Antonio Riello was born in 1958 in Marostica in the Treviso district. He lives and works in Milan, London, and Asiago. In 1997, he made his first work of art in Italy in the form of videogame: Italiani Brava Gente (where, sardonically, one wins by sinking the immigrants’ ships). The commonality of this artist’s creations is a manipulation of images and objects, together with the relationship between ironic invention and conceptual paradox. In addition to virtual subjects, Riello also incorporates objects and subjects from contemporary society, presenting them through a process of modification and decontextualization that is quite unexpected and entertaining for the user.
Antonio Riello has exhibited in many important museums and exhibition spaces around the world, including the Neue Galerie in Graz, with Das Spiel in der Kunst (1995); Siena’s Palazzo delle Papesse with Melting Pop (2003); the Saint-Étienne Museum of Art and Industry, with the exhibition BangBang (2007); MART-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rovereto, with AirMart (2009), the Kunsthalle in Vienna, with the exhibition Be Squared! (2009) and the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, with the exhibition Scultura italiana XXI sec (2011).