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Alfredo Pirri (born in 1957 in Cosenza, Italy) currently lives and works in Rome. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where he achieved a degree in Painting.

 His work, suspended between painting and sculpture, architecture and installations, gains international recognition in the mid-80s. Color, matter, volume and space are instrumental to his practice, which finds in the relationship with light the origin of a research that constantly reinvents itself. The work of Alfredo Pirri harmoniously juxtaposes architecture and inviariably tends to the creation of an archetypal place, a space that to be inhabited, connected to a public function.

 Alfredo Pirri has exhibited his works in several museums and biennials, both in Italy and abroad, among which we recall: MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome (2017), Nomas Foundation, Rome (2016-2017), Museo Novecento, Florence (2015); London Design Festival, London (2015); National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome, with the semi-permanent installation “Passi” (2012-2016); Palazzo Te, Mantova (2013) and Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground Konjic, Bosnia Herzegovina (2013), where “Passi” is permanently exhibited; National Archaeological Museum, Reggio Calabria (2011), with his permanent installation “Piazza”; Visual Arts Centre Pescheria, Pesaro (2007); Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2006); Havana Biennial, Havana (2001); French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici, Rome (2000); MoMa PS1, New York (1999); Korrespondenzen, Walter Gropius Bau, Berlin (1992); Venice Biennial, Venice (1988). His recent collaborations with architects Nicola di Battista (director of Domus) and Efisio Pitfalls (Studio PROAP, Lisbon) have been exhibited at the British School in Rome in 2015. He covered academic roles at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, at the Sapienza University in Rome, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo. He currently teaches Painting at the Academy in Frosinone and is the Visual Arts Advisor at the American Academy in Rome. In 2015, AMACI (Italian Association for Contemporary Art Museums) selected Alfredo Pirri as the guiding artist for their 11th Contemporary Art Day.

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