Emanuele Druid Napolitano was born in Rome in 1976. He lives and works in Rome.
He creates paintings, drawings, films and mixed media artworks. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, his works never show a complete structure. By exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society and mass media, Napolitano creates works that can be seen as social self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of superabundance and marketing.
His works question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of an image.
His work urges us to renegotiate painting and drawing as being part of a reactive or – at times – inert medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society.
By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, he creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position.
Solo exhibitions (selection): Shkoder, in collaboration with Adrian Paci, Albumarte, Rome, 2019; Belfast, Albumarte, Rome / Galerie Délire en Formation, Paris, 2018; Exploring Step I, Albumarte, Rome, 2017; Chasing Boundaries, Albumarte, Rome, 2016; NO/ON, Interno 14, Rome, 2015.
Group exhibitions (selection): Da Casa, Abitare il Tempo Sospeso, Albumarte, Rome, 2020; Streetlight, Wedge Projects, Chicago, 2019; Larva Project, Jerusalem Artists House, Jerusalem, 2019; 20x20, Albumarte, Rome, 2019; Twiner #6 - Liveliness, Centrale del Tennis, Rome, 2018; Streetlight, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, 2017; Subculture, CICA Museum, Gimpo (South Korea), 2017; Simultan Festival XII, Possible Futures, Timisoara, 2017; Blueprints, CIADC, Chicago, 2016; Festival de Cannes, Cannes, 2016; Temple University Biennial, Temple Univesity, Rome, 2016; Festival de Cannes, Cannes, 2015; Premio Vasto, Scuderie di Palazzo Aragona, Vasto (CH), 2015; Decresce, Villa De Santis, Rome, 2012; Achtung! Achtung!, Ex Gil, Rome, 2011; Video Biennial Appart, Aud&Ductac, Dubai, 2010; Gemine Muse, Pietro Canonica Museum, Rome, 2009; Backup video art, Weimar university, Weimar, 2008; Athens video art festival, Athens, 2008; 59 seconds video, Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, 2007; Don’t sleep live art!, Antonio Battaglia Gallery, Rome, 2006; Video Island, Isola del Cinema, Rome, 2006.