About

Niccolò Moronato (b.1985 Padua) lives and works in Milan and Chicago. His works and installations often intervene in semi-public spaces, such as porter’s lodges and phonebooths, and explore the limits and dynamics of social norms, the relation between the historical and the contemporary, and everything the community takes for granted, puts aside or forgets.
He speaks 6 languages fluently, and spent a good amount of time living outside of his own artistic element.

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BIO

My works and installations often take place in semi-public or paradoxical spaces, such as porter’s lodges, phonebooths, neglected communication media, and algorithm errors. They explore the limits and dynamics of social norms, the relation between the historical and the contemporary, and everything the community takes for granted, puts aside or forgets.
I live and work in Milan and Chicago.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Firmament, solo show, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Arts, London (UK).

OOOroskop, Ars Electronica Festival 2019, Linz
public teletext broadcast on ARD (German National TV) and ORF (Austria).

The Star Survey, Gasworks, London.

The Star Survey: Viperaria, Archivio DOCVA, Milan (performed with Rashayla Marie Brown).

OOOroscope, public teletext broadcast on RAI (Italian National TV).

2017
Franco e Renata (collab. with Thomas Berra), Pastificio Cerere Foundation, Rome.

Last In/First Out, porter’s lodge of Palazzo Archinto, Milan.

ri-RIP, performance and presentation of the second mapping, Gardens of Porta Venezia phonebooth, Milan.  

How do you say goodnight? at The Dangerous Professors, group show, Triumph Gallery, Chicago.

2016
RIP, installation and presentation of the first mapping, Viale Brianza phonebooth, Milan.

Part of Subculture Fanzine group showcase, Edicola Radetzky, Milan. 

COLLECTIONS

Joan Flasch Collection, SAIC, Art Institute of Chicago. 

RESIDENCIES

January - December 2019 – VIR ViaFarini in residence, Milan.

SUPPLEMENTARY COURSEWORK

2018 – Drawing from Imagination, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2017 – Experimental Drawing and Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


What are we missing?
What do we leave behind or aside while we’re busy living?
What do we take so much for granted that we forget about it?

I experience the world as an anthology of languages: religion is a language, work is a language, people, politics, socialization, space, authority – everything is a language that can be exposed, analyzed and re-negotiated.
The foundation of my artistic practice is in mapping all these languages, and in exposing the behaviors and social norms we unwittingly adopt - opening them for play and collective re-validation.
Through drawing, performance, installation, photography and text, I invite my audience in contexts where everyday paradoxes emerge and latent poetics become visible and re-definable.