biography / short bio

In Laura Viale's work nature and artifice, reality and fiction, provide the material for investigating perceptive thresholds, suspended between concrete experience and abstraction.
Mostly "en plein air", through nature she inquires spaces of possible intersection between the external world and interiority – in urban contexts as well as in wild places.
She works in various mediums including photography, drawing, installation, video and digital techniques.

Laura Viale was born in Torino, Italy in 1967. She is currentlly based in Brussels, Belgium.

Her art work has been shown in solo and duo exhibitions at the Italian Cultural Institute, Brussels; the PAV Center for Contemporary Art, Torino; the Fondazione Bottari Lattes, Monforte d'Alba (Cuneo); Present Future, Artissima, Torino; Carbone.to, Torino; Gian Carla Zanutti Arte Contemporanea, Milano; Murat122 Arte Contemporanea, Bari; Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, UK.

Group exhibitions include Grand Hotel, Surplace, Varese (2017). Lumièrematière, Laura Viale & Stijn Cole in dialogue with master students and alumni of the ArBA-EsA, Académie royale des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2016). LandScapes, Dialoghi intorno alla terra, Villa Giulia, Verbania (2015). Un---fold, Associazione Barriera, Torino; A Room, Helsinki, Finland; Museo Soares dos Reis - Frame Research, Porto, Portugal; Kessler Contemporary and Lametro, Valencia, Spain; Asme Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2013-2014). 14th International Environmental Film Festival Cinemambiente, National Cinema Museum, Torino (2011). Bioteche, Natural Science Museum, Torino and Museum of Contemporary Arts Villa Croce, Genova (2010-2011). Flower Power, CRAA, Verbania; Greenhouse (Autumn), PAV, Torino (2009). Poi piovve dentro a l'alta fantasia, Museo Marino Marini, Firenze (2007). XIV Quadriennale di Roma – Anteprima Torino, Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino (2004). Nuovo Spazio Italiano, Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea and MART, Trento (2002).

She has been artist in residence at the Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, California, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida and at the Fondation La Napoule, Cannes, France.
A large piece of her work forms the apse of the multi-confessional Chapel designed by Ettore Sottsass at Malpensa 2000 Airport, Milano. Her work can also be found in various Italian and European institutional and private collections.

Previously Laura studied Illustration at the European Institute of Design in Milano and worked for various Italian publishing houses. In 1995 she was awarded the Compasso d'Oro Prize for the Millelire Books by Stampa Alternativa.