Francesco Pacelli

Portrait of Francesco Pacelli, Photo by Margherita Nuti

Francesco Pacelli (1988, Perugia, Italy. Lives and works in Milan) graduated in Design at Politecnico University. He worked as assistant to Roberto Cuoghi and was part of the artistic direction of the project space Dimora Artica in Milan. He draws on multiple spheres of contemporary culture, proposing formal syntheses with imaginative and deliberately ambiguous features, taking on unrealistic but possible tones in the eyes of the viewer. Through repeated semantic stratifications and a continuous tension for material experimentation, his works bring together the collective imagination and the personal sphere in a loop of visual references that are at the same time destabilising and familiar. His research is an attempt to connect different worlds and references inspired by science, spirituality, the relationship between nature and artifice, cosmic stories, often merging into fantastic and alternative situations compared to the reality of everyday life, in a sort of constant search for escapism.

Among his recent solo and duo shows: “Holobiont Rhapsody", Duo show with Stach Szumski, Eastcontemporary, Milan, Italy (2021); “Notturno”, site-specific project, curated by Giulia Pollicita, UnaVetrina, Rome, Italy (2020); “Fishy fishy fishy X”, Rehearsal, Milan, Italy (2019). 

The artist was included in group exhibitions such as: “Abbiamo invitato un po' di artisti nello Spazio”, pt II, curated by Osservatorio Futura and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Osservatorio Futura, Turin, Italy (2022); “This must be the place”, curated by Edoardo De Cobelli and Sara Van Bussel, Composit Flagship store, Milan, Italy (2022); “Les Danses Nocturnes”, curated by EastContemporary, Spread Museum, Entrevaux, France (2021); “Starry speculative nights”, curated by Edoardo De Cobelli, Spazio Volta, Bergamo, Italy (2021); “Luna Calante”, curated by Edoardo Manzoni and Giada Olivotto, Residenza La Fornace, Italy (2020); “Libertà”, curated by Luca Beatrice, Castello di Lajone, Quattordio, Italy (2020); “Tetsuo’s body”, curated by Marcello Barison and Andrea Samory, 9hours Hotel Otemachi, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan (2018); “Formes vivantes”, curated by Jean-Charles Hameau, Musèe National Adrien Dubouchè, Limoges, France (2018); “Future Artists”, Nerve Visual Gallery, Londonderry, Northern Ireland (2016).