Joseph Pace was born in 1959 in Morbegno (Lombardy, Italy). He is a central figure in the filtranisme movement, founded in Paris in the mid-1980s. He studied literature at the Sorbonne University of Paris, and Sociology at the Sapienza and Roma Tre Universities of Rome. He lives and works in Hammamet, São Paulo, Paris, and Rome.
Pace’s work investigates contemporary believe systems, and dissect the tensions and uncertainties of our time.
Not afraid to provoke, Pace taught Sociology of Knowledge and History of Sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome for twelve years (1996–2008). Former students say he tested many of his artworks in the classroom.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1988 in Paris, his work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition held in the Pantheon of Rome, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum (November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019), which traveled to the National Historical Library of Agriculture, Ministry of Agricultural Policies (1 – 20, March 2019), and scheduled for November 2019 in Notre-Dame de Paris. Fire prevented the exhibition.
Pace is widely known for his iconic jewels sculptures shown at the Museu de Arte do Parlamento de São Paulo (2010), Boncompagni Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome (2014), Museo Venanzo Crocetti in Rome (2015), Biennale di Firenze (2015), University Cà Foscari in Venice (2017), and permanently installed at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Another sculpture, previously installed at the Pantheon in Rome, and National Historical Library of Agriculture, will be on view on the end of 2019 at Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome (2019).
Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the ALESP Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Estado de São Paulo, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Konstanz, ANS Italian National Sociological Association, IPH Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico no Estado de São Paulo.