Valerio Berruti

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Valerio Berruti was born in 1977 in Alba, in the region of Piedmont, where he still lives and works. After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Turin University with a degree in art criticism, in 1995 he purchased and restored a deconsecrated seventeenth-century church in Verduno for use as his studio. The artist prefers to use simple materials, employing the age-old technique of fresco painting on untreated jute canvas, sculpture, particularly in concrete or steel, and video animation to create simple images inspired by the suspended world of childhood, the time in our lives when we are all the same and everything has yet to happen. We can all recognise ourselves in his children, from whom he removes all features that make them recognisable, so that viewers project themselves onto the image they see, with their own past and their own intimacy.

In 2009 Berruti was the youngest artist to participate in the 53rd Biennale in Venice, presenting a video animation composed of more than 600 frescoed drawings with music by Paolo Conte. He has also worked on important partnerships with Ryuichi Sakamoto in Japan and with Gianmaria Testa.

In 2018 Berruti began working on an animated short film co-produced with Sky Arte, La giostra di Nina, with a soundtrack by Ludovico Einaudi. The big carousel was exhibited in the Church of San Domenico in Alba in the autumn of 2018, at MAXXI in Rome in 2019, and then in the Galleria Grande at the Reggia di Venaria near Turin, while the short film premiered at the Rome Film Festival and participated in the world’s most important film festivals.

Solo exhibition

The Carousel (La giostra di Nina), The Great Gallery of the Reggia di Venaria, Turin, Italy

Tracce, Marcorossi artecontemporanea, Milan, Turin and Verona, Italy


La giostra di Nina (Nina’s carousel), MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

Frammenti, Monumental public work, Castello di Monticello d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy

Tracce, Marcorossi artecontemporanea, Pietrasanta, Italy


La storia di Nina, Chiesa di San Domenico di Alba, Italy

Endless Love, The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, CA, USA

Just Kids, Monumental public installation, Chiostro di Palazzo d’Accursio, Bologna, Italy


Out of Your Own, Al Blu di Prussia, Naples, Italy

Valerio Berruti – Out of Your Own, video screening, Museo MADRE, Naples, Italy 

Il Sentiero, Marcorossi artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy


​Looking for the Magic, Spazio Espositivo Ersel, Turin, Italy

Paradise Lost, Marcorossi artecontemporanea, Milan and Verona, Italy

Just Kids, Monumental public installation, Piazza Duomo, Verona, Italy


Nina nel Verde, Parco Hotel Byron, Forte dei Marmi, Italy


Così sia, Marcorossi artecontemporanea, Pietrasanta, Italy


Dove il cielo s’attacca alla collina, Cantina Bricco Rocche, Castiglione Falletto, Cuneo, Italy


Udaka, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa


Maddalena, Salon Blanco, Havana, Cuba

La rivoluzione terrestre, Chiesa di San Domenico, Alba, Italy

Almost Queen, Marcorossi artecontemporanea, Milan and Verona, Italy

There is Too Much Light Not to Believe in Light, The Belgrade City Museum, Belgrade, Serbia

Kizuna, Pola Museum Annex, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan


Una Sola Moltitudine, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy

I Wish I Was Special, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Turin and Rome, Italy


E più non dimandare, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy



Magnificat, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


E più non dimandare, il Fondaco, Bra, Italy


Se ci fosse la luna, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy


Golgota, Esso Gallery, New York, USA

Primary, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Turin, Italy

Ho meritato il tuo castigo, Galleria Officina 14, Rome, Italy

Senza più pensare, Galleria 41 Artecontemporanea, Turin, Italy


Naufragar m’è dolce…, Museo dello zucchero, Nizza Monferrato, Italy

Vocazione, Chiesa di Sant’Agostino, Pietrasanta, Italy


Familienwertes, Galerie Markus Nohn, Frankfurt, Germany

Family Values, Galleria Spirale Arte, Verona, Italy

Brothers, Galleria arte & altro, Gattinara, Italy

Summertime, Galleria 41 Artecontemporanea, Turin, Italy


Sacre rappresentazioni, Galleria Spirale Arte, Milan and Pietrasanta, Italy


Saints Kids, Galleria Art & Arts, Turin, Italy


Berruti e Tibaldi, Maze Gallery, Turin, Italy

Group exhibition

Le spine della complessità. Arte e artisti tra globale e locale, grandArte 2016/2017: Identità Perdute?

Complesso Monumentale di San Francesco, Cuneo, Italy

Chissà se lo sai… Gli artisti di Lucio, Otto Gallery, Bologna, Italy


Mare Motus, Castello di Lipari, Lipari, Italy

Holy MisterY, Chiesa del Santo Volto, Turin, Italy


Biennale Italia-Cina, Bei Zhou, Beijing, China

15° Premio Cairo, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

Resilienze 2.0, Palazzo Saluzzo, Turin, Italy

The Intuitionist, The Drawing Center, New York, USA


Humang Among Aliens, Helutrans Art Space, Singapore


Biennale d’arte contemporanea Italia-Cina, Villa Reale di Monza, Italy


Cabinet de dessins, Villa la Versiliana, Pietrasanta, Italy


Oltre il mito. Cavour nell’arte contemporanea, Castello Cavour, Santena, Italy


Collaudi. Omaggio a F. T. Marinetti, Italian Pavillon, 

53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Campolungo. L’orizzonte sensibile del Contemporaneo, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

The Sublime Gaiety of Art, Kunstpfad Bischofstrasse, Linz, Austria

Che cos’è la scultura moderna, Spirale Arte, Pietrasanta,


XIII Biennale d’arte sacra contemporanea, Museo Stauros, San Gabriele, Teramo, Italy

Biennal of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean, XIII edizione/edition, Bari, Italy

Detour, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


Micro-narratives, 48th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia

The Big Show, Silas Murder Gallery, New York, USA

Art First, Facciata Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy


Crave, Row Space, London, UK

Giardino. Luoghi della piccola realtà, PAN Palazzo delle arti, Napoli, Italy

Uniforms and Costumes, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israele

Cabinet des Dessins, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France


Deck the Wall, Exit art, New York, USA

Quadriennale di Monza, Monza, Italy


Dal Profondo, Kästrich, Mainz, Germany

La via del sale, Pieve di Santa Maria, Cortemilia, CN, Italy

Quotidiana 04, Museo Civico del Santo, Padova, Italy

Made in Italy, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Quadriennale di Roma. Anteprima, Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin, Italy


4° Premio Cairo, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

Gemine Muse, Museo di Arte Antica, Turin, Italy

Extraños niños, 3 Punts Galeria, Barcelona, Spain


Infanzie, Battistero di San Pietro, Asti, Italy


Le ombre della memoria, En Plain Air, Pinerolo, Italy

Meno trenta, Associazione Culturale Marcovaldo, Caraglio, Italy

Awards and residence

Erata Motion Pictures – International Festival of Shorts about Paintings, Finalist, San Pietroburgo, Russia

Los Angeles Cinefest, 2nd Prize, Los Angeles, USA


15th Cairo Prize, Finalist, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy


Luci d’Artista Prize, Awarded with the installation “Ancora una volta”, Turin, Italy


Nirox Foundation Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa


Youkobo Art Space Residency, Tokyo, Japan


Area Progetto, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy


Artists Residency Program, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris, France


Workshop with Stefano Arienti, Fondazione Spinola Banna, Poirino, Italy


Residency Program, I.S.C.P. International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, NY, USA


Pagine Bianche d’Autore Prize, Winner for the cover of regional telephone directory in Piedmont, Italy

Premio Celeste, 1st Prize, Italy


4th Cairo Prize, Finalist, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

Fresco and Salty Award, Amfilochia, Greece