Buenos Aires, 1981

Lives and works in Milan

Selected works
Selected exhibitions

Solo show – Martina Simeti, Milan 2023



2022             PAROLACCE, curated by Massimiliano Scuderi, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara, IT

                     La prima rosa, Spazio Lima, Milan, IT 

                     Lamb Arts, London, UK (forthcoming)

2017             L’impero delle luci, Frutta, Rome, IT

2016             Time Goes By So Slowly, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL

2014             If There is a Last Summer Morning, Frutta, Rome, IT              

2013             On Parasols, Jumpers and Balls, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, BE

                     Uprisings: Alek O., MOSTYN, Wales, UK

2010            The Thing, Gallery Vela, London, UK

2009            Rien que les heures, 317 association pour l’art contemporain, Nice, FR




2022              Back Home, Lamb Arts, London, UK (forthcoming)

                      There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in, Martina Simeti Gallery

                      L’abaco rovesciato, Straperetana 2022, Pereto, IT

2021              To Situations New, Lamb Arts, London, UK

2020              Io dico Io – I say I, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte e Paola Ugolini, Galleria Nazionale                                        d’Arte Moderna e contemporanea, Rome, IT

                      Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday, MA Curating the Art Museum, The Courtauld Institute of                              Art, Sommerset House, UK

2019              Appocundria, curated by Marta Cereda, Casa Testori, Novate Milanese, IT

2018              Into the Wild, curated by Christiane Rekade, KunstMeran, Meran, IT

                      In Addition, an Exhibition of Artist Editions, curated by Adam Carr, MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK

                      The Collector’s House, curated by Caroline Corbetta, Salone del Mobile, Molteni&C., Milan, IT

                      Per andare dove dobbiamo andare, per dove dobbiamo andare?, Nomas Foundation, Rome, IT

                      One Missing Sock After Doing Laundry, The Art Laundrette, curated by Giulia Colletti, Glasgow, UK

                      The Annotated Reader, curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P. Watts, Cork Street, London, UK
                      Ortica, Frutta, Rome, IT

2017              Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini, Artissima, Turin,                             IT

                      Playspace, PS8, curated by Samantha Rosenwald, Rosa Tyhurst and Grace Xu, CCA, San Francisco, US

                      EXIT, curated by Adam Carr, Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels, BE

                      ALL’APERTO – Tre artiste per Trivero, curated by Barbara Casavecchia and Andre Zegna, Fondazione
                      Zegna, Trivero, IT

2016              La seconda volta, curated by Cristiana Perrella, 16a Quadriennale d’Arte 2016, Palazzo Delle                                          Esposizioni, Rome, IT (Awarded: Special Mention Under 35)

                      Ma l’amor mio non muore, Opere dalla Collezione Alloggia, curated by Rita Selvaggio, Casa Museo Ivan
                      Bruschi, Arezzo, IT

                      Je Ne Sais What?, Carnelutti Firm Law, Milan, IT

                      Support Material, soft furnishings, curated by Liang Luscombe and Lisa Radford, Royal Melbourne
                      Institute of Technology Project Space, Melbourne, AU

                      Sem Saber Quando Virá o Amanhecer…, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Silvia Cintra + Box4, Rio
                      De Janeiro, BR

                      Art Situacions III, SPAIN / ITALY, curated by Vicente Todolì, Maria de Corral, Lorena Martinez de
                      Corral, Ilaria Gianni, Matadero, Madrid, ES

2015              Ennesima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale, Milan, IT

                      What is a Bird? We Simply Don’t Know, curated by Domenico de Chirico, Nicodim, Bucharest, RO
                      16° Premio Cairo, la Permanente, Milan, IT

                      Art Situacions I-II, SPAIN / ITALY, curated by Vicente Todolì, Maria de Corral, Lorena Martinez de
                      Corral, Ilaria Gianni, Villa Croce, Genova, IT, MACRO, Rome, IT

                      TAVERNA – We are open (Icastica 2015), curated by Ilaria Gianni, Fraternità dei Laici, Arezzo, IT
                      Shadow Scenes, Colomoscope 2015, curated by Natasha Ginwala and Menika Van der Poorten
                      Colombo, LK

                      Fantastica. The way we make art, BeatTricks, Milan, IT

                      Alek O. and James Viscardi, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, SW

                      Le regole del gioco, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Studio Castiglioni, Milan

2014              The Go-Between – artists from the Ernesto Esposito collection, Museo di Capodimonte, Napoli, IT

                      SMALL, curated by Adam Carr, Frutta, Rome, IT

                      Ab-Stretching the Canvas, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, NL

                      Non-Profit & Profit, SpazioA, Pistoia, IT

                      Accordion, Laura Bartlett, London, UK

2013              Grand Opening, Frutta, Rome, IT

                      Premio Moroso, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, IT

2012              D’après Giorgio, Fondazione Casa Giorgio De Chirico, Rome, IT

                      Differenza e ripetizione, Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples, IT

                      Everything old was once new, National Trust, Arts Council Collection, Worcester, UK

                      Als Morandi mit der Kinematographie liebäugelte, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, DE

                      An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works, Francesca Minini, Milan, IT

                      Lucie Fontaine: Estate, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, US

                      Without (Jonathan Monk), Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, BE

                      Detective, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, AT

2011              Illy Prize Present Future, Artissima 18, Turin, IT

                      To see an object, to see the light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene, IT

                      Ariane De Rothschild Prize, Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT

                      Domesticity, Prague Biennale 5, Prague, CZ

                      Fruits, Flowers and Clouds, with Gallery Vela, MaK, Vienna, AT

                      Quite Like A Lake, Unosunove, Rome, IT

                      Like rowing a boat; facing the way you came, Gallery Vela, London, UK

                      V Bienal de Jafre, various seats, Jafre, ES

2010              Exhibition Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Turin, IT

                      Certo sentimento, Cripta 747, Turin, IT

                      Olivia Flecha, Alek O., Helen Marten, Gallery Vela, London, UK

                      Gallery, Galerie, Galleria, Galleria Norma Mangione, Turin, IT

2009              Lisson Presents 6, A Troubling Metamorphosis of Loose Ideas into Cast Forms, Lisson Gallery,                                      London, UK

                      Italian Open, Annet Gelink, Amsterdam, NL

                      Territoria 4, The Great Leap, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT

                      Playlist, Neon > Campobase, Bologna, IT

2008              Seek Refuge, Venezia Village, Venice, IT

                      Onufri Award 2008, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, AL

                      Don’t disappear, Expotrastiendas, Buenos Aires, AR

2007              La legge è relativa per tutti, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene, IT

2006              5th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennal, The Black Theater, E-6, Shen Zhen, CN

                      La necessità di un’isola, Isola Art Center, Milan, IT

2005              J’en rêve, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, FR

                      Isola in-video, Isola Art Center, Milan, IT




2018              Premio Lissone 18 / Exibart Editorial Prize, MAC Lissone, IT

2017              Level 0, ArtVerona, Verona, IT

2016              Special Mention Under 35, 16th Art Quadriennial, Rome, IT




2018              Ho Ho Ho, Frutta, Rome, IT

2016              Je Ne Sais What?, Carnelutti Firm Law, Milan, IT

2011              ‘Two Times Once’- an exhibition by Mr. Rossi, Limoncello, London, UK 

                       Night School #8, performance as Mr. Rossi, ICA, London, UK Festivela, Gallery Vela, London, UK

                       Colazione con Mr. Rossi, performance as Mr. Rossi, Artissima Lido, Turin, IT

2009               As you enter the exhibition, you consider this a group show by an artist you don’t know by the name of                           Mr. Rossi, ex-fabbrica Minerva, Milan, IT 

                       L’indiano in giardino, various seats, Milan, IT

2007              A Certain Ratio, Room arte contemporanea, Milan, IT




2010              Flux Factory Inc., Long Island City, New York., US

                      HIAP, Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Program, Helsinki, FI

2006              Wherever we go, workshop with Adrian Paci, Viafarini, Milan, IT

                      Making Of, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg, LU

2004              Real Presence 4, Museum 25th May, Belgrad, RS

2003              Corso Superiore di Arti Visive, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, IT




Silvia Conta, «Alek O.», Exibart n.104, April – June 2019, Milano

Caroline Corbetta, «Il mestiere dell’arte», Esquire n.3, March 2019, Milano

Enrico Migliaccio, «Alek O.», Insideart n. 102, May 2015, Roma

Pier Paolo Pancotto, «Alek O.», Artforum, November 2014, New York

Vincenzo Latronico, «Alek O., Un’opera di specchi (questo ricordo di te)», Flash Art n. 314, Feb.2014, Milano

Luca Lo Pinto, «Histoire d’O.», in Moroso Award for Contemporary Art catalogue, 2013

Alessandra Galletta (interview with), Flash Art n. 308, February 2013, Milano

Chris Fitzpatrick, «A Few Recombinant Layers», in Artissima 18 catalogue, 2011

Vincenzo Latronico, «Alek O., Questo ricordo di te», Flash Art n. 293, May 2011, Milano

Francesco Manacorda, «Alek O.», in Ariane De Rothschild Prize catalogue, 2011

Adam Carr, «Lives and works – Alek O.», Spike Quarterly n. 26, 2010, Wien

Laura McLean-Ferris, «Alek O.: The Thing», Art Review on-line, November 2010

Marco Tagliafierro, «Esotico quotidiano, Fenomenologia dell’alterità», Flash Art n. 276, June – July 2009, Milano

Roberta Tenconi, «Permission To Stay. Essere un artista straniero a Milano», Flash Art n. 268, February – March
2008, Milano

Roberta Tenconi, «A Certain Ratio, spostamenti minimi», Flash Art n. 267, December – January 2008, Milano




The Annotated Reader, Ryan Gander & Jonathan P. Watts, London 2019

Artists’ Artists, Frieze Masters, Issue 6, London 2017

2015: Present Tense, Indefinite Mood, Mousse Publishing, Milano 2015

A Metaphysical Interior, Izet Sheshivari & Luca Lo Pinto, Boabooks, Genève 2014

TERRAZZA. Artisti storie luoghi in Italia negli anni zero, Marsilio, Venezia 2014

Alek O., Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales 2013

Moroso Award for Contemporary Art, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia 2013

To see an object, to see the light, Mousse Publishing, Milano 2011

Artissima Lido, catalogue of the project, 2011

Ariane De Rothschild Prize 2011, catalogue of the exhibition, 2011

Exhibition Exhibition, Skira, Milano 2010

Ange Leccia et le Pavillon, Musée Bourdelle, Paris 2009

100e Ceramiche per il Paradiso, Mariogros edizioni, Torino 2008

Oh, Charlotte, artist book, Salzinsel, Luxembourg 2007

J’en rêve, catalogue of the exhibition, Actes Sud, Arles 2005

Design at Work, Stefania Palmieri, Edizioni Polidesign, Milano 2004

Richard Nonas, Quaderni del Corso Superiore di Arte Visiva, Charta, Milano 2004




2011      Arts Council Collection, London, UK