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Francesco Meloni (Italy,1973) lives between Cagliari and Milan. His formal higher education began in 1992 at the ‘Liceo Artistico’ in Cagliari, followed by the London College of Communication and Photofusion (UK) and concluded with the BA in Philosophy  and an MA in  ‘Pedagogy of Expression’ from “RomaTre” University. A versatile artist, he uses architecture as a metaphor to describe the rift that has come to exist between man and his relationship with nature, in order to better comprehend how we perceive and are influenced by reality. One way he does this is by examining class dynamics through  the powerful medium of construction sites and buildings  tout court. As the main component of all urban landscapes, it is concrete that is responsible for the untamed transformation of nature and landscapes. The artist sees it as the key to representing the gap that has opened up between man and nature and the subsequent exploitation of man by man. An architectural  sphere in which inner conflicts become shaped and molded to residential buildings where cement is  left exposed; this is the form that “Meloni’s view of aesthetics” takes, through the construction of exposed blocks of cement, which represent the “interior struggle”  that the material evokes.

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2022 VIR Viafarini artist-in-residence

2020 Exibart Prize
Finalist, Italy

2014 Nocivelli Prize
Winner (third prize painting section), Italy

2014 Combat Prize
Finalist (painting section), Italy

2013 Yicca Prize
Finalist (installations section), Sofia

2013 Factory-Art Gallery Project Berlin “You Can Tell me!”
Finalist (painting section), Berlin

2013 Combat Prize
Finalist (painting section), Italy

2013 “Masedu – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea”
Selected “Sardegna Arte Contemporanea 01”, Italy

2012 Combat Prize
Finalist (painting section), Italy

2012 Royal Academy of Arts
Shortlisted installations section ), UK

2011 VIII Biennal of Florence
Winner (first prize installations section), Italy