Joseph Pace è nato a Morbegno, Sondrio, ed è cresciuto in Congo-Kinshasa. Dopo gli studi universitari alla Sapienza e UniRoma Tre, si trasferisce a Parigi dove prosegue gli studi in pittura e scultura all’Università della Sorbona. Nel 1987, a Parigi insieme a altri artisti, fonda il movimento filosofico e artistico del Filtranisme. È stato assistente di Sociologia della conoscenza e dell’arte e Storia della sociologia all’Università La Sapienza di Roma (1996-2008).
L’opera di Pace è stata esposta nelle principali istituzioni e musei del mondo. Il suo lavoro è stato oggetto di una grande mostra organizzata dalla Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma e tenutasi al Museo di Arti Decorative di Boncompagni a Roma, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (26 novembre 2014-13 febbraio 2015) [Video]. Nel 2018, la Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres, meglio nota come il Pantheon di Roma (Polo Museale del Lazio, Ministero dei Beni Culturali), allestisce la mostra Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum, Il Sacro delle cose sacre (23 novembre 2018 – gennaio 13, 2019) [Video], che si è poi trasferita alla National Historical Library of Agriculture (1 – 29 marzo 2019) [Video]. La mostra di Pace al Pantheon ha ricevuto oltre un milione di visitatori [Video].
Joseph Pace is widely known for his jewel’s sculptures on exhibition for the first time at the Afro Brasil Museum of São Paulo in conjunction with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, O Negro no Futebol Brasileiro. A arte, os artistas (June 13– September 30, 2014) [Video], Boncompagni Decorative Arts Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (November 26, 2014 – February 13, 2015) (Read More), Galleria Benucci – Rome (2014) [Video], X Florence Biennale (2015) [Video], Museo Venanzo Crocetti in Rome, Joseph Pace, Filtranisme (January 12 – February 23, 2015) [Video]. Pace’s sculptural work is rooted in the classical tradition. However, Pace introduced a postmodern aesthetics twist with ostentatiously luxurious truncated busts and limbs, emphasizing attention to classical sculpture and materials no longer in fashion such as vintage fashion jewelry.
Others works, previously showed at the Museu de Arte do Parlamento de São Paulo [Video] (Read More), Forte Sangallo [Video], Diocesan Museum of Amalfi [Video], were on view at the Câmara Municipal of Itapevi, Brazil, Joseph Pace, Entre o Informal e a ‘PoP Art’ (March 1 – 26, 2020), Castle of Bari (25 May – 23 November 2019), Castle of Copertino [Video] (26 November, 2019 – 23 February, 2020), Polo Museale della Puglia of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Libri d’artista. L’arte da leggere.
For the 2 June Italian National Day and Republic Day patriotic celebrations, Pace’s work was on display at the Italian Embassy in Brasilia (Read More), Arte Italo-Braileira (June 2, August 5, 2013), Octavio Café promoted by Italian Embassy, Momento Italia-Brasile: Joseph Pace, Emoçoes (June 13, June 27, 2015) (Read More), Circolo Italiano in São Paulo, Dinamismo Cosmico de Joseph Pace (June 25, July 30, 2016) (Read More).
The coherence and the originality of Joseph Pace have been well described in 2014 by the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome: “Joseph Pace is one of the greatest exponents of the filtranisme movement (Video). As was for the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, the filtranisme also is artistically expressed through the work by Joseph Pace. Inspired by sources as diverse as fashion, sport, history, electronic music and decorative arts, the Italian artist uses techniques different (such as painting, assemblage, sculpture, electronic engravings, photography) influenced by the iconography of mass society, philosophy and psychoanalysis. His work gives an artistic and intellectual pathway with which the artist reinterprets many of our psychic realities. His sculptures was created with thousands of pieces of jewelery, mostly vintage, which Pace search all over the world, thus creating a sort of “industrial archeology” research applied to the decoration of the body of our time […]. Pace’s work is included in many museum and institutions permanent collections […].” (Read More).
Active for peace, culture and education, he is the author of unpublished dramas and short stories about the war (“Raimond n’est pas retourn”, “I racconti dal pozzo”, “Twice!”) (Read More). In 2020 he appears in Tunisia in the film of Gianni Amelio ‘Hammamet’.
Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the Sapienza University of Rome, Brandeis University, University of Konstanz, Italian Sociologists Association, Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo, Italian Embassy in Brasilia, Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo.