Joseph Pace was born in Morbegno, Italy in 1959. He studied at the Sorbonne University of Paris, Sapienza and Roma Tre universities of Rome. He is the co-founder of the 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 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). In Covid-19 Time his work were most recently on view in a ‘virtual exhibition’ at the CRC in São Paulo (Brazil), A expressividade de Joseph Pace na criação de suas joias esculturais (28 Oct. – 30 Nov. 2020).
The coherence and originality of Joseph Pace was well described in 2014 by the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome: “Pace’s sculptures are made with a refined and aestheticizing language that take up some themes dear of Italian art of all times. His works are created with thousands of pieces of rare fashion jewelry, mostly vintage which the artist search all over the world, thus creating a sort of Industrial Archeology Research applied to the decoration of the body of our time. Inspired by sources as diverse as fashion, history and decorative arts, the Italian artist uses techniques different 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. 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. ”
Joseph Pace is well known for his sculptures on exhibition in 2014-2015 for the first time 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.
For the 2013, 2015 and 2016 ‘2 June National Day celebrations’, Pace was invited to exhibit his work at the Italian Embassy in Brasilia, Arte Italo-Braileira (June 2, August 5, 2013), Octavio Café of São Paulo with the Italian Embassy, 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, Brandeis University, University of Konstanz, Parliament of São Paulo, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Parlamento de São Paulo, Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo. He collaborated the hight fashion Micol Fontana Foundation, ANS Italian Sociologists Association, and international organisations. He is the author of unpublished novels and dramas about the war (Le novelle del pozzo, Raimond n’est pas retourné, Twins).