David Tomasi

David Tomasi

Lecture at the Albrecht Dürer Museum, Nürnberg, Germany 2006
Birth name David Tomasi
Born Neumarkt, South Tyrol, Italy
Nationality Italian
Field Visual arts, Music, Education, Medicine, Anthropology
Movement Raetic, Gothic, Vinlandic

David Tomasi (born 1981) is an artist, musician and professor.



the National Observatory for Outsider Art at the CSM, B.go Roma Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Italy

Born in the hamlet of Laag in the village of Neumarkt, South Tyrol, and a former teacher at the Waldorf School of Verona, Italy, Tomasi served as Assistant Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona, where he hold the Photography graduate/undergraduate course for the Visual Art Department.[1][2][3] His work as Coordinator of the Art Lab at the Hospital Borgo Roma, Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, CSM for the National Observatory of Outsider Art led to the development of a systemic research devoted to creating a bridge between the fields of Art Therapy and Ethnopsychology[4]. The latter years of academic research found a better expression in 2007, when David Tomasi became director of the CRAM - Centre for Art Research in Mezzocorona (Tn), Italy, and coordinator of the Giontech archeological site, centre of the Via Claudia Augusta, Italy/Austria/Germany.[5][6][7][8] In 2010 worked as curator of Intersections, the young contemporary art section of the International Art Fair of Bolzano/Bozen/Bulsan kunStart.[9][10] Prof. Tomasi is currently Residential Counselor for the Mental Health Dept. of Howard Center (Founded in 1873 in Burlington, VT) and member of the Diversity Committee[11][12][13].

He also held classes, conferences and lectures at: Archaeological Museum Ostiglia (Italy, 2009), South Tyrolean German Speaking Teachers' Association (Italy, 2008), University of Trento - TSM (Italy, 2007), University of Innsbruck (Austria, 2007),[14][15][16] University of the Dolomitic Alps (Italy, 2007/2008), Albrecht Dürer Museum Nürnberg (Germany, 2007), Superintendence for History and Archaeology of the Provinces of Bolzano and Trento (Italy, 2007–2009),[17][18] Verein für Heimatpflege Innsbruck (Austria, 2007), Vermont Italian Club / St. Michael's College (USA, 2011)[19][20][21].

Tomasi has shown work internationally in many exhibitions and performances in Italy and abroad in theatres, museums and private/public institutions like: Teatro Cristallo Bolzano, Galleria Civica d'arte Contemporanea di Trento, MART Rovereto, Festival OrienteOccidente Rovereto, Bevilacqua La Masa Venice, Centro Internazionale della Grafica Venice, Teatro Città di Conegliano, CISA - Centro Internazionale Studi d'Architettura Palladio Vicenza,[22] Teatro Antonianum Padua, Galleria San Fedele Milan, Festival Ritracciarti Mantua,[23] Artissima Turin, PAN - Palazzo delle Arti Naples, Manifesta 7 the Netherlands/Italy, VAC Ventabren France.

He currently lives and works in USA.

Academic years

David Tomasi with Harald Szeemann at the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona

Working as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona, David Tomasi invited lecturers like Christian Rainer,[24] Achille Bonito Oliva[25] and Harald Szeemann[26] (former directors of the Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennial), respectively in 1993 and 1999/2001. He worked together with Academy Director Elisabetta Di Prisco and Department Dean Daniela Rosi to create the first Italian Academic MFA program in Outsider Art, which led to the foundation of the National Observatory for Outsider Art (Osservatorio Nazionale per l'Arte Irregolare).[27][28][29] As an artist and curator he organized exhibitions and performances such as Young Minds for Young Ideas (together with Flavia Fossa Margutti for MART museum) and MYST (CRAM 2007), presenting works of (amongst others) Joel-Peter Witkin, Oyvind Hjelmen, Mario Giacomelli and Andrew Miksys. He wrote articles for several magazines like Lila (Vienna, Austria)[30] and Ars et Ratio (Verona, Italy) on art and history related subjects. Newton & Compton, Editor of the Official Collection of Edgar Allan Poe's works (Tutti i racconti del mistero dell'incubo e del terrore - The complete work of mystery, nightmare and terror, curated by Gabriele La Porta) chose David Tomasi in 2004 to present the Italian edition of the book on a special performing event at the Teatro Nuovo di Verona.[31] In 2006 Tomasi took part in the performance by Külli K. Kaats (Art Museum of Estonia/Eesti Kunstimuuseum) National Instruments: A Ritual Mystery.[32] During his carrier, Tomasi was often described as a visual poet, definition linked to his early works, both in visual art and music, often related to the disciplines of etymology, ethnolinguistics and calligraphy. The label originated also due to his many collaborations with Visual Poetry artists, like Sarenco and Julien Blaine.[33] As a member of the Board of Curators for Manifesta 7 (South Tyrolean Commission), Tomasi worked with artists and curators like Michael Fliri (Shady Oat amusement, 2008), Olaf Breuning, Brian Getnick (The Triumph of Goodness, 2008) and Catherine Wood (curator at the London Tate Modern).


He won several grants and prizes like: Cariverona Foundation University Grant (2004), Best Young Artist Prize - Toniolo Foundation (2003), Academy of Fine Arts Grant (2005), Biennial of Mantova - MAM (2004),[34] One_Hop Extrart - RAI Jury Prize (2007), Best Artist Prize - Academy of Fine Arts (2003),[35][36] Best Artist Prize - Councillorship for Culture and Arts, Govt. of the Region Veneto (2002).[37][38] He was also selected for the International Prize for Performance at the Gallery of Love by Marina Abramović, Civic Gallery for Contemporary Art, Trento (2005); Abu Dhabi International Art Fair (2003); Albrecht Dürer Preis für die zeitgenössische Kunst (2004), The Best of Photography, Trento ASA (2008); Arte Presente Arte Futura, Verona (2004),[39] Galleria San Fedele, Milan (2006); Premio Artissima 13, Turin - PAN - Palazzo delle Arti, Naples (2006); and for Arts for the World, University of Naples, Faculty of Architecture (2006), together with Karin Andersen, Vanessa Beecroft, Robert Carroll, Omar Galliani and Mimmo Paladino,[40] Best Video Artist for ME-RO, Manifesta7, the European Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008)[41]. In 2007 Tomasi was chosen by the Italian government as official designer for the 500 years Anniversary's celebrations of the Birth of Post.[42] 4 years later Tomasi presented the video 2001-2011 at the Howard Center's Diversity Fair, curated by Tuipate Mubiay[43][44]. In 2011 The Academy of Fine Arts of Verona selected him amongst the 9 best artists for the 150th Anniversary of the Italian Republic exhibitions "Risorgimento"[45] and Fotoarte - Percorsi Creativi.[46]


David Tomasi with Rudy Pellizzon of Mothercare, Live at Teatro Cristallo, 2007

From 1992 to 1999 Tomasi studied at the Vivaldi Music Institute of Bozen, South Tyrol for the 7-years Classical Guitar Program, and played in several bands and side projects, performing with musicians like Peo Alfonsi (Verona Conservatory Jazz Band), Diego Andreasi, Hartmann Giovanett (Still Blind, Worbet, Embryonic Jam), Rudy Pellizzon (Mothercare, Evil Whisper, Skizophonic, David's Avatar), Francesco Ronzon, Samuel (Subsonica, Krakatoa, Motel Connection), Alex Mastini, Stefano Bannò (Anansi and the Buffalo Soldiers), Marco Ongaro, Afterhours, Just Married, Vince Tempera, My Barbarian.[47] In 2004 he joined for the first time the Teatro Stabile di Verona Company for the Show "Memory-Desire-Signs", written by Philip Glass and Giampaolo Calliari for MART - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.[48]


  • 1995-1999: Avil Noctis (Rock)
  • 1998-1999: DDD Blues Band (Blues)
  • 2000-2001: The Daffodils (Pop/Rock)
  • 2005-2006: Cut_Up (Digital/Contemporary)
  • 2006-2007: Wings of Fog (Hard Rock)
  • 2007-2010: B Painfull (Gothic/Raetic Metal)
  • 2009-2010: Embryonic Jam (Trash/Speed Metal)

Theater, Cinema, Television

David Tomasi with Aurora Mischi at the International Prize for Performance, 2005

Tomasi took part in several TV shows and movies, focusing on art and art therapy related subjects, mainly for RAI, the Italian National TV Channel, and other private broadcasting companies, such as TVA, TCA, Telenuovo. He also appeared in Austria and Germany for the channels ORF and ZDF[49] as art historian for the Albrecht Dürer Foundation. As member of the Teatro Stabile di Verona, he played for the Shakespeare Theater Season and went on tour with the contemporary art performance Quattro Quadri, by coreographer Sisina Augusta.[50][51] He also directed shortfilms like SymBallein (0+1=2) (2004), winner of the Premio Verona and presented at Manifesta7, the European Biennial for Contemporary Art and wrote several scripts for projects like Incomunicabilità (2003) Unio Mystica (2004) and Play with your imagination (2007), the official video for MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, presented at the Babelgum Film Festival, curated by Spike Lee. In 2005, with the contemporary digital project band Cut Up he presented the piece Pier Paolo Pasolini: Cut up at the University of Trento. He also did minor roles and cameos in movies such as A Gothic Romance, with Eliza Ryciak and Micol Olivieri and Primo Amore, directed by Matteo Garrone.[52] He also appeared as visiting artist in several American and European Radio and TV talk shows, like WVMT Morning Show (2011) [53], Artists envisioning our future (2009) [54] and The painter and the muse, with David Riondino and Milo Manara (2003). In 2007 Tomasi directed Via Claudia Augusta: viaggio di confine at the Teatro Cristallo in Bozen, for the Autumn Theatrical Season with Margherita Hack, Moni Ovadia, Dario Fo and Sergej Brobov.


  1. ^ Fellin, Umberto (2008), Un sentiero lungo secoli (A century long path, article) in Alto Adige, p.23
  2. ^ Melchionna, Luca (2008), Monitor Web (Monitor Web, article), Glamour/Vogue, p.47
  3. ^ Mesoraca, Stefania (2008), David Tomasi, in Art & Web, LUISS University, Rome, pp.56
  4. ^ Pedri, Bruno (2003), Etnopsicologia e ricerca. David Tomasi nel continente americano (Etnopsychology and Research. David Tomasi in the American Continent, article) in Alto Adige, p.23
  5. ^ Melchiori, Leone (2008), Studi di archeologia romana nella Piana Rotaliana (Roman Archaeology Studies in the Piana Rotaliana, article), in InMezzo, p.8
  6. ^ Longo, Antonio (2008), Prospettive sull’arte (Perspectives on art, article), in L’Adige, p.18
  7. ^ Fellin, Umberto (2008), 2000 anni di storia (2000 years of history, article), in Alto Adige, p.28
  8. ^ AA.VV. (2007) Inaugurazione del CRAM - Centro Ricerca Artistica Mezzocorona (Opening of CRAM - Center for Art Research Mezzocorona, article), in ArtKey p.18
  9. ^ Doncheva, Dora (2010), Intersections at KunStart: An European Network for Contemporary Emerging Art, article, in Bulart, Varna, Bulgaria, p.7
  10. ^ Rolla, Filippo (2010), KunStart 2010, Fiera d'arte a Bolzano (KunStart 2010, Art Fair in Bolzano, article), in Carrara Città d'arte, p.6
  11. ^ Howard Center Board of Trustees / Diversity Committee: http://www.howardcenter.org/about/diversity.php
  12. ^ VIC / events and activities: http://www.vermontitalianclub.org/
  13. ^ Orichuia, Nicola (2011), Adele Dienno and David Tomasi - Celebration of Burlington's Little Italy for Columbus Day 2011 , in Bostoniano, Boston, MA - http://www.bostoniano.info/2011/09/26/adele-dienno-and-david-tomasi-burlington-columbus-day-2011/
  14. ^ Largher, Ivana (2008) Vortrag von Prof. Tomasi (Lecture by Prof. Tomasi, article) in Die Salurner Klause, p.12
  15. ^ Rieger, Oswald (2006), Archäologie in den Alpenländern (Archaeology in the Alpine Lands, article), Dolomiten, p.22
  16. ^ Fellin, Umberto (2008), Nuove importanti scoperte archeologiche nell’arco alpino (New important archaeological discoveries in the Alpine Area, article), Alto Adige, pp.22
  17. ^ Franchini, Cristina; Peretti, Gianni; Turri, Ilaria (2006), Mantegna e le arti a Verona (Mantegna and the Arts in Verona, catalogue), Marsilio Editori, Venezia, p.7
  18. ^ Brusco, Tiziano; Valdinoci, Massimiliano (2008), Ars et ratio (Art and Reason, article), Verona Fedele Editrice, p.4
  19. ^ Banner Baird, Joel (2011), Festival celebrates Burlington's Little Italy (article), in Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT, USA
  20. ^ St. Michael's College: http://www.smcvt.edu/
  21. ^ VIC / events and activities / Italian @ St. Mike's: http://www.vermontitalianclub.org/
  22. ^ Barausse, Manuela; Barbieri, Franco; Lotto, Giorgio; Piana, Mario (2003), Le Pietre della Basilica (The stones of the Basilica, chapter 4), p.12
  23. ^ Goldoni, Daniele; Albertini, Enrico (2007), Rintracciarti 2007 (Rintracciarti 2007, catalogue), Palazzo della Ragione/Cubo Studio, DSM, Feltrinelli/Spazio libero, p.32
  24. ^ CHRISTIAN RAINER NEWS: April 30: Seminario Accademia Belle Arti Verona
  25. ^ Bonito Oliva, Achille; Risaliti, Sergio; Sani, Nicola; Curran, Alvin (2005), Lezioni di Boxe (Boxe Lessons), Luca Sossella Editore, p. 43
  26. ^ Sarenco; Bonito Oliva, Achille (2006), L'ultimo lustro di Harald - Un Omaggio ad Harald Szeemann (The last five years of Harald - A Homage to Harald Szeemann, catalogue), Adrano Parise Editore, p. 8
  27. ^ AA.VV. (2010) Outsider Art. La creazione differente (Outsider Art. A different creation, catalogue), Palermo, p. 4
  28. ^ Tosatti, Bianca (2006)Oltre la Ragione. Le figure, i maestri, le storie dell'arte irregolare (Beyond Reason. Shapes, Maestros and Stories of the Outsider Art, catalogue), Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo, p. 11
  29. ^ Rosi, Daniela (2010) Outsider a Nord-Est. Aperture, scoperte, nuovi inizi (Outsider at North-East. Openings, discoveries, new beginnings, introduction) in Alchimie dell'Arte (Alchemies of art), p. 6
  30. ^ Kuhn, Michael (2008) Einführung - sprachübergreifendes, grenzüberschreitendes Kulturmagazin (Introduction - Culture Magazine , multilingual and beyond borderlines, chapter 1) in Lila, p. 2
  31. ^ Giorgi, Anna (2004), Al Foyer va di scena il mistero (Mystery gets on stage at the foyer, article), in L'Arena, p. 5
  32. ^ Lissoni, Andrea (2006), Performance Generation (article), WorkArt, p. 20
  33. ^ Guberneur, Dominique (2004), Les artistes de la Poésie (The Artists of Poetry, article), Journal de Marseille, p.34
  34. ^ Artoni, Paola; Castelli, Adriano; Gandini, Antonella; Margonari, Renzo (2004), IV Biennale Giovani, catalogo, (IV Young Artists Biennial, catalogue) p.23
  35. ^ Trevisan, Giorgio (2003), Poesia visiva con la Kalli Graphia di David Tomasi, articolo (Visual Poetry with Kalli Graphia by David Tomasi, article), in L'Arena, p.11
  36. ^ Bertoni, Camilla (2003), Espo Caffe, catalogo (Espo Caffe, catalogue), p.11
  37. ^ Meneguzzo, Vera (2002), Tornano sei giovani artisti alla Galleria Fra' Giocondo, articolo (Six artists are back to the Gallery Fra' Giocondo, article), in L'arena, p.13
  38. ^ Bussola, Fabiana (2005), Gli artisti e il sacro, catalogo (Artists and the Sacred, catalogue), p.9
  39. ^ Molon, Alessandra; Marangoni, Silvana (2008), I migliori giovani artisti all'Arsenale, articolo (The best young artists at the Arsenal, article), in Corriere Verona p. 5
  40. ^ Riccio, Roberto (2006), Nuove prospettive etiche sull'arte contemporanea, articolo (New ethical perspectives on contemporary art, article) in Napoli Arte, p.14
  41. ^ Manifesta 7 List of artists/curators - David Tomasi http://www.manifesta7.it/pages/1916405489?search=David+Tomasi
  42. ^ Giuliani, Massimo (2008), 500 anni: Le Poste celebrano il proprio anniversario, articolo (500 years: Post celebrates its anniversary, article), in Il Corriere della Sera, p. 28
  43. ^ Howard Center Diversity Fair | Center for Media and Democracy
  44. ^ http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/howard-center-diversity-fair
  45. ^ Usher, Carol (2011), David Tomasi exhibits in Verona, in Il Messaggio Magazine, VIC, Burlington, VT, p. 3
  46. ^ Cacciatori, Franco(2011), Mostra FotoArte: Percorsi Creativi, in Circoscrizione 1, Comune di Verona, Verona, p.6
  47. ^ Cavallucci, Fabio (2008), The Rocky Mountain People Show (article), WorkArt, pp.44
  48. ^ Calliari, Giuseppe (2003), MemoriaDesiderioSegni (MemoryDesireSigns), p.5
  49. ^ Rieger, Heinrich (2006), Albrecht Dürer: neue Forschungen (Albrecht Dürer: new researches), p.18
  50. ^ Pezzani, Michela (2005) La vita fiorisce in ogni stagione (Life blossoms every season, article), in L'Arena, p.42
  51. ^ Pezzani, Michela (2005) Grande Spettacolo al Teatro Camploy (Great Show at the Camploy Theater, article), in L'Arena, p.45
  52. ^ Antonelli, Giorgia (2006), L'Accademia di Verona si veste di cinema (The Academy of Verona dresses in Cinema, article), L'Arena, p.26
  53. ^ WMTV Morning Show [1]
  54. ^ Artists envisioning our future on RETN Channel 16

External links

Published sources

  • Mesoraca, S (2009) David Tomasi, in Art & Web, LUISS University, Rome, pp. 56–88
  • Dalla Torre, P (2008) Davide Filippi scultore (Davide Filippi sculptor), CRAMtemporanea editions, Mezzocorona
  • Fiorese, M; Tomasi, D (2007) MYST - mystic and mystery of a photographic collection, CRAMtemporanea_Photographia, Mezzocorona
  • Cinquetti, R (2007) Spazioarte Pisanello: 10 anni (Spazioarte Pisanello: 10 years), Fondazione Toniolo, Verona, pp. 12–32
  • Bombana, J (2007) Identità: Io è l'altro (Identity: Me is other, catalogue), Moscacieca/Binario 0, Villafranca di Verona, pp. 10–12
  • Blaine, J (2005) L'ultimo lustro di Harald - Omaggio ad Harald Szeeman (The last five years of Harald - Homage to Harald Szeemann), Adriano Parise Editore, Colognola ai Colli (Vr)
  • Calliari, G (2003) Memoria Desiderio Segni (Memory Desire Signs), MART, Rovereto (Tn), pp. 4–9
  • Barausse, M (2003) Le pietre della Basilica (The stones of the Basilica), CISA - Centro Internazionale Studi di Architettura Palladio, Vicenza, pp. 11,12

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • David Tomasi — David Tomasi …   Wikipédia en Français

  • David Rodeschini — (* 27. Juni 1980 in Neuchâtel, Schweiz) ist Schweizer Solo Trompeter im Genre der klassischen Musik, Dirigent und Hochschullehrer. Leben Rodeschini absolvierte das Studium der modernen und Barock Trompete bei Vanca Samonikov, Gabriele Cassone und …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • David Guerrier — Naissance 1984 Pierrelatte David Guerrier, né en 1984 à Pierrelatte (Drôme), est un trompettiste et corniste français. Sommaire 1 Biographie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe — ▪ Italian author born Dec. 23, 1896, Palermo, Sicily, Italy died July 23, 1957, Rome       Italian author, duke of Palma, and prince of Lampedusa, internationally renowned for his only completed novel, Il gattopardo (1958; The Leopard).… …   Universalium

  • Henri Tomasi — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Tomasi. Henri Tomasi …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Concours international de quintette à vent Henri Tomasi — Le Concours international de quintette à vent Henri Tomasi est un concours de musique de chambre dédié à cette formation (flûte, clarinette, hautbois, basson et cor) se déroulant tous les deux ans à Marseille. Sommaire 1 Organisation 2 Jurys …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa — Giuseppe Tomasi, 11th Prince of Lampedusa (December 23 1896 July 23 1957), was a Sicilian writer. He is most famous for his only novel, Il Gattopardo (first published posthumously in 1958, translated as The Leopard ) which is set in Sicily during …   Wikipedia

  • Sir David Gilmour, 4th Baronet — The Honourable. Sir David Robert Gilmour, 4th Baronet (born 14 November 1952) is a Scottish author. He is the first son of Ian Gilmour, Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar, 3rd Baronet, and Lady Caroline Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, the youngest… …   Wikipedia

  • Via Claudia Augusta — Replik eines römischen Meilensteins an der Via Claudia Augusta bei Unterdießen, Landkreis Landsberg am Lech Die Via Claudia Augusta war eine der wichtigsten Römerstraßen, die den süddeutschen Raum mit Norditalien verband. Vom Kastell… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Via Claudia Augusta — Réplica moderna de un miliario romano de la Via Claudia Augusta cerca Unterdießen, Baviera …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.