Contact Marco Noris


You can visit the artist at Piramidón, carrer Concili de Trento 313,  08020 Barcelona (Spain) – Map 


noris = noveris: latin, second-person singular future perfect active of noscō (I know, recognize, am acquainted with, I’m in possession of knowledge)


Photos: Patricio RiveraAna Lorente

English translations: Keelin Feeney, Geraldine Mitchell

French translations: Stella Cervelló, Yann Molina

Thanks to Frederic Montornes, Jeffrey Swartz, Abu Ali, Rosa Pera, Carlos Puyol, Patricio Rivera, Anna Adell, Ana Lorente, Yann Molina, Paul Daly, Geraldine Mitchell, Stella Cervelló, Paula Bruna, Carmen Sánchez, Mar Arza, Roberto Noris, Mar Merino, Juan Francisco Segura, La Escocesa, Hangar and all the colleagues and friends who walk with me.



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Artist Statement | In ruins

2015: In ruins

My research stems from the cracks of a world that is in ruins and it travels along a dense maze of paths among debris and neglect. Beaten up violators, accidents, waste and dumps; police victims, destroyed effigies, fugitives and mutants… My work is a record of subsidence, a compendium of material and moral ruins. In this context, my work is developed on refugees and exiles, a project that is based on the remains of a concentration camp and talks about absence, memory and oblivion, and of the annihilation of human beings, their identity and their values.

Apart from some forays into the world of photography, collage, installation and video, my experience is mainly in the field of painting, a discipline that allows me more direct, visceral work. I use the traditional, almost archetypical, visual style of oil painting to pry open the conscience of the viewer, as a pivot between omen and mourning. In this temporary distortion, post-apocalyptic scenarios, ruins from the past, hints of future disasters and memories of tragedies merge together and intertwine forming a cyclical genealogy of the catastrophe.

In this dialogue of light and shadow between the past and the present, the contemporaneity of my work is defined, my response to the darkness of the now. My research on the past is the shadow of my uncertainty of the present, concerned about the fragility of our system and the vulnerability of humanity that is sent blindly into the triumphant sirens of progress.

Marco Noris biography and trajectory

Marco Noris. Photo by Maria Far / Piramidón
Marco Noris. Photo: Maria Far / Piramidón

Marco Noris (Bergamo, Italy) lives and works in Barcelona.
Chiefly devoted to drawing and painting, Noris passed through the world of video art, internet art and photography before re-establishing and focussing his artistic practice on the realm of painting: a choice that stems from the need to establish physical and temporary autonomy with regard to the machine and digital world. Noris is currently working on themes like ruins and historical memory, looking for the keys in the past to understand the present and to get a glimpse of the future.

In Spain, he has exhibited his art in Barcelona (Sicart Gallery, Cyan Gallery, Esther Montoriol Gallery, Contrast Gallery, H2O Gallery, The Private Space, Casa Elizalde, Can Felipa, Espai M de La Escocesa, etc.), in Madrid (Matadero), in Castellón (Canem Gallery) and in the 5th Biennial of Vic. He has also participated in exhibitions and festivals in the USA (New York, The Active Space, 2014), in Italy (Different Pulses, 2013 and ParmaPoesia, 2002) and in France (Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2002).

Noris is one of the founders of La Escocesa in Barcelona, a creation centre included since 2007 in the municipal project of Art Factories launched by Barcelona City Council. From 2015 to 2017, he has been an artist in residence in Hangar (Visual Arts Production Centre, Barcelona).

He is currently an artist in residence in Piramidón, Barcelona.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 – Art and memory – On the border, MUME – Exile Memorial Museum of La Jonquera (Spain)
2017 – It wasn’t the sun, Trama gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2016 – (Un)refuges, Roman Temple, Vic (Spain)
2016 – (Un)refuges 1936/2016, Cànem Gallery, Castellón de la Plana (Spain)
2013 – Under Construction – Two artist show at Espai M, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2008 – Remote locations, Contrast gallery, Barcelona (Spain)

Selected group exhibitions

2017 – Venien de lluny, Piramidón Contemporary Art Centre, Barcelona (Spain)
2016 – Finalists exhibition of “XIII Price of Visual Arts Arena Foundation”, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 – Finalists exhibition of “VI Painting Prize Torres García”, Mataró, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 – The Wall 4 – Mutuo Art Center, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 – Recomptes (Re-counting) – Sicart Gallery, Vilafranca del Penedès (Spain)
2014 – Recomptes (Re-counting) – Cànem Gallery, Castellón de la Plana (Spain)
2014 – La Escocesa Annual 2014: The Cabinet of Dr. Frankenstein at Espai M, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2014 – Artificialia – Cyan Gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2014 – Seeking Space – The Active Space, New York (USA)
2014 – Outskirts – Casa Elizalde, Barcelona (Spain)
2013 – Poblenou artistic communities – Can Felipa, Barcelona (Spain)
2013 – Different Pulses I, Cividale del Friuli (Udine, Italy)
2012 – Fresh!, The Private Space, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – Delicartessen 11 – Galería Esther Montoriol, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – Chic&Arts, Chic&Basic, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – Synthesis, FAD, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – Be intrusive, aDa gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – TOGS, DeeBee gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2011 – HFM, H2O gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2010 – Off Loop, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2009 – Àmbit Ricard Canals, Piera (Barcelona, Spain)
2009 – D_Fest 2009, Matadero, Madrid (Spain)
2007 – Aires Nous, Contrast gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2007 – The rooms of the blue bird, Livesoundtracks, Esperia Tower, Barcelona (Spain)
2007 – People of Poblenou, C.C. Can Felipa (Barcelona, Spain)
2007 – XI Premi de pintura Miquel Viladrich, Torrelameu (Lleida, Spain)
2006 – 5ª Vic’s Biennial, Vic (Spain)
2006 – EMA, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2002 – Stanze Aperte, ParmaPoesia 2002, Parma (Italy)

2002 – Polyphonix 4, Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
2002 – Caffementale, Grottammare (Italy)
1996 – Arte in Borgo, Lovere (Bergamo, Italy)


2017 – Piramidón, Barcelona (Spain)
2015/2017 – Hangar, Barcelona (Spain)


· Paratext vol. 1 –, 2016, ISBN 978-84-617-6320-7
· Imprevista n. 3, 2011, Barcelona

Grants, awards and competitions

2017 – BCN Producció 2017 (offsite project) – La Capella, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (Spain)
2016 – Winner of “XIII Visual arts Prize Jose M. Vidal”, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 – Finalist artist of “VI Painting Prize Torres García”, Mataró, Barcelona (Spain)
2014 – Selected for Seeking Space – The Active Space, New York (USA)
2013 – “La Escocesa” production grant, Barcelona (Spain)
2013 – Poblenou artistic communities – Can Felipa, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – Synthesis, FAD, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – “La Escocesa” production grant, Barcelona (Spain)
2009 – Finalist Àmbit Ricard Canals (Piera, Barcelona)
2007 – Finalist XI Premi de pintura Miquel Viladrich, Torrelameu (Lleida, Spain)
2006 – Selected for 5ª Vic’s Biennial, Vic (Spain)