Over the course of his artistic career, Adrian Paci (Scutari, 1969) has worked across different forms of artistic media, from the most traditional, such as painting and mosaics, to the most modern and experimental, including installation, performance and video art.
In his work, which feeds on a deep familiarity with the history of art, observations about the social dynamics of the present, attention to the symbolic density of gestures, and an interest in the interpretative possibilities of images all coexist. At the same time, it is possible to read the entire history of mankind; sober, intimate and solemn gestures at the same time, capable of making themselves exemplary by virtue of an ancient and profound matrix; it identifies that emotional and cultural substratum which, as a minimum common denominator, brings men closer.
At the same time it is possible to read in his work the entire history of man: simple, intimate and solemn gestures can together be classed as specimens by virtue of an ancient and profound matrix. It identifies that emotional and cultural substratum which, as the lowest common denominator, brings men together.
After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, in 1997 Paci left Albania and moved to Milan where he currently lives and works. He has had solo exhibitions in numerous international institutions, including: The Novecento Museum, Florence (2017), MAXXI Museum, Rome (2015); MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal (2014); Pavilion of Contemporary Art – PAC, Milan (2014); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); Mamco, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Genève, Geneva (2013); National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina (2012); Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich (2010); Bloomberg Space, London (2010); The Center for Contemporary Art – CCA, Tel Aviv (2009); MoMA PS1, New York (2006); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005); and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2005). Group exhibitions include: 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism (UABB), Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen; 14th Architecture Biennale, Venice (2014); 48th and 51st Biennial of Visual Arts of Venice (1999 and 2005); 15th Sydney Biennial (2006); and Lyon Biennial (2009). He has taught at various institutions including the Carrara Academy of Bergamo, IUAV of Venice and the New Academy of Fine Arts, NABA of Milan.