“Artists are born where they are needed.”

Chinese proverb

Video made on the occasion of the online exhibition IN=OUT ART DOES NOT STOP 2020.

He is an artist, designer and lecturer.

Born in Tivoli on 4/15/1987, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, specializing first in painting and then in multimedia and technological arts, with a thesis on the poetics of anthropologist Gragory Bateson and multitouch interactive technology. In 2016 he obtained a regional diploma as a Programmer Analyst .

In 2018 he founded Studio Grillo Design, curating integrated communication campaigns for public and private entities.

Since 2019, he has been collaborating with the Accademia Dei Romani directed by Gerardo Lo Russo, former director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome (2007-2013). Also in 2019, he participated in the international project Art Mogao Caves, which featured 26 3D printed sculptures installed along the Silk Road.

In 2020, the coordination of In/Out Art does not stop, an online exhibition sponsored by the Lazio Region.

2021 saw participation in Resistart, the winning project of the regional Lazio Street Art Competition, creating an augmented reality mural on the historical memory of the municipality of Guidonia Montecelio.

As a lecturer, he has participated in several workshops of the Accademia Dei Romani. Among them, “Art and technology. The State of the Digital Art in Italy” for Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts (China),“Seeing is Thinking” online seminar for Qingdhao School (China). Since 2022, teaching for the second-level master’s degree program “New technologies for communication, cultural management and art history teaching: for immersive and multisensory enjoyment of Cultural Heritage” – MANT at theUniversity ofRome Tor Vergata.

He has exhibited in Italy, Egypt and China, participating in the First International Symposium of Contemporary Art in Chongqing (2019).

Currently his research work questions the relationship between Man, Environment & Technology.

Solo Exhibitions & events

  • 2024 – Solo exhibition – Atelier Montez, Rome, October 2024.
  • 2022The Structure that Connects 2° Ed. “If you know it, you don’t” – Quixote Theater, Montecelio (RM) December 17-24, 2022.
  • 2021 – And still you saw the stars – Bipersonal exhibition of Pierpaolo Cannistraci and Manuel Grillo at the Massenzio Arte space (Rome). December 11 to 18, 2021.
  • 2020 – “The Structure that Connects 1° Ed. ‘An Interactive Dance'” – Online event organized during the exhibition sponsored by the Lazio Region In & Out, Art Does Not Stop – December 2020.

Group exhibitions

  • 2023 – Art & Knowledge – Contemporary Art Exhibition II Ed.zione, held at the Italian Institute of Culture in Cairo, Egypt. March 15 to March 31, 2023.
  • 2022 – Art & Knowledge – Exhibition of contemporary art held at the Accademia Dei Romani. Event sponsored by the Lazio Region. June 4 to June 28, 2022.
  • 2022 – Eros and Thanatos – Collective Performance of Contemporary Art with Visual Arts Exhibition in the Mitreo (Corviale, Rome), as part of RAW Rome Art Week – November 1-6, 2021
  • 2022 – 1st Young Artists Collective – Contemporary Art Exhibition at Academy of Agrigento, Italy.
  • 2021BienArteN Fourth Ed. – Biennale Internazionale di Arte dei Castelli Romani – Nemi at Palazzo Ruspoli – May 23 / June 27, 2021 https://www.facebook.com/biarten
  • 2020 – “ONE WORLD – ONE LOVE,” Video installation, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (四川美术学院美术馆), Sichuan, China
  • 2020 – “WE ARE A TSUNAMI” be**pART – the largest collective show ever , Atelier MONTEZ, www.montez.it, Rome, Italy,
  • 2019 – CAEA art Museum (CAEA美术馆), “Eye of the world Discovery of Chongqing,” Sichuan, China 2019
  • 2019 – Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (四川美术学院美术馆), “Eye of the world Discovery of Chongqing,” Sichuan, China
  • 2019 – Il Mito della Caverna – Theatrical Performance by Alessandra Frigato and Stefania Fienili, created by Red Studio Chimera di Nemi. Academy of Romans, Rome Fine Arts Institutes 21/10/2019
  • 2018 – FreeArtFriday held at the Togheter space for the Forgotten Project, Rome, March 17, 2018
  • 2013 – “The invisible in the visible” held at the Protomoteca hall, Campidoglio, Rome, June 20, 2013.
  • 2012 – “S’Offrire” held in the church of Santa Maria in Portae Paradisi, Rome, sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, from 14 to 25 May 2012.
  • 2012 – “Styles in comparison in the Third Millennium” promoted by the Tiberino Cultural Center, with the Patronage of the Department of Cultural Policies of Rome, from 03/03/12 to 09/03/12.
  • 2011 – “Dia-Logos, Meeting of Cultures” coordinated by Enzo Orti, sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, in the year 2010-11 ‘.
  • 2011 – “Ars et Pax” held in the church of Santa Maria in Portae Paradisi (RM), sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and the Pontifical Academy of the virtuosos of the Pantheon, from June 13 to 17, 2011.
  • 2011 – Artexpò 2011 – Pontecorvo (FR) from August 25 to 26, 2011.
  • 2010 – “Photograph your city” held in the municipality of Guidonia Montecelio, 11/19/2010.
  • 2007 – “Opera Bosco” held in Calcata (VT) on 25/05/2007.

Online group exhibitions

  • 2020 – #IN=OUT: Art does not stop, Maxentius Art – Online exhibition sponsored by Lazio Region December 11-24, 2020.
  • 2020 – “ONE WORLD – ONE LOVE,” Video installation, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (四川美术学院美术馆), Sichuan, China
  • 2020 – “Be**pART” the largest collective show ever, Montez Atelier, www.montez.it – Rome 2020.
  • 2020#DOMANIINARTE Contest, Modern Art Gallery of Rome, “G.U.MMXX”

Auctions

  • 2023 – “The Dancer with Cymbals in Red” – Auction House WANNENES

Street Art projects

  • 2024 – Realization of the Mural “Fly Icarus, Fly!” – work realized in collaboration with ENEL Energia.
  • 2022 Realization of the Mural “A Thousand Red Poppies” – Quixote Theater, Montecelio (RM) December 17-24, 2022.
  • 2020 – Realization of the Mural “Memory is not of pARTE” with the project ResistArt , winner of the Lazio Street Art call of the Lazio Region 2020.

Calls & Awards

  • 2024 – Winner with the project Nodelab Art, Environment and Technology, of the Call “Promoting innovation and inclusive eco-design, also in terms of circular economy and guiding the public towards more responsible behavior towards the environment and climate” by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture and funded by the European Union under NGEU – Next Generation EU funds allocated to the PNRR – National Recovery and Resilience Plan, 2024.
  • 2023 – Winner of the LAZIO STREET ART 2nd Ed. with the project“Il Volo,” a competition funded by the Lazio Region. In collaboration with the Accademia Dei Romani, the Municipality of Guidonia Montecelio. February 2023.
  • 2020 – Winner of the LAZIO STREET ART Announcement 1st Ed. Call for proposals funded by the Lazio Region. In collaboration with the Accademia Dei Romani, the Municipality of Guidonia Montecelio, ANPI. December 2020
  • 2019 – Art Mogao Caves – Contemporary Sculpture Competition organized by Gansu Silk Road International EXPO (China), Rome 2019/20′.
  • 2012 – Winner of the jury prize at the Mimmo Canonico “Agave D’oro” national extemporary painting competition promoted by the municipality of Guidonia Montecelio and Mimmo Canonico Onlus, 07/10/12.

Courses and lectures

  • 2023 – Lecturer of the Digital Fabrication course for the Master’s degree in “New technologies for communication, cultural management and art history teaching: for an immersive and multisensory fruition of Cultural Heritage” – Tor Vergata University 2022-24
  • 2022 – Lecturer of the course Design and 3D Printing – I.C. E. De Filippo, Fonte Nuova, 2022.
  • 2021 – Lecturer Digital Fabrication – Art and New Technologies course for students in the Biennium of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts (China). November 30, 2021
  • 2019 – Seminar Street Art in the province – Tor Vergata University November 2021 https://manuelgrillo.com/2021/11/19/street-art-in-provincia-tra-memoria-storica-e-prospettive-future/
  • 2019 – Symposium – Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (四川美术学院美术馆), “Eye of the world Discovery of Chongqing,” Sichuan, China 2019 https://manuelgrillo.com/2020/01/15/soggiorno-in-cina/

Performance

  • 2022 – CHROMA at Fondazione Museo Venanzo Crocetti, Rome, May 6 to 18, 2022.
  • 2021 – TEMPORAL MAPS – shared performance at the Massenzio Arte space (Rome). December 11 to 18, 2021.
  • 2020 – THE STRUCTURE THAT CONNECTS talk held during #IN=OUT: Art does not stop, Massenzio Arte – Online Exhibition sponsored by the Lazio Region December 11-24, 2020.
  • 2019 – MACRO ASILO – “Study on Bosh” by Alessandro Bavari & Franco Losvizzero Rome, Italy 2019

Articles & Publications

  • 2024 – Grillo, Manuel. “3D Printing, Street Art & NFTs. A Sensory Journey into Intangible Heritage.” Paper presented at The 2nd International Conference “Intangible Cultural Heritage: Future Issues and Visions,” February 12-14, 2024, Italian Archaeological Center, Cairo, Egypt.
  • 2023 – Grillo, Manuel. “Art and 3D Printing.” Contribution in the catalog “Gerardo Lo Russo” published by Accademia Dei Romani editor, Rome, 2023.
  • 2021 – ITUBE Art and Copying in the Time of Artificial Neural Networks https://www.arshake.com/itube-arte-e-copia-al-tempo-delle-reti-neuronali-pt-2/
  • 2020 – #IN=OUT: Art does not stop, Maxentius Art – Online exhibition sponsored by Lazio Region December 11-24, 2020.
  • 2019 – Catalogue Art Mogao Caves – Contemporary Sculpture Competition organized by Gansu Silk Road International EXPO (China), Rome 2019/20′.
  • 2007 – Catalogue “Opera Bosco” held in Calcata (VT) on 25/05/2007.
  • 2011 – Artexpò 2011 – Pontecorvo (FR) from August 25 to 26, 2011.

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