Luciano Romano

Luciano Romano

main awards, solo and group exhibitions

 2018   Hasselblad Masters 2018, finalist.

2017   The Photography Show*by AIPAD, New York, Pier 94  SR Sabrina Raffaghello Gallery

2016   Hasselblad Masters 2016, finalist.

2015    Sconfinamenti #3 *curated by Achille Bonito Oliva 58° Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto.

Don’t ask where the love is gone installation by Shirin Neshat, photography by Luciano Romano. curated by Olga Sviblova.  Photobiennale 2014 - Moscow, MAMM Museum. 

Un.It UnescoItalia* - Miami - San Francisco, USA. 

Hasselblad Masters 2014, finalist.


Don’t ask where the love is gone permanent installation by Shirin Neshat, photography by Luciano Romano Toledo Underground Station, Napoli. (curated by Achille Bonito Oliva) 

Prix Filaf d’or 2013, Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Film Perpignan, France, best art book: Gustav Klimt, Taschen

Photographs of the Stoclet Frieze commissioned to Luciano Romano. 

Sconfinamenti* 56° Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto (curated by Achille Bonito Oliva) 

 MeMus/Terrae Motus – Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy. Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini from the Terrae Motus Lucio Amelio collectionnworks by Luciano Romano from MeMus Museum. 


Videoportrait of Violetta for La Traviataby Giuseppe Verdi, conductor Nicola Luisotti, direction by Ferzan Özpetek, set design by Dante Ferretti, video by Luciano Romano. Opening of the Season 2010/2011 of the San Carlo Opera House, Napolinand 41° Arts Festival, Hong Kong. 

 Lo Sguardo Obliquo, Studio Trisorio, Napoli. 05/2012.

Un.It UnescoItalia*- Geneve, Switzerland.

Premio Artelaguna,finalist - Venice, Arsenale. 03/2012.


Arte/OperaMeMus, The San Carlo Opera House Museum. 

54° Venice Biennale, Lo Stato dell’Arte/Campania, Italian pavillion

 Fotografia Europea 011 - Vedute d’Italia  From the collections of MAXXI  Museum works by Olivo Barbieri, Nunzio Battaglia, Marcello Galvani and Luciano Romano, Reggio Emilia, ex Sinagogue (curated by Francesca Fabiani) 

 Pure Water Vision*Acea EcoArt Contest 2010, exhibition Rome Auditorium Conciliazione. (curated by Laura Cherubini, Eugenio Viola, Alfredo Cramerotti) 


Cantiere d’Autore* – Rome, MAXXI Museum (curated by Francesca Fabiani) 12/2010

Napoli O’Vero *– Napoli, MADRE museum   (cyurated by Mario Codognato, Eduardo Cicelyn, Giovanni Fiorentino) 12/2010

 Timeless Time– photographs by Luciano Romano,  art direction by Tim Yip  Shanghai, Three on the Bund. 09/2010

  Italy of the Cities  - The Armory, New York. Multimedia installation – direction by Peter Greenaway, photographs by Luciano Romano.

 Italy of the Cities  - Expo 2010,  Shanghai, China – Italian Pavillion,  Multimedia installation and direction by Peter Greenaway, photographs by Luciano Romano. 

Greenaway versus Botero – Medellin, Colombia, Museo de Antioquia Multimedia installation and direction by Peter Greenaway, photographs by Luciano Romano.


UnescoItalia* - Monza, Villa Reale.

Napoli senza titolo* –curated by Fabio Donato, Napoli,PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli.


Vedrai andrà tutto bene - photo performance commissioned by Teatro Festival Italia, Napoli - photographs by Luciano Romano. 

Un.It  UnescoItalia*- Roma, National Library


Prix BMW - Paris Photo, Finalist - Paris, Carrousel du Louvre. 

Le Città e la Memoria- Napoli, Royal Palace, Annali dell’Architettura 2007.  

Wonders of Italy*- Bruxelles, Académie Royale. (AA.VV.) 


Workscape*- MAXXICantiere d’Autore - Venice, X Biennale Architecture.


Atlante Italiano 003 Prize, Ministero dei Beni Culturali, Triennale di Milano, MAXXI Architettura Collection.



Onde- European Contemporary Photography - Teheran, Museum of Contemporary Art.

Onde- Capri, Museum of the Certosa di San Giacomo.


Architettura tra le dueguerre curated by Cesare de Seta. Napoli, Royal Palace.



Luciano Romano essential bibliography

 Le Regard Oblique, Luciano Romano text by Michel Serres, Giulio Paolini and Luciano Romano, 5 Continents - Milan 2017

Robert Wilson Space/Time,Sivana Editoriale - Milan 2012

Gustav Klimt, Taschen - Köln 2012

Lo Sguardo Obliquo,Luciano RomanoArte’m - Napoli 2012

Napoli dentro / inside, Arte’m - Napoli 2010

Onde, Luciano Romano, Franco Maria Ricci - Milan 2002

 Napoli, le luci di dentro(with Mimmo Jodice), Enel/Unesco – Rome 1996




Luciano Romano’s commitment to photography began in the theatre. At 25 he was appointed as photographer for The San Carlo Opera House in Naples, and from there he went on to La Scala and others international venues.

The experience of working with symbolic stage lighting and the sense of composition he had developed during his architectural studies came to fruition in 1991 when he began to publish in the FMR art magazine. He has collaborated with publishers such as Citadelles&Mazenod, Hirmer, Electa, Skira, Taschen.

Two other keen interests are contemporary art and architecture; his photographs are included in leading museum collections such as the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the Robert Rauschenberg Fundation and Watermill Center in New York and MeMus, the Museum of The San Carlo Opera House in Naples.

Among the winners of Atlante Italiano 003 Prize in 2003, in 2006 he exhibited in the 10th Venice Biennale Architettura (Workscape), in 2007 he was in the short-list for the Prix BMW-Paris Photo (Paris, Carrousel du Louvre), in 2011 for the Acea Award and in 2012 for the Arte Laguna Prize

He was a finalist for the Hasselblad Masters Awards in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

He has contributed to events produced by Change Performing Arts featuring artistes like Robert Wilson and Shirin Neshat, and he is the author of the photographs on wich is grounded the installation Italy of the Cities, a vision by Peter Greenaway for the Shanghai Expo 2010, then taken to the Armory in New York.

In 2013 Le Filaf d’or Prize at the Festival international du Livre d’Art et du Film in Perpignan, France was given to the art book Gustav Klimtby Tobias G. Natter, published by Taschen,  featuring exclusive photographs of the Stoclet Frieze by Klimt in Bruxelles commissioned  for this book to Luciano Romano.

From september 2013 the Toledo Station in the Naples Underground features the permanent installation  Don’t ask where the love is gone by Shirin Neshat including  nine life-size portraits taken by Luciano Romano.

The same installation  was exhibited in march 2014 for the Moscow Photobiennale 2014 at the MAMM Museum curated by Olga Sviblova.

In 2017 a photograph taken at the beginning of his career was displayed in the Robert Rauschenberg’s retrospective at the Tate Modern in London and at the MoMA in New York.

In march 2018 he has been involved as photographer in a project commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery of London to the artist Shirin Neshat.

Luciano Romano teaches Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and at The Academy of La Scala in Milan.

Represented by SR Contemporary Art since 2013