Joseph Pace was born in Morbegno, Italy, and grew up in Africa. He spent much of his achievement packed career living and working in Rome. He has been Assistant Professor of Sociology of Knowledge and Art, and History of Sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome. Joseph Pace currently runs a large workshop in Rome from which some of the most elaborate works of art in the world today are created.
Pace’s work has been shown in major museums and institutions throughout the world. His first major retrospective exhibition was held by the Museo de Arte do Parlamento de São Paulo in 2010. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Pantheon of Rome, Polo Museale del Lazio, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum (23 november 2018 – 13 january, 2019), which traveled to the National Historical Librairy of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture (1 – 29 march, 2019). An exhibition with his is on view at the Castello Svevo, Polo Museale della Puglia, Ministry of Cultural Heritage MiBAC, Libri d’artista. L’arte da leggere (25 may – 9 september, 2019).
Others works, previously installed at the Museo Crocetti in Rome, Florence Biennale, Palazzo Italia in São Paulo, were most recently on view at the Câmara Municipal de Itapevi, Emoções Cósmicas (26 january – 23 february, 2018).
Joseph Pace is widely known for his jewels artworks installed at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo (13 june – 30 september, 2014), and shown by the Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome at the at the Boncompagni Decorative Arts – Ministry of Cultural Heritage MiBAC, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Furura (13 november, 2014 – 13 february, 2015). His work gives an artistic and intellectual pathway with which the artist reinterprets many of our psychic realities.
Joseph Pace uses particular resources such vintage fashion jewelry and mannequin, and jewelry industrial production’s residues, to create sculpture that defies categorization. Assembling this shimmering waste material no longer in fashion, Pace draw connections between ethics, design, fashion, consumption and environment, creating a sort of research in the “industrial archeology” field applied to the decoration of the bodies of our times. His intricate works, which can grow to be massive in scale, are luminous and shinning, and according to the best Italian art tradition, meticulously fabricated. Pace’s use of these materials reflects his interest in reuse, transformation, and an intrinsic desire to connect to the best Italian classic art tradition while transcending the limitations of place. His work can interrogate the history of fashion jewellery and draw connections between fashion, hedonism and consumption, but at the core is his unique formal language that distinguishes his practice.
Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Parlamento de São Paulo, University of Konstanz, Sapienza University of Rome, ANS Associazione Nazionale Sociology, IPH Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo.
Joseph Pace is a central figure in the filtranisme movement, the existentialist current that he founded in Paris in the mid-80s. Pace acquired art training in Rome with his uncle, the artist Antonio Cardile. After his studies in Rome in law, sociology and psychotherapy at the Sapienza and Roma-Tre Universities of Rome, he moved to Paris in order to pursue his studies in Painting and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Faculty of Sorbonne University.