Marco Tirelli was born in 1956 in Rome.
    Since the second half of the ‘80s Marco Tirelli’s interests have been centred on a particular formal synthesis, one based on the relationship between shadow, light, and memory. The light reveals images that slowly emerge from the dark backgrounds of his paintings, images that are fragments of reality ( the darkness of night seen through a window thrown open to reveal an invisible landscape) captured and re-elaborated geometrically by the artist.
    His colour tends to be non-colour: “monochrome’s old illusion […]. The painting is organised like a mathematical operation and divides, multiplies, adds, and subtracts […]. All this in a splendid analysis which does not offer us a synthesis, but, if anything, only the impalpable truth of contemplation”. (Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, 1998).
    His first showing in the Venice Biennale was in 1982 in the Aperto exhibition. In 1990 he held his own solo show there. In the same year he exhibited in the Sidney Biennale and was also seen, together with Sol LeWitt, in the American Academy in Rome. In 1998 he held a solo show in the Scudo gallery in Verona in which he gathered together works devoted to particular, ideal forms of architecture which, as their visual identity was slowly dissolved, emerged from an absolute space. They were then finally seen as they actually were: isolated and drained of their volume, their physicality defined by chiaroscuro and by their particular perspective.
    All this remains the basis of his art which was appreciated in such important exhibitions as his solo shows held in the prestigious Institut Mathildehöhe in Darmstadt, 2002, and, in the following year, in the gallery of modern art in Bologna.