Paolo Di Capua was born in Rome, Italy, in 1957. From 1976 to 1981 he attended Architecture and Art History at the National University of Rome la Sapienza, and the European Institute of Design in Rome. At the same time he was pupil of the sculptors Eugenio de Courten and Lorenzo Guerrini. Since 1983, he worked in Pietrasanta (Tuscany) where he made some of his works in stone.
On 1985, he graduated at the National Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, Sculpture Department. On 1992, he achieved the PH.D on Visual Arts in Spain at the School of Fine Arts of the University La Laguna, Canary Islands where he had an Erasmus Project fellowship. The 1980s marked the start of his participation in numerous exhibitions, both solo and group shows, in Italy, Spain, Germany, South Korea, U.S.A. and China. In 1992 he participated in the exhibion “Young Artist” at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.
In 1994 is his solo exhibition “The Value of Space” held in the Spanish Renaissance Castle in L’Aquila.
On 2001 he opened, inside his atelier, HyunnArt Studio exhibitions space. Between 2001 and 2003 he taught a private course in Visual Arts for the diplomatic staff of the South Korean Embassy in Rome.
Since 2006 until 2011, he moved to live in Seoul. On October 2007 he created a permanent work, in collaboration with the artist Oan Kyu, for a large wall (mt.18×7) of the V Building, School of Engineering, Erica Campus, Han Yang University of Seoul. Since 2008 until 2011 he has taught a course on the relations between Visual Arts and Architecture in the Department of Architecture of Han Yang University. Since September 2009 some of his works have been placed in the new offices of the Italian Embassy and Italian Cultural Institute in Seoul.
In 2010 he held the solo exhibition “ The Sense of Touch” at S. Gimignano Civic Museum. In the same year he participated at the exhibition “ White Spring” in the Seoul National University Museum. In the Summer 2011 his work ‘Nocturnal Plants Growth’ (aluminum casting on steel basements – h. cm 300 around) was exhibited in the Il Shin Building in the occasion of the 54^ Venice Biennial of Visual Arts, Italian Pavilion in the World. On Spring 2013 he participated at the exhibition White&White, at Bilotti Museum, Villa Borghese in Rome. On October 2013 the Korean National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art acquired his sculpture ‘Nocturnal Plants Growth’. Di Capua has held conferences on his work at Han Yang University of Seoul, at Italian Cultural Institue of Beijing, at Cabot University in Rome.
He had shown his last personal exhibition at Italian Cultural Institute in Rabat, Morocco, 2019/20
The video, Me, shot in Paolo Di Capua studio, was screened in-person in April 2022 in Rome a Casadante, and in Mantova in October 2022, at Biblioteca Baratta, Sala delle Colonne. Next public screening will be on January 17th 2023 in Barcellona at the Italian Institute of Culture, Espronceda Center for Arts and Culture.
Solo exhibitions selection
Galleria La Giostra, Asti 1984; Galleria Schneider, Roma 1985; Centro Culturale di Grafelfing, Monaco di Baviera 1986; ”Giovani Artisti”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma 1992; Centro di Sarro, Roma 1993; ‘Il Valore dello Spazio’, Castello Spagnolo, L’Aquila 1994; ‘Luoghi di ascolto’ Salon Privé, Roma 1995; ‘Osservare il silenzio’ – Brecce – Libro Galleria Empiria, Roma 1995; ‘Via Aerea’ Rotunda Gallery, Min Institute of Interior Design, Seoul 1997; ‘Via Aerea’ Centro Direzionale Alitalia, Roma 1998; ‘Cinque steli’ per Equilibri Precari, Roma 2001; ”Crescita di Piante Notturne’, Sala 1, Roma 2003; ‘Ice/Fire – Omissis’ OffiCina Gallery, Factory 798, Pechino 2006; ‘il gelo/il fuoco’ Finestra Art Space, Chicago 2006; ‘il gelo/il fuoco’ Due Gallery, Berlino 2006; ‘Stabbed Soul’ Moa Gallery, Heyri Art Valley, Corea del sud 2007; ‘Surface’, Museo della Letteratura Young In, Seoul 2008; ‘Il Senso del Tatto’, Museo Civico di Arte Moderna ‘Raffaele De Grada’, San Gimignano 2010; ”Primavere del Bianco” Museo della Seoul National University 2010; ‘Estremo Est’ Galleria La Nube di Oort, Roma 2010; 54^ Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia nel Mondo, Seoul /Venezia 2011;
“White&White” Museo Bilotti, Villa Borghese a Roma 2013; “In Uns Aus Uns”, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Colonia 2014; ‘+ di 1 Luna x Volta’, La Nube di Oort Gallery, Rome 2015; 12 x 12 Piante notturne, Chiostro di S. Maria de’ Frari – Ikona Gallery, Venezia 2016; ‘Altre prospettive’ Spazio M&M, Genova Boccadasse 2018; Nero-Bianco, Areapangeart, Camorino – Bellinzona 2019; ‘Sottili connessioni’, Studio Monica Masiero, Milano 2019;
“Natura Umana” Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Rabat 2019/220
Castello Spagnolo, L’Aquila – Centro Culturale di Grafelfing, Monaco di Baviera – Centro Direzionale Alitalia – Museo della Letteratura Young In, Seoul – Ambasciata d’Italia e Istituto Italiano di Cultura a Seoul – Museo della Università Nazionale di Seoul – Collezione Avv. G. Jaffin N.Y. – Museo Civico ‘Raffaele de Grada’, S.Gimignano – Collezione Avv. Paolo Savona, Roma – Università Han Yang, Erica Campus, Ansan, Corea del Sud – Museo Nazionale della Corea del sud di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Seoul.