Siro Cugusi - CV + Bio

Siro Cugusi creates paintings that are deeply inspired by the landscape of his native Sardinia and the dreamscape of his subconscious. He juxtaposes tigers, Roman archaeological finds, pomegranates and fleshy forms within lush mountain scenes typical to those of the Sardinian highlands where he lives. Many of his recent paintings have simply been titled “Forest,” a metaphor for the mystery of the human psyche. The unknown is the destination for Cugusi and he uses symbols from the forest to get there. In so doing, he leaves reality behind and bends the rules of the universe. He juxtaposes familiar images with indiscernible ones and combines representation and abstraction to create an alternate world that is poetically tuned and dramatically heightened in which we find ideas, experiences, ideals, sufferings, hopes, myths, dreams and nightmares.


Born 1980 in Sardinia
Lives and works in Sardinia

Education
2004
BFA / MFA Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Sassari

2003
Visual Arts Workshop, Ligustica Academy of Fine Arts, Genoa

Solo Exhibitions
2020
Forest, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2019
A Saucerful of Secrets, Agencia De Transitos Culturales, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Aleph, Annarumma Gallery, Naples

2018
Secret Garden, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen

2017
SIRO, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas

Group Exhibitions
2020
ALAC (with Steve Turner), Los Angeles

2019
Surface Tension, Steve Turner, Los Angeles 

2018
Like No Other, Annarumma Gallery, Naples
The Ashtray Show West, Belmacz, London
Galleri Kant, Copenhagen
Art Herning (with Galleri Kant),Denmark 

2017
Whet Ya Whistle, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen
Awkward, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York
Alpenglühen: 100 years of Ettore Sottsass Jr, Belmacz Gallery, London
The Island Show, Galleri Kant, Fanø, Denmark
Art Pampelonne (with DB Fine Art), Saint-Tropez 

2016
Siro & Tom Dash, DB Fine Art, New York

2015
Summer Group Show, Mark Borghi Fine Art Gallery, Bridgehampton

Grants, Residencies and Awards
2017
Artist in Residence, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas

2004
I Dioscuri at the Quirinale, National Arts Award, Sardinia

2003
Ouveture 30 Fine Art, Premio Campigna, Museo M. Moreni, Sofia, Italy
V Convegno Academie del Mediterrane, Genova

Bibliography
2018
De Ciuceis, Paola. “The Aleph of Cugusi,” Il Mattino, December
“Siro Cugusi, Aleph Annarumma Gallery,”Artribune, November
Huang, Steph. The Ashtray Show West, Belmacz, October
Alpenglühen: 100 years of Ettore Sottsass Jr., Belmacz
Russo, Danilo. “Like No Other, Annarumma, Naples,” exibart, June 25
Milbrath, Claire. “Siro Cugusi’s Garden,” Editorial Magazine, April 

2017
“Issue #1: The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Pan & The Dream
Rapeanu, Paolo Sebastian. “From Gavoi to San Diego, passing through Paris and New York.
Siro Cugusi,” Sardinina Today, March 13
“Siro Cugusi, Sardinian artist exhibits in a museum in San Diego,” Sardinia Reporter, March 13
“The Gavoese Siro Cugusi exhibits in San Diego but not only…” Gavoi.com, February 8
Fokos, Barbarella. “Where art resides,” San Diego Reader, February 8
“Sardinian artist exhibits in the USA: exhibition in San Diego for Siro Cugusi,” The Sardinian Union,February 7
Gaugh, Catherine. “Italian artist Siro Cugusi speaks ‘visual language’ at Lux,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, February 3

2016
Saur, Chris. “Lux to bring 5 international artists for 10th season,” Del Mar Times, June 23

2015
Perlson, Hili. “Scope Basel Abounds with Discoveries Off the Beaten Track,” artnet news, June 18 

2013
Catalogue Cameart, la Collezione d’Arte della Camera di Commercio di Sassari 

2012
Habemus Ego, Museum of Contemporary Art Masedu

2011
Tedde, Mauro. “Contemporary art on facades,” La Nuova, August 23
Habemus Ego, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Masedu
Progetto Contemporaneo, Casa Makia Installazioni Urbane

2004
Premio Nazionale delle Arti, I Dioscuri al Quirinale
Bacillieri, A. “Under 30 Fine Arts,” Ouverture

2003
Martino, N.M. Journal II, Accademia Mario Sironi
Dragomirescu, R. and N.M. Martino. Giovani & Artisti II

2002
Dragomirescu, R. and N.M. Martino. Giovani & Artisti