Marco Perego Saldana


Marco Perego Saldana was born in Salo, Italy in 1979. He has become one of the most noticeable emerging artists to watch. Internationally renowned, Marco Perego Saldana looks at works by great masters and breaks up their figures into forms. His paintings are a result of the dissection of these forms into abstract images and his work focuses on the abstraction of the human form.

As writer Glenn O’Brien said, "Perego’s work is in an ancient Mediterranean tradition. In a time of abstract and conceptual art it’s easy to neglect the themes that seem to carry over from age to age. Today grotesques tend to live in cartoon, teen television and science fiction, but it’s good to see an artist who understands the old pagan usages bring them back into the practice of painting and sculpture."

Perego Saldana recently followed his muse into the world of animation. He wrote and directed “Burn to Shine,” a 25-minute short film comprised of over 2,500 drawings. The film was released in 2013 and features a score by BAFTA award-winning producer/re-mixer/composer Nellee Hooper, who has collaborated with Björk, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Madonna, U2, Massive Attack, and Craig Armstrong/ Marius De Vries on the score for Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Perego Saldana produced a short film, entitled “ME + HER”, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The short film is about a tiny city made of cardboard in a faraway world, tucked away in a small fold of land behind an enormous willow tree.

Perego Saldana made the cover of The Guardian in 2007 with his sculpture “THE ONLY GOOD ROCKSTAR IS A DEAD ROCKSTAR.” Foreshadowing the untimely death of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, the piece posited Winehouse as the victim of Beat generation writer William Burroughs (who, in fact, accidentally shot and killed his wife Joan Vollmer in Mexico in 1951). The sculpture now resides in a Mexico City museum, part of the largest collection of contemporary art in Latin America.

For “ADAM, EVE and ME,” Perego Saldana created a nine-foot iPod replica displayed in front the Apple store on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue. A social commentary on the devolution of humanity in the 21st century, the non- commissioned installation also featured the artist himself in a top hat and tails along with a cast of 50 actors dressed like monkeys.

In 2012, Perego Saldana’s work was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, at the Museo Tuscolano in Rome, at Art Basel Miami among other notable art fairs, and at Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska.

Born March 1979 in Salo, Italy
Lives in Los Angeles

Select Solo Exhibitions

2014 New Works, 'The Space', Los Angeles, CA
Curated by Dean Valentine
2012 Awakening, Fairytales Mania, Royal Academy of the Arts, London, England
Essay by Glenn O Brien
2011 Secrets, Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich, Essay by Adam Lindemann
2008 The Truth is All of These Things, The Truth is None of These Things, The Truth is Some of These Things, Half Gallery, New York, New Yor, Curated by John Mc Whinnie
Essay by John Mc Whinnie, Bill Power, Carine Roitfeld and Glenn O Brien Devastated Land, National Archaeological Museum, Florence, Italy Curated by Sergio Risaliti
2006 Adam, Eve and ME, Devolution Of Humanity in the 21st Century, Apple Center, 59th St, New York, New York
Select Group Exhibitions
2012 About Caravaggio. Contemporary Visions & Illusions, Museo Tuscolano, Rome, Italy
2011 Rebel, Galerie Gmurzynska, Paris, France 2008 Cose Mai Viste, Terme di Diocleziano, Rome, Italy, Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva
2007 Group Show, 20 Hoxton Square, London, England
2006 I Tesori del Marocco, Triennale, Milan, Italy