Maria Teresa Ortoleva is an Italian artist based in London, working between the UK and Milan. Building upon a background in the Humanities, she studied at Brera Academy of Fine Arts and The Slade School of Fine Art. From her research based practice on the cognitive value of imagination, she develops exhibition projects, interdisciplinary collaborations, site-specific commissions, as well as participation and education projects. Her work has been awarded support by Brera Academy, University College London and The Leverhulme Trust. Exhibitions include Palazzo Regione Lombardia (Milano), Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro (Milano), Università Cattolica of Milan for EXPO2015 (Milano), Fondazione Rivolidue (Milano), Arcade (London) and Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridgeshire). She currently is a finalist of Premio Cairo 2017.


Full CV:

  • 2014
    • MA (Distinction) Fine Arts, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London
  • 2012
    • BA (Honours) Fine Arts, Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milano
    • 2017
    • 18° Premio Cairo, Palazzo Reale, Milano (forthcoming)
    • ArtVerona 2017, section: Scouting, Stand: Luca Tommasi (forthcoming)
    • Premio San Fedele 2017, Galleria San Fedele, Milano
    • 2016
    • Creative Energy, Palazzo Regione Lombardia, Milano
    • Triumphus Visionis, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano. Solo exhibition. Curated by Federico Giani
    • 2015
      • Triumphus Visionis, Università Cattolica UCSC di Milano, site specific commission for the Stair of Honour, for Expo Milano 2015. Curated by Elena Di Raddo; presented at the Vatican Pavillion at Expo
      • Memory and Failure, Drawing Room, London. Duo presentation with curator Andrew Brown
      • Signature Art Prize Gala and Awards Night, London
      • 2014
        • ACTION : SPACE, Fondazione Rivolidue, Milano Trio collaborative exhibition project with Chloë Iza Manasseh and Emily Hawes. With a final artist talk Maria Teresa Ortoleva in conversation with Stefano Castelli
        • Christie's Multiplied Art Fair, Christie's, London
        • MA/MFA Fine Art Degree Show, The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London
        • MA and Other Postgraduates, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
    • 2013
      • Interim Show, The Slade Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London
      • Response-Call-Response, Arcade, London. Trio collaboration project with Andrew Maughan and Charlotte Emily Baker
      • Leverhulme Arts Scholars Exhibition, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
      • Cinema as Object, The Slade Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London. Curated by Jayne Parker and Matilde Nardelli
    • 2012
      • For the Invisible Universe, Osservatorio Astronomico di Merate e San Carpoforo, Milano. Collaboration with Brera Astronomic Observatory
      • The Places of Images, Brera Academy of Fine Art, Milano. BA Degree Show.
    • 2011
      • What I Call Home, Studio Maffei at MIA Fair 2011. Curated by Fabio Castelli
      • Il giusto mezzo, Fondazione Pomodoro, Milano. Charity auction for AIL
    • 2010
      • Il risparmio con gli occhi degli artisti, Palazzo Mezzanotte, stock exchange palace, Milano
    • 2017
    • Finalist Premio Cairo 2017, Milano
    • Nominated for Premio San Fedele 2017 awarded by Galleria San Fedele, Milano. Selected by curator Stefano Castelli (forthcoming)
    • 2015
      • Signature Art Prize (Finalist, Photography and Film), London
    • 2013
      • Leverhulme Arts Scholarship for young artists residency at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, selected by curators Gareth Bell-Jones and Lotte Juul Petersen
    • 2012
      • Gay Clifford Award for Outstanding Women Students granted by UCL, London
      • Incentive Award for Art Research (III edition) granted by Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milano
    • 2011
      • Incentive Award for Art Research (II edition) granted by Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milano
      • National Competition for Art Research (Honorable Mention), awarded by Philippe Daverio and Flavio Caroli, for Società Umanitaria, Milano
    • 2017
    • Mirror Walk, workshop, Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes
    • 2016
    • Visiting Artist Lecture, to Art Education bachelor students, Pedagogy and Education department, Università di Milano Bicocca (UniMiB), Milano
    • Mirror Walk, public engagement workshop with the visitors of Triumphus Visionis, for the finissage of the exhibition and Giornata del Contemporaneo AMACI (Italian Museums Association), Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano
    • Triumphus Visionis, collaboration to a series of workshop for primary schools visiting the exhibition, produced and delivered by Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro's Education Team, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano
    • Mirror Walk, workshop with the visitors of Space Open Studios, [Space] Studios, Haymerle Road, London
      Art Tutor, The Slade Summer School, UCL, London
      Artist Talk at the Research Seminar on Bruno Munari, University of West London (UWL), London, with Matilde Nardelli
      Mirror Walk, workshop, Milton Keynes College, Milton Keynes
      Mirror Walk, public engagement workshop, produced with students from UCA Farnham University BA Fine Art programme, at London Southbank
    • 2015
      • The Multiverse, workshop series with Cambridge University Summer School and Adventurous Education students from China, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
      • Art Tutor, The Slade Summer School, UCL, London
      • Visiting Artist Lecture to Circuit Cambridge young people group, Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
      • The Multiverse, Spring Half Term family workshop series, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
    • 2014
      • Artist Talk at The Slade Foundation, The Slade Summer School, London
    • 2017
    • 'Chi sono i 5 milanesi selezionati tra i finalisti del Premio Cairo' in Corriere della Sera Milano, by Chiara Vanzetto, 9 September 2017
    • 'La pratica eclettica di Maria Teresa Ortoleva' in Arte, by Stefano Castelli, August 2017, p.84
    • '"L'opera d'arte in primo piano". Il premio alla creatività under 40' in Corriere della Sera, di Stefano Bucci, 13 July 2017
    • 'Venti campioni della nuova ricerca italiana' in Arte, July 2017, pp.64-65
    • 'Of the branching out of immaginative ideas' in Art Maze Mag, Curated Selection of Works by Kristin Hjellegjerde, London, February 2017, p.92
    • 2016
    • ‘Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro a Milano. Una performance di Maria Teresa Ortoleva nella Project Room’ in Artribune, 13 Ottobre 2016
      ‘Triumphus Visionis di Maria Teresa Ortoleva’ in Blasting News, by Valentina Cavera, 26 September 2016
    • 'Triumphus Visionis', Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milano. Exhibition catalogue. Critical text by Federico Giani
    • 2015
      • 'Action : Space' in Rivolidue 002.2015, Fondazione Rivolidue, Milano, pp.4-15
      • 'Triumphus Visionis (Bestiario)' in Tutto ho posto sotto i tuoi piedi, Università Cattolica UCSC di Milano, Milano, pp.55-58 Exhibition catalogue; with a critical essay by Ginevra Addis
      • 'MariaTeresa Ortoleva: P ∩ M → I' inYoung Space, by Kate Mothes, 15 February 2015
    • 2014
      • 'Action : Space', Fondazione Rivolidue, video interview with Edward Winters and Derek Matravers, 20 September 2014
      • 'Interpretare Bergson' in Milano Finanza, 11 September 2014
      • '7 Fresh Favorites: The Slade' in Young Space, by Kate Mothes, 22 June 2014
      • Slade Graduate Research, The Slade Press, UCL, London
      • Sloud, The Slade Press, UCL, London, track 40
      • Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century, An Endless Supply for Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, p. 2
    • 2013
      • Slade Graduate Research, The Slade Press, UCL, London
      • Recipe Book, The Slade Press, UCL, London, pp.56-57
    • 2010
      • Il Risparmio con gli Occhi degli Artisti, Nomos Edizioni, Milano. Exhibition Catalogue