Patrizio Di Massimo

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Patrizio Di Massimo (born in Italy, 1983) lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London and the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan.

Over the last decade, Di Massimo has developed a singular aesthetic using figuration that overlaps with Italian history, gravitating towards Baroque tones and dramatic portraiture. His depictions reflect an uncanny, grotesque, if not awkward, proclivity in representation. 

Since his solo exhibition in London, The Lustful Turk, at Gasworks – which approached the orientalist and otherizing attitudes prevalent in Victorian society and their furtive and problematically seductive existence in present times – Di Massimo has moved from questions of nationalist identity to a more universal probing of human nature. Ambiguously playing with the canonical idea of masculinity, his works become paraphrases of a personal cosmology in which the artist includes friends and family just as much as fictional characters. Whether they are fighting or embracing, depicted in their private domestic space or on an imaginary stage, they confront the real world through their vulnerability and their performance of emotions. Therefore, even if cast in theatrical light or adorned with velvet brocade, the characters are yet close to our inner desires and frustrations.

His work has been exhibited in venues such as: Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; ParaSite, Hong Kong; Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka; Museion, Bolzano; Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan; Triennale di Milano, Milan; Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli; Fiorucci Art Trust, London; M HKA, Antwerp; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museo do Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino; Villa Medici, Rome; EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, Limerick; Gaswork, London; Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon. 

In 2012 he was selected as a finalist in the Premio Italia 2012, held at MAXXI, Rome. In 2009 he had his first solo presentation within the program Zilkha Auditorium at Whitechapel Gallery, London. He attended prestigious residences at De Ateliers, Amsterdam; Stipendium Kunstzeitraum, Munich; and Sommerakademie, Centre Paul Klee, Bern.  

Collections: Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Fiorucci Art Trust, London; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; Tajan, Paris; Lewben Art Foundation

Selected as finalist for ‘Artisti per Frescobaldi’
Selected as a finalist for Premio Italia 2012, MAXXI, Rome
Artegiovane, Turin and Milan, special mention

Stipendium Kunstzeitraum, Munich
De Ateliers, Amsterdam
Sommerakademie, Centre Paul Klee, Bern
Fondazione Banna Spinola per l’Arte, Banna di Poirino

Solo Exhibitions
The Tail End of the Tale, T293, Rome
Il ciclo de La Risalita | Espressioni, curated by Stella Bottai, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli
Close at Hand, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles
Patrizio Di Massimo, curated by Massimo Vitangeli, Gallerie Nazionale Delle Marche, Urbino
Patrizio Di Massimo, KURA, Milan
Inside Me, ChertLüdde, Berlin
Bread and Circuses, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Predictions, Disegni Sector, Artissima, Turin
Patrizio Di Massimo, Vitrine, NICC, Brussels
Nipson anomemata me monan opsin (Wash the sins not only the face), The Monteverdi Gallery, Castiglioncello del Trinoro
Are Ere Ire, T293, Rome
Lost in Lust, Fiorucci Art Trust, London
Soft Corners Lining White, Rowing, London
Me, Mum, Mister, Mad, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon
Monologue for two, Fiorucci Art Trust, London (performance)
Inside Me, Present Future, Artissima, Turin
The Lustful Turk, Gasworks, London
Monologo per due, MdP1, Milan (performance)
Voglio Vivere Così, T293, Rome
Il Turco Lussurioso / The Lustful Turk, Villa Medici, Rome
Buzzi’s Turandot (In the Shape of Notes), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (performance)
Modus Operandi, White Fish Tank, Ancona
The Negus said: Give me the lion keep the stele!, Art Statements, Art 41 Basel
Col sole in fronte, T293, Naples
Patrizio Di Massimo, Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Patrizio Di Massimo, Italian Wave, Artissima, Turin

Group Exhibitions
The sublim in nature, Curated by Daniel Malarkey, Cork Street, London W1S 3NJ
Group Exhibition
, curated by Cosmin Costinas, Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari, Kathmandu Triennale, Kathmandu
Garden of Six Seasons, curated by Cosmin Costinas, ParaSite Art Space, Hongkong
Shaking the Habitual, Galeria Duarte Sequeira, Braga
Portraits Forever, Tajan, Paris
What I see. New Figurative Art in Italy, curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and Margherita de Pilati, Galleria Civica Trento, Rovereto
Via dell’Inferno, curated by Herald St and Stella Bottai, Galleria Spazia, Bologna
ÜberMauer, BAM-Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo, Organized by Fondazione Merz, Palermo
Guten Morgen, Europa!, curated by David Jablonowski, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam
Total Anastrophes, Stromboli, Volcano Extravaganza
Take Me (I’m Yours), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Christian Boltanski and Chiara Parisi, French Academy at Villa Medici, Rome
Prego signori si accomodino, curated by Geraldine Blais, Lia Pasqualino Noto’s studio – house, via Dante 310, Palermo
Somatechnics – Transparent travelers and obscure nobodies, Museion, Bolzano
EVA International, Ireland’s Biennal of Contemporary Art, Limerick
Total Anastrophes, Dhaka Art Summit, Volcano Extravaganza
Through the Looking Glass, Palazzo Capris, Turin
An ear, severed, listens, Chert Lüdde, Berlin
Take me (I’m Yours), Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Grim Tales, Cassina Projects, New York
Sette Messaggeri, Marselleria, Milan
The Absent Artist, Netwerk, Aalst
Storie e Opere, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso
Ritiro, Lucie Fontaine’s Kayu, Indonesia
Artisti per Frescobaldi, Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM), Milan
Lonesome Wife, Seventeen, London
Prediction, Mendes Wood MD, São Paulo
Mundus Muliebris, CURA.basement, Rome
Ennesima. Una mostra di sette mostre sull’arte italiana, Triennale di Milano
The Ultimate Vessel, Koppe Astner, Glasgow
Impossible Love, Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna
Movi(e)ing Museum, Aurora Museum, Shanghai
Signori prego si accomodino, Studio Casa Scatturin – Carlo Scarpa, Venice
I am here but you’ve gone, Fiorucci Art Trust, London
Natural Beginners, La Rouvraie, Paris
Diamanti, Careof DOCVA, La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan
GLITCH. Interferenze tra arte e cinema, PAC, Milan
Anatomy of Anxieties, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Domesticity V, Lucie Fontaine’s Kayu, Bali
Tra storia e memoria, Sotterranei di Rocca Costanza, Pesaro
Don’t You Know Who I Am? – Art after Identity Politics, M HKA, Antwerp
Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli
Camel Blues, Kinman, London
Little Messages for Modern Shut-Ins, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles
A Venus do Ébano, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro
From script to reading to exhibition to performance to print, Rowing, London
Le Ragioni della Pittura. Esiti e prospettive di un medium, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso
Souvenir, organized by Lucie Fontaine, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
The 338 Hour Cineclub, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
De Puristes et de Fauves, Shanaynay, Paris
It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
A House of Leaves. Third Movement, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
D’après Giorgio, Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, Rome
Hombres entre las ruinas, TEOR/èTICA, San José
Fuoriclasse – 20 anni di arte Italiana nei corsi di Alberto Garutti, GAM, Milano
Ceci n’est pas du cinema!, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino
La storia che non ho vissuto (testimone indiretto), Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli
Estate: a project by Lucie Fontaine, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Prospettive Italiane – Percorsi, Visioni, Orizzonti, Palazzo Borghese, Roma
Maison Opera, Le Commun, Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Geneva
Ritual without Myth, Royal College of Art, London
Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2012, MAXXI, Rome
Essere Italiano, Musei Civici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi, Macerata
Hantologie des colonies, Espace Khiasma, Paris
Une légende en cache une autre, Bétonsalon, Paris
Para/Site Open 2011, ParaSite, Hong Kong
Ceci n’est pas du cinema!, Castello di Rivoli e Museo Nazionale del cinema, Torino
Alighiero e Boetti day, Teatro Regio, Torino
Il Bel Paese dell’Arte. Etiche ed Estetiche della Nazione, Gamec, Bergamo
All Cannibals?, me Collectors Room, Berlin
Psychopomp counsel, De-Ateliers, Amsterdam
Prague Biennale 5, Prague
Matter of Action, O’Artoteca, Milan
Talenti emergenti, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Tous Cannibales, Maison Rouge, Paris
Social Identity, Italian Video Art today between ethic and esthetic, Crane Arts, Philadelphia
See Reason, Stedelijk Bureau Museum of Amsterdam
Se vuoi che questa storia continui…, Neon Campobase, Bologna
VideoReport Italia 2008/2009, Galleria Civica di Monfalcone, Monfalcone
More Pricks than Kicks, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Voyages d’Italie, Magasin, Grenoble
Evading Customs, Le Dictateur, Milan
Let us compare with mythologies, Witte de With, Rotterdam
You, We + Ablo, Rotonda della Besana, Milan
I, FAI Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan
21×21: 21 artisti per il 21° secolo, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin
A Performance Cycle, Nomas Foundation, Rome
Art in the auditiorium, Foundation Proa, Buenos Aires
Tristes Tropiques, The Barber Shop and Novo Museo Tropical, Lisboa
Tutta la memoria del mondo, Gam, Turin
Disegni Europei, Galleria OREDARIA Arti, Rome
Hypnotic Show, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Hypnotic Show, Kunstverein, Amsterdam
The object of the attack, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Art in the Auditorium, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo
Degree Show, Slade School of Art, London
Playlist, Neon campobase, Bologna
Video!, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Hovikodden
Eppur si muove, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Guarene
Desiring Necessities, John Hansard Gallery, Southamptos
Documents, Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’arte, Turin
Senza rete, Complesso di S. Spirito in Sassia, Rome
…Cast the first stone, Chert Gallery, Berlin
Flux capacitator, Extraspazio Gallery, Rome
The Interim Show, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square
One of this things is not like the other things, Unosunove, Rome
The shortest short story ever written…, Form Content Project Space, London
I desired what you were, I need what you are, Maze Gallery, Turin
Salon Primo, Museo della Permanente, Milan
Arrivederci e grazie, Viafarini, Milan

Curated exhibitions
More Pricks Than Kicks, David Roberts Art Foundation, London

Panels and lectures
‘Every cloud has a silver lining. Renata Salecl in conversation with Patrizio Di Massimo’, Freud Museum, London
‘Playback’, Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, Milan
‘Ritual without Myth’ (with Anders Kreuger), Royal College of Art, London
‘Patrizio Di Massimo, Viaggio in Italia’, MiArt art fair, Milan
‘Patrizio Di Massimo, Orestiade Africana and other stories’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Public Collections

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK; Fiorucci Art Trust, London, UK; Lewben Art Foundation, Vilnius, Lithuania; Malvina Menegaz Foundation for Arts and Culture, Castelbasso, Italy; Italian Embassy in London, UK; Jiménez – Colón Collection; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Collezione Giuseppe Iannaccone, Milan, Italy; Fondazione CRC, Cuneo, Italy,  Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France.

Selected Press and Publications
“Un’ora con Patrizio Di Massimo Pittore” by Clara Mazzoleni on Rivista Studio, Issue n° 42, February 2020, pp. 124-131.
Catalogue: “Patrizio di Massimo”, Ed.: Stella Bottai, Patrizio Di Massimo, published by cura.books, Rome. ISBN: 978-88-99776-24-4
“L’irriverente mondo di Patrizio Di Massimo” by Elisa Mencarelli on AD.LUOGHI, 21 October 2019, online
“Il gioco delle coppie. Patricio Di Massimo a Milano” by Claudia Santerino on Artibune, 17 October 2019, online
“Patrizio Di Massimo at KURA” by Maria Chiara Valacchi on Artforum, 13 September 2019
“Pittura lingua viva. Parola a Patrizio Di Massimo” by Damiano Gullì on Artribune, 6 September 2018
“Patrizio Di Massimo – Inside Me at ChertLüdde” on Mousse, May 2018, online
“Patrizio Di Massimo” on Cactus,  Issue 06, online, pp. 164-169
“Patrizio Di Massimo. La pittura è tutto” by Laura Cherubini on L’OfficielArt Italia, Issue n.3, April 2018, pp. 80-85
“Patrizio Di Massimo”, on L’Uomo Vogue, 19 October 2017, online, pp. 122-124
“Patrizio Di Massimo – Why I Paint”, on Phaidon as featured in Vitamin P3, 10 November 2016, online
“Patrizio Di Massimo” by Michele Robecchi on Vitamin P3, October 2016, pp. 182-183, online
“Patrizio Di Massimo in conversation with João Mourão and Luis Silva” on Cura, Issue 17, Summer 2014, pp. 104-115.
“Guilty pleasures at home and far away” on Frieze, Issue 164, Summer 2014, pp. 162-163
Catalogue: “UNA TURANDIADE BUZZINIANA”,  Walther König, Köln, 2012; texts by Anders Krüger · Alessandro Rabottini · Katharina Horn; ISBN 978-3-86335-233-2