Mattia Barbieri

1985 · Italy

Artist biography

Mattia Barbieri is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in Italy, like other celebrated artists such as Crippa Roberto, Vedovamazzei, Manfredi Beninati, Vittorio Corsini, and Luca Pucci. Mattia Barbieri was born in 1985.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Mattia Barbieri's work is available for viewing at FL Gallery (Federico Luger) in Milan, Italy. Mattia Barbieri's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Holomovement at Dimora Artica in Milan, Italy. The exhibition was open from 12 January 2020 until 16 February 2020. Mattia Barbieri's only other exhibition is The Butter Monk, which took place at Pablo's Birthday in New York, the United States (09 January 2019 - 16 February 2019).

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly lush in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a significant influence on the cultural development and distinctiveness of the country. Italy also embodies the realm of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first major blossoming of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless endured as an important focal point for artistic expression, spawning movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Important Italian artists of 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 Mattia Barbieri

Born in 1985, Mattia Barbieri's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. A collective 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 varied 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 renowned 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 known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. 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 many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Mattia Barbieri

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