Angelo Filomeno

Italian, b. 1963

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Angelo Filomeno

Italian, b. 1963

Biography

Angelo Filomeno makes sleek blown-glass objects and what he calls “embroidery paintings,” delicately embroidered macabre images on sumptuous textured fabric. The son of a blacksmith and dressmaker, he learned to sew at seven. He honed his eye as a tailor’s apprentice and by studying painting, and began his career as a designer and tailor of clothes for a couture company in Milan, and of costumes for a workshop in New York. In 2000, using a zigzag sewing machine, he created his first work of art. Informed by the untimely death of his parents, and inspired by memento mori, Matthias Grünewald, Albrecht Dürer, and Hieronymous Bosch, Filomeno claims he makes “very beautiful things depicting very bad psychological subject matter.” This includes vermin, birds, and skeletons, ghoulish subjects rendered in shining silk, alluding to hubris, mortality, and death.

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Biography

Angelo Filomeno makes sleek blown-glass objects and what he calls “embroidery paintings,” delicately embroidered macabre images on sumptuous textured fabric. The son of a blacksmith and dressmaker, he learned to sew at seven. He honed his eye as a tailor’s apprentice and by studying painting, and began his career as a designer and tailor of clothes for a couture company in Milan, and of costumes for a workshop in New York. In 2000, using a zigzag sewing machine, he created his first work of art. Informed by the untimely death of his parents, and inspired by memento mori, Matthias Grünewald, Albrecht Dürer, and Hieronymous Bosch, Filomeno claims he makes “very beautiful things depicting very bad psychological subject matter.” This includes vermin, birds, and skeletons, ghoulish subjects rendered in shining silk, alluding to hubris, mortality, and death.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Articles Featuring Angelo Filomeno
Art Worth its Weight in Gold
Dec 2nd, 2013
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