Emmanuele De Ruvo

Emmanuele De Ruvo

Born in 1983,lives and works in Naples

Emmanuele De Ruvo’s research is characterized by the constant search for equilibrium in a world that is so clearly off balance. He investigates theories of Galileo Galilei, Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton in order to build his “precariously balanced” sculptures. His powerful works attract the viewer with calculated traction, magnetic force and plain physical balance acts. They pose questions rather than give answers, but the quest for equilibrium is manifested in all his projects.

Emmanuele De Ruvo works with a great variety of material, including precious marble, magnets, metals, wood, paper and readymade objects. The artist uses most of the physical laws in his works, such as gravity, compression, traction and magnetism. The perfect equilibrium or balance, while not belonging to this world, represents its greater aspiration and desire and is the only functionalist means in the attainment of the limit.

The most important thing is not the destination, but the journey itself, the only source of knowledge and learning and fuel for spiritual growth. Thus, De Ruvo’s works invite contemplation of both worlds — the physical as well as the metaphysical.

Emmanuele De Ruvo graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Naples magna cum laude and has exhibited widely, both in Italy and internationally.

His works have entered the most important collection in Europe among which the MUSMA Museum, Matera, the San Gennaro Foundation, the Irene Brin Foundation, Bordighera, as well as many private collections. In 2011 he has been selected among the best young artists, who graduated between 2000 and 2010 from Italian Art Academies to participate at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2012 he won the International Prize of Sculpture Mastroianni and exhibited his works in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in Matera.

In 2013 he was among eleven artists selected for the Prize “A Work for the Castle” at the Museum of Castel Sant’Elmo in Naples. In January 2014 he won the Euromobil Prize for the artwork most voted by visitors at Artefiera Bologna 2014, where his works were shown in the stand of Montoro12 Contemporary Art.

In 2016 his works have been selected to be part of the exhibition “Ist das Universum noch bei Trost?” at the KunstVoll, Neu-Isenburg, Germany. Among his most notable exhibitions are: ‘Degrees of Freedom’ at Montoro12 Contemporary Art, Rome (2016); “La Scultura dopo il Duemila” Idolatria and Iconoclastia’ at the Frac Museum, Baronissi (2015); ‘Eruption Napoli/New York’ at White Box Gallery, New York (2010); “Equilibri Precari” exhibited at Milk and Lead Gallery, London (2010).

Public Artworks 
2019, Untitled – Renaissance, public sculpture realized with the contribution of the Piedmont Region, Vinadio, Italy