Sebastian Piras is New York based photographer and filmmaker. His main photographic subject matter has been portraiture. "Artists Exposed", published in 1996, is a partial collection of captivating portraits of known and unknown artists and players in the international arts scene, including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.  David Ross, former Director of the Whitney Museum, wrote the introduction for the book, heralding Piras' photos as:" ...probing and extraordinarily beautiful portraits of artists...that ultimately produces winners at both ends of the camera." A new artists portraits book consisting of some 120 artists portraits, A Pocketful of Contemporary Artists Portraits.  The book which contains images  were taken from 1986 till 2006 was released in late 2008 , Piras' photographs have been published, exhibited and collected worldwide. Piras  has directed and filmed several documentaries, including " Taylor Mead Unleashed", which also featured the late Allen Ginsberg and Quentin Crisp, and has done extensive work both in tv broadcasting and on feature films  as a photographer, director and producer. He is currently photographing and co-producing a video profile on architect Richard Meier

In the past 4 years he has directed 2 short films "Art Depot” and “FOG” and is currently working on a film on modern dancer Margaret Beals.

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2017

-Group Show, #2 America, at EXMA aart space in Cagliari ,Italy Among other artists in the Show are : Andres Serrano, Nan Goldin, Pat Steir,

                          Gregory Crewdson and others.   

-Group Show, Wild is the Wind, at Oristano Pinacoteca. Among other artists included in the show are: Richard Prince, Robert Frank

                          and Bill Owens.

-Currently directing a film on modern dancer Margie Beals, titled "Images"

 

 2016

-Solo Solo Show at Gallery 151 Annex , West 14th Street, NYC: " Sunset Sessions", Photographs and Pastels. March 2016

March 20March 2016 at  

-"The Last Party" group Exhibition at White Box NYC, Curated by Anthony Haden-Guest June 2015

 

 -"Nolita, 30 Years" Solo Exhibition at 199 Mott Street, Alfa Dvlp. 

-2015 

2012-2015

 

-Solo and Group Shows at Hiromart Gallery Tokio

 

-Publication of The The Mag and corresponding exhibit at 151 Gallery NYC (Photographs from NY and the rap music scene in the mid 80s')

 

-Director/Producer: “FOG” a short film

 

-Director/Producer: Short Art Depot, 12 min, starring Travis Fitzimmons and Laine Rettmer

-Solo Show: Art-projects Galleria Alghero, Italy.Solo Show : Galleria Miralli Viterbo, Italy

 

-Solo Show: PROJECTS , show at Fondazione Giov_Anna Piras , Asti , Italy (together with Andres Serrano, Zheng Huan, Gregory Crewdsen)- Catalogue Photographer/

 

-Solo Show: South Carolina Presbiterian College Arts gallery

Images, Melbourne, Australia publishes A Pocketful of Contemporary Artists Portraits. 220 pages, pocketbook. Worldwide distribution

 

2004-2005

- Collection Olnyk-Spanu 

-Collection Wurth Museum , German

-Exhibition Group Show " Artists Faces " (with 15 of Sebastian Piras' prints) at Wurth Museum Kunzelsau , Germany

 

-Photographed DVD cover for Michel Gondry "The Work of Director Michel Gondry"

 

-Director of Photography for "Sophie Matisse, Artist" a directed by Christine Lombard

 

-Video composition on Christos' The Gates NYC with music by Chieko Mori

 

-Digital Video-Still Photography, Multimedia project: The Square. Adapted from a short novel by French writer Marguerite Duras

 

Video: Martin Scorsese and the 25th anniversary of the release of Mean Streets. NYCD.P.-

 

Cameraman/Director: short documentary on Robert Wilsons installation of the Giorgio Armani exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City. Music by Michael Galasso.

 

-Group Show : 5+ 5 gallery, Brooklyn , NY Group Show/benefit : Robert Wilsons Watermill Center, Watermill, NYGroup Show : Revelations at -Greeley Square Gallery, NYC

-Group Show : "Summertime" at Rice Gallery, NYC

-Group Show : Beauty from Within at Sephora, New York City (with also Herb Ritts, Mary Ellen Mark)

-Group Show : Sex, Death, Religion at Gershwins Gallery New York City

 

-Portraits of cast of Robert Wilson of DDDIII theater production at Lincoln Center, NY

 

-Solo Show Artcore Gallery Toronto, Canada  Warhols NY.

 

-Solo Show Galleria Comunale, Nuoro, Italy

 

-Photographer/Videographer: Traveled to Brazil, Switzerland and India as a photographer (video and stills for the art exhibit Art for the World . Client: WHO (United Nations) . Documented in photographs and digital video the exhibition, the artists and the hosting cities.

 

Director/Producer: feature video-profile of Taylor Mead Unleashed starring Allen Ginsberg and Quentin Crisp, for Anthology Film Archives, NYC.Director:

 

Director of short film “Portrance “. A collaboration with Martha Grahams Co. Dancer Donlin Foreman.

 

Ilisso publishes the book Artists Exposed a collection of Sebastiano Piras artists portraits introduction by David Ross-Director of the Whitney Museum.Group Show : Aging with Grace

 

Group Show : Small Scales at Joseph Helman Gallery, NYC

 

Solo Show : Fotouhi Art Gallery. East Hampton NYSolo Show :

Space Untitled Gallery, New York

Solo Show : Exma Art Center, Cagliari , Italy

 

Group Show : Collection in Context at Thread Waxing Space, The collection of Henry Buhl New York City(Also included in the Catalogue are works by Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon and Cindy Sherman.)

 

Works shown at the 7th Reg. Armory, New York City Blum Hellman Gallery Booth

 

1996

-Solo Show at Rene Fotohui Gallery, East Hampton , NY

-Group Show : Robert Morris Gallery, New York City

 

1995

-Solo Show : Stolen Moments at Blum Helman Gallery, New York City

 

1994

-Group Show : Rice Gallery, New York City : Rice Gallery, New York City

 

1986

-Documentary on Life Photographer Richard Stack

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-Solo Show : Soho Photo Gallery Recent Photographs, New York City

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