibition with Chiara Seghene. curator Stefano Serusi. MEME | Arte contemporanea e prossima. Cagliari.
“Perfect Day” curator Chiara Messori. Magazzini Criminali. Modena.
“Idola Park” curator Mara Nitti. Artcore Gallery. Bari.
“Post-ever” curator Olga Sgobio and Adriano Pasquali. Piscinacomunale. Milano.
“MY.OB” curator Isabella Calidonna. Quadrature Gallery. Lamezia Terme.
“Discorso sul metodo”. Academy of Fine Arts. Perugia.
“Emicrania” curator Alessandro Carlaccini. Palazzo di Primavera. Terni.

Group exhibitions:

“beautiful monsters” – collagistas festival 4th edition- Stecca 3.0 – Milan
“Openhouse art Lab” – curated by Solidea Ruggiero – the Old bell- San Benedetto del tronto (AP)
“Fantastic Metropolitan Creatures” – curated by Luisa Catucci – Cell63 Gallery, Berlin
“Non c’è abbastanza passato da andare a visitare” – curator Valeria Raho – Artcore gallery- Bari
BDC6 – Bonanni Del Rio Catalog – curator Mauro Del Rio – Parma.
“All dreams continue in the beyond” curator Luisa Catucci, Cell63 Gallery, Berlin.
“Subculturefanzine” a project by Thomas Berra, Edicola Radetzky, Milano
“Best Art Vinyl Italy 2015” curator Paolo Zamma, Semm Music Store, Bologna
“Limen Arte 2015”. Collage Exhibition. Curator Giorgio Bonomi – Chamber of Commerce. Vibo Valentia.
“Dì COntemporaneo”. MARCA – Catanzaro.
“Any Given Post-it” curator Eleonora Aloise. White Noise Gallery. Roma
“Sto disegnando!/Rysuje!” a project by Michael Rotondi curator Alex Urso. V9 Galeria. Warsaw
“Over view” – Rugabella art prize curator Fabio Carnaghi. Villa Rusconi. Castano Primo. MI
”Open Space” curated by ArtQ. Castello Aldobrandesco. Arcidosso. GR
“Dummies (everyone everything)” curated by Schwanzo Kollectv. Projecta Engineering space. Sassuolo (MO)
“Les petits cadeaux” curators Alessandro Di Gregorio. Basement Project Room. Fondi (LT)
“Art Athina Contemporaries – Paradise Lost” curator Artemis Potamianou. Falirion Pavilion. Atene
“Como Contemporary Contest” curators Roberto Borghi, Daniele Palazzoli, Ivan Quaroni, Luigi Ratclif, Emma Zanella . San Pietro in Atrio. Como
“Combat Prize 2013” curators Andrea Bruciati, Antonio Arévalo, Francesca Baboni, Gigliola Foschi, Marco Tonelli, Mrdjan Bajic, Stefano Taddei. Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori . Livorno
“Soft Power”. Museo Civico Revoltella. Trieste
“Lavoro in corso; tra utopia e realtà” curators Beatrice Buscaroli, Marina Mojana, Marco Di Capua, Daniele Casadio. Biblioteca Oriani. Ravenna
“Qristmas fireworks” curator Arianna Beretta . CircoloQuadro . Milano
“All I desire” curator Andrea Lacarpia e Pietro Di Lecce . Spazio Orlandi . Milano
“I low art” (III edizione) curator Mara Nitti . ARTcore Gallery . Bari
”Sweet Sheets” curator Federico Lupo . Zelle Arte Contemporanea . Palermo
”Branchi” curators Paolo Carta and Giorgio Plaisant . MEME arte contemporanea e prossima . Cagliari
”I Low Art” (II Edizione) curator Mara Nitti . ARTcore Gallery . Bari
“Next Generation 2011” curator Roberto Milani . Fabbrica Borroni . Milano
“Sto*Disegnando!!!” (VI edizione) curator Michael Rotondi e Arianna Beretta . Circoloquadro . Milano
”Punto Critico” curator Roberto Sottile e Tonino Sicoli . Museo del Presente . Cosenza
“Cuore di Cane” curator Gioia Perrone . Underdogstudio . Modena
“Tracce” curator Francesca De Filippi . Spazio Bellezza Orsini . Bologna
“Limen Arte 2011” curator Giorgio Di Genova . Palazzo Gagliardi . Vibo Valentia


Art Fairs

Affordable Art Fair, Milano
Art Athina, Atene
Barcelona Showcase, Barcellona
BAF 2013. Bergamo
Krakow art fair, Krakow
The Others 2012. Torino


Winner Best Art Vinyl 2015 with Protestantesima by Umberto Maria Giardini
Finalist Premio arte Rugabella. Castano Primo. Milan
Winner Best Art Vinyl 2013 with Ashram Equinox by Julie’s Haircut
Work reported on Celeste prize. painting section
Finalist Como Contemporary Contest. Como
Finalist Combat prize. painting section. Livorno
Finalist Opera prize. Ravenna
Finalist Artefatto prize. Trieste
Finalist Pandosia prize. Cosenza
Finalist Con/corso Buenos Aires. Open Art . Milano
Work reported on Combat prize. graphic section
Finalist Barlettani prize. Milano
Work reported on Celeste prize. graphic section
Finalist Limen arte. young artist section

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