Angelo Bellobono (b. Nettuno – Italy, 1964) is an artist and a ski coach. Through paintings, video and performance Bellobono investigates issues of belonging and identity. His work transmute the real, the landscape and the face in a rigorous distillate of atmospheres and suspended tales, which investigate the relationship between anthropology, geology, border and territory. He constantly experiences a sense of bodily belonging to the places, an experience necessary to read sedimentations and memories of the landscape. Ice and mountains, are important elements of his work, ice representing the planet’s archival memory, and mountains depicted as hinges and not barriers, connecting different cultures rather than dividing them, to build bridges and continuity of borders. Bellobono has made several interdisciplinary activities and projects in which art, sport and biosustainability become instruments of social connectivity and microeconomic development, as in the case of Atla(s)now with the Amazigh communities of the Moroccan High Atlas, or Before me and after my time involving the Ramapough Lenape, the Native American natives of New York and Io sono Futuro in the Appennine areas affected by the earthquake. In the summer of 2018, as part of the new project Linea Appennino 1201, he crossed all the Italian Apennine peaks from the south, Calabria, to the north Liguria. He participated in the XV Quadriennale of Rome and in the IV and V Biennial of Marrakech and at the museum exhibition De prospectiva Pingendi in Todi and Selvatico in Cotignola. He has exhibited in public and private spaces such as the American University’s Katzen Art Center in Washington, the Mars space in Milan, the Volume Foundation in Rome, the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo and New Delhi, the Macro Museum in Rome, the Museum Ciac di Genazzano, Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna, the Othersize gallery in Milan, the Wunderkammern Gallery in Rome, the Changing Role Gallery in Naples and Envoy Gallery in New York, Frank Pages in Geneva, Biasa ArtSpace in Bali. He won the Celeste Prize for Painting in 2005 and the Drawing Artslant in 2009. He was a finalist in the Lissone Prize, the Combat Prize, and the Portali dello Scompiglio Prize. In 2010 he was invited to I Martedì critici and in 2015 to Tedx-Rome. Over the years he has been invited to various residences such as Bocs Cosenza, Landina Cars Omegna, La or Le Mon San Ceasario Foundation of Lecce. His work is found in numerous public and private collections.
Image: Angelo Bellobono, Mappa con terre di vetta, Linea Appennino 1201; courtesy the artist.