Matteo Montani 
b. 1972, Rome, Italy

"I consider my painting strictly connected with the history of the eye and the vision. Where the eye becomes a sensitive membrane, a filter. I associate the pictorial space to a threshold, to a subtle screen suspended between two dimensions as a frontier, a passage. What I paint is something possibly situated between the eye and the soul, an unknown place that we could define the rift between the physical world and the spiritual, in its dissolving".

 

Matteo Montani was born in Rome in 1972. Following his classical studies in Rome, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino and Rome, graduating in 1997 with a thesis on the expressive function of the colour blue.His oil works on sandpaper refer back to rarefied and precarious mental landscapes, suspended between a context of meditative intimacy and apparitions articulated in a revealing dimension. This revelation leads back to the landscape as well as to the condition of man, since it is always in a direct relationship with the epiphany of vision.

 

Matteo Montani participated to the XV Quadriennale d’Arte of Rome. In 2018 he won Premio Michetti and in 2021 he realized a permanent wallpainting at Museo Manzù in Ardea (Rome) due to the victory of Premio Arte Contemporanea promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Italian Culture.
 

His work has been exhibited in many museums amongst which: Museo D’Arte di Ravenna (2008), Museum Am Dom, Würzburg (2011), Museo Hendrick C. Andersen, Roma (2013), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Lissone (2017), Serlachius Museum, (Mänttä, Finland)

His works are present in collections as: Collezione Artefiera, Bologna, Italy; Collezione Benetton, Treviso, Italy; Collezione Longo, Cassino, Italy; Collezione Unicredit, Milan, Italy; Fondazione La Quadriennale, Rome, Italy;  Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; MAR -  Ravenna, Italy; Musei Vaticani, Città del Vaticano; Museo Andersen, Rome Italy; Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy; Collezione Ernesto Esposito, Napoli, Italy;  Würzburg Cathedral, Germany; Museum Burg, Miltenberg, Germany; Novartis Corporated, Whippanny (New Jersey), USA; VAF Foundation, Frankfurt Am Mein, Germany; Serlachius Museum, (Mänttä, Finland).

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"We can start from here "
Oil and bronze powder on canvas
200 x 200 cm

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“Coast" 

Oil and bronze powder on canvas

200 x 200 cm

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"May the road rise up to meet you”

Oil and bronze powder on canvas

72h x 240w cm