Matteo Basile - photo credit Teresa Emanuele

Matteo Basile/ Matteo Basilé

Italy 1974

Digital Art, Photography

www.matteobasile.com

Matteo Basile
Matteo Basilé
Male
Italy
1974

Matteo Basilé is an Italian artist and photographer, whose captivating works merge opposing ideas such as beauty and grotesque, natural and artificial.

Matteo Basilé was born in 1974 in Rome, Italy. Raised in a family of artists, he has been exposed to the art world since his early age. Through his art, Matteo explores the relationship between East and West, a collision between tradition and modernity, sacred and profane. As one of the pioneers of digital art, Basilé uses avant-garde technology, constantly evolving in the process of both personal and social discovery. By blending digital culture with classical iconography, the artist re-invents the portrait.

Matteo Basile’s Photography

Left Matteo Basile - Unseen Incipit, 2014, Right Matteo Basile - Unseen #2, 2014
Left: Matteo Basile – Unseen Incipit, 2014 / Right: Matteo Basile – Unseen #2, 2014

Dream-like atmosphere of Matteo Basilé’s photography is emphasized by a clever use of color – black becomes the heir of ancient dramas common to Rembrandt’s painting and Erwin Olaf’s photography as well. The human form portrayed in his photography creates a bridge where the viewer can become a participant or an omnipresent entity.

THISORIENTED Series

Matteo Basile - THISORIENTED series - Lost Pintor, 2009
Matteo Basile – THISORIENTED Series – Lost Pintor, 2009

Basilé’s work is divided in several chapters – The Saints are Coming (2007), THISORIENTED (2009), THISHUMANITY (2010), Landing (2012) and UNSEEN (2014). With each photo series, the artist tells a story of the nature of humankind. His THISHUMANITY series was inspired by the famous late Gothic triptych Paolo Uccello was commissioned to paint in 1438, The Battle of San Romano.

THISHUMANITY Series

Matteo Basile - Thishumanity Series - Circle of Sinners #3, 2010
Matteo Basile – Thishumanity Series – Circle of Sinners #3, 2010

Since his first appearance on the art scene in 1996, Matteo had a consistent number of solo exhibitions as well as group shows both in Italy and abroad. Basilé’s artworks have been exhibited in some of the most important art venues in Italy and abroad, such as his participation at the 53rd edition of the Venice Biennale. His first one-man show was held at the Il Ponte Contemporanea gallery in Rome. In addition, the artist has won the prestigious New York Prize at Columbia in 2002.

Basilé is currently represented by 999contemporary gallery, based in Rome.

Matteo Basilé lives and works in his hometown, Rome.

Featured image – photo credit Teresa Emanuele
Other images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014PILGRIMAGEDATA, Orto dell’Abbondanza, UrbinoSolo
2014UNSEENMuseo D'Arte Moderna Vittoria Colonna, PescaraSolo
2014UNSEENPalazzo Collicola, Spoleto, ItalySolo
2014Opere su carta del'900. Con un omaggio a Giacinto CeroneBibos's Place, TodiGroup
2014Capri l'Isola dell'ArteCertosa di San Giacomo, CapriGroup
2014LVIII Premio Basilio Cascella 2014: ConcordiaDelizia Estense del Verginese, FerraraGroup
2014La Metamorfosi e il Simbolo Animale TRACK 1Spazio Nea, NapoliGroup
2014La Metamorfosi e il Simbolo AnimaleHybrida Contemporanea, RomeGroup
2013Matteo Basilé solo exhibition 2007-201353 ART MUSEUM – Guangzhou, ChinaSolo
2013LANDINGEspace Soardi, Nice, FranceSolo
2013CROSSOVER A dialog between the Chinese School of Hubei and the new Italian Art SceneTesa 113, Arsenale Nord, Venice Group
2013OPEN - The Generation of FutureAccademia di Belle Arti di Catanzaro, CatanzaroGroup
2013HIGH QUALITY – SELECTIONGalleria ARTRIBU, RomeGroup
2012THISHUMANITYIstituto Italiano di Cultura di Madrid, Madrid, SpainSolo
2012LANDINGGalleria GUIDI & SCHOEN, Genoa, ItalySolo
2012ABOUT CARAVAGGIOScuderie Aldobrandini, RomeGroup
2012MAPPING IDENTITIESGalleria Guidi & Schoen, GenoaGroup
2012PPP. Una Polemica InversaPalazzo Incontro , RomeGroup
2012inCollectionthree_HumanityPinacoteca Comunale, OristanoGroup
2012A MENO DI NON RICORRERE A UNA FOTOGRAFIALattuada Studio, MilanGroup
2012COME TU MI VUOIGalleria AMY D, MilanGroup
2012CORPO ELETTRONICOComplesso Monumentale del San Giovanni, CatanzaroGroup
2012TEN 2002-2012Galleria Guidi & Schoen, GenoaGroup
2011THE FAR NEAR – THISHUMANITYHubey Provincial Academy of Art Museum, Wu Han City, ChinaSolo
2011SEISENZANOMEGalleria Lorenzo Ronchini, Terni, ItalySolo
2011MIRABILISSpazio88, RomeGroup
2011DIREZIONE ALTERITATeatro India, RomeGroup
2011LA COSTANTE COMOLOGICAComplesso Monumentale del San Giovanni, CatanzaroGroup
2011ACTHUNG ACHTUNGSpazio Ex Gil, RomeGroup
2010THISHUMANITYGalleria Pack, Milan, Italy Solo
2010THE SAINTS ARE COMING – Last ActGalleria EMME OTTO – Rome, ItalySolo
2010I LOVE MUSIC #1Room 26, RomeGroup
2010THE BELLY OF AN ARCHITECTJarach Gallery, VeniceGroup
2010RITRATTI ITALIANIGalleria D’Arte Moderna Aroldo Bonzagni, Cento (Ferrara)Group
2010MIRAGGICastel Sant’Angelo, TarantoGroup
2010UNDER ITALIAN EyesHorizon One, Mahmound Khalil Museum, CairoGroup
2009THISORIENTED 2nd STAGEBIASA ArtSpace, BaliSolo
2009THISORIENTED installationGalleria Guidi e Schoen, GenoaSolo
2009THISORIENTED 1st STAGEVenice, Collaudi, 53rd Art International Venice Biennial, Italian Pavillion, VeniceGroup
2008The Saints Are ComingVilla Bottini, LuccaSolo
2008DiaryCasa degli artisti Giacomo Vittone, Tenno, TrentoSolo
2008Art Italienne ContemporaineMarlborough Galerie, MunichGroup
2008Experimenta: La nuova collezione della FarnesinaPalazzo della Farnesina, RomeGroup
2008Biancaneve (e i Sette Nani)Galleria Guidi&Schoen, GenoaGroup
200815th Quadriennale di RomaPalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeGroup
2008Fotografando: dalla Mec Art al digitaleBiblioteca Centro Cultura, Nembro, BergamoGroup
2008Collection SacrocamSanta Croce Contemporary Museum, MaglianoGroup
2008Arrivi e PartenzeMole Vanvitelliana, AnconaGroup
2007ApparitionsMART - Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoSolo
2007Quel che resta della TransavanguardiaGalleria Pack, MilanSolo
2007Strange(r) WorldGalleria Guidi&Schoen, GenoaGroup
2007On the Edge of VisionVictoria Hall, National Gallery of Modern Art, Calcutta, New Dehli, Mumbai Group
2007ArterritoryMusei Capitolini, Centrale MontemartiniGroup
2007La Nuova Figurazione italiana… To be continuedFabbrica Borroni, Bollate, MilanGroup
2006Il Nuovo MondoRonchini Arte Contemporanea, TerniSolo
2006Trans-AvanguardiaIl Ponte Contemporanea, RomeSolo
2006No Man’s LandGalleria Guidi&Schoen, GenoaSolo
2006UtopiaMuseo d’Arte Moderna V. Colonna, PescaraSolo
2006Nature and Metamorphosis, Emergent Italian creativity Informs NatureU. P. Exhibition Center, ShanghaiGroup
2006Anima DigitaleFestival della Creatività, Fortezza da Basso, FirenzeGroup
2006Sound and VisionMuseo della Città, PerugiaGroup
2006Il ribelle imminenteTeatro del Bibbiena, Mantua, Auditorium di Parco della Musica, RomaGroup
2006FrescoboscoCertosa di Padula, PadulaGroup
2005PrototypedomestikaGalleria De Crescenzo & Viesti, RomeSolo
2005Primordial AlchemyGalleria Pack, MilanSolo
2005TM: Tribes of MemoryGNAM - Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, RomeSolo
2005I Don’t Believe ItIl Ponte Contemporanea, RomaSolo
2005MappingGalleria d’Arte Contemporanea Patrizia Buonanno, TrentoSolo
2005Face to Face - Matteo Basilé vs. Fritz KokIl Ponte Contemporanea, RomeDuo
2005Il Male nell’ArtePalazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, TurinGroup
2005Le Ragioni delle RegioniTuscia Expò, ViterboGroup
2005T.E.C. Le Tecniche Esecutive dell’Arte ContemporaneaScuderie Aldobrandini, RomeGroup
20051905-2005 Premio FabbriFondazione Del Monte, BolognaGroup
2005Miracolo a MilanoPalazzo della Ragione, MilanGroup
2005Premio Michetti – In & OUTMuseo Michetti, Francavilla al MareGroup
2005Profumo di DonnaGalleria Tasso, BergamoGroup
2005Greetings to Arte 2005MART, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2004Empirismo EreticoSergio Tossi Arte Contemporanea, FlorenceSolo
2004NarcisoIl Ponte Contemporanea, Rome Solo
2004The Lord of the FliesGalerie Beukers, Rotterdam and Galerie Reflex, AmsterdamSolo
2004Matteo Basilé+Giacomo CostaGalleria Depot, LeccoDuo
2004Artisti per AlcamoAlcamo, PalermoGroup
2004Face to FaceJudith Walter Gallery, Weizelsdorf, AustriaGroup
2004Medioevo Prossimo VenturoCertaldo, Palazzo Pretorio, SienaGroup
2004La Madonna nell’Arte ContemporaneaSan Bartolomeo, PalermoGroup
2004L’Occhio, l’Orecchio, il CuorePalazzo Ducale, LuccaGroup
2003ConservingGuidi&Schoen, GenoaSolo
2003Italian SixBarbara Davis Gallery, Houston, U.S.A. Group
2003Melting PopPalazzo delle Papesse, SienaGroup
2003Young Italian GenomaBuia Gallery, New YorkGroup
2003Italian FactoryIstituto Santa Maria della Pietà, VeniceGroup
2003Roma DuemilatreGalleria Pack, MilanGroup
2003Melting PopCastello Mansago, VareseGroup
2003Premio Ermanno CasoliSerra San Quirico, AnconaGroup
2003In Faccia al MondoVilla Croce, GenovaGroup
2003Preview QuadriennalePalazzo Reale, NapoliGroup
2003SpecchioGalleria Guidi&Schoen, GenovaGroup
2003Futuro ItalianoParlamento Europeo, BruxellesGroup
2003Invitation to the futureBarbara Behan Contemporary Art, LondonGroup
2003SguardiArtiscope Gallery, BruxellesGroup
2003Tempus FugitsGalleria Piziarte, TeramoGroup
2003XI Biennale di Arte SacraSantuario di San Gabriele, TeramoGroup
2003Art FilesCentro Arti Visive Pescheria, PesaroGroup
2002SpiritualizedFranco Riccardo Arti Visive, Naples Solo
2002WrittenEdicola Notte, RomeSolo
2002New York PrizeColumbia University, New YorkSolo
2002Art Files, Frontiere dell’Arte DigitaleTemple University, RomeGroup
2002L’altra metà del cieloMücsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestGroup
2002Ricomincio da 8Guidi&Schoen, GenoaGroup
2002Quadro Digitale ContemporaneoCartiere Vannucci, MilanGroup
2002DNArt, Gen.Etica e MutazioneKunst Meran, MeranoGroup
2002Il Lato Oscuro della LetteraturaBonelli Arte Contemporanea, MantovaGroup
2002TechnogallerySMAU, Cartiere Vannucci MilanoGroup
2002Quadro Digitale ContemporaneoCartiere Vannucci, MilanGroup
2001In Liquido VeritasSergio Tossi Arte Contemporanea, FlorenceSolo
2001Pray StationStudio Ercolani, Bologna Solo
2001Italian Digital FrameGNAM Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, RomeSolo
2001Basilé, CascellaD’Ac Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, CiampinoDuo
2001Chiamami Peroni… Sarò la tua ArteBonelli Arte Contemporanea, MantuaGroup
2001HellzapoppinGalleria Mascherino, RomeGroup
2001Dalla Mini al MiniPalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeGroup
2001L’Altra Metà del CieloGAM, BolognaGroup
2001Arte Elettronica, Metamorfosi e MetaforePalazzo dei Diamanti, FerraraGroup
2001La Nuova Collezione di Palazzo FortiPalazzo Forti, VeronaGroup
2001Il Mito dell’AspirinaBAYER ItaliaGroup
2001Quadro Digitale ContemporaneoGalleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, RomeGroup
2000Liquid LoveMarella Arte Contemporanea, MilanSolo
2000Cantico 2000Museo della Permanente, MilanGroup
2000Trapassato FuturoCartiere Vannucci, MilanGroup
2000WelcHomePalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeGroup
2000FORMA-E; Variations on One ImageIstituto Italiano di Cultura, BerlinGroup
2000Premio Cairo CommunicationLa Posteria, Milan Sui Generis, PAC, MilanGroup
2000Artisti emergenti della Roma del 2000Gabriela Mistral Gallery, Santiago, ChileGroup
2000Generazionale: Indagine sulle nuove generazioniBasilica Palladiana (Lamec e sala degli Zavatteri), VicenzaGroup
2000Artisti di MarcaStamperia Dell’Arancio, Grottammare, Ascoli PicenoGroup
2000NO BORDERMuseo d’Arte di Ravenna, S.Maria delle Croci, RavennaGroup
2000ArtbitAcquario di Roma, RomeGroup
2000Notte FondaLe Palme, RomeGroup
2000Sacro e ProfanoCelano, L’AquilaGroup
1999F.M.Studio Ercolani, BolognaSolo
1999Who is Who?MAN Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Nuoro, NuoroSolo
1999High ResolutionMusei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini, RomeGroup
1999La Festa dell’ArteAcquario di Roma, RomeGroup
1999Autori – Tratti – ItalianiFondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, VeniceGroup
1999Spazio ApertoGAM Galleria d’arte Moderna, BolognaGroup
1999Eventi MultimedialiGNAM Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, RomeGroup
1999Premio Marche 1999Mole Vanvitelliana, AnconaGroup
1999XX Biennale di AlessandriaMuseo di Arte Contemporanea, AlexandriaGroup
1999NotteGalleria Sala Uno, RomeGroup
1998Ritraggo ma non RitrattoGalleria Paola Verrengia, SalernoSolo
1998FusionIl Ponte Projects, RomeSolo
1998Pre-millennium TensionFabbrica Eos, MilanGroup
1998Qualche amico vittima di confusionStudio Ercolani, BolognaGroup
1998MitovelocitàMuseo d’arte Moderna di San Marino, San MarinoGroup
1998160 SinteticaGalleria In Arco, TurinGroup
1998La Festa dell’ArteEx-Mattatoio, RomeGroup
1998Cronache VereSpazio Consolo, MilanGroup
1998Cascella: cinque generazioni di artistiMuseo d’arte dello Splendore di Giulianova, TeramoGroup
1998Nuovo Ritratto ItalianoSpazio Consolo, MilanGroup
1998Ars Medica Fuori UsoEx Clinica Baiocchi, PescaraGroup
1997Clonato Il Ponte Contemporanea, RomeSolo
1997Il Mio Nome è Nessuno, Il Mio Numero è ZeroInstallation for Fendi, RomeSolo
1997In che senso italiano?Galleria Anna D’Ascanio, RomeGroup
1997Toip Price – TelecomMuseo Pecci, Prato Group
1997Aperto 1997Trevi Flash Art Museum, TreviGroup
1997The Diesel ShowIl Ponte Contemporanea, RomeGroup
1997Officina ItaliaGAM, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, BolognaGroup
1997Dal Reale al VirtualeTemple Gallery, RomeGroup
1996Martiri e SantiL’Attico, RomeSolo
1996Prendere o LasciarePaola Verrengia, SalernoGroup
1996CartemoneteGalleria Giulia, RomeGroup
1996D.E.V.O.Galleria Giulia, RomeGroup
1996TracceIstituto Cervantes, MilanGroup
1996Visioni InterattiveBibli, RomeGroup
1996Premio Marche 1995 – 1996Mole Vanvitelliana, AnconaGroup
1996White ChristmasGalleria Fermenti Lattici, Torrimpietra, RomeGroup
1996ArtolinaGalleria Spazio Oltre, Rome Group
1996Art for AllMuseo Barracco, RomeGroup
1996Animum ReflectensGalleria Paola Verrengia, SalernoGroup
1996Immagini ItalianeMedienmeile am Halfen, DusseldorfGroup
1996Gir@mondo (Globetrotter)Galleria Il Ponte Contemporanea, RomeGroup
1996XII° Quadriennale di Roma. Ultime GenerazioniTermini, Ala Mazzoniana, RomeGroup
1996Femminile Maschile & CoLibreria USCITA, Il Manifesto, RomeGroup
19961:1 – 5 Critici: 5 ArtistiGalleria Fermenti Lattici, Torrimpietra, RomeGroup
1995S.P.Q.R. 1995Galerie Alessandro Vivas, ParisGroup
1995Can you feel it?Istituto Italiano di Cultura, LondonGroup
1995HierogliphicaGalleria Stuarr, RomeGroup
1995MonitorsBiblioteca A. Rispoli, RomeGroup
1995See YouAss. culturale Autori-Messa, RomeGroup
1995Gelo e DisgeloFarnese Palace, OrtonaGroup
1995Corpi MobiliGalleria Graziano Vigato, AlessandriaGroup
1994Corto CircuitoCaffé Latino, Rome Solo
1994What’s your petrol?Autori-Messa, Rome Group
1994ArtenergyPassage de Retz, ParisGroup
1994CollectivityGalleria Marco Rossi Lecce, RomeGroup