Anna Paola Pizzocaro
I was born in Milan, successfully graduating in Italy from the Fine Art Academy of Milan, and in France where I obtained a post-diploma qualification at the ENSAD ( Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Décoratifs ) in Paris in 1998, I later pursued and achieved an MFA from Sorbonne University in Paris with Honors (Paris 1).
After Graduation in Paris I worked for Mikros Image and Duran Duboi and I was involved in the Post Production of some famous movies such as Polanski 's "The Ninth Gate", Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar" by Claude Zidi , "Joan of Arc" by Luc Besson and "Epouse - moi" by Harriet Marin, to finally move on to work on various advertising campaigns.
My interest in photography constantly and significantly increased to the extent of driving me towards a deeper desire to study and discover the countless possibilities this mighty artistic medium provides. I graduated from ICP of NYC (USA) in 2009.
I had the wonderful opportunity to work for David LaChapelle in his New York Studio for three consecutive years in a motivating environment.
My current and past exhibition schedule with a positive feedback both from the critics and the audience counts in - just to name a few - Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Washington DC, Dubai, London,Milan, Paris, Padua , Genoa, the Art Museum of Chianciano (Florence), the Natural History Museum in Milan, at Quirinal Palace in Rome in collaboration with the Ministry for Cultural Heritage.
My first solo museum exhibition was held at the Lu.C.C.A ( Center of Contemporary Art in Lucca ) in Tuscany back in 2012, under the artistic direction of Maurizio Vanni, where was exhibited my series "Unanswered Prayers", featuring a full 30 large-format works.
During my career, I received various awards in New York, in London, in Milan, Linz in Austria and in Monte Carlo. In Linz, back in 2000, I was conferred a very significant recognition : the Honorary Mention for the International Prix Ars Electronica in Computer Animation.
In 2014 my series "Unanswered Prayers" has been object of a solo show at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, USA. In 2017 I had the honor to have a solo show at Villa Firenze in Washington DC, the Residence of the Italian Ambassador in the US.
My Catalogs are available for public Consultation at the Library of The National Museum Of Women in the Arts in Washington Dc, and at the New York Public Library (NYC).
My photographic artworks are included in famous museums collections such as the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.
In New York I absorb the energy of a city that does not give up , open and international.
LECTURES AND TALK SHOWS
-May10, 2014 Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. Conference and Guided Tours.
Invited by the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. to give guided tours of my exhibition Unanswered Prayers during the European Union Embassies' Open House Day.
-September 23th, 2013, Speos Paris London Photographic Institute, Lecture Expert Modules by Anna Paola Pizzocaro, Photographer, 8 rue Jules Valles, 75011, Paris, France.
-May 11, 2012, L.U.C.C.A Center of Contemporary Art, Talk Show 'Contemporary Photography in the Digital Era. Evolution or Hoax?. Speakers Art Critics Alessandro Romanini, Maurizio Vanni, and Artist Anna Paola Pizzocaro', Lucca, Italy.
-1997 BA Graduated from N.A.B.A. (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Painting and Visual Arts departement, Via Carlo Darwin, 20, 20143 Milan, Italy, Graduated with 110/110 (Honors).
-1998 Post-Graduated from ENSAD (Ecole National Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs) 31 Rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris, France.
-2003 MFA with Honors (Mention Bien) Master Degree in Aesthetics and Visual Arts , Sorbonne University, Paris1, 17, rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris, France.
-2008, Speos Paris London Photographic Institute, European Master in Photography,8 rue Jules Valles, 75011, Paris, France.
-2009 ICP (International Center Of Photography) GS Program, 1133 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, USA.
- Fine Arts: Residency in Contemporary Practices, SVA (School of Visual Arts) New York, July 11-August 11, 2017
- From the Laboratory to the Studio: Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art, Summer Residency - SVA (School of Visual Arts) New York - May 20 to June 20 2013.
AWARDS & HONORABLE MENTIONS :
June 2017 - Bartholomew Meeker Award at SCNY, 47 Fifth Avenue in Greenwhich Village, New York, NY 10003, US.
October 2015 - Honorable Mention Lucie Foundation, IPA International Photography Award,in Book Fine Art category for the winning entry Looking in the footsteps of reflections.
July 2015 - Honorable Mention IPA International Photography Award,in Home-Place category for the winning entry As A Distant memory the Tail Of the wail Is Greeting Us.
May 2011 - Honorable Mention International Award in Digital Art, at Gagliardi Gallery, London, UK.
September 2010 - Honorable Mention at International Chianciano Award at Chianciano Art Museum in Digital Art and Photogarphy, Chianciano, Italy.
March 07 2008- Award "Mimosa D'oro" in Photography, Gallery Ba-Rocco, Via Cascina Barocco 10, Milan 20152, Italy.
May 2008 - 7° Award Ba-Rocco, "Arte Ba-Rocco", Honor in Painting and Graphic, at Via Cascina Barocco 10, Milan 20152, Italy.
July 2000 - Prix Ars Electronica, Lintz, Austria, Computer Animation/Visual Effect Award.
May 2000 - Imagina, Monaco Monte-Carlo, International II Art Award in SFX.
PUBLIC & PRIVATE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
The Phillips Collection (WASHINGTON, DC, USA), Museum Public Collection.
Southern Museum Of Fine Art (LAS VEGAS, US), Museum Public Collection.
Fienilarte Foundation (PIETRASANTA, ITALY), Museum Public Collection.
DURANDO-VOLPE Family Private Collection (MANTUA, ITALY).
Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio and Wife Micaela Private Collection at Villa Firenze (WASHINGTON, DC, USA).
MY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION IN US AND EU IN THESE PUBLIC LIBRARIES
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY (NYC, US)
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Manhattan, NY 10018-2788.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS (WASHINGTON, DC, US)
1250 New York Avenue NW, in Washington D.C. 20005.
INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY (NYC, US)
1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036
DRESDEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (DRESDEN , GERMANY)
Zellescher Weg 18, 01069 Dresden, Germany.
KUNSTHISTORISHES INSTITUT IN FLORENZ, Max-Planck-Institut
Via Giuseppe Giusti, 44, 50121 Firenze, Italy.
BIBLIOTECA NAZIONALE CENTRALE DI ROMA
Viale Castro Pretorio, 105, 00185 Roma, Italy.