Bea Scaccia makes paintings and animations whose images serve as a reflection on gender, identity, beauty, and monstrosity. Her work excavates the psyche, the subconscious to question our assurances.
‘Scaccia is moved by an explicit curiosity toward expressions of human exaggeration. Strongly influenced by the manners of her hometown, near the Italian Capital, then by the extremely commercial and fictional nature of New York City, where she lives, she focuses on the devices of mask composition in human identity. Blinded by the seductive aesthetics of Venetian Wigs, by the costumes of the commedia dell’arte, she looks up to Domenico Gnoli and is accompanied by the surreal legacy of art history. Scaccia reworks the elements that are part of the illusion of beauty and the construction of appearance, compressed on the canvas as surreal sets of affectation. Objects thus decontextualized, away from the human figure or the dressing room, no longer maintain an aura of prestige of uniqueness, resulting in true parodies of bon ton’. (B.Monti).
Bea Scaccia, who spent her upbringing in Veroli, Italy, earned her BA and MFA at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, studying with Gino Marotta. In 2011, she moved to New York.
She has had solo exhibitions at venues including JDJ Tribeca, New York (2022); the Katonah Museum of Art, New York (2021); Cuchifritos Gallery, New York (2014). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Sargent’s Daughters West, Los Angeles (2023); Magazzino Italian Art, New York (2020); The Center for the less Good Idea, Johannesburg (2020); American University’s Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. (2016).
Her work is present in many important public and private collections, including the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and the Portland Museum of Art.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Artnet News, Flash Art, The Art Newspaper, Nero Magazine, Domus, Marie Claire, Arte Mondadori, Drome Magazine, Art Fuse, Elle Décor, Sole24Ore, Whitehot Magazine.
2016-17 Animation, School of Visual Arts, New York
1998-2002 Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, MFA in Fine Art
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
2022 With Their Striking Features, JDJ Tribeca, New York
2021 My Hope Chest, Katonah Museum of Art, New York
2014 Little Gloating Eve, Cuchifritos Gallery, New York
2014 Little Gloating Eve, Effearte, Milan
2013 The Perfect Stage, Bosi Contemporary, New York
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023 Death of Beauty, Sargent’s Daughters West, Los Angeles
2022 Fabrizio Clerici, National Gallery, Rome
2022 JDJ at Nada New York, NY
2022 JDJ at Dallas Art Fair, Dallas
2020 THE LONG MINUTE, The Center for the Less Good Idea, founded by William Kentridge, Johannesburg
2020 Homemade, Magazzino Italian Art, New York
2020 The Now, Pen + Brush, New York
2019 BelVedere 2, MARS-MIART, Milan
2018 A black line across the page, Espronceda Institute of Art, Barcelona
2017 For WLD, Works from The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York
2016 Transformer, American University’s Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC
2014 DiviNA Commedia, ARCOS - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea del Sannio, Benevento
2012 Les Intermittences du coeur, Ex Elettrofonica, Rome
2012 Patria Interiore - Inner Homeland, curated by Manuela Pacella, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (catalog presentation at MACRO Museum, Rome)
2021 Thinking in Cardboard, Virtual Mentorship program with Sabine Theunissen, The Centre for the Less Good idea’s SO Academy, in collaboration with the UNITA program and Scenography Today
2020 Homemade, Virtual program, Magazzino Italian Art, New York
2016 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Residency, New York
2014 Artists Alliance Inc, New York
2013 Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York