contemporary art

Matteo Negri

Italy 1982

Installation, Sculpture

Matteo Negri
Matteo Negri
February 21, 2015

Matteo Negri is an Italian visual artist, recognized for creating various works of art. He concentrates his artistic research on different materials as marble, ceramic and resin, mixing them with a pop range of hues as an expressive instrument.

Matteo Negri was born in 1982 in Milan, where he graduated at the Brera Academy with a degree in sculpture. After graduating at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2003, the artist created numerous installations for exhibitions at art galleries, public spaces and art fairs in Italy and abroad, including Paris and Berlin.

Negri first dedicated himself to a project called Mines, based on a subversion of the idea of objects, splitting form and meaning. Using real, decommissioned bombs, depth-charges and mines, he explores how bright colors and unexpected settings can turn a destructive weapon into something resembling a large gemstone. The giant reproduction of objects moves the attention of the spectator from the real use to the aesthetic seduction coming out of the single pieces. This clear split between form and meaning is also something one sees elsewhere in popular culture, where clever marketing can turn any given products into curious objects of desire.

The artist gained international recognition in 2008, when he started doing Lego art, his most successful project. The bricks are reconstructed on a big scale using it as an archetype symbol of creativity. The Lego becomes an art piece for the conversion of acquired values. Through modifications and manipulations the brick is not a shape anymore, but becomes a metaphor of subjectivity and children’s inherent desire to build and create their own personalities. Process of making his artworks is sometimes unusual and unconventional, such as when children took part in a game of ‘building constructions’, to create a giant cardboard Lego structure, which is then painted and looks like a Mondrian artwork.

From 2003 he has worked in Italy and abroad with different galleries. He also realized numerous works for public areas, private foundations, art galleries and art fairs in Paris, London and Berlin. Matteo Negri has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, and his works are often sold at various auctions.

Matteo Negri currently lives and works in Milan.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2013Sale Giochi (Games Rooms)Palazzo Morelli Fine Arts, Todi, ItalySolo
2013Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do AgainGalleria Abc Arte, Genoa, ItalySolo
2013In LovePublic Spaces, Santa Margherita, Genoa, ItalyGroup
2013Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, 4 sculptures in 4Public Spaces, Genoa, Italy Group
2013Art Stage Singapore 2013SingaporeGroup
2012Drop Me a LineCappellini showroom, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2012Lolly PopGalerie 208, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Spring CallingGalleria Obraz, Spazio Bigli, Milano, ItalyGroup
2012Milan JamCollyer Bristow Gallery, London, UKGroup
2012Parcours Out Fiac 2012Sculptures in public spaces, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Multiplied Art Fair 2012LondonGroup
2012Fine Art Asia 2012Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
2012Scope MiamiMiami, FloridaGroup
2012Scope BaselBasel, SwitzerlandGroup
2012The London Original Print FairRoyal Academy, London, UKGroup
2012London Art FairBusiness Design Centre, London , UKGroup
2011Super L’EgoGalerie 208, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Grand Palais Art Paris 2011Paris, FranceSolo
2011Super BrandAndaz Hyatt Hotel Liverpool Street, London, UKGroup
2011L’Ego Forever - Sculpture commissioned for a column of the new Lombardia PalaceLombardia Palace, Milan, ItalyGroup
2011Parcours Off 7Sculptures in public spaces, Paris, FranceGroup
2011The Road to ContemporaryGalleria Fabbrica Eos, Milan, Italy Group
2010L’EgoïsmeGalerie 208, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Pensiero FluidoSpazio Oberdan, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010Pop Comics WorldGalerie 208, Parigi, FranceGroup
2010L’Impero degli Oggetti (The Empire of Objects)Spazio Paggeria Arte, Sassuolo MO, ItalyGroup
2010Spaghetti PopStudio d’Arte Fioretti, Treviolo BG, ItalyGroup
2009L’EgoGalerie 208, Paris, FranceSolo
2009L’EgoFabbrica Eos, Milan, ItalySolo
2009Regards to Time & SpaceS&G Gallery, Berlin, Germany Group
2009The Expanded EgoStudio d’Arte Fioretti, Treviolo BG, ItalyGroup
2009Il Sorriso del Gatto (The Smile of Cat)Galleria Silvano Lodi, Milano, ItalyGroup
2009Happy Days, 22 Artists in 22 Rooms at Casa TestoriAss.Testori, Novate Milanese MI, ItalyGroup
2009Fragile - Handle with CareCastello di Spezzano, Fiorano Modenese MO, ItalyGroup
2009MiArtGalleria Fabbrica Eos, Milan, ItalyGroup
2009ArtVeronaVerona, ItalyGroup
2008Ogni cosa era più antica dell’uomo e vibrava diEx oratory of S. Lupo, Bergamo, ItalySolo
2008Hyper-Organic, Emerging EnvironmentFondazione La Triennale Milano, ItalyGroup
2008Dissonances - Artists in the ArenaSala Appiani, Arena of Milan, Milan, ItalyGroup
2008MiArtGalleria Fabbrica Eos, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007In VitroGallery Annovi Arte Contemporanea, Sassuolo, Modena, ItalySolo
2007EterofilieGalleria Annovi Arte Contemporanea, Sassuolo MO, ItalyGroup
2007IonizationSpazio Bigli, Milano, ItalyGroup
2007Quadri per un’Esposizione (Pictures for an Exhibition)Centro Culturale Milano, ItalyGroup
2007IdeatorsFondazione Mudima, Milano, ItalyGroup
2007Auction x ADISCO LombardiaSotheby's Milano, ItalyGroup
2007Camera con Vista (Room with a View)Galleria Romberg, Rome, ItalyGroup
2007Segni (Signs)Galleria S. Lorenzo, Milano, ItalyGroup
2007Lo Stato dell’Arte (The State of Art)Galleria Obraz, Milano, ItalyGroup
2007MiArtGalleria Fabbrica Eos, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007Art First - Arte Fiera BolognaBologna, ItalyGroup
2006Piccolo Paesaggio (Small Landscape)Galleria Obraz, Milan, ItalySolo
2006Sculture da Viaggio (Travel Sculptures)Galleria del Tasso, Bergamo, ItalyGroup
2006Milano AfricaFabbrica del Vapore, Milano, ItalyGroup
2005Sound CheckCollegio Cairoli, Pavia, ItalyGroup
2005Superplastic, Sculptures of DisequilibriumCastello di Casalgrande, Alto, Reggio Emilia Group
2004Motor ShowSpazio Vita, Milano, ItalySolo
2004Motor Power EngineOfficina Etnica, Milano, ItalySolo
2004Salon I - Young Artists of Accademia delle Belle Arti of BreraPalazzo della Permanente, MilanoGroup
2004II Biennal of Stone Sculpture in VicenzaZovencedo, VicenzaGroup
2004With Love 3Palazzo dell’Arengario, Milano, ItalyGroup
2003Public Show Clandestine Art Space, Meeting of Rimini, Rimini, Italy Group