Karim Ghidinelli

Biography

Karim Ghidinelli was born in Brescia, a northern Italian city. At age eleven his family began to travel for extensive periods of time, no longer recreationally. They moved to Guinea Bissau, where they lived for a period of fourteen months.

Ghidinelli returned to Italy where he continued attending regular school, though his language skill had been much improved by the tempering experience. His views of the world began to change. After a period of about one year, Ghidinelli and his family moved again, this time to Ethiopia. He lived in Addis Ababa for more than two years. Here he began to understand his passion for art, and started to read social symbolism much clearer than he ever could in the pampered society of Italy.

In Ethiopia Ghidinelli began attending English school, which allowed him to interact with students from a multitude of cultures, religions, races and nationalities. After Ethiopia, Ghidinelli returned to Italy where he attended The International School of Milan.

Milan represented a necessary transition; though Ghidinelli was catapulted into a bourgeoisie environment he was not used to, he observed and learned. After little more than a year he left again, headed for the Southern African country of Namibia.

He lived in the capital city of Windhoek for over two years and completed his high school education at St. Paul’s College, a strict catholic school, which presented a set of unexplored realities.

Unable to anchor himself to a solid base, Karim departed Namibia and went back to Italy, though only for a short while; in the summer of 1995 he moved to London, England, attending the Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Another year went by and Ghidinelli moved once again, this time his travels took him to Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.Here, Ghidinelli completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in painting, and has since moved to Miami, where he now resides.

EDUCATION

MFA Painting, Savannah College of Art And Design, Savannah, GA, 2002
BFA Painting, Art History, Savannah College of Art And Design, Savannah, GA, 2000
Foundation Certificate Painting, Chelsea College Art & Design, London, England, 1996
A levels, St Paul’s College, Windhoek, Namibia, 1995
O levels, International School of Milan, Milan, Italy, 1993
Diploma Scuola Media Inferiore, Italian Community School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1991

EXHIBITIONS

2011

Galerie LeRoyer, Decision Vision Incision, solo, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Galleria San Carlo, Miart, Milano, Italy
Galleria San Carlo, “La Babele Culturale”, Solo, Milano, Italy
Dar Al Funoon Gallery, Group show, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2010

Galleria San Carlo, Miart, Milano, Italy
ZAG Zadok Contemporary Art, Exposed, solo, Miami, FL

2009

Design District, Across the Pond, Miami, FL
Buenavista Building, Identity, Miami, FL
27 AD, Portals, Bergamo, Italy
Dar Al Funoon Gallery, Solo, Kuwait City, Kuwait
The Steps Gallery, Exorcisms, London, England

2008

The Steps Gallery, Christmas Exhibition, London, England
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Red Show, New York, NY
ArtCenter South Florida, Small Works, Miami, FL
ArteCity Governor, Offsite, Miami, FL
NordSouth gallery opening, Miami, FL

 

2007

Bridge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Red Show, New York, NY
Latitude Modern Art, Collateral Material, San Juan, PR
Circa: Puerto Rico International Art Fair, San Juan, PR
Metropolitan Pavilion, Pavillion Show, New York, NY
Spazio Guicciardini, Mi-Ami Miami, Milano, Italy

2006

The Gallery, Group Show, Fisher Island, Miami, FL
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Red Show, New York, NY
Metropolitan Pavilion, Pavillion Show, New York, NY
Miami Beach City Hall, Body Heat, Miami Beach, FL
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Identities, New York, NY
Savannah Gallery, Continuous Constructions, Atlanta, GA

2005

Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Red Show, New York, NY
ArtCenter South Florida, Objects of Virtue, Miami, FL
Miami Beach City Hall, Art On Overdrive, Miami Beach, FL
Red Gallery, Small Works, Savannah, GA
Red Gallery, Shadows, Impressions, Reflections; Savannah, GA

2004

ArtCenter South Florida, Artecity, Miami, FL
Via Solferino, Ritratti, Miami, FL
ArtCenter South Florida, Continents, Miami, FL
Scope LA, Los Angeles, CA
MTV & Kanye West video shoot, New York, NY

2002

The Art Store, NA-NA, Dublin, Ireland
The Gallery in Cork Street, NA-NA, London, England
ArtLink, WORD, New York, NY
Kevin West, Boca Raton, FL
Exhibit A Gallery, Savannah, GA
Dimension Gallery, Enchoate, Savannah, GA
Collaborative Show with Denise Saborin, LaRoche, France

2001

Bergen Hall, Two Men, Savannah, GA
Elizabeth Studio Foundation, Open Studio Show, New York, NY
Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville, FL
Orleans Hall, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Ritratto, Savannah Bistro, Savannah, GA

 

AWARDS

2002

Excellence in Painting, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

2001

Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program and ArtLink, Summer Residency, New York, NY
Nominee for Dedalus Foundation Scholarship, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
Honorary Member of American Portrait Society, Montgomery, AL

2000-02

Dean’s List, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

2000

Propes Fellowship, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
Summa Cum Laude, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
Excellence in Painting, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

1998

Who is Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities