Silvio Wolf

Silvio Wolf was born in Milan, Italy in 1952, where he lives and works.

He studied Philosophy and Psychology in Italy and Photography and Visual Arts in London, where he received the Higher Diploma in Advanced Photography at the London College of Printing.

From 1977 to 1987 he used photography to explore the laws, language and two-dimensional nature of the image. His work has moved in directions different from those of tradition, which favoured the documentary and narrative value of the photographic image. Instead, he has pursued a more subjective, metaphorical view of reality.

In this period he made polyptychs and large-format works which have been shown in Italy and abroad, including Aktuell ‘83 in Munich and Documenta VIII, in 1987, in Kassel.

From the end of the 1980s to the present he has gradually introduced new languages in his work, using the moving image, still projections, light and sound, either individually or in combinations.

His works have moved away from the pure two-dimensional format of photography to involve architectural space and the specificities of the places in which he operates, creating multimedia projects and sound installations. In his site-specific projects, as in all his photo-based work, the issues of limit, absence and elsewhere are always central.

He has created temporary and permanent installations in galleries, museums and public spaces in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

In 2009 he was invited to participate in the 53rd Venice Biennale.

He teaches Photography at the School of Visual Arts of the European Institute of Design in Milan, and is Visiting Professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)


Silvio Wolf  On the Threshold, PAC Mailand


Prima del Tempo, Galleria Nicoletta Rusconi, Milan, Italy
Insight: Photography and Video by Silvio Wolf, The Gallery of the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, CA


Voyager, Robert Mann Gallery, New York
Immagini dell’Invisible, with Jean Odermatt, Istituto Svizzero, Rome, Italy
La Doppia Vita, Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, Italy


L’Invisible, Fotografia Italiana, Milan, Italy


Paradiso, Galleria Gottardo, Lugano
Thresholds, Robert Mann Gallery, New York
Scala Zero, Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York
John 14, Biblioteca Cantonale, Bellinzona


Screens and Mirrors, Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg


Scala Zero, Fotografia Italiana, Milan


Le Due Porte, Fotografia Italiana, Milan


Scala Zero, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
Fondazione del Tempo, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
Double Breath, La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City


The Elsewhere, Royal Festival Hall, London
La Zone d’Ombre, Musée du Québec
Grida dal Tempio, Piazza Affari, Milan
Icons of Light, Keith Johnson, New York


Luogo Parola, Chiesa Valdese, Milan


Luci Bianche, Galleria Credito Valtellinese, Milan


Origini, Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Belvedere 288, Galleria La Polena, Genoa
Azuleyes, Casa Cultura, Bellreguard, Valencia


Condomini, Piero Cavellini


Icone di Luce, Alberto Weber, Turin
Azuleyes, Pasqual Lucas Espai, Valencia
Stelle Braille, Sala CI, Milano Arte Estetica, Milan


Camera Sveva, Vertical Museum, Sheraton Hotel, Bari (permanent installation)
Scale reali al Grato Soglio, Milan (three permanent installations)


Generazioni di Luce, Galleria Alberto Weber, Turin
Enclave, Galleria Piero Cavellini, Milan


Annunciazione Lagrange, Marginalia delle Forme d’Arte, Turin


La Verità & Grande Muro Occidentale, Civitella d’Agliano, Viterbo (permanent installations)


Mailand Aktuell, Galerie Van Marwich, Munich


Acqua, Studio Marconi, Milan
Spazio Mentale, Galerie Perspektief, Rotterdam


Spazio Mentale, Mercato del Sale, Milan


Maroc, Galerie Medamothi, Montpellier


Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montreal, Canada
F.R.A.C. Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France
Städtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany
Civico Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Museo d’Arte Paolo Pini, Milan, Italy
Collezione Comunale, Biella, Italy
Collezione Comunale, Capo d’Orlando, Italy
Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Umbertide, Italy
Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, Parma, Italy
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea all’aperto, Maglione, Italy
Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Scafati, Italy
I.V.A.M., Valencia, Spain
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


Michael Amy Silvio Wolf: Voyager

- in Art in America, Ed. Brant Publications, New York, 2008

Joanne Bernstein The Elsewhere

- in The Elsewhere, Ed. South Bank Centre, London, 1999

Eric Bryant The Indecisive Image

- in ARTnews, Ed. Esterow ARTnews, New York, 2008

Martina Corganti Conversazione con Silvio Wolf

- in Arte e Cronaca, 1987

Tiziana Conti Silvio Wolf: L’Epifania della luce

- in Titolo, 10/1992, Benucci Editore, Perugia

Nathaly Dufour Décortiquer l’image

- in Les Arts a Québec, ed. Devoir, Québec, 13/7/1999

Vittorio Fagone L’abbagliante spiraglio d’una visione futura

- in Light Specific,  Ed. Nuovi Strumenti, Brescia, 1995

Gigliola Foschi Il convivio delle parole

- in Less, Ed. 5 Continents, Milano, 2006

Enrico Lunghi Silvio Wolf, Chantier/Marché

- in L’Art e la Ville, Ed. Université de Liége, Liegé, 2000

Marco Meneguzzo Quadro! Luce!

- in Light Specific, Ed. Nuovi Strumenti, Brescia, 1995

Minjung Lee Space’s Inside and Outside

- in  Monthly Photography, Ed. Monthly Photo, 2008

Sylvie Parent Silvio Wolf

- in Entre image et Matière, Ed. Incontri Internazionali d’Arte, Roma, 2000

Augusto Pieroni Silvio Wolf

- in Hotshoe, Ed. Hotshoe International UK, London, 2007

A. C. Quintavalle Commento a una poesia di Silvio Wolf

- in Messa a fuoco, Ed. Feltrinelli, Milano, 1983

Francesca Pasini La fluidità, la luce e lo sconfinamento

- in Paradiso, Ed. Contrasto e Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, 2006

Pierre Restany Civitella d’Agliano ha scoperto la sua verità

- in Domus, Ed. Domus, Milano, 1989

Lyle Rexer The Gate to the Threshold

- in Paradiso, Ed. Contrasto – Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, 2006

Silvio Wolf

- in The Edge of Vision, Ed. Aperture, New York 2009

Giuliana Scimè Silvio Wolf

in Perspektief, Ed. Perspektief, Rotterdam, 1983

Franco Vaccari La frontiera labile

- in Spazio Mentale, Ed. Ilford, 1981

Lontane origini di Silvio Wolf

- in Le Due Porte, Ed. Fotografia Italiana, Milano, 2003

Roberta Valtorta Il teatro come luogo del vedere

- in Scala Zero, Ed. Fotografia Italiana, Milano, 2004

Giorgio Verzotti Silvio Wolf

- in Cimal, Arte Internacional, Ed. Cimal Internacional, Valencia, 1991

Origini di Silvio Wolf

- in Origini,  Ed. Claudia Gian Ferrari, Milano, 1993

Silvio Wolf

- in l’Invisibile, Ed. Fotografia Italiana,  Milano, 2007

Works from the Artist

See all works from the series:

  • Horizons
  • Thresholds
  • Chances
  • Skylights