Valerio Rocco Orlando (Italy, 1978) is an artist, professor of Multimedia Dramaturgy at Accademia di Brera in Milan, and PhD candidate in Engineering-based Architecture and Urban Planning at Sapienza Università di Roma.
Through practices ranging from workshops to video installations, he conceives art as a process of mutual knowledge and understanding. The heart of his research is the exploration of the osmosis among institutions, museums, academia, and the social sphere.
Over the years he has activated fruitful collaborations with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, composer Michael Nyman, artists Gilbert & George, Ugo Rondinone, and Liam Gillick, actors Saleh Bakri and Alba Rohrwacher, singer Amalia Grè, and psychoanalyst Luigi Zoja.
In 2009 he won the ISCP New York prize, in 2014 he received an International Artist Fellowship at the MMCA National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, and in 2016 he was awarded the Kunstpreis VAF Stiftung.
Thanks to the Ministry of Culture’s support within the Italian Council program, in 2021 Valerio Rocco Orlando founded an independent, international and transdisciplinary school; he created a digital platform and started the restoration of a building granted to him by the city of Matera for thirty years.
His works are held in public and private collections, including: A. M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; La Galleria Nazionale, Rome; MACRO, Rome; MAGA, Gallarate; Mart, Rovereto; MUSMA, Matera; Nomas Foundation, Rome; VAF Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main; Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese.