Stefano Albanese


Turin, Italy
In his figurative paintings, Stefano Albanese relates to particular points in human history. The title of the work indicates the source of the subject matter that Albanese deals with in his paintings. Bilharzia Mummy shows a sunken face of an old male figure with closed eyes. The resemblance of the male face to the mummy of Ramses II., one of the best preserved bodies ever discovered by archaeologists and at the same time a popular topic when discussing Ancient History, is unmistakable. The title, however, leads one to suspect that there is more of a story behind this painting: The British scientist Marc Armand Ruffer (1859–1917) found a large number of Schistosoma eggs, a parasitic worm that causes the human disease Bilharzia, in the kidneys of two mummies of the twentieth dynasty and thus became the pioneer of palaeopathology.

Even though the title might give a hint to what the “real“ story behind Albanese’s painting might be, the artist discusses topics that go beyond one particular point in human history. It is about death, diseases and sufferings as such and all that comes with it. In order to deal with these topics, Albanese develops his own symbolic language. Whereas a common symbolic presentation of human suffering would be the crucifixion of Jesus, Albanese illustrates suffering and cruelty while relating to the victims of the holocaust.

The form, i.e. the material used by Albanese is part of the content presented in his paintings. His mummies, for example, are painted on wood, a rather firm and stable material, whereas Bambino, a painting that shows a skinny, pale figure standing in front of a white wall, is painted on creased paper and thus underlines the vulnerability of the fragile figure.

place & year of birth
1974 in Turin, Italy

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education
2003
Laureate of Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Turin

1994
Diploma in Fine Arts at Liceo Artistico Statale “R. Cottini”, Turin

solo exhibitions
2008
“Trans-Forma-Jonio”, Promenade Gallery, Vlore, Albania
“Interzone di Memoria”, Galleria Wunderkammer, Turin
“Zenit Gallery”, Tirana, Albania

2007
“Daimon 2”, Certosa Reale, curated by Simona Galeotti, Collegno/Turin
“Dipinti e Visioni”, Palazzo dell Collegio Asti, Turin
“Prossimamente Klandestino”, Promenade Gallery, Vlore, Albania

2006
Artisti in Collezione, Galleria Iris, Shkoder, Albania
Festa della Republica Italiana, Vlore, Albania
Collezione Artan Shabani, National Gallery, Tirana, Albania

Margit Schwartz, Prisoner in Bergen Belsen in front of a Photographer shortly after her Rescue on May 16 or 17 in 1945

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