Pietro Roccasalva was born in 1970 in Modica, Italy. He currently lives and works in Milan.
Roccasalva has built a reputation as a versatile and innovative artist, working across a variety of mediums with a particular emphasis on installation, sculpture, performance, film, and photography. A maestro of the enigmatic, he weaves together intricate symbols, drawing profound inspiration from literature, cinema, philosophy, and our collective imagination. The resulting artistic repertoire manifests as a complex vernacular and deeply personal iconography. Roccasalva's art is a reflection of his boundless curiosity and his insatiable desire to explore the world around him. His pieces are like mirrors that reflect the human condition, capturing the essence of life's fleeting moments and the beauty of the mundane.
His solo exhibitions include: Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, Lugano, CH (2022); The Power Station, Dallas, Texas, USA (2016); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Germany (2014); Le Magasin in Grenoble, France (2013); GaMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2007); and Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Italy (2006). His work was part of group exhibitions at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK; Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (USA), MoMA PS1 in New York (USA), MAXXI in Rome, Italy, Kadist Art Foundation in Paris France, S.M.A.K. - Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent.
He participated at the Venice Biennial in 2009, Manifesta 7 in 2008 and the Prague Biennial in 2007.