Joseph Pace was born in Morbegno in 1959 and grew up in Congo-Kinshasa. Sociological and artistic studies at the Sorbonne University of Paris and Sapienza and RomaTre Universities of Rome. He is a central figure in di the filtranisme movement. Joseph Pace taught Sociology of Knowledge and Art, and History of Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology of the Sapienza University of Rome for twelve years (1996 – 2008). 

Since his first solo exhibition in 1988, Pace’s work has been shown in major institutions and museums throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Pantheon in Rome, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum (November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019), which traveled to the National Historical Library of Agriculture (March 1 – 29, 2019). 

Joseph Pace is widely known for his iconic jewels artworks shown at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, O Negro no Futebol Brasileiro. A arte, os artistas  (June 13– September 30, 2014), Florence Biennale (2015), and Boncompagni Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (November 26, 2014 – February 13, 2015). 

Others works, previously installed at the Museum of Art of the Parliament of São Paulo, CRC in São Paulo, Venanzo Crocetti Foundation Museum in Rome, Florence Biennale,  and Italian Embassy in Brasilia, were most recently on view at the Câmara Municipal of Itapevi, Joseph Pace, Entre o Informal e a ‘PoP Art’ (January 26  – February 23, 2018), and Polo Museale della Puglia, Ministry of Cultural Heritage at the Bari and Copertino Castles, Libri d’Autore, L’arte da Leggere (25 May , 2019 – March 20, 2020).

Pace’s work draws connections between contemporary art, consumption, design and fashion, creating a sort of research in the “industrial archeology” field applied to the decoration of the bodies of our times.

In November 1990 in Rome was founded the JPA Joseph Pace Archive, in order to archive, preserve and promote Pace’s work through different projects with public and private institutions, as well as to present his research through innovative systems of communication.

Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the Parliament of São Paulo, University of Konstanz, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Parlamento de São Paulo,Sapienza University of Rome, IPH Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo, Italian Sociologists Association.

Upcoming Exhibitions – Currently postponed due to coronavirus

(.) 2020 – Musée National du Bardo, Joseph Pace, Gold, La Révélation de la forme, Tunis, Tunisie (25 June – 4 Oct.) – Postponed due to coronavirus

(.) 2020 – Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, Meditations, Rome, Italy (Sep. 15 – Oct. 15) – Postponed due to coronavirus

(.) 2020 – Sociedade Brasileira de Belas Artes, Filtranisme in Action, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Nov. 12 – Dec. 30) – Postponed due to coronavirus

Past Solo Exhibitions

(.) 2020 –  Parlamento de Itapevì, Joseph Pace, Entre o Informal e a Pop Art, Itapevì, São Paulo, SP (1 – 30 March, 2020)

(.) 2019 – Biblioteca Storica Nazionale dell’Agricoltura, Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum, Rome, Italy (1 – 29 March, 2019)

(.) 2018-2019 – Pantheon, Polo Museale del Lazio, MIBAC, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Joseph Pace: Sacra Sacrorum, Rome, Italy (23 Nov. 2018 – 13 Jan 2019)

(.) 2018 – Câmara Municipal de Itapevì, IPH – Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico, São Paulo SP, Joseph Pace – Emoções Cósmicas, Itapevì, Brasil (26 Jan – 23 Feb)

(.) 2016 – University Cà Foscari of Venice, Shylock Centro Universitario Teatrale di Venezia, The Grand Challenge,  Venice, Italy (1 – 30 December)

(.) 2015 – Museo Venanzo Crocetti, Joseph Pace (Filtranisme), Rome, Italy, (Jan. 12- Feb. 23)

(.) 2015 – Florence Biennale, Firenze, Italy (17 – 26 Oct)

(.) 2015 – Circolo Italiano, Palazzo Italia, Instituto De Recuperação Do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo, Dinamismo Cosmico de Joseph Pace, 2 June Italian National Day and Republic Day, São Paulo, Brazil (25 June – 30 July)

(.) 2015 – Galleria Alson, Joseph Pace Filtranisme, Milan, Italy, (5 Feb – 2 Mar)

(.) 2014-2015 – Boncompagni Museum of Decorative Arts, National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, MiBAC, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura, Rome, Italy, 13 November, 2014 – 13 February 2015)

(.) 2013 – Spazio 88, Un Mondo al Quadrato, Un Mondo al Quadrato, Roma (21 Feb – 8 Mar.)

(.) 2013 – Spazio 88, Joseph PaceGiorno Internazionale della Donna, Roma, (8 – 20 Mar.)

(.) 2013 – CRC – Conselho de Contabilitade, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Estado de São Paulo, Joseph Pace: emoções de dinamismo,  São Paulo, Brazil  (15 March – 27 April)

(.) 2012 – Octavio Café Momento Italia-Brasile, Ambasciata d’Italia di Brasilia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di San Paolo, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Estado de São Paulo, Momento Italia Brasile, Joseph Pace, Emoçoes, São Paulo, Brazil (13 June – 27 June)

(.) 2012 – Galleria Caffè in Parione, Joseph Pace Filtranisme, Rome, Italy (1 Dec 2012 – 15 Feb)

(.) 2012 – Galleria Busto Mistero, Con-Tratti, Alba, Alessandria, Italy (11 July – 15 August)

(.) 2011 – Forte Sangallo, Joseph Pace Filtranisme, Nettuno, Roma, Italy (11 – 17 July)

(.) 2011 – Teatro Municipal de Jaguariuna, Dinamismo cosmico de Joseph Pace, São Paulo, Brazil (Apr. 18 – May 5)

(.) 2011 – Joseph Pace, Giorno Internazionale della Donna, Roma, Italy, (8 – 20 Mar)

(.) 2010 – Galeria Spazio Surreale, Emoçoes, Pinturas de Joseph Pace, São Paulo, Brazil ( 1 – 30 July)

(.) 2010 – Museo de Arte do Parlamento de São Paulo, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Estado de São Paulo, Dinamismo vital e de força cosmica das emoçoes artisticas de Joseph Pace, São Paulo, Brazil (April 1st – June 30)

(.) 2010 – Conselho de Contabilitade do Estado de São Paulo, Instituto De Recuperação Do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo, Joseph Pace Emoçoes,  Joseph Pace, SP, Brazil (10 – 30 May)

(.) 2010 – Busto Mistero, Joseph Pace, Alba (Cuneo), Italy (27 Mar – 25 Apr)

(.) 2010 – Galleria Fidia, opere 2000 – 2010, Joseph Pace, Impermanenza, Works 2000-2010,  Roma, Italy (27 Feb – 10 Mar)

(.) 2008 – La Griffe Luxury Hotel, Joseph Pace, To The Predominance of Color, Roma, Italy (23 May – 10 Sept)

(.) 2008 – Galleria Clio, Joseph Pace – Crash, Alessandria, Italy (11 – 25 Oct. )

(.) 2008 – Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy (27 Jun. – 13 July)

(.) 2007 – Centro d’Arte La Bitta, Joseph Pace, IDM, l’Irremovibilità della Memoria, Roma, Italy (30 Oct. – 10 Nov.)

(.) 2004 – Scuderie Estensi, Joseph Pace, Tivoli, Italy (15 May – 30 June)

(.) 2002 – Galleria Busto Mistero, Contras, Alba, Italy (1 – 30 Oct)

(.) 2002 – Galleria Clio, Colors, Alessandria, Italy (1 – 25 Nov)

(.) 1999 – Joseph Pace, ISIS Roma (Feb, 7-27)

(.) 1996 – Galerìa Munoz, Madrid, Deducir, Spain (2 June – 28 Juy)

(.) 1994 – Centro d’Arte La Bitta, Windows. Roma, Italy (28 Sept – 21 Oct)

(.) 1992 – Exposicion Universal de Sevilla, Joseph Pace. Sevilla, Spain (12 Sept – 20 Oct)

(.) 1992 – Felez, Trosos de Quesos. Barcelona, Spain (March 13-29)

(.) 1988 – Galerie Hulot, Paysages Filtranistes. Paris, France (1 – 22 Oct)

Past Group Exhibitions

(.) 2020 – Castello di Copertino, Polo Museale della Puglia, MiBAC – Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Libri d’Artista. L’Arte da Leggere, Copertino, Lecce, Italy (26 Nov. 2019 – 20 Mar. 2020)

(.) 2019 – Castello Svevo, Polo Museale della Puglia, MiBAC – Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Libri d’Artista: L’arte da Leggere, Bari, Italy (25 May – 15 Nov.) 

(.) 2018 – Sala Aurora, San Demetrio nei Vestrini, Mostra Concorso di Arte Contemporanea, L’Aquila, Italy (13 Jul – 15 Aug.)

(.) 2017 – Virus Art Gallery, Roma (13 – 30 June)

(.) 2016 – Scuderie d’Este, Premio d’Este, Tivoli, Italia (1 – 18 Nov)

(.) 2015 – Museo Venanzo Crocetti, L’Aquila Forever, Roma, Italy (7 – 10 Jan.)

(.) 2015 – Palazzetto dei Nobili, L’Aquila Forever, L’Aquila, Italy (21 – 31 Mar.)

(.) 2014 – Centro Culturale Gabriella Ferri, Roma, Italy (18 Oct- 1 Nov) 

(.) 2014 – Centro Culturale Aldo Fabrizi, Roma, Italy (29 Nov – 13 Dic)

(.) 2014 – Galleria La Tartaruga, Roma, Italy (10 Apr. – 20 June)

(.) 2014 – Museu Afro Brasil, O Negro no Futebol Brasileiro. A arte, os artistas, São Paulo, Brazil (13 June – 30 september)

(.) 2013 – Ex Mulini Biondi, London Calling, Rome, Italy (15 Nov. – 14 Dec.)

(.) 2013 – Un Anno Insieme. Galleria Spazio 88, Rome, Italy (5 Jul. – 1 Oct.)

(.) 2013 – Ambasciata d’Italia a Brasilia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di San Paolo, Arte Italo Brasileira, Brasilia, Brazil (5 Jun. – 5 Aug.)

(.) 2012 – Castel Sangallo, Artisti Brasiliani, Nettuno, Italy (15 Nov – 26 Nov)

(.) 2012 – Museo Diocesano di Amalfi, Meditazioni, Amalfi, Italy (1 June – 1 July)

(.) 2012 – Galleria Spazio 88, Collettiva: Senza Nome, Roma, Italy (1 May – 3 April)

(.) 2011 – Exposição de Arte Contemporanea, São Paulo, SP, Brazil (Aug. 23 – Sept. 11)

(.) 2011 – 3^ Rassegna Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea: “Omaggio a Luciano Pavarotti”. Comune di Lavinio, Italy (22/24 Jul)

(.) 2011 – Roma Art Festival. Comune di Roma, Italy (May 25 – June 5)

(.) 2010 – Arte Brasiliana. Paradiso sul Mare, Comune di Anzio, Anzio, Italy (Dic. 3-13)

(.) 2010 – Elite. Elite, São Paulo, SP, Brazil (Nov 1-30)

(.) 2009 – Italia Egitto. Ambasciata d’Egitto, Istituto di Cultura Egiziano, Roma, Italy (Nov. 14/Dec. 12)

(.) 2009 – Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Ostia, Orme, Rassegna d’Arte Contemporanea,  Ostia, Italy (June 4-11)

(.) 2009 – Autoren Galerie 1, Blinder, Briefe, Noten LXVI, Munchen, Germany (May 27/June 12)

(.) 2009 – Arte X Otto, André, Roma, Italy (January 15-30)

(.) 2008 – Castello di Capalbio, Rassegna Arte Contemporanea Capalbio, Capalbio, Italy (April 24-27)

(.) 2006 – Carnevale. Centro d’Arte La Bitta, Italy (November 8-25)

(.) 2006 – Collettiva. Galleria André, Roma, Italy (January 18-30)

(.) 2005 – Autunno Caldo. Galleria d’Arte Clio, Alessandria, Italy (Jan. 23/Feb. 14)

(.) 2002 – Galleria Valeno, Lucera, Italy (Oct. 15/Nov. 7)

(.) 2000 – Vibrazioni. Busto Mistero, Alba, Italy (June 23/July 24)

(.) 1999 – Pittori di Roma. Centro d’Arte La Bitta, Roma, Italy (Dec. 8-30)

(.) 1996 – Rush. Galleria Clio, Alessandria, Italy (June 18/July 30)

(.) 1992 – Arte. Exposicion Universal de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain (Apr. 20/May 24)

(.) 1991 – Inverno  in Arte. Centro d’Arte La Bitta, Roma, Italy (March 23/Apr. 7)

(.) 1989 – Desnudos. Galeria Felez, Barcelona, Spain (June 12/July 7)

(.) 1988 – Paysages, Galerie d’Art Poulenc, Marseille, France (Oct. 23/Nov 4)

(.) 1987 – Carnevale. Centro d’Arte La Bitta, Comune di Roma, Italy  (Febr. 7-23)

(.) 1986 – Les Couleurs de l’Ame. Galerie d’Art Hulot, Paris, France (May 7-24)