Viola Arduini (b.1987, Italy)

Viola Arduini is an Italian artist and educator currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her work, she investigates the relationships formed by humans, animals, and technology. 

Arduini received a Bachelor of Arts from NABA New Academy of Fine Arts, Milano, Italy in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Documentary Photography from University of South Wales, Newport, UK in 2015. She has recently received a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in the US and Europe, including Santa Fe Art Institute (NM), Ffotogallery in Cardiff (UK), and VIII Edition of Centrale Fotografia (IT). She received numerous grants and scholarships, as the Maryann Evans Scholarship for Graduate Students in Art Studio, the Andrew Mellon Foundation for Art & Ecology Fellowship and Research Grant from the Culture and Animal Foundation.

Arduini is currently Education and Outreach Coordinator for 516 ARTS and  part-time faculty in the Art Department at the University of New Mexico.



Charm, UCLA  ArtSci Gallery, Los Angeles, CA [*POSTPONED FOR COVID-19]


Ananke, Sanitary Tortilla Factory,Albuquerque NM (Catalogue)

SelectedGroup Exhibitions


Earthstyle Concerns - Art & Ecology at UNM, Visual Art Gallery, Santa Fe Community College, NM [*POSTPONED FOR COVID-19]


UNM Juried Graduate Exhibition: UNM Art Dept 90th Anniversary, Art Annex, Albuquerque NM

It Sounds Like a RiverLeaping and Falling; It Sounds Like a Body falling Apart, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque NM

Deep Time Lab with NinaElder, UNM Art Museum, AlbuquerqueNM

Yuma Art Symposium Student Show,Yuma Art Center, Yuma AZ


Digital Disobedience – The Algorithm as saboteur, CFA Downtown, Albuquerque NM, group show curated by Amy Traylor and Cat Hulshoff

The Greater Chaco Silent Art Auction and Benefit, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa FeNM

Who Are Those Invisible Clouds,Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe NM

This Beautiful Earth, PopejoyHall, Albuquerque, NM (videoprojection in collaboration with Kaitlin Bryson and Nicholas Jacobsen)


LandArts of the American West, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (Catalogue)

SFAI140,Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM (video projection and performative reading in collaboration with Issy Arnold, Paul Ross, and MikalaSterling) 

TheArt Chapter - Milano ArtBook Fair, Base,Milano, IT

BURST,Capodilucca Creative Hub, Bologna, IT


At First Sight,CFA Downtown, Albuquerque, NM

ChippendaleStudio - Dummy photobook travelling exhibition

 CentraleFotografia, Fano, Italy;

Festivaldi Fotografia Contemporanea, Gonzaga, Italy;

F4,Pieve di Soligno, Italy

Comfort-zoo, ShuffleProject Art Residency Final Show, 4Bid Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland


Visualising theAnimal travelling exhibition

CarlislePhoto Festival, United Kingdom

DurhamBotanic Garden, Durham, United Kingdom


Seventeen SecondsMA Group Show, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, United Kingdom


UnseenBristol, Parlour Showrooms, Bristol, United Kingdom

Grants &Awards

2018-19      Exception Visual ArtistScholar Sanitary Tortilla Factory

2018-19      Ralph W.Douglass Scholarship Endowment

2018 Andrew MellonFoundation for Art & Ecology Fellowship

2018 MaryannEvans Scholarship for Graduate Students in Art Studio

2017-18 ClydeA. & Elizabeth R. Hill Endowed Scholarship

2017           UNM Office ofGraduate Studies Doctoral Conference Presentation Award

2017           Culture and AnimalFoundation Grant for Research

2016           Shuffle Projectresidency, 4Bid Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland (January)

2015           AnthrozoologyConference Student Bursary Award

2006-10        Regione LombardiaScholarships for College Education

Press and publications

Article, Amy Hulshoff and Viola Arduini, Artist Spotlight,Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas issue XI, Fall 2018

Article, Viola Arduini, The Pedagogy of Place: ArtisticNarratives for the Anthropocene, Digimag issue 77, Winter 2017, pages 26-35

Images credits, Stile Italiano magazine, several issues,2012

Images credits, Milan Architecture Guide 1945-2015: Thearchitecture of Milan from the postwar period until today in 100 selectedbuildings, Hoepli, 2015

Lectures and workshops


Keynote Lecture for Vision 20/20, Falmouth University, UK


Lecture/Presentation,Art in the Anthropocene, Trinity College, Dublin, IR

Artist Talk


Lecture/Presentation,Hemisphere symposium, CFA Downtown,Albuquerque, NM

Lecture/Presentation,Embodied Entanglements, This Beautiful Earth, University of NewMexico, Albuquerque, NM


Lecture/Presentation,The Human and the Other, visual technology between science and art,Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY


Lecture/Presentation,Animal perception and photography: new lights, University ofExeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

Lecture/Presentation, Animalperception and photography: new lights, University of Cumbria, Carlisle,United Kingdom


Museum of Southwestern Biology, Albuquerque, NM

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