Mauro Fiorese
Verona, Italy 1970


Mauro Fiorese is an artist and educator since more than twenty-five years, teaching Photography at the Accademia di Belle Arti and the University in Verona, at I.E.D. European Institute of Design in Milan, and at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study abroad program in Italy.
His photographs are in private and public collections in Europe and United States, such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea in Milan, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri inVerona, Italy.
His works been awarded and exhibited since 1996 in Europe, Japan, Canada and the US and were shown at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. They have also been auctioned at Sotheby’s and at many other international auctions.
In the United States he was included in the 1997 edition of the TOP 100 World Photographers List of the Ernst Haas/Golden Light Award and, in 2012, he exhibited at the George Eastman House in Rochester (New York), the first and most important American museum devoted to photography and cinema.
He has organized a number of meetings on artist-auteur photography and has curated exhibitions of some of the greatest masters of contemporary photography for the Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri of the City of Verona.
His U.Pho.S.- Unidentified Photographic Subject – Project won several awards and was included in the book “From the Photographic Art to the Art of Photography”, published by Alinari 24 Ore and exhibited in 2014 at the 3rd Düsseldorf Quadriennale.
Mauro Fiorese is the 2015 CODICE MIA Award winner with his latest project “Treasure Rooms” in collaboration with his gallery Boxart.




The red thread going through Mauro Fiorese’s work over the past twenty years is imperfection. From the time that Fiorese started his career as a photographer after suffering a debilitating break of his ankle and leg that put a halt to his career as a professional American football player, the subject of imperfection has been a recurring theme.

Fiorese’s first series CORPOLIBERO (“free body”), a photographic inquiry on the world of handicap, won him the distinction of being nominated in the “TOP 100 World Photographers List” by the Ernst Haas/Golden Light Award in 1997. After receiving this award, Fiorese moved to New York where he studied marketing and started a new body of work that took 12 years to finalize and complete—the Unidentified Photographic Subject project (U.Pho.S). For this project, Fiorese delved into different mediums including film-making, installation work and scriptwriting. Since the Ernst Haas award, Fiorese has received awards and has had exhibitions in the George Eastman House in New York, International Photography Forum in Frankfurt, OPENSPACE in Milan, the International Center of Photography in Verona and the Art Biennale in Venice.

In 1998 Fiorese returned to Italy where he began teaching at University of Verona and the Institute for European Design in Milan. Fiorese has also lectured at the International Center of Photography in New York and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Soon after his return to Verona, he was asked by the International Center of Photography, the Scavi Scaligeri, to curate a number of exhibitions on Masters of Photography including the work of Duane Michals, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, Keith Carter and Michael Kenna.

Recently Fiorese has been working on a series entitled Treasure Rooms in which he photographs the storage rooms of the world’s greatest museums, such as the Uffizi in Florence, Galleria Borghese in Rome and Pompei. Fiorese brings to light works from these collections and how they are stored when they are not on display. In so doing, the viewer is able to see works these treasures that would otherwise not be able to be appreciated and enjoyed.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France

The Unseen eye/William Hunt collection, New York

Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy

Centro Internazionale di fotografia Scavi Scaligeri, Verona, Italy


CODICE MIA Award 2015, Milan, Italy

Medal of representation by President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, 2011

Premio Internazionale Arte Laguna, Venezia, Italy, 2010

Backlight “Tickle Attack”, Wolkersdorf, Austria, 2008

International Photography Awards, New York, 2008

Kaunas Photo, Kaunas, Lituania, 2008

International Poetry and Literature award, Città di Salò, Italy, 2005

Assignment by Italian Ministry of Work and Social Politics in Malaga Spain, 2004

GoIden Light / Ernst Haas Award: The TOP 100 World Photographers list, New York, 1997

Premio Marangoni for a Photographic Project, Florence, Italy, 1997




GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE International Museum of Photography & Film – Rochester, NY

International Center of Photography Scavi Scaligeri, Verona, Italy

Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany

Palazzo dell’Arengario, Milano

CREM – Club des residents etrangers de Monaco – Montecarlo

MAM-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Alto Mantovano

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Palazzo Forti, Verona

Museo della Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Italy

Fondazione Mazzotta, Milano

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia

Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Firenze

Venice art Palace, Otaru, Japan

Centro Italiano di Cultura, Vienna

Centro Italiano di Cultura, Prague

Centro Italiano di Cultura, Montrèal

Centro Italiano di Cultura, Toronto


Festivals and Fairs

54th Biennale Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia

Monat der Fotografie, Wien

Kaunas PHOTO festival

International Photography Awards – New York

Düsseldorf Quadriennale

Festival della Fotografia Savignano immagine, Savignano sul Rubicone

Fotosintesi, festival internazionale di Fotografia, Piacenza

A.I.P.A.D. Show, New York

MIA Milan Image Art Fair


Art Verona

ART MONACO – Montecarlo Contemporary Art Fair

Commercial Galleries

Clara Maira Sels Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

Galerie Fontana Fortuna, Amsterdam

John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Tx

Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Tx

Photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Snapper Bear Studios in Noho, New York, NY

Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York

Boxart Gallery, Verona, Italy

FNAC Photo Galleries Italy (Milan, Turin, Napoli, Genoa, Verona)

PH Neutro Gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy

Spazio Arte S. Fedele, Milan, Italy

Micamera Photography and Lens-based Arts, Milan, Italy


2015     CODICE MIA Award 2015 winner. M.I.A. Fair Milan, Italy

2011   Medal of representation by President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, 2011 for the show “COLIN Cronos: Quel che resta della memoria” by Mauro Fiorese

Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri -Verona

2010   International Award Arte Laguna – Venezia , Italy  (awarded work: U.Pho.S. – Unidentified Photographic Subjects)

2008   Backlight Award 2008 “Tickle Attack” – WOLKERSDORF, Austria  (awarded work: U.Pho.S. – Unidentified Photographic Subjects)

International Photography Awards – New York (awarded work: U.Pho.S. – Unidentified Photographic Subjects)

Kaunas Photo Award 2008 – Kaunas, Lituania (awarded work: U.Pho.S. – Unidentified Photographic Subjects)

2005   International Poetry and Literature Award, Città di Salò, Italy, 2005 for the book: Mauro Fiorese ”Fotografia a sua immagine e somiglianza”  Ibiskos Editrice, 2004)

2004   ITALIAN MINISTRY OF WORK AND SOCIAL POLITICS – assignment to Mauro Fiorese representing Italy at the second Meeting of European Ministers responsible for integration of People with handicap, Malaga, Spain

1997  “GoIden Light/Ernst Haas Award: The TOP 100 World  Photographers list” (awarded work: corpolibero)

Premio Marangoni 1997 Award for a photographic Project (awarded work: corpolibero)





2014   “EUREKA” Mauro Fiorese

              Zott’s Artspace, Monaco di Baviera

2014   “U.Pho.S. Unidentified Photographic Subjects”

             Galerie Clara Maria Sels

2014   MAURO FIORESE & CHRISTIAN ZOTT: MIND MAP OF LOVE , Museo della Casa di Giulietta , Verona

           Artefiera Bologna, Boxart Gallery – anteprima del progetto “Extraction”

2012   MAURO FIORESE  solo show Fontana Fortuna Gallery, Amsterdam

2011    Dream of A PLACE of Dreams; Mauro Fiorese Keith Carter CREM Club des Résidents Etrangers de Monaco,                    Monte Carlo

2010   “U.Pho.S.  Unidentified Photographic Subjects” + THE MOVIE John Cleary Gallery, Houston, Tx

2008   “U.Pho.S.  Unidentified Photographic Subjects” Kaunas Photo 2008, FGalerija – Kaunas , Lituania

2007   “Aula Dei”  travelling show                                                                                                                                                                         FNAC Photo Galleries di Milano, Torino, Napoli, Genova e Verona

2006   “Once Upon the Blue” Fotosintesi – Festival Internazionale di Fotografia – Basilica di Sant’Agostino, Piacenza

2005   “Turn off your Television: Mauro Fiorese 1995-2005”                                                                                                                         MAM-Museo d’Arte Moderna e contemporanea dell’Alto Mantovano, Gazoldo degli Ippoliti, Mantova

2001   “Twospirits: Keith Carter – Mauro Fiorese” Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri, Verona

1996   “Photoronto – celebrating the Italian contemporary photography-Renato Begnoni e Mauro Fiorese”

            Stephen Bulger Gallery,Toronto, Ontario

            “Percorsi incrociati/Crossing Paths” – Renato Begnoni e Mauro Fiorese”

             Istituto Italiano di cultura, Montréal, Canada

            “Roberto Sambonet-Art graphics and design” – photographs by: Armen Casnati  

            and Mauro Fiorese Istituto Italiano di cultura, Washington, U.S.A.


2014     Group Show

            Zott’s Artspace, San Cassiano

            Zott’s Artspace MIA Singapore

2013     “Love/Sex” Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York

2012    “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection”

             The George Eastman House International Museum of Film and 

                         Photography, Rochester, NY

            54th Biennale Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia – Padiglione Italia

                        Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Tortino a cura di Vittorio Sgarbi

2010    Mostra collettiva vincitori Premio Speciale Arte Laguna

                         Centro Italiano di Cultura di Vienna

             Centro Italiano di Cultura di Praga

2010     Premio Internazionale Arte Laguna – Corderie – Venezia, Italy

2009     Alinari 24 Ore: Dalla Fotografia d’Arte all’Arte della Fotografia

  Verona, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri

              “Young Days – Tredici fotografi nell’Universo giovanile”

              Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri, Verona

2008   “Backlight 2008: Tickle Attack”

            Mostra collettiva dei vincitori del Premio internazionale di Fotografia e video

            WOLKERSDORF, Vienna

2005   “Verona nel cuore di Vicenzi”

            Mauro Fiorese, Carl de Keyzer, Stefano De Luigi

            Piazza Bra’, Verona

2004   “Su la testa – Fondazione Mazzotta”

            Stazione Centrale, Milano – Stazione S. Lucia, Venezia

           “Arte a Verona 1950/2004”- Ex Arsenale, Verona

2003   “Italiani a Tavola – Fondazione Mazzotta”

            Stazione Centrale, Milano – Stazione Termini, Roma

            “BaldoFestival” Fabbrica Cometti, Caprino Veronese (VR)

            “Mostra fotografica in occasione della Seconda Conferenza Dei Ministri

responsabili per le politiche di integrazione delle persone portatrici di


Italia: corpolibero,  fotografie di Mauro Fiorese, Malaga, Spagna

2002   “FIGURE: Tracce per una nuova iconografia”

            Pala De Andrè — Ravenna, Italy

“Vollbart, Langes Haar…Das Bildinis Jesu Christi in der Fotografie”

Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany

1998   “DNA (Donare, Negarsi, Amare)”

            Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia

             a cura di Moreno Gentili


“Premio Marangoni 1997 per un progetto fotografico“

 Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Firenze

“Festival della Fotografia Savignano immagine” 

 Savignano sul Rubicone

1997   “Giovani Artisti“

            Galleria d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea Palazzo Forti, Verona


“Italian contemporary artists“ Venice art Palace, Otaru, Japan

“HUMANA“  Palazzo dell’Arengario di Piazza Duomo, Milano

            a cura di Moreno Gentili

“Reading through culture and nature“

            Frank V. De Bellis collection – San Francisco State University

            San Francisco, Ca

            “The 1997 Golden Light/ Ernst Haas Award: The TOP 100 Photographers list    

             exhibition“  Snapper Bear Studios in Noho, New York, NY

1996  “bianconeroitallano – seconda biennale di fotografia” Villa Filippini, Besana Brianza

            “Incidentia oppositorum”: l’lnfluenza reciproca tra corpo e spirito nella

            fotografia contemporanea  Spazio Arte S. Fedele, Milano a cura di Roberto Mutti


HUMANA – la presenza dell’uomo in fotografia

Testi di: Giovanna Calvenzi, Goffredo Fofi, Claudio Marra, Diego Mormorio, Franco Vaccari, Roberta Valtorta

Fotografie di: Mauro Fiorese, Emmanuel Mathez, Marzia Migliora, Cristina Nunez, Roberta Orio, Cristina Zamagni

Art&, Udine 1996

TWOSPIRITS: Keith Carter-Mauro Fiorese

Testo di: John Wood

Fotografie di: Keith Carter e Mauro Fiorese

Electa/Leonardo Arte, Milano 2001 – II ed. 2002


a cura di Uliano Lucas

Testi di G.Vergani – M.Smargiassi

Fotografie: AA.VV. (Mauro Fiorese)

Mazzotta, Milano 2003


a cura di Uliano Lucas

Testi di Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti e Tatiana Agliani

Fotografie: AA.VV. (Mauro Fiorese)

Mazzotta, Milano 2004



ARTE A VERONA 1950/2004

a cura di Enzo e Raffaello Bassotto

Testi di. Marco Girardi, Giorgio Cortenova, Camilla Bertoni, Luigi Meneghelli, Arrigo Rudi, Francesco Butturini, Davide Antolini, Gian Luigi Verzellesi, Giorgio Trevisan

Fotografie: AA.VV. (Mauro Fiorese)

Grafiche Aurora, Verona 2004

IL CORPO IN POSA – narrazioni d’autore per il 2006

a cura di Giovanni De Luna

Fotografie: AA.VV. (Mauro Fiorese)

Comitato per l’organizzazione dei XX Giochi Olimpici invernali, Torino 2006


Testi di: Andrea De Carlo, Giuseppe Vicenzi

Fotografie di: Mauro Fiorese, Carl De Keyzer (Magnum) e Stefano De Luigi

edizioni Contrasto – Contrasto Due, Roma 2005


Saggio critico di Mauro Fiorese

Ibiskos Editrice, Empoli 2004 – seconda edizione 2005


Testi di: Gigliola Foschi, Mauro Fiorese

Fotografie di Mauro Fiorese

Arsenale editrice, Venezia 2006

Dream of A PLACE of Dreams

Testi: SAS Principe Alberto II di Monaco, l’editore

Fotografie di: Keith Carter, Mauro Fiorese

Edizioni Framed by EDIZIONI SIZ, Verona 2008

YOUNG DAYS – Tredici fotografi nell’Universo giovanile

a cura di: Arianna Rinaldo

Testi di: Silvana Rigobon, Juliette Ferdinand, Ivano Bariani, Simone Marcuzzi, Peppe Fiore, Michele Morando, Sara Clarotto, Manuela Ardingo, Giorgio Fontana, Emmanuela Carbè, Serena Brignolo, Gabriele Dadati, Beatrice Zucchelli, Cristina Ali Farah

Fotografie di: AA.VV. (Mauro Fiorese)

Prearo Editore, 2009



a cura di Mauro Fiorese

Testi di: Anne W. Tucker (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tx) e  Mauro Fiorese

Fotografie di Michael Kenna

Nazreaeli Press, 2005


a cura di Mauro Fiorese

Testi di: Mauro Fiorese e Maurizio Pedrazza Gorlero

Fotografie di Jerry uelsmann

Marsilio editore, Venezia 2006


a cura di Mauro Fiorese e Enrica Viganò Testi di: Mauro Fiorese e Enrica Viganò

Edizioni Admira/Siz, Verona 2008


a cura di Mauro Fiorese Testo di: Mauro Fiorese

EDIZIONI SIZ, Verona 2009


a cura di Fabio Castelli

Testi di: Fabio Castelli, Salvatore Carrubba, Claudio de Polo Saibanti

Fotografie di: AA.VV. (Mauro Fiorese)

Edizioni ALINARI  24 ORE, Firenze 2009

COLIN – CRONOS: quel che resta della memoria

a cura di Mauro Fiorese

Testi di: Mauro Fiorese, Vincenzo Trione, Barbara Rose

Fotografie di: Gianluigi Colin

Edizioni TAR SIZ, Verona 2011

MIND MAP OF LOVE: a project by Mauro Fiorese and Christian Zott

Un romanzo di Christian Zott

Fotografie di Mauro Fiorese e Christian Zott

Ed. CZ Books Verlag, Monaco, Germania 2014

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