Jose’ D’Apice

Using the combination, fusion and metamorphic transformation of the iconic elements and concrete materials to create a world loaded with cryptic implications and a vast collection of literary, scientific and anthropological references with diverse origins, D'Apice's works combine mixed techniques of drawing and collage. Surrealist culture is a fundamental theme underlying D'Apice's works. The artist's visions and obsessions are manifested in a sophisticated puppet theatre of the absurd, comprising of parts from mannequins, human silhouettes pieced together like puzzles, skeletons with grinning skulls, and strange beast-like objects.

José D’Apice Born in Saint Paul, Brazil.
He arrives in Rome, where he still lives, at the end of the years ‘70 with a Brazilian government’s scholarship
for the Accademia di Belle Arti of Rome. Italian citizen since 1982.

During the years 1984/86 he realizes more than 20 covers for famous singers, including Mina, Louis
Armstrong, The Eagles, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Chicago, Bob Marley etc. for labels like CBS, Ricordi,
WEA, Globo Records, RCA, etc.
He creates the set desining for the musical program “CLIP-CLIP” on line every day during the whole year
1985 on TMC, on the main italian TV channel.
In 1992 he is invited by the Comando Generale dell’Arma dei Carabinieri to realize their collection calendar.
The next year he is asked to do it once again because of its previous success.
At the beginning of 2001, invited by the well-known national daily newspaper, “Il Messaggero”, D’Apice
starts collaborating on the creation of the designs that accompany the section of the newspaper
dedicated to culture and theater.
Jose’ D’Apice’s works have been presented in many prestigious private collections in Europe, Arabia,
Brazil, United States, included the Jalane & Richard Davidson Collection (Chicago), The Art Institute
(Chicago), Malvina Menegaz Foundation (Italy), Caran d’Ache Collection (Geneva).

Artist’s Website

Selected solo exhibitions

2011 “Il libro che mi manca”, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Milano
2007 “Icaro”, Bar Jamaica Milano
2005 – “L’eterno ritorno”, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Milan o
2004 – Libreria Bocca , Milano
2003 – Galleria Fabbrica EOS, Milano
2003 – Castelbasso Progetto Cultura – Teramo
2002 – Castelbasso Progetto Cultura – Teramo
2000 – Sala do Risco, Municipal Chamber, Lisbon
1997 – Galleria Cândido Portinari, Brazilian Embassy, Roma
1990 – Galleria Cândido Portinari, Brazilian Embassy, Roma
1985 – Galleria Il Ponte, International Art Expo, Chicago
1985 – Brazilian Center Gallery, London
1984 – Galleria Il Ponte, Roma
1983 – Galleria Cândido Portinari, Brazilian Embassy, Roma
1983 – Galleria Il Ponte, Roma

Selected group exhibitions

2013 – Humans Among Aliens, Singapore
2012 – “Roma Contemporary”, Roma
2007 – “Summer Container” Galleria Goethe2, Bolzano
2007 – “Art in cocktail”, Bar Jamaica , Milano
2007 – “Saluti da Chiavari” Galleria Cristina Busi, Chiavari (GE)
2007 – Miart, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Milano
2006 – Miart, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Milano
2006 – ArtVerona, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Milano
2005 – ArtVerona, Galleria Fabbrica Eos , Milano
2005 – “Genius loci”, various sites, Viterbo
2004 – Slovenija Open to Art, International Workshop , Slovenija
2004 – Miart, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Milano
2004 – Galleria Goethe Galerie, Bolzano
2003 – Riparte Roma, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Roma
2003 – Museum Parma, Galleria Fabbrica Eos, Parma
1996 – “Acqua”, Municipal, Theater, Fiuggi
1987 – Galleria D’Avico, Torino
1986 – Forum International Art Expo, Galleria Il Ponte, Zurich
1986 – “Enigma”, Brompton Gallery, London
1985 – “Enigma”, Galleria Il Ponte, Roma
1984 – L’Arte del Disegno/20th Century Drawings 1900-1984, Galleria Il Ponte, Roma
1980 – Galleria Cândido Portinari, Brazilian Embassy, Roma