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Double Self-Portrait (2015), Conté on cardboard, cm. 60 x 40

Ilaria Caputo was born in 1977 in Palermo, where she still lives and works. She attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in her hometown, from which she obtained a Degree in Sculpture in 2001. Nonetheless, she has never forgotten her passion for drawing and colors, which can be clearly seen right from her early works. Here materials and media are mixed in hybridized compositions, which show Ilaria's strong need to overcome boundaries between different art forms in an ongoing tendency towards harmony. This quest for balance, along with the attempt to describe the inner – and sometimes hidden – elegance of everyday objects, are precisely the recurring themes of her whole artistic production.
Her most recent research focuses on an in-depth study of light. Ilaria, using different materials in the same work, plays with its possibilities. Plexiglas layers, gold and silver leaf, acrylic mirror sheets become both subject and support for her works, which she creates through her bright figurative style. Her exploration of the soul of everything often leads her towards portraiture, which she investigates as if it were a marvelous game of mirrors in which the individuality of the artist merges with the inner self of the model.
Alongside her main production, Ilaria has made drawings, illustrations and tables for Art Volumes. Her works are housed in public and private collections, both in Italy and abroad.

Solo exhibitions
2018
De rerum natura. Inusuali percorsi cromatici tra forma figurata e forma astratta (De rerum natura. Unusual color paths between figured and abstract form. [Duo Exhibition with Enzo Tardia])
Studios, Palermo
(9 - 25 November)

Per ricordi, case e richiami. Presenze di memoria a Castania (Through Memories, Houses and References. Presences of Memory in Castania)
Frantoio Cinquecentesco, Castania di Castell'Umberto (Messina, Sicily)
(19 August - 2 September)

2017
Notturni, fiori ed altre cose (Nocturnal Views, Flowers and Other Things)
Centro d'Arte Moderna "Agatirio", Capo d'Orlando (Messina, Sicily)
(1 April - 6 May)

2016
The Garden - La palpabile anima dei fiori (The Garden - the Palpable Soul of Flowers)
Studios, Palermo
(24 November - 8 December)

Racconti di luce (Tales of Light)
Villa Airoldi, Palermo
(16 April - 8 May)

Spring Flowers (exhibition managed by Galleria ElleArte)
Sisley Store, Palermo
(18-19-20 March)

2015-2016
Sinestesie del Natale. Essenze e presepi al Castello di Montalbano (Christmas Synaesthesias. Essences and Cribs at Montalbano Castle), Castello di Federico, Montalbano Elicona (Messina, Sicily)
(20 December 2015 - 7 January 2016)

2015
Di fragili fiori e giardini incantati. Natura e mito nelle opere di Ilaria Caputo (Frail Flowers and Enchanted Gardens. Nature and Myth in Ilaria Caputo's Works)
Fondazione Famiglia Piccolo di Calanovella, Capo d'Orlando (Messina, Sicily)
(11 July - 2 August)

Natura e mito a Villa Airoldi (Nature and Myth at Villa Airoldi)
Villa Airoldi, Palermo
(24 - 30 April)

Nel volto, nello sguardo. Ritratti (In Faces, in Looks. Portraits)
E. Vittorietti Library, Palermo
(22 March – 26 April)

2014
Di caduche bellezze e fugaci forme (Ephemeral Beauties and Fleeting Forms)
E. Vittorietti Library, Palermo
(28 September – 2 November)

Tra cielo, fronde e mare-Tavole e acquarelli per volumi d’arte (Among sky, branches and sea. Illustrations and watercolours for Art Books)
E. Vittorietti Library, Palermo
(May – June)

Trame di carta di carta ed altro ancora… Corredi iconografici per volumi d’arte (Paper plots and many more… Artistic materials for Art Books)
E. Vittorietti Library, Palermo
(March – April)

2013
Tra realtà sognate e placidi ricordi (Between Dreamt Realities and Placid Memories)
Galleria Lupo’Art, Palermo
(January – February)

2013-2012
Tra sogni, miti e ricordi (Amongst Dreams, Myths and Memories)
Palazzo Sant’Elia, Palermo
(December – January)

2011
Mitici appunti (Mythical Notes)
Complesso monumentale Guglielmo II, Monreale, Palermo
(February)

2006
Di tempi, luoghi e figure (About Times, Places and Figures)
Galleria Agorà-spazio contemporaneo, Palermo
(September)
Group exhibitions
2018
“II Biennale d' Arte Contemporanea”, Polo Museale ex Ospedale Santo Spirito, Ciminna (PA)
"Kalòs | la Sicilia dell’arte contemporanea", San Pietro Church, Marsala (TP)
"Elogio della luce", Galleria ElleArte, Palermo
"Gustav KLIMT tra simbolo e archetipo", Casa Florio - Palazzina dei Quattro Pizzi, Palermo
2017
“Hyeronimus, Il Giardino delle Delizie. Libera interpretazione per trenta artisti e un fotografo”, Civic Museum, Agrigento
“Tanto va la gatta all'arte... ventisette artisti raccontano i gatti”, ElleArte, Palermo
“Il dono della vita negli occhi dell’artista” (award winner), Palazzo delle Aquile, Palermo
2016-2017
“Hyeronimus, Il Giardino delle Delizie. Libera interpretazione per trenta artisti e un fotografo”, Torre di Carlo V, Porto Empedocle (Agrigento)
2016
"Caccia ai tesori. Mostra collettiva di pittura", MQ Immobiliare, Palermo
"Il mio occhio s'è fatto pittore: venticinque pittori esplorano l'amore di Shakespeare", Palazzo Palagonia, Palermo
"Cave Canes - storie di cani, gatti ed altri animali", Bobez, Palermo
“Incipit”, ElleArte, Palermo
2015-2016
"Mostra del Disegno Contemporaneo di Piccolo Formato" travelling exhibition (Laboratorio Nicolò D'Alessandro Museo del Disegno, Palermo; L'Altro ArteContemporanea, Palermo; Galleria A Sud Artecontemporanea, Realmonte; Libreria Punto 52, Termini Imerese)
2015
“Virgo et virago", travelling exhibition (Palermo, Cinisi and Sant'Angelo di Brolo)
“Wear the Difference”, charity exhibition, Palazzo Riso (Contemporary Art Museum of Sicily), Palermo
“La parola disegnata”, group show organised by Galleria L’Altro ArteContemporanea, during the “Una Marina di libri 2015” Fest, Palermo
“Tratti e ritratti per Tommaso Romano - Biografia per immagini", Nuovo Cenacolo, Palermo
“Incipit”, ElleArte, Palermo
2014-2015
“I Carabinieri nella storia”, travelling exhibition (Sant'Angelo di Brolo, Valledolmo, Nissoria, Carini, Palermo, and Capo d'Orlando)
2014
“Da donna a donna”, Cripta San Giorgio dei Genovesi, Palermo
“L’Arte e la donna”, Capo d'Orlando (Messina)
“Nel segno dell’amore-premio critico d’arte Giuseppe Mendola” (award winner), Cripta San Giorgio dei Genovesi, Palermo
2013
“Arte, fede e speranza travelling exhibition (Mistretta, Sant’Angelo di Brolo, and Palermo)
“I colori della Costituzione”, travelling exhibition (L’altro, Arte Contemporanea, Palermo; Piazza San Domenico, Palermo)
2012
“Prisca Sapientia”, Loggiato San Bartolomeo, Palermo
2012-2011
“Collettiva di Natale”, Lupo ‘Art, Palermo
2011
“Made in Sicily", travelling exhibition (Catania and Palermo)
“Fuggi amato mio sopra i monti dei balsami”, Forza d’Agrò (Messina)
2010
“L’arte e la donna connubio di bellezza”, Capo d’Orlando (Messina)
2009
“Sulle ali di un angelo”, travelling exhibition (Caltanissetta, Palermo and Montedoro)
2008
“Gli Intellettuali del ‘900”, Messina
2004-2005
“EuroNatale”, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2003-2004
“Arte e tradizione del Presepio nella nuova Europa”, Milano

2005-2006 to 2013-2014 editions of “Presepi D’Italia”, Massa Martana, Perugia

2001-2002 to 2008-2009 editions of “La terracotta nell’arte del Presepe in Sicilia”, Taormina (Messina)
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