Angelo Bellobono is a visual artist based in Rome, New York and Imlil. Through paintings, drawings, video and performance Bellobono investigates issues of belonging and identity, breaking through stereotypes and de-contextualizing people, objects and concepts.His works explore the constant efforts humans make to seek out an identity and a place in which to belong.
Having traveled extensively for many years around the world, Bellobono has seen how rapid social and geopolitical changes have effected people forced to live in cultures outside of their own. Much of his work investigates individual’s efforts to maintain their identity or create a new one.
A sense of dramatic irony pervades many of his works, which give form to the chemistry of emotion, exploring how biochemistry translates into human behavior. This can be seen most strikingly in his portraits, which evoke the hidden portions of the human landscapes, evoking emotions through what is left unseen.
Having spent two decades as a ski instructor and coach, Bellobono has lived in various mountain ranges around the world. The elements of ice and mountains are frequent metaphorical elements in his work; ice representing the planet’s archival memory, and mountains depicted as hinges and not barriers, connecting different cultures rather than dividing them.
In 2011 he created the Atla(s)now project in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, to develop a community platform where art and skiing are used as a means of economic and social development. The project includes an art residency program that coexists with several other economic activities aimed at supporting and integrating with the local community.