Silvia Mei

Italy 1985


Silvia Mei
Silvia Mei
April 5, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Silvia Mei is an Italian painter born in Cagliari in 1985, known for her large scale paintings which show the anthropomorphic figures placed in a natural setting. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari in 2009, she moved to Milan to attend the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, where she earned her BA in painting in 2012.

Mei’s Pictorial Reality

Combining different styles and techniques, Silvia focuses on the theme of nature in her work. Thoughts and fears, anxieties and feelings, as well as the element of other possible worlds, they all go on long sheets to recreate a pictorial reality that in its naturalness becomes surreal.
The space in which the figures are immersed is the emblem of a world that goes beyond reality. It represents a return to a mythical nature and primitive conditions bringing to the surface the appearance of brutal, deformed animals, but at the same time it shows a harmony of nature aware of its imperfections.

In Search of Human Nature

Some of the most recent Silvia’s works are characterized by colour that is, unlike her earlier works, more present and more alive. Those are self-portraits, and portraits of artist’s friends and family. Anatomically correct, but less human and more animalistic, Mei’s works highlight our true nature and essence. The characters are often forced into the environment in which life forms, from plants to humans, often caught in their deformity, coexist with equal dignity and mutual respect. This driving force has no logical or precise pattern, yet each work is linked to some of episodes in the life of artist.

Silvia Mei lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Featured image: Silvia Mei – Bracciateste e veste rossa (detail), 2014, photo by Zeno Zotti

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015WITHOUT ARMSGalleria Interno18, Cremona, ItalySolo
2014Silvia MeiRobert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2014Silvia MeiStudio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milano, ItalySolo
2014New Italian PaintingGalerie Michael Schultz, BerlinGroup
2014Nuova Pittura ItalianaSpazio Soderini, Milan, ItalyGroup
2014Third AnniversaryRobert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2014Nuova Pittura ItalianaInterno 18, Cremona, ItalyGroup
2013Singing HairGallery Molly Krom, New YorkSolo
2013Pensieri RuvidiPalazzo Delle Stelline, Istitut Francais, Milano, ItalySolo
2013Le Faux MiroirPalazzo Tagliaferro, Andora, ItalyGroup
2013Nuova Pittura ItalianaStudio d’Arte Cannaviello, MilanoGroup
2013LAST YOUNG, Under 35 in ItaliaVilla Brivio, Nova MilaneseGroup
2013Premio BabelE.Carbone, Museo Tribu, NuoroGroup
2013Premio BabelPinacoteca Comunale Carlo Contini, OristanoGroup
2013Nuova Pittura ItalianaGalleria Opere Scelte, TorinoGroup
2013Nuova Pittura ItalianaSpazio Aquadro, RomaGroup
2013Leap and LandMuseo d’Arte Contemporanea Masedu, SassariGroup
2013Beyond the NatureGalleria Spazio Orlandi, MilanoGroup
2013Arte in SarpiGalleria Spazio Annunciata, MilanoGroup
2013Il piacere dissolutoArt Kitchen, MilanoGroup
2012Ad MirabiliaEXMa, Cagliari, ItalySolo
2012Reincarnati In NaturaUnderdogstudio, Modena, ItalySolo
2012Different IdentitiesArt Pub Crawl n.2, Le Scimmie, Milano, ItalySolo
2012L’isola dei mortiExma, CagliariGroup
2012All I desireGalleria Spazio Orlandi, MilanoGroup
2012SOMETHING ELSEAntonio Colombo, MilanoGroup
2012Collective Thinking 2Galerie Saint Jacques, Mentone, FranciaGroup
2012CaleidoscopioGalleria delle Battaglie, BresciaGroup
2012Collective ThinKing 1Galerie le Deux Freres, Roquebrune, FranciaGroup
2012Desiderata exquisitaMicrogalleria, l’AquilaGroup
2012Non rompete le scatoleVilla Arconati, MilanoGroup
2012Racconti selvaticiGalleria delle Battaglie, BresciaGroup
2011Habemus Ego, collaterale al Padiglione Regionale Sardegna della Biennale di VeneziaMuseo Masedu, SassariGroup
2011Give me 5MLAC Museo della Sapienza, RomaGroup
2011BranchiMeme arte contemporanea e prossima, CagliariGroup
2011Sto disegnando, progetto di M.RotondiCircoloquadro, MilanoGroup
2011In to the wildMeme arte contemporanea e prossima, CagliariGroup
2011CantiereAssab One, MilanoGroup
2011Monumenti ApertiAlgheroGroup
2011RoundaboutSpazio biblioteca Piazza della Vetra, MilanoGroup
2011A che santo votarsiEx chiesa di San Carpoforo, MilanoGroup
2011I gusti dell’ArteRimini, MilanoGroup
2011Fruit of the RoomLaboratorio 168, CagliariGroup
2011Pesce d’aprileMeme galleria d’arte contemporanea e prossima, CagliariGroup
2010SSIILLVVIIAALaboratorio di Estetica Moderna LEM, Sassari, ItalySolo
2010PoupeesBlublauerspazioarte, AlgheroGroup
2010Arti PrimaveriliCantoneria Santu Miali, Villanova MonteleoneGroup
2010TessereLaboratorio di Estetica Moderna LEM, SassariGroup
2010OpenShow, in occasione di PublicSpazi urbani, SassariGroup
2010AbracadabraConvento S.Tecla, Nulvi (SS)Group
2010Figurativismigrafica Oldoni, MilanoGroup
2009Pesciolini rossiMolineddu, SassariGroup
2009UnknownSpazi d'utopia, AlgheroGroup
2009Se potessi avere un lavoro al mese, per Work invasionPalazzo della Provincia, SassariGroup
2009Lezioni di volo, in occasione di Public. Metamorfosi urbaneAccademia di Belle Arti, SassariGroup
2009Say WhatMuseo Sanna, SassariGroup
200711arti superioriPalazzo della frumentaria, SassariGroup
2006Alte VeleMunicipio, La MaddalenaGroup
2006MiscellaneaUAU show room, AlgheroGroup
2005SguardiGalleria d'Arte Contemporanea, SassariGroup
2005C'era una notte, in occasione della Notte biancaGiardini pubbliciGroup
2005Sardegna arte fieraStabilimento Balneare Lido, CagliariGroup
2005Natale e le sue sfereGalleria Sottopiano Beaux-art, CagliariGroup