Crossing disciplinary and geographic boundaries, Pietro Ruffo investigates ways to expand the space we are allocated. His work is developed through the creation of delicate drawings, monumental sculptures and organic installations in constant growth. Ruffo’s practice reflects his intense social and moral concerns, as well as his stance on specific ethical issues. The artist’s research is scholastic and yet his notes are graphic, rather than written. He discusses work not as a finished product but as a process-based research, open-ended and in continuous development.
Pietro Ruffo was born in Rome in 1978, where he later studied architecture. His training led him to use the drawing as a technique for mapping research. His proposals address issues concerning the relationship of man and nature, personal freedom and the construction of collective identity. His works are a set of projects that make one reflect on the politics of space occupation.
Ruffo has exhibited extensively in Italy and elsewhere. Among his recent exhibitions is included the 54th Venice Biennale, the 4th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Moscow, the Museum of Art and Design in New York (MAD), the Kunstverein Langenhagen Schöndeling (Germany), the Museum of Art SXXI of Rome and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome.
In 2010 Ruffo was awarded the 8th Annual New York Prize and won a fellowship at Columbia University in New York.
His works are part of important collections, such us the Musee d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, DeutscheBank Foundation, The Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in Rome, the Foundation Giuliani, the DEPART Foundation and Guastalla Lodeveans Collection.