Gian Maria Tosatti (b. 1980, Italy) is widely recognised for his large-scale and site-specific environmental installations and sculptures. He is currently based in Naples.

Tosatti’s projects are long-term investigations on specific topics related to concepts of identity from political and spiritual perspectives. Many of his projects are conceived for entire buildings or urban areas and designed to last for extended periods. His artistic practice often involves the communities of the places where he works. An example of one of his long-term projects is Sette Stagioni dello Spirito (2013-2016),  a monumental work staged over seven phases that involved several abandoned but emblematic buildings in the city of Naples.

Since 2021, Tosatti has been the artistic director of the Quadriennale di Roma. In 2022, he was featured at the Italian Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. The artist was also awarded the Frescobaldi Prize in 2020. As a  journalist and a columnist, he writes for Corriere della Sera and the magazine Opera Viva, where he writes essays about art and politics, including “Esperienza e realtà” (2021) and “New Men’s Land: Storia e Destino della Jungle di Calais” (2017).

Selected Exhibitions

Pirelli HangarBicocca, Italy; The Galleria Nazionale, Italy; MADRE Museum, Italy; The Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Italy; The Hessel Museum del CCS BARD, USA; Chelsea Art Museum, USA; Italian Cultural Institute, USA; The Italian Cultural Institute, USA; The Castelli Gallery, USA; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, USA; The Petah Tikva Museum of Art, Israel; Museo Villa Croce, Italy; The American Academy in Rome, Italy; Mole Vanvitelliana, Italy; The Museo Archeologico di Salerno, Italy; The Museo Osvaldo Licini, Italy; CIAC, Foligno, Italy.


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