About

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Michele Del Campo was raised in San Nicandro Garganico, a small town in rural South Italy. When he was 18 he moved to Milan (Italy), where he started his Fine Art studies, then he went to study in Falmouth (UK), Dundee (UK) and Madrid (Spain). In 2008 he moved to London and in 2016 to Glasgow (UK), where he now lives and works. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain, 2007), and a degree in Illustration and Printmaking from the University of Dundee (UK, 2001). Del Campo has had solo exhibitions in Italy, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Peru, and group exhibitions around Europe, US and Asia, and has won many art prizes, among which the Premio BMW in 2006, given by Queen Sofía of Spain.

In his ongoing series of paintings “Daydreamers”, he generally depicts an idle and melancholic youth, beautiful and kissed by the bright Mediterranean sun, but they appear aloof and immersed in an unfulfilled inner world. In his other ongoing series “Life on the edge” he expresses, in a more dramatic form, the isolation, the loneliness and the sense of loss of the individual.

He paints both from life and from photos, according to the complexity of the composition. His works from photos are careful combinations of a number of different reference photographs that he has taken to models, objects and spaces in different times and places. He paints often on large formats with the freshness and sensuality of a very personal wet on wet technique.

Curriculum

Born in 1976 in Sannicandro Garganico (Italy)

Works in Glasgow

 

Education

2007     Fine Arts Degree, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

2001     Bachelor of Design (Honours) Degree in Illustration and Printmaking, University of Dundee, UK

 

Solo exhibitions

2018     (upcoming) Galería Ansorena, Madrid

2017     "Mentes errantes" Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Peru

            "Way out and back", Palazzetto dell'Arte, Foggia, Italy

2015     "The Fall", Westminster Reference Library, London

2013     Stranded and Adrift, Alpha Gallery, London

2012     Il Muto Rumore dell'Acqua, Imago Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland

2011     Viaje de no retorno, Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Peru

2010     Close Strangers, Mark Jason Gallery, London

2008     Urban Chic, Mark Jason Gallery, London

2007     Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

2006     Gente di mare, Galería Fernando Alcolea, Barcelona

2005     Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

            Galería Fernando Alcolea, Barcelona

2004     Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

            Galería American Prints, Valencia

1998     Villa Zoya, Concorezzo, Milan

 

Selected group exhibitions


2015     Anthology, Aesthetica Art Prize, York

             Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

            Colectiva de Verano, Galería Ansorena, Madrid

2013     Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2012     Royal Society of Marine Artist Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, Londres

            Ten Paths to the Future, Imago Art Gallery, London

            Once pintores realistas + 1, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

2011     Summer Exhibition, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece

            Premio BMW de Pintura, Winning paintings 1986-2010, Casa de Vacas del Parque del Retiro, Madrid

2010     Captured, Catmose Gallery, Oakham, Rutland

            Originals10, Mall Galleries, London

2009     Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2008     Urban Chic, FRINGEMK Project Spaces, Milton Keynes

2007     Ideas sobre diarios, Faculty of Fine Arts, Madrid

            Premios BMW de Pintura, obras ganadoras 1986-2006, Granada

2006     Gran Formato, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

2005     Spagna il colore della passione, Milan, San Donato Milanese and Trento

            72º Salón de Otoño, Madrid

            X Certamen Unipublic de Pintura Deportiva, Oviedo and Las Rozas (Madrid)

            XIII National Printmaking Prizes 2004, MGEC Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo, Marbella

2004     Gran Formato, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

            Extraordinaria de verano, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

            XVI Premio de Pintura Fundación Amigos de Madrid, Museum of the City, Madrid

2003     70º Salón de Otoño, Madrid

            Extraordinaria de verano, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

            Pequeño formato, Galería Gema Lazcano,  Madrid

            Small Sizes, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

            X Premio Nacional de Grabado, MGEC Museo Español de Grabado Contemporáneo and CAAS Centro

            Andaluz de Arte Seriado, Alcalá la Real, Spain

2002     Tentaciones, Estampa 2002, Madrid

            Premio Arte 2002, Museo della Permante, Milan

2001     New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

            Realtà Riflesse, Basilica di San Celso, Milan

1997     Menotrenta, Spazio Hayek,  Milan

 

Art fairs

2016     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery

2015     AAF Hong Kong, Mark Jason Gallery

2014     AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery

             Patchings Art Festival, Nottingham

             Art in Action, Oxford, UK

2013     Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong, Galería Jorge Alcolea

             London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery

2012     ArtMadrid, Galería Jorge Alcolea

2010     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery

            Art Chicago, Mark Jason Gallery

            AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery

            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery

2009     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery

            AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery

            Art in Action Oxford

            Buy Art Manchester, ArtLounge Gallery

            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery

2008     London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery

            MIART Milan, Galería Jorge Alcolea

            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery

            Art in Action Oxford

2007     MIART Milan, Galería Jorge Alcolea

            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery

2006     AAF London, Mark Jason Gallery

            AAF New York, Mark Jason Gallery

            Estampa Madrid, Museo del Grabado de San Clemente

            ArtLondon, Mark Jason Gallery

2005     Scope New York, Galería Jorge Alcolea

            Estampa Madrid, Galería Jorge Alcolea

2002     Estampa Madrid

 

Awards

2016      "Oil Painters of America Award" in ARC International Salon Competition, US

             Finalist The Artist's Magazine Art Prize

2015      Grand Prize "All Media" Art Competition, The Artist's magazine, US

             Third Prize at "Pintar Rápido", London

             Chroma Prize, Patchings Open Art Competition, Calverton, UK

             Longlisted at Aesthetica Art Prize, Aesthetica magazine, York (UK)

            Finalist in the International 2014/15 Art Renewal Centre (ARC) Salon, Figurative Category

            Finalist The Artist's Magazine Art Prize

2014     Royal Talens Prize, Patchings Open Competition, Calverton, Nottinghamshire, UK

            Finalist at International 2013/14 Art Renewal Centre (ARC) Salon in Figurative and Still Life categories, US

            The Artist's Exhibition PrizePatchings Open Competition, Calverton, Nottinghamshire, UK

            Third prize in the Art Event Evening, Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 

            Mall Galleries, London

2013     Joint Second prize in the Art Event Evening, Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 

            Mall Galleries, London

            Honourable Mention in the II Curso de Pintura Realista, course taught by Antonio López García and                             Andrés García Ibañez, Olula del Río

2012     Winner of Winsor and Newton Oil Prize, Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition, Mall

            Galleries, London

            First prize Premios Luces to the Best Solo Exhibition of the Year in Peru, Lima

2009     Selected in the Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2008     Third Price Best of the Best, Art in Action, Oxford

2006     First Price XXI Premio BMW de Pintura

2005     First price X Certamen Unipublic de Pintura Deportiva, Madrid             

            First Printmaking Prize Espina y Capo, 72º Salón de Otoño, Madrid

2003     First prize XIV Premio de Pintura Rápida Fiestas del Pilar, Madrid

            Second prize Premio Nacional de pintura X aniversario Universidad de Huelva, Spain

            Third prize VIII Premio Unipublic de pintura deportiva, Madrid

2002     First prize, Certamen de Pintura XXV Aniversario de C. E. V. Valencia

            Selected in the Premio Arte 2002, Museo della Permante, Milan

 

Selected Publications

The Artist magazine, “Falling for Art”, April 2016, UK

The Artist magazine, "People and places", Oct. 2015, UK

The Artist magazine, Sep. 2015 (with cover), UK

The Artist's magazine, “All Media Art Competition Grand Prize Winner”, Jul-Aug 2015, US

Book Anthology, Aesthetica Art Prize, York

The Artist magazine, "The Artistic Journey", Apr. 2015, UK

Hedge magazine, Melissa Scallan, febbraio 2015

Londra Sera weekly newspaper, "Michele Del Campo artista dell'anno", n.3-2015 (with cover)

Artists and Illustrators magazine "Multiple Figures", Michele Del Campo, February 2015

Artists and Illustrators magazine "Composing from Photos", Michele Del Campo, January 2015

Book Masters of Realistic Imagery, Whois Publisher, 2014, Germany

Levante newspaper, "Arte en el descampado", Adriá Calatayud, 15-8-2013

Serendipity magazine, interview by Christina Lambert, Summer 2013, Vol.3 Issue 1

The Artist magazine, “Journey of no Return”, Michele Del Campo, UK, January 2013 (with cover)

Egoista magazine, “Street View”, Portugal, December 2012

Poets and Artists magazine, interview, US, June 2012

Lunderos supplement to La Industria newspaper, “Michele Del Campo” by Jorge Bernuy, Peru, Feb. 2012 (with cover)

El Comercio newspaper, “Europa y el futuro incierto”, Peru, November 2011

exhibition catalogue, “Michele Del Campo Painter of His Time”, by Jorge Bernuy, Peru, October 2011

Poets and Artists magazine, “Michele Del Campo”, US, October 2010

Galleries magazine, “Michele Del Campo”, by Corinna Lotz, UK, July 2010

Art of England magazine, “Close Strangers”, by Ben Austin, UK, July 2010

Artists and Illustrators magazine, “My Studio”, by Steve Pill, UK, July 2010

The Artist magazine, “Beautiful People”, by Oliver Lange, UK, March 2010 (with cover)

Artists & Illustrators magazine, “Summer in the City” by Lynn Parr, UK, Sep. 2008 (with cover)

Art of England magazine, “Urban Chic”, UK, October 2008

exhibition catalogue, “Michele Del Campo” by Edward Lucie-Smith, Galería Jorge Alcolea, December 2007

Arte magazine, “L’estate in città. Giovane, spensierata, anonima” by Pia Capelli, Italy, Dec. 2007

exhibition catalogue, “Todos los días”, Giuseppe Musicco, Galería Jorge Alcolea, Spain, Dec. 2005

Madrid Alto Standing magazine, “Michele Del Campo” by Emanuela Petri, Spain, Autumn 2004

Arte magazine, “Le città invisibili” by Maurizio Sciaccaluga, Italy, July 2004

 

Main Collections

Standard Chartered Bank, London;   The Artist Magazine, UK;   BMW, Spain;   Peugeot, Spain;   Unipublic, Spain;  Museo Grabado San Clemente, Spain;   Universidad Huelva, Spain;   Madrid Council, Spain