Matteo Massagrande, ‘Stanze’, 2017, Galleria Punto Sull'Arte

About Matteo Massagrande

Matteo Massagrande paints interior scenes with multiple focal points, a compositional style absorbed from having studied Renaissance masterworks while working as the assistant to a restorer of 15th- to 19th-century artworks. He blends late 19th-century Italian Realism with contemporary photorealism and Renaissance art techniques. Addressing themes of remembrance and temporality, Massagrande depicts interior spaces in varying states of deterioration. His cinematic perspectives and eerie light effects suggest the presence of previous inhabitants and their former lives. The artist builds each composition in sections, adding texture and patina as if restoring the painting while creating it. Massagrande once met Giorgio de Chirico, who inspired him to develop his own style rather than adhere to more popular abstract styles.

Italian, b. 1959, Padua, Italy