© Mario Cresci
© Mario Cresci
© Mario Cresci

MARIO CRESCI

Mario Cresci has experimented photography since the early 1960’s. His interest for anthropology made him research and travel in secluded part of Italy from the early stage of his artistic career. His passion for the primitive areas of Southern Italy made him move for a period of his life to Matera where he was able to develop deep knowledge on conceptualism, minimalism and Arte Povera. When Polaroid got very popular, some years later, he started to shoot multiple images trying to obtain very narrative work. If you look to Italian artistic movements in the same period, dozens of artists went through the same photographic journey using images to illustrate processes, performances, manual acts and so on, although never using the Polaroid camera. Cresci’s work stands out with an authentic unique style, often represented by multiple pieces. For example his series of White World is indeed a manifesto of conceptual minimal art with a twist of Arte Povera background. He has been exhibiting in major Museums throughout Europe, with major retrospectives in Rome and Bologna; his work has been collected by major private and public institutions worldwide. Photology has started collaborating with Mario Cresci (works available for sale) in 2011 and represented him in the group show Mona Lisa Smile. Cresci also took part to a Photology artist-in-residence, in Noto, in 2012, generating the Aprés Retablo show in 2013 (exibition still available). He lives and works in Bergamo, Italy