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Alien
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Calm
2006
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Spirit
2006
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Zap
2006
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Hum
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Entice
2006
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Hypnos
2006
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Snap
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Origin
2006
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Virtue
2006
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Life
2006
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Fire
2000
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2000
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Divine
2006

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High Line Dream
2010
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Ghosts of the Past
2010
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High Rise Rain
2010
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A Shadow of Myself
2010
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Night Dreaming
2010
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Swan Lake
2010
 
In Renato Grome, born in Rome (1954) of British parents the day the Bikini explosion rocked the world, mingles the blood of artists and writers- his father, a painter descended from British aristocrats and the chaotic genius Sheridan, his midwife mother of British farmer roots.

He was named for his godfather, the Sicilian painter Renato Guttuso, reared among influential musicians and artists, he discovers the magic powers of photography early. Sent to school in cold grey England this rebellious boy, well whipped by his masters, escaped in his suit of crushed raspberry velvet to the sex and drugs and rock and roll mayhem of the ’60s London, and taken under the wing of the late Alexis Korner.

From there he was first apprenticed in Rome as a fine art restorer, scraping and cleaning Caravaggios and Raphaels, fascinated by the world of allegory and symbol revealed to him, thence to Paris in the grip of student revolution and on to Stockholm where free love and high-minded socialism reigned, he worked as a fashion model and furthered his understanding photography assisting François Gillet.

His career expanded and blossomed in a place where he felt at ease and where he fathered the lovely Melody, always the joy of his life. Sometimes a raver, always a rover, he based himself in Stockholm, setting up a studio there and working with camera and wayward searching eye in film and video, beaming his creativity on projects both commercial and purely aesthetic.

Perpetually searching new horizons, in the mid ‘90s he moves to Sydney, where stunning nature, sunshine and sea and new freedom from the shibboleths of old European culture, brought forth a fresh tide of new work and building on beginnings in Stockholm, he held several shows of work which imagination and technical understandings are fused with a wild and beautiful surrealism.

Renato has used a camera all his working life, knows well the rich diversity of its possibilities, and in his long dalliance with the mystery of light, spiller of the life force, creates images beyond the merely arresting, memorable, erotic and electric. He cultivates a garden where a new flora flourishes, familiar yet drenched in light and aflame with colour, metamorphosed. These are not pictures of flowers in the botanical sense. Enigmatic and surprising, playing with the ambiguity of the magic medium of ‘truth’, photography. (...)


Christopher Gibbs, mentor to Renato Grome, is Trustee of The Edward James Foundation, prominent London antiquarian, writer and co-Art directed cult films Performance and Blow Up.
 
 
 
Renato Grome - Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2012

Il fuoco della Natura/ The Flash of Nature, Salone degli Incanti -Ex Pescheria, Trieste (Italy)
  Io sono, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)
  5 photo-based artists, Ausin Tung Gallery, Melbourne (Australia)

2011

Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)

2010

Matt Dive Gold, Smith & Hall, Sydney (Australia)
  Dollypop, Head-On, Sydney (Australia)
  Beyond the Beyond, Shenker Culture Club, Firenze (Italy)
  Fighting Flowers, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)

2009

Matt Dive Gold, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea , Roma (Italy)
  Beyond the Beyond, Shenker Culture Club, Torino (Italy)
  Art Verona, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea , Verona (Italy)
  Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)
  Olive Cotton Award, Finalist, Sydney (Australia)
  Bowness Award, Finalist, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (Australia)
  Smith & Hall, Sydney (Australia)

2008

Art Verona, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea , Verona (Italy)
  MiArt, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Milano (Italy)
  Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)

2007

Metro 5, Melbourne (Australia)
  Byron McMahon Gallery, Sydney (Australia)

2006

Paris Photo, Sandra Byron Gallery, Paris (France)
  Sandra Byron Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  The Armory Show, Sandra Byron Gallery, New York (USA)

2005

Sydney Art Fair, Sandra Byron Gallery, Sydney (Australia)

2000

Byron Mapp Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  Stockholm Art Fair, Zinc Gallery, Stockholm (Sweden)

1999

Byron Mapp Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  Paris Photo, Byron Mapp Gallery, Paris (France)

1998

Paris Photo, Byron Mapp Gallery, Paris (France)
  Zinc Gallery, Stockholm (Sweden)
  Byron Mapp Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  Group Show Byron Mapp, Australian Embassy, Paris (France)

1997

Byron Mapp Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  Art House Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  Fuji House, Tokyo (Japan)

1996

ACMP,, Collection II, Travelling exhibition (Australia)
  Sub Culture, travelling exhibition, (Australia / New Zeland)

1990

The Image Gallery, Stockholm (Sweden)
 
 
Renato Grome - Selected Solo Exhibitions
 

2010

Self-discovery Channel, Sedition Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  LuccaDigitalPhotoFest, Villa Bottini, Lucca (Italy)

2008

Vanitas, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)

2007

Essence, Sandra Byron Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  Dollypop, Byron McMahon Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
  Essence, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (Australia)
  Essence, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Roma (Italy)

2006

Seduce (Tease), Sandra Byron Gallery, Sydney (Australia)

2005

Seduce retrospective, Sandra Byron Gallery, Sydney (Australia)

2001

Seduce, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (Australia)

1999

Seduce, Zinc Gallery at the Centre for the Arts, Boston (USA)

1998

Seduce (Tease), Byron Mapp Gallery, Sydney (Australia)

1997

Exposed, Art House Gallery, Sydney (Australia)

1996

Penetrating Images, Art House Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
 
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