Michele Bubacco

Michele  Bubacco


Michele Bubacco born in 1983 Venice, Italy

Lives and Works between Venice and Vienna

Selected Exhibitions


2016                Premio Fondazione VAF- Posizioni attuali dell’arte Italiana, Macro Testaccio, Rome. 

                                 Traveling to Stadtgalerie, Kiel and Kunstsammlung Chemnitz

                        Michele Bubacco:  Serenade, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe

                        Danse Macabre, Louis B. James Gallery, New York

2015                Group exhibition, Galerie Rompone, Cologne, curated by Claudia Cosmo

                        (Un)Real, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, curated by Mary Dinaburg

                                     and Howard Rutkowski

                        5 x 5: Other Voices, Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by Mary Dinaburg

                                     and Howard Rutkowski

                         Bacan, Markhof 2 artspace, Vienna

          Girotondo, Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice

2013                Bonjour Venezia, Bonjour Vedova, Ikona Gallery, Venice, curated by Max Piva

2012                Michele Bubacco, Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv, essay by Ronan Barthes

2011                Michele Bubacco, Ventilazione, Vienna, curated by Max Piva

                        Paint It Black On The White Night- Wall Painting, Venice

2009                La Columbia International Art Award, second prize

2008                Esposizione prima: Ecco i giovanissimi, Villa Brandolini di Solighetto, Treviso,        

                        curated by Francesco Michielin


Art Fairs


2015                Art Miami, David Richard Gallery

2014                Select, Miami

2012                SH Contemporary, Shanghai


Selected Publications


2014                Barbara Mader, “Michele Bubacco,” Kurier, Vienna

2013                Kathy Battista, ‘Michele Bubacco,’ Document Journal

2012                Alexander Forbes, “Michele Bubacco,”  Modern Painters

                        Alexander Forbes,  “Michele Bubacco, Interview,” ArtInfo





Michele Bubacco creates some of the most confrontational, psychologically disturbing works. Their imagery is impossible to turn from. It fills the whole painting surface with its brutality and sexual imagery holding the center and foreground. The paintings, mostly black-and-white grotesques allude to artists ranging from Goya to Soutine and Guston. Gesture and abstraction drive the pained figures in his paintings. As Bubacco describes his canvas The Bite (2014): “You can recognize a spherical shape, it is cracked. Perhaps it was a head in the past, now it is evolving, is hooking, is penetrating, got stuck in a complementary figure, supine with a leg up. The relationship between these two elements could be inside the violence territory or inside the territory of the interrelationship.” These words most accurately mirror the passion and anguish of his imagery.

                                                                                    Barbara MacAdam, Senior Editor, Artnews


Michele Bubacco is an autodidact born in 1983 on the island of Murano in Venice, where he still lives and works today. The island is renowned for its fine-glass industry, which dates back to the 13th century. The artistic language Bubacco has developed is permeated with the artistic influences he absorbed from his surroundings and especially from his father, the glass artist Lucio Bubacco. After studying painting with the Venetian artist Alessandro Rossi from 2002 until 2004 and gaining further expertise in glass-fusing with the artist Miriam Di Fiore in 2005, Bubacco opened a studio in Murano and began to take part in exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe. A major highlight was the mounting of the monumental painting Crimson Orchestra at a satellite exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2011. The exhibition "Whitegray" focused on work from series painted during the past five years - including works he created during his stay in Israel in the months preceding the exhibition. The very large paintings carry on a dialogue with the rich history of Venice as a cultural center with hedonistic attributes, in an expressive painting language that reveals the distress and even violence that are bound up with pleasure.

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