Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza)

1973 · Italy

Artist biography

Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza) is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Italy, like other well-known artists such as Giacinto Cerone, Cecilia Luci, Daniela Comani, Maurizio Bongiovanni, and Eugenio Carmi. Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza) was born in 1973.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza)'s work is available for viewing at Galleria Lorcan O'Neill in Rome, Italy. Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza)'s work has most recently been exhibited at Kunstsaele Berlin in Germany (24 January 2020 until 28 February 2020) with the exhibition Sehnsucht und Fall.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical era of the Romans has exerted a consequential influence on the cultural and intellectual development of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its immense artistic legacy. Italy is also the country that epitomizes the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which signifies “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been a fervent period of cultural and political awakenings, engendering revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although significantly tormented by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary era, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most essential artistic centres, home to cutting-edge movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly influential Italian artists from the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza)

Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza) was born in 1973 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as represented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza)

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