b. 1982, Rome, Italy
Widely acclaimed for his immersive multi-channel video installations, animated painting, and large-scale sculptures, London-based artist Quayola merges classical aesthetics with custom built software and computer algorithms to create a space for contemplation in the virtual realm. Often using iconic paintings, stained glass windows, or frescos as source material, the artist re-contextualizes original masterpieces by transforming brush strokes, sculpture, and architecture into algorithmically derived abstract geometry, moving image, and sound.
Special commissions allowed the artist rare access to the art and architecture of churches, theaters and museums in Europe, including the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Sistine Chapel, for the realization of his series of films, prints and installations entitled Strata.
Quayola’s recent works include Captives, an ongoing series of digital and physical sculptures started in 2013 as a contemporary interpretation of Michelangelo´s Prigioni and his technique of “non finito”. The work, created through the use of complex mathematical functions, computer-generated geological formations, and industrial robots, explores the tension and equilibrium between form and matter, man-made objects of perfection and complex forms of nature, and received an honorary mention at the Ars Electronica 2014.
Quayola has exhibited and performed his work internationally, and in 2013 was awarded the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica for the project Forms with co-author Memo Atken. Past displays of his work include a project for the 54th Venice Biennale at the Italian Cultural Institute in London and exhibitions at Paco Das Artes, Sao Paulo; National Art Center, Tokyo; Pushkin Museum, Moscow; Center for Fine Arts, Brussels; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; MU Artspace, Eindoven; the British Film Institute, London; bitforms gallery, New York; Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille; Grand Theatre, Bordeaux; Church of Saint Eustache, Paris; and EMPAC, New York.
Also a frequent collaborator on musical projects, Quayola has worked with composers, orchestras and musicians including Mira Calix, Plaid, Vanessa Wagner, the London Contemporary Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Bordeaux.