The image in the header is a detail of Francesco Barbieri's
Piece of Time.


Andrea Baldini:



NJU Center for Sino-Italian Cultural Studies


Associate Professor

School of Arts

Nanjing University


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Room 819, 8th Floor, Yifu Building,

22 Hankou Road

Nanjing, Jiangsu 210093





Andrea Baldini, PhD (Temple, 2014)

Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory

School of Arts of Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

I am Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the School of Arts of Nanjing University, Director of the NJU Center for Sino-Italian Cultural Studies, and Young Ambassador of the Jiangsu Province. I am also Board Member of the Association of Italian Scholars in China (AAIIC), and Board and Founding Member of the Association of Tuscans in China. I have also been recently elected Delegate-at-Large of the International Association of Aesthetics (IAA). 


I hold two doctoral degrees, a PhD in Philosophy (Temple University, 2014) and a PhD in Text Sciences (University of Siena, 2011), as well as a BA in Philosophy (University of Siena, 2006). My mixed academic background naturally led me to develop interdisciplinary research interests, which lie at the intersection of aesthetics, cultural studies, urban communication, and visual culture. I am generally interested in how creativity can influence our everyday lives and practices, and in particular the nature, uses, and functions of public spaces.


My recent publications deal with questions of urban creativity. I have written extensively on street art and graffiti. Brill has recently published my latest monograph entitled A Philosophy Guide to Street Art and the Law, which you can find discussed here. Before that, I wrote another monograph with one of the most interesting curators of urban art, Pietro Rivasi. The book, entitled Un(Authorized)//Commissioned (WholeTrain Press, 2017)has also been discussed here and here.


I have a new book project, which deals with questions of elegance as a form of aesthetics of the self. 



My teaching interests are wide-ranging. I have taught aesthetics, applied ethics, both introductory and advanced, logic, and critical thinking. At Nanjing University, I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy of art, art appreciation, and art history.


The nature of my research naturally brought me to collaborate with governmental institutions and nonprofit associations, and to attain significant impact outside academia. In particular, I have collaborated to projects of urban regeneration that use art-based strategies. 






Pino Castagna, In pietra alpestra e dura © Andrea Pepe (2011)
Pino Castagna, In pietra alpestra e dura © Andrea Pepe (2011)


I'm an Italian aesthetician working on the relationship between creativity and everyday life. I am Associate Professor at the School of Arts of  Nanjing University.


Here, you can find the latest news about my academic research, including upcoming publications, conference talks, public lectures, and workshops. 



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School of Arts Nanjing University

Yifu Building

Room 819

22 Hankou Rd Nanjing, 210093 PR China





"Aesthetics of Imperfection" Conference in Tokyo

I will be presenting a work on tags at Tokyo University. I argue that tags challenges the authoritarian nature of what I call perfectionism in urban aesthetics.