Biography

Jago is an Italian artist-entrepreneur who works mainly in sculpture and video production.
He was born in Frosinone (Italy) in 1987, where he attended art school and then the Academy of Fine Arts.

At a young age he worked in Greece on Naxos, and in Italy between Rome and Verona.
Today Jago lives in New York, working between USA, China and Italy.

In 2018 he was a guest professor at the New York Academy of Art, where he held a masterclass and a lecture.
Since 2016 he has held courses in Italian, Chinese and American schools, universities and academies.

Numerous national and international awards such as the Papal Medal, conferred by Cardinal Ravasi on the occasion of the Prize of the Pontifical Academies, Vatican City in 2010, the Pio Catel Prize in 2015, the Arte Fiera Bologna Public Prize in 2017, the Art Award at Gala de Monte Carlo in 2013, and the investiture as Mastro della Pietra at MarmoMacc 2017.

At the age of 24, on presentation of the art historian Maria Teresa Benedetti, he was selected by professor Vittorio Sgarbi to participate in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion – Rome – Palazzo Venezia, where he exhibited the marble bust of the then Pope Benedict XVI (2009) for which in the same year he received the Papal Medal.

In 2010 Jago leaves the Academy.

In 2017 he is one of the TEDx Genoa speakers.

One of his most significant work is “Habemus Hominem” (2013) created after the resignation of Pope Ratzinger, after which Jago carves the original sculpture of 2009 again, representing the naked Pontiff.

The work was exhibited in Rome in 2018 in the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese, with a record number of visitors (of which 3,500 only during the presentation).

In 2018, Jago was invited to exhibit at the BIAS, International Biennial of Contemporary Sacred Art and of Human Religions in Palermo.

In 2018, following the exhibition at the international Armory Show in Manhattan, Jago moved to New York to create the work entitled “Figlio Velato” for the city of Naples, permanently exhibited in the Sanità district inside the Chapel of the Church of San Severo fuori le mura.

Jago’s artistic research has its roots in the techniques inherited from the masters of the Renaissance.
In contrast with the romantic idea of the starving artist, Jago is determined to give back an entrepreneurial image to the category, always maintaining a lively and direct relationship with the public through the use of social networks.

In 2019, on the occasion of ESA’s Beyond mission, European Space Agencies, Jago is the first artist to send a marble sculpture to the international space station. The sculpture entitled “The First baby”, depicting a baby’s fetus, will return to earth in February 2020 under the custody of mission leader, Luca Parmitano.

Jago has also held personal exhibitions at institutions such as the Crypt of the Basilica dei SS. XII Apostoli (Rome), Umberto Mastroianni Foundation (Arpino), Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (Rome) and HighlineStages (New York).

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.