Davide Monaldi continues to reap success. Our former student of Visual Arts wins the first prize of one of the most important awards on the contemporary scene: the Talent Prize, the international visual arts prize created by Inside Art.
The prestigious jury has chosen. The winning work is his “Wallpaper”, a ceramic installation that realistically reproduces the upholstery of a domestic home. A tromp l’oeil with which Monaldi gives three-dimensionality to a two-dimensional element, investigating the potential of a material belonging to tradition such as ceramics. The artist’s research has long revolved around the sculptural transposition of everyday objects, ironically investigating the potential of ceramics in contemporary art. “Wallpaper” also highlights the contrast between artisan and industrial production, mixing handmade slabs and others in series.
In addition to Monaldi, another artist from the RUFA world will be on display among the finalists of the Talent Prize (from 12 to 31 December at the Macro Museum). It is Simone Cametti, with the work “Tina”, a romantic and deep research on Tina Allori, an iconic character of the Italian song of the fifties, whose voice has been echoed among the Norwegian quarries of larvichite, the same stone of which his tombstone was built, in Amatrice.
For Davide this is an important consolidation of his artistic growth. Especially considering the depth of the jury that evaluated the works, one of the most authoritative, composed by Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, president of the homonymous Foundation, Ludovico Pratesi, artistic director of the Centro Arti Visive Pescheria di Pesaro, Federica Pirani, art historian and exhibition programmer of the Capitoline Superintendence, Marcello Smarrelli, director of the Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Anna d’Amelio Carbone, director of the Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Rocco Guglielmo, artistic director of the Museo Marca in Catanzaro, Guido Talarico, director and publisher of Inside Art, Peter Benson Miller, Artistic Director of the American Academy in Rome, Joachim Blüher, Director of the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo, Fabio Cavallucci, Director of the Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato, Giovanni Giuliani, President Giuliani Foundation for Contemporary Art, Rome, Gianluca Marziani, Artistic Director Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive Spoleto, Charlotte Morel, Director of Visual Arts in the city of Lille, Chiara Parisi, Curator of contemporary art exhibitions at Villa Medici, Roberta Tenconi, Curator Pirelli HangarBicocca Milan.
The artist won a cash prize of 5 thousand euros, an artist residency and an exhibition in the city of Lille. Clearly he will be the protagonist of the great collective exhibition with all the finalists and special prizes that will take place at the Macro from 12 to 31 December.
The other finalists in the exhibition are Davide Allieri with Billdor, Marco Strappato with Untitled (Ground), Jacopo Rinaldi with Circuito chiuso. Extracts from Harald Szeemann in his archive, Luca Resta with Superposition, Cosimo Veneziano with The Monument in the age of Berlusconi, Alberto Sinigaglia with Cloud#Teapot, the German Patrik Thomas with Hotel Desterro and, as already mentioned, Simone Cametti with Tina.