b. Subiaco (Rome), 1983
2009-2011| MA, Painting, Royal College of Art, London
2008| Postgraduate, Fine Art, Byam Shaw, Central Saint Martins, London
2007| Painting, Accademia di Brera, Milano
2006| Exchange Program, Painting, KASKA, Antwerpen, Belgium
Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Reazione a Catena, Unosunove Arte Contemporanea, Roma (2018); P1: Filling Station, She will, Oslo, NO (2018); Drawings, Thames-Side Studios, London (2018); Stupido come un pittore, Villa Vertua Masolo, Nova Milanese (2018); Belvedere, Caffè Internazionale, Palermo (solo; 2018); Locus Amoenus, Museo Tornielli, Ameno (2017); Koffer Kunst, Far Off, Cologne (DE; 2017); Passaggi, Festival del Paesaggio, Capri (2016); albertoaperto, Milan Studios Festival, Milan (2016); Declinazioni della Pittura, Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo (2015); Desiderio, L’Arca, Teramo; Pittura Italiana e altre storie minori, Villa Torlonia, Rome (co-curated;2015); Allegoria, Fuoricampo, Brussels and Siena (with Angelo Sarleti; 2014-2015); Studiolo Project, Milan (2011;2014); Benjamin Senior_Michele Tocca: The Fate of Forms, FLAG Foundation, presented by James Fuentes Gallery, New York (2014); Italian Youth, Museo Pinacoteca S. Francesco, Republic of San Marino (2014); Painted Horizons, MAGGS, London (2014); Moments Around Us, Idea Store at Whitechapel, London (2013); La Pittura, Isola, Galleria Bianca, Palermo (2012); Appunti di pittura, MARCA, Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro (2011); MAP Project, MAGA Museum, Gallarate (2010); Difetto come indizio del desiderio, Neon>Campobase, Bologna (2011); Z-Time, Imperial College, London (2010); ICI, Otto Zoo, Milan; Binocular, Kingsgate Gallery, London. Larger surveys include: Moscow Biennale, Era Foundation (Moscow, RU; 2010); Impresa Pittura, Centro Internazionale per l’Arte Contemporanea, Genazzano (Rome, 2010); Prague Biennale 4, CZ (2009).
He has recently been part of the Simposio di Pittura, a residency organised by Luigi Presicce and Laura Perrone at the Fondazione Lac o Le Mon, San Cesario di Lecce.
Alongside painting, Tocca is currently working on his ongoing Short Manual of Landscape Painting, a collection of studies, aphorisms and euphuisms on landscape and the environment as natural phenomena and a genre, part published on the occasion of Landina, CARS Omegna (VB). Among his published writings are: Cinque o più storie di pittura –a series of essays on painter and writer Carlo Levi (1903-1975), and painters Fausto Pirandello (1899-1975), Roberto Melli (1858-1964) and Pio Semeghini (1878-1964); Raffaello, Back to College (in La Muta, beyond silence, Baskerville, Bologna, 2015); As seen for the first time (Collectors Harmaan/Bloedow, Berlin, 2016); Balthus, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome – Kunstforum, Wien (fisk frisk magazine, 2016).
Over the years he has lectured and contributed panel talks in colleges in the UK and in institutions in Italy, including the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University; Christie’s Education, London; Siena Art Institute, Siena (The Artist as Critic, 2015); Casa delle Letterature, Rome (Carlo Levi, Fear of Painting, Fear of Writing, Panel Discussion 2015); Triennale di Milano (Panel Discussion, 2016).