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Born in Rome, Italy in 1978, Ruffo live in Rome. In 2009 he won the Premio Cairo Award (Italy) and in 2010 he was awarded the New York Prize, bestowed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His artist residencies have included working at The International Studio and Curatorial Program, ISCP Centre, New York (2010), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy (2011), the Nirox Foundation, in Johannesburg (2012), The Fountainhead Residency, Miami U.S. (2013). During is research fellowship Ruffo’s aim was to investigate ideological structures of thought that have influenced politicians in different part of the world. Concentrating on contemporary philosophers theories relating to freedom, the artist considered the idea of true freedom and the role that individual liberty might play within this. Ruffo’s practice reflects his intense social and moral concerns, as well as his stance on specific ethical issues. Working with media including drawing, watercolour and sculpture.
2014: Making History, Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo, LK . 2013: Green Flower Street, Tatiana Kourochkina Galeria d’Art, Istanbul, TR; Extra Large, MACRO (Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Roma), Rome, IT. 2011: Italian Genius Now. Home sweet home, KAOSHIUNG MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Taiwan, TW; When in Rome, Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, US. 2010: Amor Parvi or the love of the small, Kunstverein-Langenhagen, DE. 2009:SLASH, paper under the knife, MAD Museum of Art and Design, New York, US; Una forza del passato, Red Bull Hangar-7, Salzburg Airport, Salzburg, AU; The Italian Sigh, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife, ES . 2008: 1988, vent’anni prima vent’anni dopo, Museo d’arte contemporanea Pecci, Prato, IT; Passed as Present: Works from the Lodeveans Collection, York Art Gallery, York, UK; Apocalittici e Integrati, MAXXI, Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome, IT. 2006; Crave, Raw Space, London, UK. 2005: Fragments of time, Yellow Bird Gallery, New York, US.
2014 SOYEZ REALISTES DEMANDEZ L'IMPOSSIBLE, galleria Franca Mancini, Pesaro. 2012: Grasweg, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Strasburgo, Strasbourg, FR; The Political Gymnasium, Blain|Southern, London UK. 2011: Complex Instant, All – Russian Museum of Decorative Applied and Folk Art, part of the special projects of the fourth biennale of Moscow, RU; Negative Liberty, Caffe Florian, Venice, IT; L’enfer c’est les autres, Galerie di Meo, Paris, FR. 2010: Premio New York Show, Cassina Showroom, New York, US; I sei traditori della libertà, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome, IT; Roommates/, MACRO Rome, IT. 2009; Pietro Ruffo, Museo Arte Contemporanea di Ravenna, IT; Pietro Ruffo, Un istante complesso, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, IT; Pietro Ruffo. Grasweg, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma, Rome, IT . 2008: Pietro Ruffo, Nothing new under the sand, Testori UK, London, UK; Confini, Museo archeologico Rossi, Ventimiglia, IT . 2007:Six Nations, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma, Rome, IT. 2006: Beslan doppia mappatura, Studio d'arte contemporanea Pino Casagrande, Rome, IT