Fabio Viale

Fabio Viale

Fabio Viale is a sculptor who has managed to make his name on the international art scene with works made of marble that are so engaging as to become events. In 2002 he constructed Ahgalla, a boat sculpted out of marble that cannot only float but also carry people, with the help of an outboard motor. It has been launched in Carrara, Turin, Rome, Milan, Venice, Saint Petersburg and in 2011 in Moscow. This and other performances have always been reported on the principal TV channels and in the leading newspapers and magazines. The numerous shows in Italy and abroad, curated by eminent art critics, have singled him out as an artist of great interest for numerous important collections, both public and private. In 2008 a graduation thesis at the University of Turin was devoted to him under the title “Fabio Viale, a contemporary sculptor”. His works have been displayed at the most important contemporary art fairs, including those of New York, Basel, Miami, and London. In 2009 the Loft Project Etagi in St Petersburg organised a major solo show of his work which attracted over 30,000 visitors. On this occasion, Aghalla 2 was launched on the waters of the Neva in the presence of the main Russian TV news channels. In 2010 he made Cavour, a monument to Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour for the Quirinale in Rome, and in 2011 he had a solo show at the Moscow “Garage” centre for contemporary art. In the following year, the Museo del Novecento in Milan displayed his most representative works at a solo show, purchasing a sculpture for its permanent collection. 2013 marked his debut at the Sperone Westwater in New York: an extensive project complete with catalogue. In 2014 he won the prestigious contemporary art prize, the Premio Cairo. In 2015 he began his collaboration with the Poggiali gallery of Florence which, among other events, led in 2016 to the display for the first time in history of two contemporary art sculptures in one of the most famous churches in the world: the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence, the complex which boasts the greatest concentration of sculptures by Michelangelo worldwide. Two versions of Michelangelo’s Pietà were presented on this occasion. In 2017 he received the 52nd Le Muse International Prize in the Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. He was also invited by the Town Council of Forte dei Marmi to display at the newly-renovated Fortino. The exhibition is entitled Door Release. Fabio Viale was born in Cuneo in 1975; he lives and works in Turin.

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White marble, mirror and steel

2015, 130 x 90 x 20 cm


Black marble and steel

2015, 177 x 308 x 2,7 cm

Door Release


2018, 123 x 88 x 65 cm

Il vostro sará il nostro

White m

2018, 42 x 36 x 27 cm


White marble

2017, 123 x 88 x 65 cm


White marble and pigments

2018, 91 x 70 x 45 cm


Black marble

2017, 63 x 90 x 67 cm

Italic Venus

White Marble and pigments

2017, 173 x 52 x 15 cm


Solo Exhibitions
Volumes Senesi Contemporanea, London, UK.
Fifteen Gagliardi e Domke / Turin, Italy.
Lucky Ehi Galleria Poggiali / Milan, Italy.
In Stein gemeisselt / Glyptothek Munich, Germany.
Door Release/ Fortino, Forte dei Marmi, Italy.
La Suprema, Gallery Kunst & Denker / Düsseldorf, Germany.
Pietà, Basilica di San Lorenzo / Florence, Italy.
+ O -, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi / Florence, Italy. Punk, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi / Pietrasanta, Italy.
Stargate, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA.
Primo piano d’artista, curated by Alessandra Galasso, Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy.
Marmo, curated by Anastasia Shavlokhova, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia.
Marmo, Loft Project Etagi, San Petersburg, Russia. The Pool NYC, Venice, Italy.
Souvenirs, Gagliardi Art System / Gallery, Turin, Italy.
Opera Rotas, Galleria Rubin, Milan, Italy.
Kick-starter, Gagliardi Art System / Gallery, Turin, Italy.
Volere Volare, (with Hiraki Sawa), Galleria Placentia Arte Contemporanea, Piacenza, Italy.
Ahgalla, Galleria Adelinquere, Turin, Italy.

Group Exhibitions
58 - Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Tattoo - L’arte sulla pelle, MAO, Turin, Italy.
La Suprema - Fabio Viale, Laurenz Berges, Kunst&Denker, Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Naked Age, Gagliardi e Domke, Turin, Italy.
Illusion, Gagliardi e Domke, Turin, Italy.
Arte alle corti, Turin, Italy.
Out of the boxes II, Gagliardi Art System, Turin, Italy.
Presepio. L’immagina della Natività dal Medioevo all’Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Madama, Accademia Albertina, Turin, Italy.
Artsiders, Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia, Italy.
Icastica, Arezzo, Italy.
Summer Sculpture, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA.
Premio Cairo, Palazzo della Permanente di Milano, Italy.
Assonanze/Dissonanze " Assonance/Dissonance, Italian Cultural Institute of NewYork, USA.
Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C.to last week, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA.
Senza Rete, Loft Project Etagi, San Petersburg, Russia.
One, Another, curata da Stefanie Roach, The Flag Art Fondation, New York, USA.
GranTorino, curata da Francesco Poli e Paolo Facelli, Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum, Miami, USA.
Hunters & Gatherers, Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Svizzera.
La scultura italiana del XXI secolo, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation, Milan, Italy.
2d3d, curata da Alessandro Romanini, Fabbrica dei Pinoli, Villa la Versiliana, Pietrasanta, Italy. Scherzo, satira, ironia, curata da Peter Weiermair, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany. XIV Biennale di Arte Sacra, Museo Staurus d’Arte Sacra e Contemporanea, Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy.
XXL, curata da Alberto Zanchetta, Superstudio Più, Milan, Italy.
Speculazioni d’artista. Quattro generazioni allo specchio, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy.
Experimenta, curated by Augusta Monferini, Maria Grazia Tolomeo and Alberto Dambruoso, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, La Farnesina, Rome, Italy.
Qui vive?, I Biennale Internazionale per Giovani Artisti, curata da Marisa Vescovo e Alessandro Carrer, organizzata da IGAV, National Centre for Contemporary Art and The Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
Energie sottili della materia, organizzata da IGAV, SUPEC - Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai, Cina; China National Academy of Painting, Beijing, Cina.
Arrivi e Partenze: Italia, curated by Alberto Fiz and Walter Gasperoni, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy.
Nothing But Sculpture. XIII Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, curated by Francesco Poli, Carrara, Italy.
Natura e Metamorfosi, curated by Marisa Vescovo, organized by IGAV, SUPEC - Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China; China National Academy of Painting, Beijing, China;
Il Segno di giugno, Galleria Il Segno, Rome, Italy.
Untitled, ex Faema (former Faema factory), Milan, Italy.
Serrone Biennale Giovani Monza, Serrone della Villa Reale, Monza, Italy.
Allarmi, curata da Ivan Quaroni, Norma Mangione, Alessandro Trabucco, and Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, Caserma De Cristoforis, Como, Italy.
Disegnare il marmo, a cura di Marisa Vescovo, Palazzo Binelli, Carrara, Italy.
Selected Performances
Ahgalla, Gorsky park, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia.
Ahgalla, Rio dell’Arsenale, Venice, Italy. 2006, Ahgalla, Canale di Ponte Rosso, Trieste, Italy.
Ahgalla, Canale di Ponte Rosso, Trieste, Italy.
Ahgalla, Tevere Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy. 2003, Ahgalla, Murazzi del Po, Turin, Italy.
Ahgalla, Porto di Carrara, Carrara, Italy

2010, Progetto Cavour, memorial monument commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the
Unification of Italy. Rome, Italy.

Cairo Prize, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy.
Henraux Fondation Award, First Prize, Querceta, Italy.
International Prize Giovane Scultura Fondazione Francesco Messina, Materima Casalbeltrame, Novara, Italy.

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