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Enzo Marra

Exploring the visual via a restricted palette and abstracted figuratively derived imagery

Enzo Marra’s imagery is marked by an immediacy and directness, the explored themes expressed made visible via instinctively applied linear and blocked out passages, executed to an intimate scale. The purposely limited palette, allowing the depicted imagery to not be obscured or overtaken by unnecessary frivolous flourishes. 


Enzo Marra is a London based painter who has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and 2016, the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016, and the Creekside Open in 2013, 2015 and 2017, where he was chosen as a prize winner by Jordan Baseman in 2017. He has also been selected for the Beep Painting Biennial in 2014 and 2016, his paintings being highly commended in the 2014 exhibition.



Enzo Marra


2001 MA Fine Art, University of Brighton

1999 BA Fine Art, University of Reading


solo exhibitions

2018 Transition, Hooligan Art Dealer, London

2018 Personal Fictions, System Gallery, Newcastle


2017 Siblings, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow

2017 Drawn Out Encounters, Studio One Gallery, London


2016 Adorations at the Farm, The Farm, London


2015 Observers, The Job Centre as part of Deptford X, Deptford

2015 Wall Floor & Table, Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham

2015 Adorations, Hooligan Art Dealer, London


2011 Demigods, WW Gallery, London


2009 Burning, Hackney Empire, London

2009 One of Us, artist residence, Brighton

2009 solo show, Fish Factory, Worthing


2008 solo show, Eaton Terrace Gallery, London


group exhibitions

2019 Traces of Light, Tregony Gallery, Truro

2019 A Little Painting Show, Dead Pigeon Gallery, Liverpool

2019 Wash 2, Angela Flowers Ireland Inc, Rosscarbery

2019 Larroque Art Fest 2019, Galerie La Vielle Poste, France

2019 Paint, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2019 Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy, London

2019 A Little Painting Show, OA Studios, Salford

2019 Archipelago, Walthamstow Wetlands, London

2019 Contemporary British Painting, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

2019 It Looked Like a Painting I Once Knew, Rug Gallery, Cardiff 

2019 I am Made in Britain, National Gallery of Poland, Gdansk 

2019 Enough is Definitely Enough, General Practise, Lincoln

2019 Hot Gin, Brick Lane Gallery, London

2019 Assemble, Nyne Gallery in association with Tregony Gallery, London


2018 Winter Group Show 2018/2019, Linden Hall Gallery, Deal

2018 New Painting, CBP Winter Exhibition, St Marylebone Crypt, London

2018 Stars on Canvas, One Heddon Street, London

2018 The Anonymous HeaART Project

2018 Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2018 Summer Night City, Inspire Gallery, Dublin

2018 Figure, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2018 Esposition L'art la Politique Contemporain Del'improvisation, Belgium

2018 Thresholds, Gonzo Unit, Greece

2018 Summer Salon 2018, Islington Arts Factory, London

2018 Emergent Forms, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2018 Towards the Light, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2018 Crossings : Art and Christianity Now, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire

2018 La Liberte Comme Embleme D'echec, Perwez, Brussels

2018 Diptych Triptych Polyptych, PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester


2017-2018 Spaces Beyond, Kryon Gallery, Amsterdam

2017-2018 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin, China

2017 Drawing In, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2017 Liberty as an Emblem of Failure, Sambreville, Belgium

2017 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing, China

2017 Borderline, Red Propeller Gallery, Devon

2017 Anniversary, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

2017 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, China

2017 Testcard P, St Marylebone Church Crypt, London

2017 Wall, Window, World, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2017 Anything Goes, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2017 Contemporary Masters From Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century, The Yantai Art Museum, China

2017 Sea of Colour, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2017 Van Der Plas Gallery, New York

2017 Outer Space, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2017 Art Is Not a Puzzle, Tichborne Gallery, Brighton

2017 Painting Now, Studio One Gallery, London

2017 Storyboard, Lubomirov – Angus Hughes Gallery, London

2017 End Is By Ur, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

2017 Tales in Light, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2017 Portico Gallery, Manchester

2017 Duchamp 100yrs later, Aldeburgh Lookout, Aldeburgh


2016 To Please a Few, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2016 DelicARTessen 15, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

2016 Winter/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2016 30x30x34 CBP Winter Exhibition,St Marylebone Parish Church, London

2016 Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London

2016 Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool

2016 ONE, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

2016 ICONS, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester

2016 A Poe-tic Tribute, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Virginia, USA

2016 The Beautiful is Always Bizarre, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2016 CBP Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

2016 Summer 16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2016 Summer Exhibition, St Annes Galleries, Lewes

2016 Harold loves Maude, Good Goat Gallery, Ohio

2016 Art is a lie that reveals the truth, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2016 Echoes and Scenes/16, Tregony Gallery, Cornwall

2016 30/30, Transition Gallery, London

2016 Life Lines, Ellsworth Gallery, Santa Fe

2016 The Names, Transition gallery, London

2016 Art Suzhou, LAN ART, China


2015 Delicartessen 14, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

2015 Christmas Show, St Annes Galleries, Lewes

2015 Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Belgium

2015 Contemporary British Painting, St Marylebone Parish Church, London

2015 Bozar De L'Abbatoir, Holland

2015 Project Berlin in association with Factory Art Projects

2015 Angus Hughes Summer Show, Angus Hughes Gallery, London

2015 Flash Salon in association with the Undead Painters, Bond House Gallery, London

2015 London Gay Pride 2015, Take Me Home Projects, London

2015 Summer Group Show, Mead Carney Gallery, London

2015 The Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York

2015 Let Grass Roots Grow, Aside Bside Gallery, Hackney

2015 Controcanto, Yellow Artist Run Space, Varese, Italy

2015 Back with a Bang 3D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

2015 Back with a Bang 2D, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

2015 Main Fair with Ink_d Gallery at London Art Fair, London


2014 Delicartessen 13, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona

2014 GFEST, Menier Gallery, London

2014 Wash, Resort Studios, Margate

2014 (Detail),Transition gallery, London

2014 V.I.C, Pont-Chevron, France

2014 Troika, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin

2014 London Gay Pride 2014 - Freedom To, Take Me Home Projects, London

2014 A Slice Of Summer, Ink_d gallery, Brighton

2014 Pushing Paint, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

2014 (Detail), H-Project Space, Bangkok

2014 A5 Platform projects @ Art-Athina, Greece

2014 Annual Pride Art Exhibition 2014, Clifford Chance, London

2014 Platform for Emerging Arts II (Ancient/Modern), Leyden Gallery, London

2014 This space we are, The International 3, Manchester


2013 Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists, LAN ART, London

2013 32 paintings, pheonix brighton, brighton

2013 Beautiful ~ Things, Next Door Projects, Unit C19, Albert Dock, Liverpool

2013 London Gay Pride 2013 - Bringing Pride Back, Take Me Home Projects, London

2013 CREEKSIDE OPEN 2013, Art in Perpetuity Trust, Deptford

2013 Together LGBT Group Show, Occupy My Time Gallery, Deptford


2012 Art Projects with WW Gallery, London Art Fair, London

2012 Diamond Geezer, WW Gallery, Clerkenwell, London

2012 Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby


2011 Afternoon Tea, Venice Biennale, Venice


2010 GFEST, Atrium, Hampstead Town Hall, London

2010 Is There Anybody There?, WW Gallery, London

2010 Summer Exhibitionists, WW Gallery, London


2009 against the wall, underdogartco, London

2009 Conflict Resolution, Gallery at Willesden Green, London

2009 PG: Parental Guidance, WW Gallery, London

2009 Travelling Light, WW Gallery and 53rd Venice Biennale (collateral event), London/Venice


competitions,prizes and awards

2019 Neo:artprize 2019, Bolton Museum

2019 Included in Contemporary Visions longlist for Beers London


2018 Shortlisted for the Evening Standard Art Prize

2018 Included in long list for John Moores Painting Prize


2017 Pre-selected for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018

2017 Included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology 2017

2017 Creekside Open Selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, London

2017 Prizewinner in the Creekside Open Selected by Jordan Baseman, APT Gallery, London


2016 Beep Wales 2016, Swansea College of Art, Swansea

2016 John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London


2015 London Group Open, Cello Factory, London

2015 Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtProjects, London

2015 Neo:Artprize, Neo:Gallery27, Bolton

2015 Creekside Open selected by Richard Deacon, APT Gallery, Deptford, London


2014 included in long list for John Moores Painting Prize

2014 included in long list for Charlie Smith Anthology

2014 Beep Wales, Elysium Gallery, Swansea (Highly Commended)

2014 Zeitgeist Open, ZeitgeistArtsProjects, London

2014 Barbican Artworks Open 2014, Artworks Project Space, London

2014 Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh

2014 Collectors Choice, Sylvia White Gallery, California


2013-2014 Charlie Dutton Crash Open 2013

2013 Included on shortlist for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow

2013 Given an honourable mention in the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art

2013 Creekside Open selected by Ceri Hand, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2013 Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2013 The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2012 John Moores Painting Prize , Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2012 The Open West, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

2012 The Threadneedle Prize , Mall Galleries, London


2011 Anthology, Charlie Smith Gallery, London 


2010 The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

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