| 5 September 1972 (1972-09-05) Rome, Italy|
Academy of the Arts of Rome
Painting, Sculpture, Installation art
Matteo Montani is a contemporary Italian painter and sculptor born in Rome in 1972.
Matteo Montani Wikipedia
Matteo Montani completed his classical studies in Rome prior to joining the Academy of the Arts of Rome in the Painting and Sculpture sections, where he qualified in 1997. Between 1988 and 1996, Montani worked as an assistant in Alfredo Pirri’s studio. As a student he helped artists Günther Förg and Michelangelo Pistoletto in the preparation of their exhibitions.
Following his first gallery exhibition held in Milan at the Studio Casoli in 2000, Montani won the Suzzara Prize in Italy and the next year he was the Winner of the national selection in the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the following years, a number of Italian galleries held several solo exhibitions of Montani’s works, most notably Fabio Sargentini’s historical gallery L’Attico, presenting works by Gilbert & George, Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis, Gino De Dominicis or Sol LeWitt. In 2008, Montani took part in the Rome Quadriennale.
Over 2010 and 2011, Matteo Montani also exhibited his production abroad in solo exhibitions in Greece with the Kalfayan Gallery, in New York at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and in several German cities, amongst which Wurzburg at the Museum Am Dom for his 2011 Seelenlandschaft exhibition featuring monumental paintings.
Montani has taken part in many group exhibitions with artists such as Mimmo Paladino, Markus Lupertz, Mark Francis, Jannis Kounellis, Vasco Bendini, Ian Davenport, and international art fairs such as Bologna Artefiera, Turin Artissima, Art Los Angeles, Pulse Miami, Art Dubai, while his collaboration with well-established galleries has grown - the Marilena Bonomo Gallery for exhibitions with Kiki Smith, sculptor James Brown, photographer Elger Esser, the Otto Gallery, or the PACI Contemporary gallery. He was also invited to exhibit in several museums, most notably the Museum of Art of Ravenna MAR. In 2013 he won the Jury Special Prize of the Premio Michetti.
In 2014 the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome acquired for its permanent collection a wax installation previously exhibited (and partially melted in the course of the exhibition) during his 2014 solo exhibition Andarsene at the H.C. Andersen Museum, Rome.
Since 2015 Luca Tommasi’s Milan-based gallery has exhibited Montani’s works in Italy, alongside other artists such as Alexis Harding, Philip Taaffe, Alberto di Fabio, Paul Jenkins2016 Racconto Rosso, Fabio Sargentini-L'Attico, Rome, Italy.
2016 Once Upon a Time Life, Again, The Elkon Gallery, New York, USA.,
2015 Things Behind, Luca Tommasi Arte Contemporanea Gallery, Milan, Italy., Matteo Montani (con Peter Flaccus), the Otto Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2014 Andarsene, Museo H.C.Andersen, Roma, Italy
2012 Bendini-Montani, Museo Carichieti, Chieti, Italy, I luoghi del’immagine (con Marco Grimaldi), Gallery Morone, Milan, Italy
2011 Seelenlandschaft, Museum am Dom, Würzburg, Germany
2010 Il guardiano della soglia, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece, Matteo Montani, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, USA, A cielo aperto, Otto Gallery, Bologna, Italy, Naturaldurante, Gallery Marilena Bonomo, Bari, Italy
2009 Abbassare il cielo agli occhi, The PACI Contemporary gallery, Brescia, Italy
2008 15th Rome Quadriennale, Il bacio e altre strade per le stelle", Gallery Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy, Matteo Montani", Ravenna Art Museum, Ravenna, Italy
2007 Foster, Gallery L’Attico- Fabio Sargentini, Rome, Italy
2005 Passerò per via Nicolò dell’Arca, Marilena Bonomo Gallery, Bari, Italy
2007/2015/2016 – Fabio Sargentini-L’Attico Gallery, Rome, Italy
2016 – The Elkon Gallery, New York City, United States
2015 – Luca Tommasi Gallery, Milan, Italy
2014 – H.C. Andersen Museum, Rome, Italy
2012 – Con Vasco Bendini The Carichieti Foundation Museum, Chieti, Italy
2011 – Museum Am Dom Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
2010/2014 – Otto Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2010 – The Zerilli-Marimò Foundation, New York, USA
2010 – Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece
2008 – MAR Ravenna, Italy
2008 – Valentina Bonomo Gallery, Rome, Italy
2005 – Marilena Bonomo Gallery, Bari, Italy
The National Gallery of Modern Art – Rome, Italy
Unicredit – Milan, Italy
Artefiera – Bologna, Italy
Collezione Benetton – Trevise, Italy
Fondazione La Quadriennale – Rome, Italy
MAR, Ravenna – Italy
The VAF Foundation – Italy
Museum Burg – Miltenberg, Germany
Museum Am Dom – Würzburg, Germany
Novartis Corporated – Whippanny (New Jersey), USA
2013 – Premio Michetti, Italy, Winner of the Special Jury Prize
2009 – Terna Award 02, Italy, Finalist
2008 – Cairo Award, Milan, Italy, Finalist
2008 – Talent Prize, Rome, Italy, Finalist
2007 – Lissone Award, Lissone, Italy, Finalist
2001 – Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Winner in the national selection
2000 – XL Suzzara Prize, Suzzara, Italy, Winner