To Dream, to Collect







Paintings , Video & Installation


100 x 70 cm
39.37 x 28 in

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  • About the work
Medium: mixed media

About the Artist

1983 , Italy

Emmanuele De Ruvo (b. 1983, Naples) graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Naples magna cum laude and has exhibited widely, both in Italy and abroad. In 2010 he exhibited at White Box Gallery in New York and had a solo exhibition at Milk and Lead Gallery, London; the same year he won the Prize for Italian Art in Stockholm. In 2011 he was selected among the best young artists, who graduated between 2000 and 2010 from Italian Art Academies to participate at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2012 he won the International Prize of Sculpture Mastroianni and exhibited his works in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in Matera. In 2013 he was among eleven artists selected for the Prize “A Work for the Castle” at the Museum of Castel Sant’Elmo in Naples. Recently he won the Euromobil Prize for the artwork most voted by visitors at Artefiera Bologna 2014, where his works were shown in the stand of Montoro12 Contemporary Art. In 2014 he also exhibited his work in a two artist exhibition at Montoro12 Contemporary Art, Rome. His works are in the permanent collection of the MUSMA Museum, Matera, the San Gennaro Foundation as well as in many private collections. Emmanuele De Ruvo’s research is characterized by the constant search for equilibrium in a world that is so clearly off balance. He investigates theories of Galileo Galilei, Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton in order to build his “precariously balanced” sculptures. His powerful works attract the viewer with calculated traction, magnetic force and plain physical balance acts. They pose questions rather than give answers, but the quest for equilibrium is manifested in all his projects. De Ruvo works with a great variety of material, including precious marble, magnets, metals, wood, paper and readymade objects. The artist uses most of the physical laws in his works, such as gravity, compression, traction and magnetism. A good example is the work “Concinnitas” in which he uses an A4 sized sheet of paper weighing 80 gram to hold up a piece of Carrara marble of the same size, 16000 times heavier than the paper itself, using the proportion of the golden section. This work has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Musma Museum. The perfect equilibrium or balance, while not belonging to this world, represents its greater aspiration and desire and is the only functionalist means in the attainment of the limit. The most important thing is not the destination, but the journey itself, the only source of knowledge and learning and fuel for spiritual growth. Thus, De Ruvo’s works invite contemplation of both worlds — the physical as well as the metaphysical.

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Rome, Via di Montoro 12

Montoro12 Contemporary Art was founded in 2012 by contemporary art historian Ursula Hawlitschka with the goal to exhibit young Italian artists and to bring international contemporary artists to Rome. Located in the city center, the gallery features about six exhibitions a year, often solo or two artist shows. The gallery has participated in numerous art fair...

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