Turin, Piemonte, Italy
About Roberto Borra
Roberto Borra was born in Turin in May 1961. Early in his childhood, he displayed a visceral love for drawing and photography. Aldo, his father, gave him an old 1928 Kodak bellows camera he had purchased at Porta Palazzo market in Turin and it is here that his idyll with photography begins. His existence takes place between the streets of the city of Turin and the wooded trails of Condove, a village in Susa Valley, where the other greatest love of his life reveals - that for nature. The temptations for visual arts pervade him so much that he decides to transform his teenager passion for the art of photography into a full scale profession. He devotes his spare time to steal the secrets of visual arts and photographic techniques working with professional photographers and attending classes in figurative art, photography and printmaking. In 1985 he starts working as a professional as quality control manager at the professional photo lab where he is one of the partners. Here he deals with fine art photography and advertising. His artistic vein does not go unnoticed and prestigious sponsors and publishing houses start commissioning him photoshoots of artistic and editorial character that take him around the world. After several collaborations with Italian and international publishers and magazines, in 1996 he enrolls in the Journalists Association as a Publicist. For some years he reports from Northern Italy and Switzerland for the newspaper "La Stampa" and in 2007, he curates, carries out and publishes the photobook "Valle di Susa - appunti di viaggio" with Neos Edizioni. In 2010 he is the author of an art calendar published by Lem Art Group that acquires worldwide publishing rights and sales. Over time Guided by the visual commixture with pictorial art, his artistic research finds, over time, space for exhibitions, events and shows on different scale such as: "Photosalon" at the International Biennial of photography, Turin, an exhibition at Ariele Gallery, Turin, "Salento Silente" at Castello Gallone, Nociglia, Lecce, "Expò di Arte e Fotografia", in Berlin, opening of ̎Porta d’Italia ̎, Susa, exhibition at Atrium, Turin, "Dramatic Personae" at Palazzo della Racchetta, Ferrara, curated by Zamenhof Art, "Esposizione Artistica Italiana" at Museo di Scienze Naturali in Turin, "L'eau et l'art", Paris, and the upcoming "Il volto e la figura nell’arte italiana contemporanea" at 20 Gallery in Turin with a catalogue published by Giorgio Mondadori. Roberto Borra is currently artist and collaborator at Ariele Cultural Centre and 20 Gallery in Turin, owner and Art Director of the artistic and publishing centre "Art Gallery". He moreover has the role of managing director of the art magazine "Rivista 20" published by the Ariele Cultural Centre and curator of contemporary art events.