Prof. Roberto Mannino is an Italian-American artist and educator living and working in Rome, Italy. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, and an equivalent Sculpture Degree from the Rome Academy of Fine Arts.
His artistic production ranges from intaglio printmaking, book-arts, watermarking, relief and site-specific sculptural installation. Mannino has an extensive background in Printmaking (National Cabinets of Prints 1981-87) and has exhibited intensively as a fiber artist. Looking for the appropriate medium for his practice, he has moved from fibers to handmade paper since mid 90’s. Among his prominent works is the permanent Installation Streams created in 2013 for the Istituto Centrale della Grafica in the Sala Dante of Palazzo Poli in Rome, overlooking the Trevi Fountain. Prof. Mannino teaches at TUR but he has taught in others schools like Loyola and Cornell in Rome, City of Rome School of Arts and Crafts, Academy of Fine Arts, Viterbo, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.
B.B.A.A., Sculpture Degree from Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italy.
B.F.A., RISD Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA
ART U 2400: Special Topics: Contemporary Papermaking
2018 – Ruvidezze 0.2 – Galleria Cartavetra, Florence, Italy.
2018 – Biennale Tracarte 7 – Foggia, Fondazione Monti Uniti di Foggia, Italy
2017 – Anguish: the Grave Misgivings of Remembrance. Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA, Portland, Maine, USA;
2017 – Premio Filigrana D’autore – Fabriano Film Fest –. Fabriano, AP, Italy;
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking – Hand Papermaking Portfolios: Negative Space – 2016 – Picturing the Void. Atlanta, GA USA;
2015 – Off Loom II – Contemporary International Fiber Art – Installation at the Museum of Applied Arts and Popular Tradition, Rome, EUR.;
Streams– Permanent Installation, National Cabinet of Prints and Papers, Rome, 2013.
I’m exploring form within an abstract, process oriented, non-realistic approach.
In my practice I get engaged in transforming physical matter such as fiber cellulose before it turns into a dry paper form, thus working with natural phenomena; I am interested in re-define the boundaries and creative behaviors that handmade paper might play in its role when in conjunction with other artistic processes, namely sculpture, printmaking, relief and book arts.
I often use a direct hands-on approach to structure and form combining various techniques borrowed from diverse disciplines in the attempt to create visual and tactile short-circuits in the perceiving of objects and images.
2016 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – Summer issue: Industrial/ Medieval: A Conversation with Lorenzo Santoni.
2016 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – Winter issue: Luigi Mecella, Italian inventor and papermaker.
2016 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – Paper dreams of four artists, article of A. Occhipinti.
2014 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – Published edition of 150 prints for Annual Portfolio: Negative Space in Handmade Paper: Picturing the Void .
2012 – Interview and works included in the book ‘Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic’, a project created by Catherine Nash, Tucson, Az.
2012 – Works published in The Papermaker’s Studio Guide DVD, by Helen Hiebert.
2009 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – 25th Anniversary Issue – Selected to represent the year.
2009 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – Winter issue: Article and essay by Buzz Spector,
2008 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – Included in C. Nash article ‘Beater finesse’
2003 – Hand Papermaking Magazine – Published edition of 150 prints for Annual Portfolio: Innovative Printmaking on Handmade Paper.
Dieu Donné, NYC 2000; Cooper Union, NYC 2000/2001; Pyramid Atlantic, MD 2001; Holufgaard, Odense, Denmark 2009; Papierwaspe, Wien, Austria 2011; Silkeborg Museum. Silkeborg, Denmark 2012; IAPMA Paper Congress, Sarteano, Siena, Italy 2000 – 2014; RISD, EHP program, Rome 2014 – 2018.
Artist in Residence
MICA, Printmaking Department, Baltimore, MD 2008.
Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA, 1996
Service provision / Prof. associations / Membership
IAPMA International Association Papermakers and Paper Artists – Member since 1996.
HPM Hand papermaking Magazine – Member since 2000, International Advisor since 2015.
Dolphin Press at MICA, Baltimore MD.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia 15
00196 Rome, Italy
+39 06 320 2808
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