Joseph Pace was born in Morbegno, Italy in 1959 and grew up in Africa in Congo-Kinshasa. After legal, literary, social and psychoanalitycal studies at the Sapienza and Roma Tre Universities of Rome, he moved to to Paris in order to pursue his studies in Painting and Sculpture at the Sorbonne University. In 1996, he was named Assistant Professsor of Sociology of Knowledge and Art, and History of Sociology from Sapienza University of Rome (1996-2008). Pace lives and works in Rome.
Pace’s work has been shown in institutions and museums in throughout the world. Pace’s work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (November 26, 2014 – February 13, 2015). An exhibition of Pace’s work was on view at the Pantheon in Rome, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum ( November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019), which travelled to the National Historical Library of Agriculture, Ministry of Agricultural Policies (March 1 – 29, 2019). Upcoming exhibitions will be held at the Museo Andersen in Rome, Pantheon in Rome, National Museum of Bardo, Basilica of Saint Paul Outside of Walls, Sociedade Brasileira de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro.
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. 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, installations, 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 are 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 […].”
Joseph Pace is widely known for his paintings, and for his iconic jewels sculptures on exhibition at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo, O Negro no Futebol Brasileiro. A arte, os artistas for the FIFA Football World Cup Brazil 2014 celebrations (June 13– September 30, 2014), Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (November 26, 2014 – February 13, 2015), Florence Biennale (2015), Museo Venanzo Crocetti in Rome, Joseph Pace, Filtranisme (January 12 – February 23, 2015).
Others works, previously installed at the Museum of Art of the Parliament of São Paulo, CRC in São Paulo, and Diocesan Museum of Amalfi, were most recently on view at the CRC in São Paulo (Brazil), A expressividade de Joseph Pace na criação de suas joias esculturais (28 Oct. – 30 Nov. 2020), Câmara Municipal of Itapevi (Brazil), Joseph Pace, Entre o Informal e a ‘PoP Art’ (March 1 – 26, 2020), Polo Museale della Puglia, Castle of Bari (25 May – 23 November 2019) and Castle of Copertino (26 November – 23 February, 2020), of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Libri d’artista. L’arte da leggere.
Pace’s work has represented Italian Art for the 2 June National Day celebrations: at the Italian Embassy in Brasilia, Arte Italo-Braileira (June 2, August 5, 2013), Octavio Café of São Paulo and Italian Embassy in Brasilia, Joseph Pace, Emoçoes (June 13, June 27, 2015), Circolo Italiano, Edificio Italia, in São Paulo, Dinamismo Cosmico de Joseph Pace (June 25, July 30, 2016).
Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the Sapienza University of Rome, University of Konstanz, Parliament of São Paulo, Italian Embassy in Brasilia, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Parlamento de São Paulo, Italian Sociologists Association, Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo. He is the author of unpublished novels and dramas about the war (Le novelle del pozzo, Raimond n’est pas retourné, Twins). In 2020, he appears in Tunisia in the film “Hammamet” by Gianni Amelio.