My artistic practice is largely a response to the realisation that society, today, lives in the delusional dream of a modernity which is unable to deliver its promises. 

Mankind is still working on its quest for productivity, using ideas from the early industrial age. Engineers are busy replicating chains of decisions in company policies, producing robots and ¨artificial intelligence¨. This army of specialists have disconnected society from the order of the sensible [1]: every activity seeks immediate economic return in isolation.

The signs of this way of thinking are all around us: debris of wild urbanisation, abandoned manufacturing sites and their exploited communities, and new non-places of the digital world, an architecture that is becoming purely informational and only accessible to machines.

I believe that the role of arts, poetry, philosophy and craftsmanship are today more important than ever. In post modernity these disciplines can help to develop a new stage for Humanity.

My works are the outcome of research and collaboration with experts across different fields, and are produced as individual, limited edition photographs, publications, film and public lectures.

[1] A concept adapted from Jacques Rancière, The Distribution of the Sensible, 2004.


I was born in 1969 in Rome, Italy and since 2005 I have been living abroad in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Spain. 

In 2018, I have decided to devote myself totally to artistic research. I moved to Madrid and in 2019 I have gained a Master in Fine Arts Photography at the European Institute of Design (IED).

My photography and film installations have been exhibited and/or published in Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Czech Republic and the United States and are part of several private collections.

Artistic profile

Solo Exhibitions and screenings
2018: Polvere di Ferro - Riflessioni, Archivio Storico Comunale, Palermo, Italy
2018: La Fabbrica dell’Assoluto, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Palermo, Italy
2017: Iron Dust - Reflections, Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity, Vnitroblock, Prague, Czech Republic
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity, Italian Cultural Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
2010: Cityscapes, Cantina Belli, Fumone, Italy
2008: Cityscapes, Kina Art Caffè, Marino, Italy
2008: Cityscapes, The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, UK
2007: Cityscapes, Al Volo Gallery, London, UK
2007: Cityscapes, Municipal Palace, Fumone, Italy

2018: La Fabbrica dell’Assoluto, Duration 6:29, Italian, English
2017: Iron Dust - Reflections, Duration 8:28, Italian, English, Czech
2017: The Architecture of Emotions, Duration 4.14, English with Italian subtitles


2019: Materia Oscura artist book shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2019
2019: Materia Oscura, selected for Descubrimientos at Photo Espana 2019
2018: The Duality of Truth - between Aspiration and Realisation, selected to join the photography platform Transeuropa
2018: The Duality of Truth - between Aspiration and Realisation, selected as runner up at 2nd International Photography Prize Mondo Galeria, Madrid, Spain  
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity - Excellence Award – Black and White Magazine US
2017: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity selected for Descubrimientos at Photo Espana XX

Public collections
2017: Iron Dust - Reflections - Fine Prints Edition, Fondazione Eleutheria Czech Republic

2019: Materia Oscura, artist book
2018: Polvere di Ferro - Riflessioni sul Paesaggio Post-industriale, exhibition catalogue
2018: La Cappella degli Italiani a Praga, photography book
2016: Cityscapes - The Dream of Modernity, photography book

2019: Master in Fine Arts, Distinction, European Institute of Design

Lectures and public talks

2019: Presentation of Materia Oscura at La Libreria de La Fabrica, Madrid
2018: L’investigazione della realtà attraverso l’immagine, Scuola stabile di Fotografia, Palermo
2018: L’investigazione della realtà attraverso l’immagine, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Palermo, Italia
2018: L’Architettura delle Emozioni, struttura e organizzazione del processo creativo, Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Palermo

Selected Features and Articles

2019: Patrimonio Italiano TV, Interview with Michele Pilla
2019: Radio Circulo delle Belles Artes, Interview with Marco Ricci and Elisabetta Bagli
2019: LondonOne Radio, Interview on the artist book Materia Oscura
2019: From the Italian Chapel project, image featuring on the catalog of the Exhibition on the Italian Congregation in Prague
2018: Telegiornale di Sicilia, Polvere di Ferro - A Palermo la mostra del fotografo Danilo De Rossi
2018: Repubblica TV, Dalla Repubblica Ceca a Palermo per filmare i Cantieri Culturali della Zisa
2018: IlSicilia, A Palermo la mostra di Danilo De Rossi “Polvere di ferro – Riflessioni […]
2018: Italiani Ovunque, Danilo De Rossi, da CEO di una multinazionale ad artista in Spagna […]
2017: Praha 1 TV: IRON DUST - Reflections
2017: Interview, in conversation with Vnitroblock
2017: Hashtag Photography, 19, London
2017: Il Sogno di Modernità di Danilo De Rossi, Mariapia Bruno, Blasting News
2017: Book review on Czech Green Building Council, Czech Republic
2017: Ciao Praga, Il sogno di Modernità di Danilo De Rossi, by Paola Caronni
2009: DC Photography Magazine, 105 - Hong Kong  
2009: Silvershotz, Volume 7, Edition 2

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Photo courtesy of Sabrina Butera

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Butera

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