Mauro Fiorese

1970 – 2016

Mauro Fiorese (1970 – 2016)


Anybody who ever walked through the streets of Verona with Mauro Fiorese quickly understood how much he as an artist meant to the people in his hometown. He stopped time and again to shake a hand here, exchange a couple of words there. His portrait hangs in one of the best restaurants in the city, and the waiter says: “Yes, that is Mauro, our photographer”.

We had the privilege of showing a selection of Mauro’s works over the past several years, starting with the exhibition “Mind Map of Love” in the Casa di Giulietta in Verona and then also in Singapore, Munich and San Cassiano. While working with him, we not only got to know a great photographic artist, but also a wonderful human being full of creative energy and a contagious love of life.

Mauro Fiorese knew the art world well, but in that world he was one of those rare persons who was able to retain an almost child-like passion for their work. The combination of his professionalism and pure joy in photography made him unique.

On Sunday, 4 December 2016, Mauro Fiorese passed away in Verona after a prolonged illness. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We miss him very much.



Mauro Fiorese was an artist and educator for 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.

The red thread going through Mauro Fioreses work is imperfection. From the time he 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 was a recurring theme.

Fiorese’s first series CORPOLIBERO (“free body”), a photographic inquiry on the world of handicap, won the “TOP 100 World Photographers List” by the Ernst Haas/Golden Light Award in 1997. After this, the artist moved to New York to study marketing. There, he started a new body of work that took 12 years to complete—the Unidentified Photographic Subject project (U.Pho.S). For this, Fiorese delved into different mediums including film-making, installation work and scriptwriting. U.Pho.S. 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.


In 1998 Fiorese returned to Italy where he began teaching at University of Verona and the Institute for European Design in Milan. Fiorese 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 Contemporary Photography including works of Duane Michals, Maggie Taylor and Michael Kenna.

In 2011, his photographs were shown at the 54th Venice Biennale and have been auctioned by Sotherby’s and other important auction houses. 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.

In the last years, Fiorese had 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 given the chance to see works themselves as a treasure – works that otherwise could not be appreciated and enjoyed. With Treasure Room, in collaboration with his gallery Boxart, Mauro Fiorese won the 2015 CODICE MIA Award.

Today, Fioreses works can be found 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

In July 2014, Mauro was diagnosed with lung cancer. He recorded his voyage through this experience on his visual diary Libraincancer (

Solo exhibitions

2014 “EUREKA”, ZOTT’S ARTSPACE, Munich, Germany

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, Italy

2014 Artefiera Bologna, Boxart Gallery – anteprima del progetto “Extraction”


2012 MAURO FIORESE solo show Fontana Fortuna Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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, Texas, USA

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

2007 “Aula Dei” travelling show, FNAC Photo Galleries in Milan, Torino, Naples, Genoa and Verona

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

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

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

1996 “Photoronto – celebrating the Italian contemporary photography – Renato Begnoni e Mauro Fiorese”, Stephen Bulger Gallery,Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1996 “Percorsi incrociati/Crossing Paths”, Renato Begnoni e Mauro Fiorese, Istituto Italiano di cultura, Montréal, Canada

1996 “Roberto Sambonet-Art graphics and design”, Photographs by: Armen Casnati and Mauro Fiorese, Istituto Italiano di cultura, Washington, USA

Group exhibitions

2015 Mauro Fiorese & Christian Zott: “Mind Map of Love”, ZOTT’S ARTSPACE DOLOMITES, San Cassiano, Italy

2014 “EUREKA”, ZOTT’S ARTSPACE at MIA&D Singapore

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

2012 “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection”, The George Eastman House International Museum of Film and Photography, Rochester, New York, USA


2012 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 – Venice, Italy

2009 Alinari 24 Ore: Dalla Fotografia d’Arte all’Arte della Fotografia Verona, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri

2009 “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, Wolkerstdorf, Vienna, Austria

2005 “Verona nel cuore di Vicenzi”, Mauro Fiorese, Carl de Keyzer, Stefano De Luigi, Piazza Bra’, Verona, Italy

2004 “Su la testa – Fondazione Mazzotta”, Stazione Centrale, Milano – Stazione S. Lucia, Venice, Italy

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

2003 “Italiani a Tavola – Fondazione Mazzotta”, Stazione Centrale, Milano – Stazione Termini, Rome, Italy

2003 “BaldoFestival”, Fabbrica Cometti, Caprino Veronese (VR), Italy

2003 “Mostra fotografica in occasione della Seconda Conferenza Dei Ministri Responsabili per le politiche di integrazione delle persone portatrici di handicap”, Italia: corpolibero, fotografie di Mauro Fiorese, Malaga, Spagna

2002 “FIGURE: Tracce per una nuova iconografia”, Pala De Andrè — Ravenna, Italy

2002 “Vollbart, Langes Haar…Das Bildinis Jesu Christi in der Fotografie”, Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany

1998 “DNA (Donare, Negarsi, Amare)”, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy, a cura di Moreno Gentili

1998 “Premio Marangoni 1997 per un progetto fotografico“, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy

1998 “Festival della Fotografia Savignano immagine”, Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy

1997 “Reading through culture and nature“, Frank V. De Bellis collection – San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA

1997 “Italian contemporary artists“, Venice art Palace, Otaru, Japan

1997 “HUMANA“ Palazzo dell’Arengario di Piazza Duomo, Milan, Italy, a cura di Moreno Gentili


2015 2015 CODICE MIA Award winner for the project “Treasure Rooms”

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)

2008 International Photography Awards – New York (awarded work: U.Pho.S. – Unidentified Photographic Subjects)

2008 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)

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


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

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