Paolo Assenza was born in 1974 in Rome, where he lives and works. He graduated in Scenography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where he was a student of art historian Alberto Boatto, among others. In the 1990s he trained as an artist in contact with many artists on the Roman scene, including Bruno Aller, Maurizio Mochetti (whose assistant he was), the exponents of the historic Gruppo Uno (Achille Pace, Nato Frascà, Ninì Santoro, Nicola Carrino), and the Roman School of Via degli Ausoni in San Lorenzo, in the years between 1996 and 2009, when he had his studio in front of Palazzo Cerere. More recently he joined the Castello di Rivara directed by Franz Paludetto. His work moves transversally from painting to installation and video, mediums through which he constantly experiments while maintaining a preferred relationship with painting. He has taken part in numerous national and international exhibitions and his works are present in public and private collections. In 2014 he was one of the founders of SpazioY, an experimental and independent venue for Contemporary Art in the Roman suburbs, an activity that has seen him organise and curate numerous exhibitions, and which opened a new branch in Palermo for the Manifesta 12 Biennial, an experience that is also intended as an "artistic action" in which the research exhibition space is understood as a space for artistic/political/social confrontation, a cultural project necessary today through which it is possible to re-formulate a contemporary experience akin to those of the avant-garde already known in the historical artistic panorama.
The activity of the exhibition space has been the subject of numerous articles in the trade press, and on the occasion of the first edition of Nesxt (festival on independent realities, directed by Olga Gambari), it was selected among the 20 most representative independent realities on the national territory.
Solo Exhibitions - Palermo Spleen Spazio Y Palazzo Savona curated by Bridge Art and Spazio Y 2018 Palermo; Street Food Fourteen ArTellaro curated by Gino D'Ugo 2018 Tellaro di Lerici (SV) ; Geografie sopra l'orizzonte Studio Arte Fuori Centro, curated by Roberto Gramiccia 2018 Roma ; Declinare il Tempo - Equinozio d'autunno#30 Castello di Rivara, curated by Franz Paludetto 2017 Rivara (TO) ; Del Corpo Senza Peso TraleVolte, curated by Paolo Balmas and Anne Lepoittevin 2015 Rome ; Hodoeporicon Interno14, curated by Bruno Aller 2015 Rome ; Ventinovegiorni Spazio Menexa, curated by Paolo Aita 2014 Rome ; Tutto 26CC, curated by Sabrina Vedovotto 2012 Rome ; Ur-Sprung Maam Metropoliz Lab, curated by Giorgio De Finis and Silvia Litardi 2011 Rome ; Vuoto a Perdere Galleria Endemica, curated by Paolo Balmas 2010 Rome; Homo Videns Ecole Normale Superiore, curated by Anne Lepoittevin 2010 Paris; In-Conciliazioni Galleria Arte e Pensieri, curated by Carlo Fabrizio Carli 2008 Rome.
Collective Exhibitions - Oltremare ArtePorto Area Archeologica dei Porti Imperiali di Claudio e Traiano, curated by Sandro Polo and Silvia Calvarese, 2018, Fiumicino (RM) ; Found a Mentalism II Spazju Kreattiv, curated by Andrea Hilger and Antka Hofmann 2018 La Valletta (Malta) ; Here3 Cavallerizza Reale, curated by Cavallerizza IrReale 2018 Turin ; V Biennale di Viterbo Palazzo dei Papi, curated by Piero Gagliardi 2018 Viterbo ; Monitor#1 Spazio Menexa, curated by Fabrizio Pizzuto 2018 Rome ; Dimensione Fragile Biblioteca Vallicelliana, curated by Paola Paesano and Jasmine Pignatelli 2018 Rome ; Ricognizioni. Dai Bocs Art i linguaggi del contemporaneo BoCs ArtMuseum, curated by Alberto Dambruoso 2017 Cosenza ; Re_Form 11°Biennale di Ostrale Ostrale Zentrum fur zeitgenossische Kunst, curated by Andrea Hilger Oliver Kratz 2017 Dresden ; Asyndeton - Equinozio d'Autunno Castello di Rivara, curated by Franz Paludetto 2016 Rivara (TO) ; Tower of Babel Schema Project Gallery, curated by Mary Judge 2016 New York ; Fragile Heroes Museo Carlo Bilotti, curated by Alberto Dambruoso 2016 Rome ; Residenza BoCS BoCS, curated by Alberto Dambruoso 2015 Cosenza ; Pentamorf Accademia di Ungheria Palazzo Falconieri, curated by Pal Nemet 2015 Rome ; 14x14 Fondazione Exclusiva Area81, curated by Ass. AIAC 2015 Rome ; Off1c1na al Quadraro Gallery of Art Temple University, curated by Shara Wasserman Tiziana Musi 2014 Rome ; 59+1 Premio Termoli Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, curated by Achille Pace 2014 Termoli ; Baculus Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, curated by Gianluca Marziani 2014 Spoleto ; Ginkgo un progetto di Resilienza Artistica Via dei Pisoni, curated by Valentina Fiore 2014 Rome ; Arte di Facciata Teatro Comunale di Corato, curated by C. Cipriani A. Larrarte. Cipriani A. Larrarte L. Mabaro 2014 Corato (BA) ; Limo - Land Art al Furlo Casa degli Artisti Riserva Naturale del Furlo, curated by Alice Devecchi 2014 S. Anna del Furlo (PU) ; Tuffo Torre di Mola, curated by ARIA [ Rivista d'Artisti ] 2013 Formia (LT) ; C'era una volta una sola volta Galleria Wunderkammern, curated by ARIA[rivista di artisti] 2013 Roma ; XLV Premio Vasto Percorsi di figurazione Scuderie Palazzo D'Aragona, curated by Carlo Fabrizio Carli 2012 Vasto ; Quadrato Nomade Palazzo delle Esposizioni, curated by Ass. 100%periferia 2012 Roma ; Cinquanta % Art-Lab Arte Contemporanea, curated by Lapo Simeoni and Luca Grechi 2012 Grosseto ; Il cielo in una stanza / Space metropoliz i primi relitti Casa dell'architettura, curated by Silvia Litardi and Giorgio De Finis 2011 Roma ; Linguaggi e Personaggi - racconti tra segno e parola Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Tor Vergata and Galleria Arte e Pensieri, curated by Francesca Tuscano 2011 Roma ; Auto/Portrait Gallerie Jeune Création, curated by Portrait la Galerie 2010 Paris ; 24x24 Galleria Opera unica and Studio Abate, curated by Tackeaway Gallery 2010 Rome ; Ab ovo - all'origine della forma Atelier Claudio Abate Rome and Scuderie Aldobrandini, curated by Alessandra Caponi and Flavio Alivernini 2009 Rome Frascati ; La falce e il martello - simboli di ferro Museo Sperimentale d'Arte Contemporanea, curated by Daniele Arzenta, Giorgia Calò and Roberto Gramiccia 2008 L'Aquila ; Europa Express Laboratorio Incontri d'Arte, curated by Antonello Rubini 2007 Rome ; Progetto Atelier Albornoz Palace Hotel, curated by Bruno Aller 2006 Spoleto ; Interferenze - 50°Premio Termoli (winner of the first prize) Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, curated by Carlo Fabrizio Carli 2005 Termoli ; Figure - Artisti in Archivio Archivio Centrale dello Stato, curated by Carlo Fabrizio Carli 2005 Roma ; Premio Sabaudia- Ferruccio Ferrrazzi ex Palazzo delle Poste, curated by Carlo Fabrizio Carli 2005 Sabaudia (LT) ; Hommage a Vlado Gotovac Galleria Klovicevi Dvori, curated by Ass. I Diagonali and Jasminka Poklecki Stosic 2004 Zagreb (Croatia) ; Frequentazioni Galleria Arte e Pensieri, curated by Bruno Aller 2004 Rome ; Umejetnici Rima Lipiku- artists from Rome to the city of Lipik Centro Multimediale Galleria Grada, curated by Ass i Diagonali 2004 Lipik (Croatia) ; Una mostra rotonda Teatro della Rotonda 6° ponte quartiere Laurentino, curated by Roberto Gramiccia 2004 Rome ; C. R.R.A.C. - centri romani ricerca arte contemporanea Galleria Arte e Pensieri, curated by Bruno Aller 2003 Roma ; Arte e Pensieri Galleria Arte e Pensieri, curated by Bruno Aller 2003 Roma