Joseph Pace was born in Morbegno, Lombardy, Italy, and grew up in Congo-Kinshasa, Africa. After his studies in Rome, he moved to Paris in order to pursue his studies in Painting and Sculpture at the Faculty of Fines Arts of Sorbonne. A central figure of filtranisme movement, he has been Assistant Professor of Sociology of Knowledge and Art, and History of Sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome (1996-2008).
Pace’s work has been shown in institutions and museums throughout the world. His 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) [Video].
In 2018, the Basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres, better known as the Pantheon in Rome, organized a large exhibition with its sculptures, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum, The Sacred of the Sacred Things (November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019) [Video], which travelled to the National Historical Library of Agriculture (March 1 – 29, 2019) [Video].
Joseph Pace is widely known for his paintings as well as the iconic sculptures installed at the Afro Brasil Museum in São Paulo [Video], Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome (Read More), Venanzo Crocetti Museum in Rome [Video], Florence Biennale [Video], Galleria Benucci [Video], Pantheon in Rome.
Pace’s sculptural work is deeply rooted in the best Italian tradition. However, Pace introduced a postmodern turn with works made with found objects, thousands of bijoux mostly vintage, emphasizing the attention on the fashion jewelry no longer in fashion as well as the human family, its beauty and fragility, as well as deeper aspects of human nature, as a result of the passing of time.
Others works, previously showed at the Museu de Arte do Parlamento de São Paulo [Video] (Read More), Forte Sangallo, Nettuno [Video], Diocesan Museum of Amalfi [Video], were more recently on view at the Castle of Bari (25 May – 23 November 2019), Castle of Copertino [Video] (26 November, 2019 – 23 February, 2020), Italy, Polo Museale della Puglia of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Libri d’artista. L’arte da leggere, Câmara Municipal of Itapevi, Brazil, Joseph Pace, Entre o Informal e a ‘PoP Art’ (March 1 – 26, 2020).
For the 2 June Italian National Day celebrations, in 2013, 2015 and 2016 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, , Joseph Pace, Emoçoes (June 13, June 27, 2015) (Read More), and Circolo Italiano in São Paulo, Dinamismo Cosmico de Joseph Pace (June 25, July 30, 2016) (Read More).
In november 2020, a “Covid-19 Time Virtual Exhibition” was organized by the CRCSP in São Paulo, Joseph Pace, Sculptures (November 1 – 30, 2020).
In 2021, his work will be still on view at the Pantheon in Rome, Joseph Pace, Ave Crux, Spes Una (Feb. 17 – March 31), Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Meditations (May 1 – 20, 2021), Sociedade Brasileira de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Joseph Pace, Filtranisme (April 1th – May 30, 2021), National Museum of Bardo of Tunis, Joseph Pace, Gold, La Révélation de la forme (June 25 – October 3).
The coherence and the originality of Joseph Pace have been well described 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).
Pace collaborated with the Italian high fashion designer Micol Fontana to the creation of the CD Rom La nascita del made in Italy: abiti e documenti della Fondazione Micol Fontana. 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 Firts University of Rome, University of Konstanz, Italian Embassy in Brasilia, Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo (ALESP), Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo (IPH), Italian National Sociologists Association (ANS).