Adrian Paci (born 1969 in Shkodra, Albania) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana where he graduated in 1991. In 1997 he moved to Milan where he lives and works.
Adrian Paci’s works are created as a response to a search for meaning dictated by inner needs and as an active way of thinking about contemporaneity.
In his work, which is nourished by a deep familiarity with art history, coexist observation of the social dynamics of the present, attention to the symbolic density of gestures and an interest in the interpretative possibilities of images. Central motifs of his works are travel, crossing, waiting, which is first and foremost expectation of the future, and the relationship with the place and time of origin, which are not so much dimensions to which to return, as profound references to be carried with one, so that acts, even the most everyday, can be manifested in their density of meaning.
His works can be found in numerous public and private collections such as Metropolitan Museum, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, MAXXI, Rome, Fundacio Caixa, Barcelona, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, New York, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Radicepura Foundation, Giarre.
Adrian Paci teaches painting and visual arts at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, NABA, Milan. He has taught at Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti, Bergamo, 2002-2006, IUAV, Venice 2003-2015 and has given lectures and art workshops in various Universities, Academies and Art Institutions in various countries around the world. In 2015 together with Melisa Ballata he founded in Shkodra, Art House, a project that sees their house transformed into a place for meetings, exhibitions, workshops, screenings and discussions.