Biography

Born in Mirdite (Albania), he graduates from the Fine Arts Academy of Tirana in 1987 where he exhibits in various group exhibitions in the late Eighties (1988, 1989, 1990) and where he produces his first solo show in 1991. In the early Nineties he moves to Rome and begins to exhibit in several group exhibitions (1992, Gallery La Tartaruga; 1995, Gallery Lazzari; 1996, Gallery Becaue I love you; 1997, Fear, Gallery I.L.A.; 1999, Intercultural Festival, Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions), therefore the first solo show in 1998 at the Associazione Culturale Opera of Rome. In 2000 Marco Tonelli curates his solo show at Gallery Lombardi in Rome and exhibits at the Space Art Gallery of Tucson (Arizona, USA); followed by show in Amsterdam (2003, Galerie Rudolv) and Milan (2006, Rubin).
In 2008 Marco Tonelli presents Crash! at Galleria Russo of Rome, followed by Jazz Painting, curated by Marco Di Capua at Galleria Russo::Asso di Quadri in Milan. In 2011 Galleria Russo organises his performance with music and painting Painting Jazz-In’ at the Sala Santa Rita in Rome. In 2011 the solo show The beat of painting at Robert Kanana Gallery in Toronto (Canada) and in the spring of 2012 Ilir Zefi Paint in action organised by Galleria Russo at the Biblioteca Angelica-Galleria Angelica of Rome.
In 2005 he was invited to participate in the XIV Quadriennale of Rome, curated by Marco Tonelli.
Among his group exhibitions we find:  The colours of Albania at Galleria Nazionale di Belle Arti of Tirana (2004), Summer Group Show at Rubin Gallery in Milan (2008) and in 2009 the show at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo (New York, USA)
He has also exhibited at the important international and national art fairs: Kunst Zurich (2007), ArteFiera Bologna (2007, 2008, 2009), Art Verona (2009), MiArt (2008), Scope Art Show New York (2008).
In 2005 he moves to the United States. He lives and works in New York.