Tommaso Ottieri


Tommaso Ottieri, born in 1971 in Naples. He studied architecture at the University Federico II of Naples and at the Robert Gordon School of Architecture di Aberdeen (UK). In 1996 he graduated with a thesis on bio-architecture applied to the restoration of Naples’s Harbor in 1990-95. During the same year Ottieri won a M.I.T Leonardo da Vinci’s program studying grant and decided to go to the Cicladi Island (Greece) to study the body of rules of biocompatible art and architecture. After this experience, he moved to Santorini and lived there for two years working as an architect and opening a painting workshop in Oia. In 1998 he founded the Architectural studio MERO, Palazzo Montemiletto, Naples, together with Pietro Renna. During that same year he received a Masters Degree in Executive Planning in bio- architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the Unviersity Federico II of Naples. Great architects and artists are his source of inspiration, beside the great master of which he tries to follow suit. His research is oriented towards the definition of highly saturated scenarios, visually and chromatically, to propose a vision of the urban landscape and to seek a role in its construction. Ottieri portrays opulent buildings and cityscapes, modern and historical at the same time, using shades of red, blue and golden yellow. His artwork seeks to achieve expressive and emotional quality.

In 2003 he had the first two solo shows in Naples: Zenzen was organized by the Province of Naples at the Sala del Consiglio nel Complesso di Santa Maria la Nova and Suonno, organized by Regione Campania, at the Sale Ipogee del Complesso Monumentale dell’Annunziata.

The next year he worked for new exhibitions Giovanni 19;41 a solo show at Multicinema Modernissimo programmed during the festival Pezzi Unici Modernissimi - Incontri con l’Arte Contemporanea curated by Luciano Stella and Ciro Cacciola, and Double organized in Milan at Seterie Angelo Fusco. In 2006 the solo show Sirene was exhibited in two locations, first curated by Massimo Bignardi at Galleria Rubin in Milan, and then curated by Giovanna Procaccini where it was presented at Castel dell’Ovo sponsored by Comune di Napoli, Regione Campania, dall’ordine degli Architetti, and supported by Fondazione Banco di Napoli. In 2007 another solo show sponsored by Assessorato alla cultura Comune di Asolo titled Cento Orizzonti at the Palazzo della Ragione e la Piccola Galleria Arte Contemporanea di Asolo. In 2008 other two shows: Grace curated by G. Procaccini at the Overfoto Gallery in Naples, and Al passo dei Giganti curated by A. Zanchetta at Nuovospazio Arte Contemporanea in Piacenza. The next year a solo show at Galleria Rubin in Milan which presented Tommaso Ottieri - Progetto, and a new series of works that continue in 2010 with two solo shows in Italy: Dieci encausti curated by Arianna Micheli at Galleria Il Divano di George in Modena, and Paesaggi della mente, interni-esterni curated by Giorgio Pajetta at Galleria Forma e Colore in Brescia. During the same year he started to exhibit internationally: Tommaso Ottieri, Grand Tour curated by Daniel Sluse alla Acadèmie Royale des Beaux Arts di Liege (Belgium); in 2011 Cento Luci at Piccola Galleria Arte Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (TV), and Per Esempi at Galleria Rubin in Milan. In 2012 he painted new artwork for a series of solo shows such as Lumi at Galleria Forni di Bologna, Half of Two at Galeria Mada Primavesi di Madrid, and for two exhibitions organized in Sicily: All’Opera at Galleria Dietro Le Quinte and Inside In sight. Tommaso Ottieri. Opere at Palazzo della Cultura. In 2013 he excitedly worked to prepared five solo shows in Italy and abroad: Terza Parte at la Galeria Patricia Acal di Madrid, Opera organized by Galerie Ariel Sibony in Paris, The Metaphysics of Space presented by Gallery 1905 in Moscow, Prima Notte at Galleria Rubin in Milan, and later a new series of work for Prima Notte at Galeria Patricia Acal di Madrid.

During 2014 he worked for a new series of solo shows such as Brace at Galleria Forni di Bologna, Opera Prima made by Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London, and Purgatorio at PRAC Contemporary of Naples. During the past years he has been working to produce other paintings for national and international solo shows in Rome La funzione del nero, curated by Marco di Capua at the Galleria Russo in Rome; his first solo show in the USA organized by CK Gallery in San Francisco, and the final one supported by Mark Ransom Gallery in London.

During his carreer Ottieri won several prizes such as in 2007 the Premio Cairo VIII edizione organized at Palazzo della Permanente in Milan, and in 2010 Premio Celeste, curated by Julia Draganovic e Gabi Scardi, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania. Another prize in 2013 Premio Michetti a festival organized at Francavilla al mare, and last year he won the second edition of “Eccellenti Pittori – Brazzale”, created by Camillo Langone and sponsored by Gruppo Brazzale.

In addition in 2011 he was selected to participate at the 54. Venice Biennal. Lo stato dell’arte - for the Campania Pavilion Complesso Ex Tabacchificio Centola di Pontecagnano Faiano.
Since 2006, after be selected to participate at Group Show organized by Galleria Rubin in Milan, he started to exhibit in several group shows in Italy and abroad. In 2007 was chosen for Fuori luogo 12. Urgenza della Città. Lurbano nella nuova pittura italiana curated by M. Bignardi presented at Grandi Magazzini Teatrali di Campobasso, an exhibition organized with the collaboration of Università degli Studi di Siena; and Twentyfive presented at Banca Akros in Milan. The next year he participated in Elba Arte supported by Galleria Nuovo Spazio Arte Contemporanea di Portoferraio (Li), at the Summer Group Show presented at Galleria Rubin in Milan; another group show curated by Francesca Baboni and Stefano Taddei Città Panico at Galleria Arte in Movimento di Pietrasanta, (Lu) and then Architetture Sensibili curated by L. Giusti at Castello di Rivara (To). In 2009 he was enrolled in other group shows such as Campioni d’Arte - 33 artist for Fondazione Cannavaro Ferrara - curated by Achille Bonito Oliva at Museo Madre of Naples, later on Sublimazioni curated by Claudio Proietti organized by Casa d’Arte Artribù in Rime, and curated by Massimo Bignardi Persistenze sul Confine dell’Immagine at Museo dell’Alto Tavoliere di San Severo (Fo), sponsored by Patrocinio dell’Assessorato alla Cultura ed alle Politiche Scolastiche della Provincia di Foggia, Comune di San Severo (Fo) and supported by Fondo Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea Baronissi. During the same year Ottieri was selected for the exhibiton 70 opere d’arte contemporanea to Adisco Lombardia with collaboration of Sotheby’s Milan. In 2010 he started to participate in international group shows at Galleria Mada Primavesi Colectiva de Verano, and the next year A Midsummer night ́s dream. During 2011 he was selected for La Costante Cosomologica curated by Gianluca Marziani and sponsored by Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo at Complesso Monumentale di San Giovanni di Catanzaro, later he participated at Rarity Summer Salon Show curated by Rarity Gallery of Mykonow, and Landscape Visionen der Veränderung_Visioni di un mondo che cambia Stadtmuseum Klausen at Museo Civico di Chiusa. In 2012 he attended other events at Group Show of Galerie Ariel Sibony in Paris, The Italian Job at Galería Patricia Acal di Madrid, Out of the Blue at Galleria Forni di Bologna, and Cranioscopia at Galleria Rubin in Milan. During 2013 and 2014 he showed in several groups shows organized by Galería Patricia Acal di Madrid, in Paris at Galerie Ariel Sibony, at Galería Patricia Acal di Seviglia, and Russo Art Gallery of Istanbul; and participated in two events prepared by Prac Contemporary in Naples: Opening (2013) e Città (2014). During the past year he was enrolled in Linee di Confine: /Boundary Lines La natura, il corpo, le città/Nature, the body, the cities curated by Marco di Capua at Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome. In 2016 he participates in Shakespeare in Rome organized by Galleria Russo of Rome with the patronage of the British Council for the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

His artworks are selected for prestigious national and international art fairs such as: Kunst Zürich (2006, 2007, 2008), Artefiera Bologna (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), MiArt (2007, 2008, 2009), Art Cologne (2007, 2008), Scope New York (2008), KunstArt Bolzano (2008), Scope Art Show Basilea (2009), Art Verona (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Road to Contemporary Art Roma (2012), Arte Cremona (2012), Bergamo Arte Fiera (2012), ArtFactory Catania (2012, 2013), St-Art Strasburgo (2012, 2013, 2014), Art Up Lille (2014), Contemporary Istanbul (2014, 2015), Art Karlsruhe Germany (2014, 2015), ArtLondon (2015) and Art Madrid (2015).

Among the awards gained: the Cairo VII edizione Prize organized with the Palazzo della Permanente of Milan (2007), the Celeste Prize, curated by Julia Draganovic and Gabi Scardi, Brodbeck Foundation, Catania (2010), the Michetti Prize (2013, Francavilla al Mare) and the second edition of the Eccellenti Pittori prize – Brazzale, conceived by Camillo Langone and supported by the Gruppo Brazzale (2015).

The works of Tommaso Ottieri portray buildings and cityscapes that are opulent, modern and of the same historical time period, painting in the tones of red, blue and golden yellow. His works seek to achieve an expressive and emotional quality.

He lives and works between Rome and Naples.