Valerio Berruti

We are brought back to basics with Berruti's depiction of innocent children responding with pure fear and joy towards the world - an alter ego of Berruti himself. Berruti uses the ancient method of fresco and the simple, soft crayon lines to convey the emotions of timid curiosity, sorrow and bashfulness. His works also suggest a new sensitivity arising from the relationship between the individual and global collective consciousness. Hundreds of his drawings have been also produced into animations. A total of 11 frescoes on jute and over 30 drawings on cardboard and Japanese paper have been showcased in Singapore.

Born in Alba, Piemonte, in 1977, Valerio Berruti graduated in art criticism at D.A.M.S. of Torino, he lives and
works in Verduno (CN) in a 17th century deconsecrated church bought and restored by the artist in 1995.

Artist’s Website

Selected solo exhibitions

2013 – Dove il cielo s’attacca alla collina, curated by Gail Cochrane, Bricco Rocche, Castiglion Falletto.
2012 – Udaka, curated by Martina Venturi, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg.
2011 – Maddalena, curated by Danay Medina, Salon Blanco, Havana.
La rivoluzione terrestre, curated by Andrea Viliani, church of San Domenico, Alba.
Almost Queen, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Galleria Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Milano, Verona.
Too much light not to believe in light, curated by Zorana Djakovic, Formal Military accademy, Belgrade.
Kizuna, curated by Kaori Ikeda, Pola Museum Annex, Ginza, Tokyo.
2010 – Una Sola Moltitudine, curated by Olga Gambari, Fondazione Stelline, Milano.
I wish I was special, curated by Luca Beatrice, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Torino, Roma.
2009 – E più non dimandare, curated by Silvia Ferrari, Serena Goldoni and Ornella Corradini, Galleria Civica, Modena.
2008 – Magnificat, curated by Hye Young Kim, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul.
2007 – E più non dimandare, curated by Silvana Peira, il Fondaco, Bra.
2006 – Se ci fosse la luna, curated by Guido Curto, Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino.
2005 – Golgota, Esso Gallery, New York.
Primary, curated by Vittoria Coen, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Torino.
Ho meritato il tuo castigo, curated by Lorenzo Canova, officina 14, Roma.
Senza più pensare, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Galleria 41 Artecontemporanea, Torino.
2004 – Naufragar m’è dolce…, curated by Gianluca Marziani, Museo dello zucchero, Nizza Monferrato.
Vocazione, curated by Gianluca Marziani, church of Sant’Agostino, Pietrasanta.
2003 – Familienwertes, Galerie Markus Nohn, Francoforte.
Family Values, curated by Luca Beatrice, Galleria Spirale Arte, Verona.
Brothers, curated by Chiara Guidi, Galleria arte & altro, Gattinara.
Summertime, curated by Olga Gambari and Gian Luca Favetto, Galleria 41 Artecontemporanea, Torino.
2002 – Sacre rappresentazioni, curated by Alessandro Riva, Galleria spirale arte, Milano, Pietrasanta.
2001 – Saints Kids, curated by Guido Curto, Galleria Art & Arts, Torino.
2000 – Berruti e Tibaldi, curated by Olga Gambari, Maze Gallery, Torino.

Selected group exhibitions

2013 – Humans Among Aliens, Singapore
2013 – Biennale Italia Cina, curated by Ivan Quaroni, Reggia di Monza, Monza.
2011 – Cabinet de dessins, curated by Lorand Hegji, Villa la Versiliana, Pietrasanta.
2010 – Oltre il mito. Cavour nell’arte contemporanea, curated by Elisabetta Tolosano, Castello Cavour, Santena.
2009 – 53a Biennale di Venezia, Italian Pavillon, curated by Luca Beatrice and Beatrice Buscaroli, Venezia.
Campolungo. L’orizzonte sensibile del Contemporaneo, curated by Vittoria Coen, Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma.
The sublime gaiety of Art, curated by Carola Annoni, Kunstpfad Bischofstrasse, Linz.
Che cos’è la scultura moderna, curated by Luca Beatrice, Marcorossispiralearte, Pietrasanta.
2008 – XIII Biennale d’arte sacra contemporanea, curated by Carlo Chenis, Museo Stauros, San Gabriele, Teramo.
Biennal of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean, XIII edizione/edition, Bari.
Detour, curated by Raffaella Guidobono, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
2007 – Micro-narratives, curated by Lorand Hegyi, 48th October Salon, Belgrade.
The big show, Silas Murder Gallery, New York.
Art first, curated by arte Fiera, Facciata Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna.
2006 – Crave, curated by Raffaella Guidobono, Row Space, London.
Giardino. Luoghi della piccola realtà, curated by Lorand Hegyi, P.A.N. Palazzo delle arti, Napoli.
Uniforms and costumes, curated by Dalia Levin, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel.
Cabinet des Dessins, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint Etienne.
2005 – Deck the wall, curated by Andrea Salerno, Exit art, New York.
Quadriennale Monza, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Monza.
2004 – Dal Profondo, curated by Serena Carloni and Tania Lòhr, Kästrich, Mainz, Germany.
La via del sale, curated by silvana Peira and Nico Orengo, Pieve di Santa Maria, Cortemilia.
Quotidiana 04, Museo Civico del Santo, Padova.
Made in Italy, Limn Gallery, San Francisco.
Quadriennale di Roma Anteprima, la Promotrice delle Belle arti, Torino.
2003 – Premio Cairo, curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga, Palazzo della Permanente, Milano.
Gemine Muse, curated by Guido Curto, Museo di Arte Antica, Torino.
Extraños niños, 3 Punts Galeria, Barcelona.
2002 – Infanzie, curated by Ferdinando Albertazzi e Olga Gambari, Battistero di San Pietro, Asti.
2000 – Le ombre della memoria, curated by Olga Gambari e Gian Luca Favetto, En Plain Air, Pinerolo.
Meno trenta, curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga, Associazione Culturale Marcovaldo, Caraglio.
1998 – Contemporanea, curated by Lucia Majer, Villa Farsetti, Santa Maria di Sala.
1996 – Io espongo, curated by di Antonino Minniti, Associazione Culturale Azimut, Torino.

Prizes, Grants, Workshops

2011 – Nirox Foundation, curated by Martina venturi, Johannesburg.
2010 – Youkobo Art Space, curated by Hiroko and tatsuhiko Murata, Tokyo.
2009 – Area Progetto, curated by Silvia Ferrari, Serena Goldoni and Ornella Corradini, Galleria Civica, Modena.
2007 – Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, program for artists and curators, Paris.
2006 – Workshop with Stefano Arienti, Fondazione Spinola Banna, Poirino.
2005 – I.S.C.P. International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York City.
2004 – Premio Pagine Bianche, winner for the cover of Pagine Bianche del Piemonte.
Premio Celeste, 1st Prize, Established Artists Category.
2003 – Fresco and Salty, curated by dr Sania Papa, Amfilochia, Greece.