Michele Alassio is a Venetian photographer and director of international fame, whose work has received international recognition and led the artist to exhibit in iconic institutions such as the MoMA in New York, the Rejna Sofia in Madrid and La Triennale from Milan. Exhibited globally and commissioned by established organisations, the artist looks set to only grow further in terms of recognition and value (from the year of its exhibition to the M.o.M.A.(2005) of New York his quotation has increased tenfold).
Born in 1956, Alassio has enjoyed a long and established career as a photographer and director of photography, with his work featured in numerous iconic publications. Alassio has produced artistic and landscape reportage for national and international magazines such as Bell’Italia and Vogue Antiques. He has also worked on advertising campaigns for the likes of Vogue Italia, Elle, Vanity Fair, Alberta Ferretti and Giorgio Armani. In addition to his established commercial photography portfolio, he has produced reproductions of artworks for dealers, artists and public and private institutions such as the Sovrintendenza del Veneto, the Museo Armeno and the Archeological Museum of Aquileia.
For Michele Alassio, art carries a common thread. All of his shots offer a snapshot of charming locations, destined to never fully reveal themselves. This approach is what binds all his work;
“not to give image to reality, which already owns it, but to try to give a feeling,”
During his relatively short artistic career so far, Michele Alassio art has been displayed in galleries around the world, and has earned the attention and appreciation of many. Alassio first exhibited in August 1985, curated by Zìva Kraus of Ikona Photo Gallery, Venice, under the title “Fotografia in Venezia – Paolo Monti & Michele Alassio.” On the invitation of Lanfranco Colombo, director of the gallery Il Diaframma, Alassio’s work was then exhibited in 1987 at the International Photography Salon of Milan. In 1995, the artist began printing limited editions of his works, featuring both early and new subject matter. The series was well received by viewers at various galleries, and also by international collectors who chose to invest in Michele Alassio art. Alassio planned and completed his famed Sacks exhibition from 1995 to 2002, which consisted of 13 images inspired by the cases of famous American neurologist Oliver Sacks. He completed another body of work in 2003 entitled Next Stop, which again included 13 photographs, this time taken at the various pavilions in Venice. Shortly after this, Michele Alassio was commissioned by renowned architect Emilio Ambasz & Associates of New York to create a multimedia project depicting the Casa de Retiro Espiritual, an architectural gem located in Andalusia, Spain. The project involved a volume of photographs, a video made using a radio-controlled model helicopter and a catalogue published in Italy and distributed across the world.
The Casa de Retiro Espiritual project was eventually exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of New York in November 2005. In 2008, the Barry Friedman Gallery in New York also presented a selection of the series “Sacks”, “Next Stop” and “Venice”. More recently, Alassio’s new body of work entitled J.L.B. (Jorge Luis Borges) was exhibited internationally in 2010, with locations including Paris, Venice, St. Petersburg, New York and Miami. The next series (2014) entitled “Dreams&Nightmares” was exhibited first at the Carousel du Lovre, Paris, and after internationally.
The latest series of art by Michele Alassio, entitled Confidence, was commissioned by Banca Generali in celebration of the ten-year stock market listing of the Bank, and in recognition of the artist’s thirty-year career. The exhibition was shown at the bank’s Milan headquarters in November 2016, and then in Rome at the bank’s Via Veneto site from September 2017 to March 2018.