Antonio Rovaldi (Parma, 1975) is an artist living between Milan and New York.
He studied art and photography in Milan with Hideyoshi Nagasawa and Mario Cresci.
His research revolves around themes concerning landscape and the perception of places over distance. His artistic practice is based on walking and traveling long distances by bike, and the study of the places he crosses often has a relationship with literature. The use of writing in relation to imagery is a constant element of his research. He mainly works with photography, video, sculpture and drawing.
In 2006 he won the Premio New York at Columbia University and in 2009 he was Artist in Residence at the ISCP in Brooklyn. His solo shows include that at the Museo MAN in Nuoro (Mi è scesa una nuvola, 2015); Monitor, Rome (Orizzonte in Italia, 2013); The Goma in Madrid (Domani pensami in battaglia, 2013), and Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC (The Opening Day, 2012).
Among his recent group shows: Fondazione Prada (Give Me Yesterday, 2016), Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia (La Via Emilia. Strade, viaggi, confini / Nuove esplorazioni, 2016).
In 2015 he published the book Orizzonte in Italia with Humboldt Books and MAN (2015), the outcome of his long journey along the coast of the Italian peninsula and Sardinia in order to photograph the horizon.
Again in 2015 his Detour in Detroit with Francesca Berardi was published by Humboldt Books (2015), telling the story of one of the 21st century’s most fascinating cities through a series of encounters with a variety of people who are building its present and imagining its future.
Les Cerises published a children’s book of his, inspired by New York and entitled New York City Babe, dedicated to the city and to photography at the same time.
At the moment he is working on a complex project which sees him walking around the five boroughs of New York to recount the edges of the city through its relationship with imagery and writing. At the same time, he is preparing a new bicycle trip across Ireland dedicated to a single color: green.
all images © Antonio Rovaldi