del Campo, Michele

ALMAS NÓMADAS

October 15th  - 
November 21st

  • Best Friends
    óleo sobre lino | 140 x 170 cm.
  • The pool
    óleo sobre lino | 120 x 180 cm.
  • Sundream
    óleo sobre lienzo | 61 x 61 cm.
  • The Surfer
    óleo sobre lino | 130 x 180 cm.
  • “Hoy me he arrepentido de todas las tormentas de verano en las que me puse a cubierto”
    óleo sobre lino | 160 x 200 cm.
  • The old clothes
    grafito sobre papel | 35 x 50 cm.
  • Night Player
    grafito sobre papel | 35 x 50 cm.
  • The unicorn
    grafito sobre papel | 35 x 50 cm.
  • Ray of light
    grafito sobre papel | 35 x 50 cm.
  • Silent Breeze
    óleo sobre lino | 150 x 180 cm.
  • Bikers
    óleo sobre lino | 150 x 200 cm.
  • The Deal
    óleo sobre lino | 200 x 270 cm.
  • The Trial
    óleo sobre lino | 130 x 180 cm.
  • Visita al descampado
    óleo sobre lino | 180 x 250 cm.
  • The invitation
    óleo sobre lino | 100 x 130 cm.
  • Rebel
    óleo sobre lino | 120 x 120 cm.
  • The kiss
    óleo sobre lino | 80 x 120 cm.

del Campo, Michele

ALMAS NÓMADAS

The exhibition

Nomad Souls

I recently bought a t-shirt. I don't usually buy many things, but this one had a nomadic man on a bicycle drawn, with beer bottles, mugs, a surfboard, a skateboard, a sleeping bag and a puppy. Somehow I saw myself reflected in it. This particular shirt has a special connection between my past and my present. When I saw its, all the memories came to mind that somehow led me to this exact point in my life.
 
 
Right now I am looking for a home-studio in Madrid, something I own that in a way ties me to this city that has welcomed me and my work so well since I came to study Fine Arts, and a gallery was already starting to expose and sell my work with such success. After leaving my lost town in southern Italy and emigrating with my family to Milan, at the age of 20 I began, without knowing it, on a pilgrimage around the world, living where I felt I had to live in each period. At first it was Falmouth and Dundee in the United Kingdom, when I was studying Illustration, then Madrid and Valencia, and later London and Glasgow. There, in that dark city, I realized that I no longer needed to make the effort to find a good studio and commit to spending years before moving to another place. I stopped accumulating objects, I freed myself of possessions and began to travel and paint where I wanted, and then take my canvases to the galleries with whom I collaborate. In 2017 I began to feel like a true nomad, arriving to travel with only two suitcases and a tube for the canvases, where I captured the inspiration found in each place. Perhaps my travels will continue, the traveling instinct is only repressed by the “jokes” of destiny, a global pandemic that has us hostages, but I want Madrid to be the place of departure and return, now that my country, Italy, is even further away. , with the recently bleak farewell to my mother.
 
 
The title of this exhibition Nomadic Souls comes a bit from the idea of ​​travel and the free spirit, but it encompasses much more and echoes that emotional charge carried by my characters, which reaches beyond the limits of the body and mind . It is to the soul that I aspire to shape, and to those connections and relationships that bring people closer or farther away that for some reason crossed paths. I aspire to convey those emotions that are reflected in the gaze of my characters, even when their eyes are closed, on top of their partner and they still can't seem to free themselves from their burden. In fact, it is not about painting a resemblance, although I know everyone I paint well, because they are, in general, friends, family or acquaintances, but something that reaches deeper. For example, when I found myself in Madrid locked up by quarantine, I asked on my social networks for volunteers for live portraits by videoconference. People from all over the world volunteered, and it was wonderful to keep traveling without going through any doors. Before drawing them, I spent a good time interviewing them, listening to their stories and taking notes. It is not the same to portray someone knowing their history and noticing their character, than someone with whom only two words of courtesy have been exchanged.
 
That is the spirit in my painting too, and from there come my stories, the stories that I glimpse in people and that I notice with obsession because in some way they also speak of me, uprooting, the will to live, the awareness of the ephemeral and melancholy.
 
In these paintings, which contain the inspiration of 2 years of travel, you may not recognize San Francisco, Milan, Lima, Madrid, Valencia or London, but that does not matter, I do not paint cities, my search is in human connections. Those connections, which I establish with myself and with others, which I have inherited from my travels and long stays and I continue to cultivate at a distance with such diverse and special people, are what make up my city, a city that I may never find in physical condition. , because it has actually formed its essence in the soul.
 
Biography

MICHELE DEL CAMPO

Born in 1976 in Sannicandro Garganico (Italy)
 
 
Education
2007     Fine Arts Degree, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
2001     Bachelor of Design (Honours) Degree in Illustration and Printmaking, University of Dundee, UK
 
Solo exhibitions
2020     Almas Nómadas, Ansorena, Madrid
2019     Untold Stories, CK Contemporary, San Francisco, USA
2018      Ansorena, Madrid
2017     Mentes errantes, Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Peru
            Way out and back, Palazzetto dell'Arte, Foggia, Italy
2015      The Fall, Westminster Reference Library, London
2013     Stranded and Adrift, Alpha Gallery, London
2012     Il Muto Rumore dell'Acqua, Imago Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
2011     Viaje de no retorno, Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Peru
2010     Close Strangers, Mark Jason Gallery, London
2008     Urban Chic, Mark Jason Gallery, London
2007     Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
2006     Gente di mare, Galería Fernando Alcolea, Barcelona
2005     Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
            Galería Fernando Alcolea, Barcelona
2004     Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
            Galería American Prints, Valencia
1998     Villa Zoya, Concorezzo, Milan
 
Selected group exhibitions
2015     Anthology, Aesthetica Art Prize, York
             Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
            Colectiva de Verano, Galería Ansorena, Madrid
2013     Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2012     Royal Society of Marine Artist Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, Londres
            Ten Paths to the Future, Imago Art Gallery, London
            Once pintores realistas + 1, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
2011     Summer Exhibition, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
            Premio BMW de Pintura, Winning paintings 1986-2010, Casa de Vacas del Parque del Retiro, Madrid
2010     Captured, Catmose Gallery, Oakham, Rutland
            Originals10, Mall Galleries, London
2009     Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2008     Urban Chic, FRINGEMK Project Spaces, Milton Keynes
2007     Ideas sobre diarios, Faculty of Fine Arts, Madrid
            Premios BMW de Pintura, obras ganadoras 1986-2006, Granada
2006     Gran Formato, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
2005     Spagna il colore della passione, Milan, San Donato Milanese and Trento
            72º Salón de Otoño, Madrid
            X Certamen Unipublic de Pintura Deportiva, Oviedo and Las Rozas (Madrid)
            XIII National Printmaking Prizes 2004, MGEC Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo, Marbella
2004     Gran Formato, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
            Extraordinaria de verano, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
            XVI Premio de Pintura Fundación Amigos de Madrid, Museum of the City, Madrid
2003     70º Salón de Otoño, Madrid
            Extraordinaria de verano, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
            Pequeño formato, Galería Gema Lazcano,  Madrid
            Small Sizes, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid
            X Premio Nacional de Grabado, MGEC Museo Español de Grabado Contemporáneo and CAAS Centro
            Andaluz de Arte Seriado, Alcalá la Real, Spain
2002     Tentaciones, Estampa 2002, Madrid
            Premio Arte 2002, Museo della Permante, Milan
2001     New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
            Realtà Riflesse, Basilica di San Celso, Milan
1997     Menotrenta, Spazio Hayek,  Milan
 
Art fairs
2018    Context Art Miami, Ansorena
2017    Context Art Miami, Ansorena
2016     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery
2015     AAF Hong Kong, Mark Jason Gallery
2014     AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery
             Patchings Art Festival, Nottingham
             Art in Action, Oxford, UK
2013     Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong, Galería Jorge Alcolea
             London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery
2012     ArtMadrid, Galería Jorge Alcolea
2010     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery
            Art Chicago, Mark Jason Gallery
            AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery
            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery
2009     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery
            AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery
            Art in Action Oxford
            Buy Art Manchester, ArtLounge Gallery
            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery
2008     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery
            MIART Milan, Galería Jorge Alcolea
            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery
            Art in Action Oxford
2007     MIART Milan, Galería Jorge Alcolea
            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery
2006     AAF London, Mark Jason Gallery
            AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery
            Estampa Madrid, Museo del Grabado de San Clemente
            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery
2005     Scope New York, Galería Jorge Alcolea
            Estampa Madrid, Galería Jorge Alcolea
2002     Estampa Madrid
 
Awards
2016      "Oil Painters of America Award" in ARC International Salon Competition, US
             Finalist The Artist's Magazine Art Prize
2015      Grand Prize "All Media" Art Competition, The Artist's magazine, US
             Third Prize at "Pintar Rápido", London
             Chroma Prize, Patchings Open Art Competition, Calverton, UK
             Longlisted at Aesthetica Art Prize, Aesthetica magazine, York (UK)
            Finalist in the International 2014/15 Art Renewal Centre (ARC) Salon, Figurative Category
            Finalist The Artist's Magazine Art Prize
2014     Royal Talens Prize, Patchings Open Competition, Calverton, Nottinghamshire, UK
            Finalist at International 2013/14 Art Renewal Centre (ARC) Salon in Figurative and Still Life categories, US
            The Artist's Exhibition Prize, Patchings Open Competition, Calverton, Nottinghamshire, UK
            Third prize in the Art Event Evening, Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 
            Mall Galleries, London
2013     Joint Second prize in the Art Event Evening, Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 
            Mall Galleries, London
            Honourable Mention in the II Curso de Pintura Realista, course taught by Antonio López García and Andrés García Ibañez, Olula del Río
2012     Winner of Winsor and Newton Oil Prize, Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition, Mall
            Galleries, London
            First prize Premios Luces to the Best Solo Exhibition of the Year in Peru, Lima
2009     Selected in the Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2008     Third Price Best of the Best, Art in Action, Oxford
2006     First Price XXI Premio BMW de Pintura
2005     First price X Certamen Unipublic de Pintura Deportiva, Madrid             
            First Printmaking Prize Espina y Capo, 72º Salón de Otoño, Madrid
2003     First prize XIV Premio de Pintura Rápida Fiestas del Pilar, Madrid
            Second prize Premio Nacional de pintura X aniversario Universidad de Huelva, Spain
            Third prize VIII Premio Unipublic de pintura deportiva, Madrid
2002     First prize, Certamen de Pintura XXV Aniversario de C. E. V. Valencia
            Selected in the Premio Arte 2002, Museo della Permante, Milan
 

Exhibitions of this artist in Ansorena

March 21st -
April 27th
2018
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