Biography

JAGO is an Italian artist working in the field of sculpture, graphics and video production. He was born in Frosinone (Italy) in 1987, where he attended the Art School and then the Academy of Fine Arts (left in 2010).

Since 2016, the year of his first solo exhibition in the Italian capital, he has lived and worked in Italy, China and America. He currently lives and works in Naples.
He has been a guest professor at the New York Academy of Art, where he gave a masterclass and lecture in 2018.

JAGO has received numerous national and international awards such as: the Pontifical Medal (given to him by Cardinal Ravasi on the occasion of the Pontifical Academies award in 2010), the Gala de l’Art award in Monte Carlo in 2013, the Pio Catel award in 2015, the Arte Fiera Audience Award in 2017 and he also received the investiture as Master of Stone at the 2017 MarmoMacc.

At the age of 24, upon presentation by art historian Maria Teresa Benedetti, he was selected by Prof. Vittorio Sgarbi to participate in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale, exhibiting the marble bust of Pope Benedict XVI (2009) that earned him the aforementioned Pontifical Medal.

This youthful sculpture was then reworked in 2016, taking the name “Habemus Hominem” and becoming one of his most significant works. The work, which depicts the spoliation of the Pope Emeritus from his vestments, was exhibited in Rome, in 2018, at the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese, with a record number of visitors (more than 3,500 during the inauguration alone).

Following an exhibition at the Armory Show in Manhattan, JAGO moved to New York. Here he starts the realization of the “Veiled Son”, a work inspired by the Veiled Christ by Sanmartino, permanently exposed inside the Chapel of the Whites in the Church of San Severo outside the walls.

JAGO’s artistic research occupies a complex conceptual framework that, however, bases its roots in the techniques inherited from the Renaissance masters, attempting to establish a direct relationship with the public by using videos and social networks, through which he shares the production process of his works.

In 2019, on the occasion of the ESA (European Space Agency) Beyond mission, JAGO was the first artist to have sent a marble sculpture to the International Space Station. The work, titled “The First Baby” and depicting the fetus of a child, returned to Earth in February 2020 under the custody of the mission leader, Luca Parmitano.

Since May 2020 Jago has been living in Naples, where he works in his studio in the Church of Sant’Aspreno ai Crociferi and where, at the beginning of November, he created the installation “Look Down” in Piazza del Plebiscito.

Personal Exhibitions

2019 – “First Baby”, International Space Station, ISS
2019 – “Veiled Son”, Basilica di San Severo fuori le mura, Naples, Italy
2019 – “Veiled Son”, HighLine Stages, New York, USA
2019 – “Habemus Hominem”, Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome, Italy
2018 – “Habemus Hominem”, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy
2017 – “Apparato Circolatorio”, Galleria Montrasio Arte, Monza, Italy
2017 – ” Apparato Circolatorio”, Galleria Montrasio Arte, Milan, Italy
2016 – “Memorie”, Basilica of the SS. XII Apostoli, Rome, Italy
2014 – “Anatomia Ele-Mentalale”, Umberto Mastroianni Foundation, Arpino, Italy
2011 – “Habemus Papam”, Museo Media Valle del Liri, Sora, Italy

Group Exhibitions

2019 – “The Unveiling”, ABC Stone, New York, USA
2018 – “The Unveiling”, ABC Stone, New York, USA
2018 – “ADA Your Art and Design Advisor”, Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Rome, Italy
2017 – “Generation What?”, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
2016 – “RILEVAMENTI 1”, CAMUSAC – Cassino Contemporary Art Museum, Cassino, Italy
2016 – “Poppi Deposito d’Arte”, Poppi Castle, Poppi, Italy
2016 – “Terapie d’urto”, LUISS Guido Carlo University, Rome, Italy
2015 – “BoCs Art of Cosenza”, Cosenza, Italy
2011 – “La terra ha bisogno degli uomini”, Reggia Caserta, Caserta, Italy
2011 – “54th Venice Biennale” – Italian Pavilion, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy
2011 – “Vanitas”, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome, Italy

Art Fair and Auction

2019 – “Paratissima”, ADA Your Art and Design Advisor, Turin, Italy
2019 – “Take home a nude”, Sotheby’s, NewYork, USA
2019 – “The Armory Show”, Galleria Montrasio Arte, New York, USA
2018 – “Paratissima”, Feral Horse, Turin, Italy
2018 – “The Armory Show”, Galleria Montrasio Arte, New York, USA
2017 – “Bologna Arte Fiera”, Montrasio Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2016 – “The Others Art Fair”, White Noise Gallery, Turin, Italy

Prizes

2017 – Investiture “Mastro della Pietra 2017”, MarmoMacc 2017, Verona, Italy
2017 – 1st Prize “Euromobil Group 2017”, Arte Fiera Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2015 – 1st Prize “Pio Catel Award” Franz Ludwig Catel Foundation, Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy
2013 – “Arkes Award”, Boncompagni Viscogliosi Castle, Isola del Liri, Italy
2012 – “Papal Medal”, Vatican, Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome, Italy
2012 – 1st prize “Gala de l’Art in Monte-Carlo”, Principality of Monaco

Courses and Lectures

2018 – Workshop, “The social communication of art”, Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, Italy
2018 – Mater Class, NewYork Academy of Art, NewYork, USA
2018 – Lecture, NewYork Academy of Art, NewYork, USA

Performance

2018 – Talk, “Campare d’arte”, Mugellini Festival, Potenza Picena, Italy
2018 – 3D sculpture performance, “Jago 3D”, Cabudanne de sos poetas, Seneghe, Italy
2017 – Talk, “Genova TEDex”, Genoa, Italy
2017 – Talk, “TramandArs”, Somma Vesuviana, Italy.
2017 – 3D sculpture performance, “Artigitale”, Guardiagrele, Italy

Publications

2019 – “222 emerging artists to invest in in 2019”, Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Exibart
2018 – “Jago: Habemus Hominem”, Maria Teresa Benedetti, Silvana Editore
2018 – “222 emerging artists to invest in in 2018”, Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Exibart
2016 – “Jago – Memories”, Maria Teresa Benedetti, Marco Tonelli, Giovanni Valle Edizioni
2011 – “The State of Art”, Vittorio Sgarbi, Regions of Italy, 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Skira
2011 – “Vanitas”, Massimiliano Floridi, Alessandra Mercantini, Lotto, Caravaggio, Guercino in the Dora Pamphilj Collection, Silvana Editore.