street art

Martina Merlini /   Martina Merlini

Italy 1986

Installation, Painting, Murals

Martina Merlini
Martina Merlini
April 19, 2017
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.

Martina Merlini is an Italian artist whose work is known for its constant evolution. Starting with illustrations, she explored new techniques and materials that are all reflective of her search for a formal balance and geometrical harmony. In the last years, she has developed and perfected her own technique using wax and enamel, trying to define a rawness that reminds of the typical casualty of nature, and yet the invisible rules that flow through. The young artist thrives on experience and learning through which she gains knowledge of her own self. This newly gained knowledge permeates through a variety of expressive contexts such as street art and installations.

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Martina Merlini – Untitled Mural, Paris, France 2014

Powerful Balance

In search of balance, Martina uses materials such as wax and varnishes on poor media like paper or wood. The quiet and powerful compositional balance is found when strict, geometrical lines juxtapose the flow of natural instinct and impulses. Born in 1986 in Bologne, Martina has come a long way, having a number of exhibitions dedicated to her. She has participated in a variety of events and festivals, including Living Walls, which was the first festival of street art done by women, in Atlanta, the USA in 2012, and the prestigious Le Mur in Paris in 2015.

Geometrical lines juxtapose the flow of natural instinct

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Martina Merlini – Untitled #1, 2016 (Left) / Untitled #2, 2016 (Right)

Researching Boundaries

As a keen researcher of human nature, Martina plays with geometrical lines, investigating the notion of limit in a subtle and refined way. Perpetually poised between the rational and the irrational, the artist utilizes dense pictorial traits symmetrical by nature to continue her research. As the lines begin to disjoint unexpectedly under the impulse of primordial forces. In a constant struggle with his own limitations, it is in human nature to turn elsewhere in search of a way to break the boundaries. The only way to surmount what seems to be an insurmountable barrier is with imagination. Only this way can the limits be re-invented and re-created, and the artist is the one who holds the power of manifesting and projecting these newly found limitless forms of expression.

It is in human’s nature to turn to its own imagination to re-invent its limitations

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Martina Merlini – Untitled #3, 2016 (Left) / Untitled #4, 2015 (Right)

Rising Star

Merlini’s work has been exhibited across Europe and the USA where she was on residency at White Walls & Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. Continuing to explore the thin line between reality and imagination, surmounting borders, this young Italian artist is gaining recognition with each piece she does.

The artist is represented by MAGMA Gallery.

Featured image: Martina Merlini – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

Year Name of the exhibition Museum/GallerySolo/Group
2017EndlessMAGMA GalleryGroup
2015DicotomiaAtipografia Gallery, Arzignano, ITDuo
2014ReminiscenceMini Galerie, Amsterdam, NLgroup
2014 Starch, Wax, Paper & Wood White Walls, San Francisco CAsolo
2014 A Major Minority 1AM gallery, San Francisco CAgroup
2014 Mamuthones, Issohadores Superbudda, Torinosolo
2014 XXxXX Studio D'Ars @ Step Art Fair, Milnaogroup
2014 Space-Squared White Walls, San Francisco CAgroup
2014 Apertura Mini Galerie, Amsterdamgroup
2014 Cheap Festival Bolognagroup
2014 Altrove Festival Catanzarogroup
2014 Viavai Festival Racalegroup
2013 Razorsicht Santeria, Milanogroup
2013 Memory and Ttraces Edward Cutler gallery, Milanogroup
2013 Growing up DFA partners, Milanogroup
2013 Memorie Urbane Terracinagroup
2013 Totem Officine della Stampa, Bolognasolo
2013 Drawings for the masses 999 gallery, Romagroup
2013 Garten Superground, Milanogroup
2013 Berlini spring show Stattbad, Berlingroup
2013 I low art Artcore gallery, Barigroup
2013 WAX Spazio Elastico, Bolognasolo
2013 Carta Canta Antonio Colombo Artecontemporanea, Milanogroup
2012 Asylum Skitsch, Milanogroup
2012 A4GOD Radio, Milanogroup
2012 Bubka Santeria, Milanogroup
2012 G.E.N.T.E. mural Milanosolo
2012 Il futuro nelle tue mani Bragroup
2012 Living Walls conference exhibition Atlanta, GAgroup
2012 Essenziale - Nastro say yes Milanogroup
2012 Attack festival Palazzo Candiotti, Folignogroup
2012 LEBE-an anthology of african gods RAM Hotel, Bolognasolo
2012 Rodeo Drawing Night Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milanogroup
2012 LEBE RADIO, Milanosolo
2012 Little Circus Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milanogroup
2012 A la sombra del árbol Palacio Quintanar, Segoviagroup
2011 Till Pink Santeria, Milanogroup
2011 Centocinquanta Macò, Tarantogroup
2011 Asylum w/Tellas Zelle ArteContemporanea, Palermogroup
2011 Super 8 Santeria, Milanogroup
2011 Sweets Sheets Zelle Artecontemporanea, Palermogroup
2010 Loop Assab One Milano, Tiendaderecha, Barcellona group
2010 Loop Temporary Love Shop, Roma group
2010 Loop Fragile Continuo, Bologna group
2010 Loop Cantere S. Bernardo, Pisa group
2010 Illustrators award Bologna Childrens book fairgroup
2010 Pop disaster Limited Art Gallery,Bergamogroup
2010 Asylum w/Tellas- There's no place like home Milano-Fragile Continuo, Bolognagroup