Alberto Di Fabio's paintings and works on paper merge the worlds of art and science, depicting natural forms and biological structures in vivid color and imaginative detail. Throughout his abstract images, the artist has developed and expanded his interest in the natural world, with early works dealing with the structures of flora and fauna, as well as eco and astral systems. Di Fabio's more recent paintings have focused on genetics and DNA, the synaptic receptors of the brain, moving his work into the realm of pharmaceutical and medical research.
Alberto Di Fabio was born in 1966 in Avezzano, Italy. From 1980 to 1984 he attended Liceo Artistico, Rome, in 1985 he attended Academia Incisione di Urbino, Italy, and from 1984 to 1988 he attended Academia delle Belle Arti, Rome. Solo exhibitions include “Erde, Ordnung und Chaos in der Nature—Environment,” Magazin 4, Kunstverein, Austria (1997); Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Italy (2011); “Realta’ Parallele,” Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna, Rome (2012); “Une Installation,” Mairie du 4 arrondissement, Paris (2013); “Dialogues,” Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London (2013); “Paesaggi Della Mente,” Palazzo Clemente, Castel Basso, Italy (2014); “Galassie sul Castello,” Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples (2014); “Parallel Visions,” CERN, Geneva (2014); “GeograficaMente,” MART Rovereto, Italy (2015); MACRO Testaccio, Rome (2015); and “Cosmic Gate,” Gate Porta, Italy (2016).
In 2010, at the 61st Fondazione Michetti edition of the “Dante Ruffini anda Maddalena Rettirosso” Prize, founded by the astrophysicist Professor Remo Ruffini, the prize was assigned by the jury to Alberto Di Fabio for his acrylic work on canvas, “Sinapsi e galassie,” (2008). Di Fabio has had six solo exhibitions with Gagosian Gallery, including Heddon Street, London (2002); Beverly Hills, California (2004); Brittania Street, London (2007); Madison Avenue, New York (2010); Athens, Greece (2011); and Geneva, Switzerland (2014).
Di Fabio currently lives and works in Rome and New York.
Alberto Di Fabio
Alberto Di Fabio’s aerial installation, I Quanti (2019) has been permanently installed in the Palazzo Koch in Rome. Commissioned by Banca d’Italia, the work consists of sixteen paintings on rice paper suspended above the grand staircase.
Alberto Di Fabio’s I Quanti (2019) installed in the Palazzo Koch, Rome. Artwork © Alberto Di Fabio. Photo: Giorgio Benni
Alberto Di Fabio
January 19–March 30, 2019
Fondation Bullukian, Lyon, France
Alberto Di Fabio’s paintings are abstract and gestural, full of scientific iconographies, inspired by both astronomy and biology. His images, which bring macro- and micro-universes together in lively and colorful combinations, are shown alongside geometric abstractions by Léon Tutundjian.
Alberto Di Fabio, Matter and Soul, 2018 © Alberto Di Fabio
Oltre ogni ragionevole dubbio
Alberto Di Fabio—Kepa Garraza
Closed June 9, 2017
Reale Accademia di Spagna, Rome
Alberto Di Fabio asks us to reflect on how we perceive all that is around us by enlarging what is small and invisible, for this is not less important. For this exhibition he is paired with the Bilbao-based artist Kepa Garraza.
Alberto Di Fabio, Corpo di Luce, 2016. Photo by Giorgio Benny