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Marco Tirelli was born in Rome in 1956. He currently lives and works in Rome and Spoleto. Tirelli attended the Accademia di Belle Arti and graduated in Scenography with Toti Scialoja. Tirelli’s paintings depict abstract subjects and indeterminate forms interacting with light and shadow, such that they appear to occupy three-dimensional space. The forms on his monumental canvases are rendered with a soft sfumato that Tirelli has perfected over the course of years, creating careful gradations of charcoal on paper; in fact, the highlights and shadows in his later works are created using a pointillist technique, although with airbrushes rather than paintbrushes. To keep the purity of his paints, he filters them through tulle, and then dilutes them to achieve different levels of viscosity. Recent solo exhibitions include: Marco Tirelli, House of Art Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic (2020), Marco Tirelli, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Kanaal, Belgium and Hong Kong (2018); Marco Tirelli, Palazzi Comunali, Sala delle Pietre, Todi (PG); Marco Tirelli, MAMC Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Saint-Etienne Métropole, France; Marco Tirelli, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome (2016); Osservatorio, Fondazione Pescheria – Centro Arti Visive, Pesaro (2014); Marco Tirelli. Immaginario, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Palazzo Poli, Rome (2013); Macro Testaccio, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2012); Museo di Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: The Hilger collection 1st part. Works on paper and wood, HilgerBROTKunsthalle, Vienna (2016); Di mano in mano, Casa delle Letterature, Rome (2016); Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2015); Biennale di Kochi Muziris, India (2014); Iconica, Arte Urbana al Foro Italico, Rome (2014); Opere della Collezione permanente/1, CAMUSAC, Cassino (2013); La Grande Magia, MAMbo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2013); La magnifica Ossessione, MART, Rovereto (20112); MACROwall: Eighties are Back!, MACRO Museum, Rome (2012); Spazio. Dalle collezioni di arte e architettura del MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome (2010); Le collezioni 1958 – 2008, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2010); Détournement Venice 2009, LIII Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte - Parallel Event, LaBiennale di Venezia, Archivio di Stato, Venice (2009). He also participated in important international biennials such as the The Bienal de São Paulo (1991), Sydney (1990), and Paris (1985). Most recently, he participated in the 2013 Venice Biennial at Italian Pavilion ''Vice Versa'' exhibition.

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