Antonio Riello

Digital artist, Photographer, Sculptor – Italian


antonio riello

Born 1958 in Marostica, Vicenza, Italy.

Antonio Riello was born in 1958 in Marostica in the Treviso district.
He lives and works in Milan, London, and Asiago.

In 1997, he made his first work of art in Italy in the form of videogame: Italiani Brava Gente (where, sardonically, one wins by sinking the immigrants’ ships). The commonality of this artist’s creations is a manipulation of images and objects, together with the relationship between ironic invention and conceptual paradox. In addition to virtual subjects, Riello also incorporates objects and subjects from contemporary society, presenting them through a process of modification and decontextualization that is quite unexpected and entertaining for the user.

He takes care, as a teacher and as an artist, of the interface between contemporary art and videogames, seeing in videogames a possible expressive way for the future.

Antonio Riello holds class about this matter at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan), and at Domus Academy (Milan).
Visiting professor also at Ruskin School of Arts (Oxford University), University of Reading (Fine Arts Department) and Derby School of Art and Design (Derby University).

He has exhibited works and installations at: Baltic (Gateshead/NewCastle, UK), Fondazione Velan (Turin, Italy), NGBK (Berlin Germany), Neuhausen Kunstverein (Neuhausen, Germany), MART (Rovereto Italy), Musée d'Art (Saint Etienne France), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria), Fondazione Pomodoro (Milano, Italy), PAC (Milano, Italy), Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena, Italy), Neue Galerie (Graz, Austria), Wolfsburg Kunstverein (Wolfsburg, Germany), Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea (Palermo, Italy), Museo Pecci (Prato, Italy), Freiburg Kunstverein (Freiburg, Germany), Kiel Kunstverein (Kiel, Germany), Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea (Trento, Italy), Biennale Arte Tirana 2001 (Tirana, Albania), Wiesbaden Kunstverein (Wiesbaden, Germany), Borusian Foundation (Istanbul, Turkey), Chelsea Museum of Art (New York, USA) Elgiz Museum (Istanbul, Turkey), XV Quadriennale (Rome, Italy), Der Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin, Germany), Kunsthaus Meran (Merano, Italy), Globe Gallery (NewCastle u Tyne, UK), GAM (Turin, Italy), 54 Biennale di Venezia (Venice, Italy), GAMEC (Bergamo, Italy), Museum Art Design (New York, USA) and in many other art institutions and art galleries.