Enzo Marra



Enzo Marra’s imagery is marked by a distinct immediacy and a figuratively derived world that lives through his painted, drawn and sculpted works. The themes expressed made visible via instinctively applied linear and blocked out passages. The figures and symbols utilised relating to the human condition, their emotional impact emphasised by the directness of their application, without extraneous information to muddle the message they are willing to deliver. Their intimate scale allowing the viewer to build a relationship with their cast, as they are stood in-front of the hung painted surfaces. The purposely limited palette, allowing the depicted scenes to not be obscured or overtaken by unnecessary frivolous flourishes. Enzo Marra is a London based painter who has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and 2016, the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016, and the Creekside Open in 2013, 2015 and 2017, where he was chosen as a prize winner by Jordan Baseman in 2017. He has also been selected for the Beep Painting Biennial in 2014 and 2016, his paintings being highly commended in the 2014 exhibition.


Previous Exhibitions

2001 MA Fine Art, University of Brighton
1999 BA Fine Art, University of Reading

solo exhibitions
2018 Transition, Hooligan Art Dealer, London
2018 Personal Fictions, System Gallery, Newcastle

2017 Siblings, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow
2017 Drawn Out Encounters, Studio One Gallery, London

2016 Adorations at the Farm, The Farm, London

2015 Observers, The Job Centre as part of Deptford X, Deptford
2015 Wall Floor & Table, Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham
2015 Adorations, Hooligan Art Dealer, London

2011 Demigods, WW Gallery, London

2009 Burning, Hackney Empire, London
2009 One of Us, artist residence, Brighton
2009 solo show, Fish Factory, Worthing

2008 solo show, Eaton Terrace Gallery, London

group exhibitions
2019 Traces of Light, Tregony Gallery, Truro
2019 A Little Painting Show, Dead Pigeon Gallery, Liverpool
2019 Wash 2, Angela Flowers Ireland Inc, Rosscarbery
2019 Larroque Art Fest 2019, Galerie La Vielle Poste, France
2019 Paint, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2019 Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy, London
2019 A Little Painting Show, OA Studios, Salford
2019 Archipelago, Walthamstow Wetlands, London
2019 Contemporary British Painting, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich
2019 It Looked Like a Painting I Once Knew, Rug Gallery, Cardiff
2019 I am Made in Britain, National Gallery of Poland, Gdansk
2019 Enough is Definitely Enough, General Practise, Lincoln
2019 Hot Gin, Brick Lane Gallery, London
2019 Assemble, Nyne Gallery in association with Tregony Gallery, London

2018 Winter Group Show 2018/2019, Linden Hall Gallery, Deal
2018 New Painting, CBP Winter Exhibition, St Marylebone Crypt, London
2018 Stars on Canvas, One Heddon Street, London
2018 The Anonymous HeaART Project
2018 Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2018 Summer Night City, Inspire Gallery, Dublin
2018 Figure, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2018 Esposition L'art la Politique Contemporain Del'improvisation, Belgium
2018 Thresholds, Gonzo Unit, Greece
2018 Summer Salon 2018, Islington Arts Factory, London
2018 Emergent Forms, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2018 Towards the Light, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2018 Crossings : Art and Christianity Now, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire
2018 La Liberte Comme Embleme D'echec, Perwez, Brussels
2018 Diptych Triptych Polyptych, PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester

2017-2018 Spaces Beyond, Kryon Gallery, Amsterdam
2017-2018 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin, China
2017 Drawing In, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2017 Liberty as an Emblem of Failure, Sambreville, Belgium
2017 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing, China
2017 Borderline, Red Propeller Gallery, Devon
2017 Anniversary, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2017 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, China
2017 Testcard P, St Marylebone Church Crypt, London
2017 Wall, Window, World, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2017 Anything Goes, Bermondsey Project Space, London
2017 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, The Yantai Art Museum, China
2017 Sea of Colour, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2017 Van Der Plas Gallery, New York
2017 Outer Space, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2017 Art Is Not a Puzzle, Tichborne Gallery, Brighton
2017 Painting Now, Studio One Gallery, London
2017 Storyboard, Lubomirov – Angus Hughes Gallery, London
2017 End Is By Ur, Elysium Gallery, Swansea
2017 Tales in Light, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2017 Portico Gallery, Manchester
2017 Duchamp 100yrs later, Aldeburgh Lookout, Aldeburgh

2016 To Please a Few, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2016 DelicARTessen 15, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona
2016 Winter/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2016 30x30x34 CBP Winter Exhibition,St Marylebone Parish Church, London
2016 Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London
2016 Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool
2016 ONE, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2016 ICONS, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester
2016 A Poe-tic Tribute, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Virginia, USA
2016 The Beautiful is Always Bizarre, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2016 CBP Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
2016 Summer 16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2016 Summer Exhibition, St Annes Galleries, Lewes
2016 Harold loves Maude, Good Goat Gallery, Ohio
2016 Art is a lie that reveals the truth, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2016 Echoes and Scenes/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall
2016 30/30, Transition Gallery, London
2016 Life Lines, Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe
2016 The Names, Transition gallery, London
2016 Art Suzhou, LAN ART, China

2015 Delicartessen 14, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona
2015 Christmas Show, St Annes Galleries, Lewes
2015 Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Belgium
2015 Contemporary British Painting, St Marylebone Parish Church, London
2015 Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Holland
2015 Project Berlin in association with Factory Art Projects
2015 Angus Hughes Summer Show, Angus Hughes Gallery, London
2015 Flash Salon in association with the Undead Painters, Bond House Gallery, London
2015 London Gay Pride 2015, Take Me Home Projects, London
2015 Summer Group Show, Mead Carney Gallery, London
2015 The Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York
2015 Let Grass Roots Grow, Aside Bside Gallery, Hackney
2015 Controcanto, Yellow Artist Run Space, Varese, Italy
2015 Back with a Bang 3D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2015 Back with a Bang 2D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2015 Main Fair with Ink_d Gallery at London Art Fair, London

2014 Delicartessen 13, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona
2014 GFEST, Menier Gallery, London
2014 Wash, Resort Studios, Margate
2014 (Detail),Transition gallery, London
2014 V.I.C, Pont-Chevron, France
2014 Troika, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2014 London Gay Pride 2014 - Freedom To, Take Me Home Projects, London
2014 A Slice Of Summer, Ink_d gallery, Brighton
2014 Pushing Paint, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton
2014 (Detail), H-Project Space, Bangkok
2014 A5 Platform projects @ Art-Athina, Greece
2014 Annual Pride Art Exhibition 2014, Clifford Chance, London
2014 Platform for Emerging Arts II (Ancient/Modern), Leyden Gallery, London
2014 This space we are, The International 3, Manchester

2013 Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists, LAN ART, London
2013 32 paintings, pheonix brighton, brighton
2013 Beautiful ~ Things, Next Door Projects, Unit C19, Albert Dock, Liverpool
2013 London Gay Pride 2013 - Bringing Pride Back, Take Me Home Projects, London
2013 CREEKSIDE OPEN 2013, Art in Perpetuity Trust, Deptford
2013 Together LGBT Group Show, Occupy My Time Gallery, Deptford

2012 Art Projects with WW Gallery, London Art Fair, London
2012 Diamond Geezer, WW Gallery, Clerkenwell, London
2012 Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby

2011 Afternoon Tea, Venice Biennale, Venice

2010 GFEST, Atrium, Hampstead Town Hall, London
2010 Is There Anybody There?, WW Gallery, London
2010 Summer Exhibitionists, WW Gallery, London

2009 against the wall, underdogartco, London
2009 Conflict Resolution, Gallery at Willesden Green, London
2009 PG: Parental Guidance, WW Gallery, London
2009 Travelling Light, WW Gallery and 53rd Venice Biennale (collateral event), London/Venice

competitions,prizes and awards
2019 Neo:artprize 2019, Bolton Museum
2019 Included in Contemporary Visions longlist for Beers London

2018 Shortlisted for the Evening Standard Art Prize
2018 Included in long list for John Moores Painting Prize

2017 Pre-selected for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018
2017 Included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology 2017
2017 Creekside Open Selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, London
2017 Prizewinner in the Creekside Open Selected by Jordan Baseman, APT Gallery, London

2016 Beep Wales 2016, Swansea College of Art, Swansea
2016 John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2015 London Group Open, Cello Factory, London
2015 Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtProjects, London
2015 Neo:Artprize, Neo:Gallery27, Bolton
2015 Creekside Open selected by Richard Deacon, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2014 included in long list for John Moores Painting Prize
2014 included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology
2014 Beep Wales, Elysium Gallery, Swansea (Highly Commended)
2014 Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtsProjects, London
2014 Barbican Artworks Open 2014, Artworks Project Space, London
2014 Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh
2014 Collectors Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, California

2013-2014 Charlie Dutton Crash Open 2013
2013 Included on shortlist for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow
2013 Given an honourable mention in the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art
2013 Creekside Open selected by Ceri Hand, APT Gallery, Deptford, London
2013 Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery, Deptford, London
2013 The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2012 John Moores Painting Prize , Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2012 The Open West, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
2012 The Threadneedle Prize , Mall Galleries, London

2011 Anthology, Charlie Smith Gallery, London

2010 The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London