Margherita Manzelli

Italian, b. 1968

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Margherita Manzelli

Italian, b. 1968

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Working from memory and imagination, Margherita Manzelli paints portraits of haunted and haunting female figures with wide-set translucent eyes and pale, emaciated bodies. Placed in backgrounds that range from vaguely representative to otherworldly, Manzelli’s figures, such as the recumbent woman in Oval (2012), stare uncannily back at the viewer. Infusing traditional oil painting technique with a conceptual element, Manzelli often includes a performative component in her exhibitions, such as linking the functioning of the gallery lights to her own live singing.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Working from memory and imagination, Margherita Manzelli paints portraits of haunted and haunting female figures with wide-set translucent eyes and pale, emaciated bodies. Placed in backgrounds that range from vaguely representative to otherworldly, Manzelli’s figures, such as the recumbent woman in Oval (2012), stare uncannily back at the viewer. Infusing traditional oil painting technique with a conceptual element, Manzelli often includes a performative component in her exhibitions, such as linking the functioning of the gallery lights to her own live singing.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more