⾺泰奧‧⾺薩格蘭德 Matteo Massagrande 義大利 b.1959
Massagrande is one the most important representatives of the Italian Modern Realism. A native of Veneto (born in Padova in 1959) Matteo Massagrande is a painter and engraver with a profound knowledge of the history of art, both old and contemporary, and is dedicated to the study of ancient techniques in painting, engraving and the art of restoration.
He started exhibiting his work in 1973 participating in both collective exhibitions and competitions, receiving recognitions and numerous awards. In the last few years, he has held many prestigious exhibitions, both paintings and graphics in Barcelona, Madrid, Seoul, London, Hong Kong, Budapest and Beirut. In December 2011, the New York Times dedicated the opening of the special ‘Arte’ to Massagrande who was also present in the Italian Pavilion at the 54th International Biennial of Art in Venice.
In their subject matter and method of execution the paintings evoke light, place and time. Most show architectural interiors with vistas through to exterior spaces, some focus on cryptically symbolic trees. He is particularly interested in revealing the light that articulates and discloses the subject. His technical accomplishment is evident in their subtle expression, where he deploys a masterful and meticulous command of colour and tonality.
The nature of his subject is intriguing and mysterious. He shows unoccupied, decayed, possibly abandoned, domestic interiors. These still and eloquent rooms are freighted with absence and melancholy. This is offset by the sophisticated handling of light and colour, which seduces the eye and lends a lighter atmosphere of interested enquiry. These rooms have intricate tiled floors, which flow from one space to the next, leading the eye to subsequent rooms and eventually to garden-like exteriors. What one begins to notice are deliberate variations in perspective, emphasised by the grids of tiling, which suggest that these paintings do not simply record a view, but are elaborate constructs. They are in fact composite images, collated to produce theatrical and compressed evocations of location and history.
A tension plays out in these outwardly calm and controlled images. The subject, a point in time and space, is elusive, constantly changing and sitting on the edge of perception. Massagrande’s careful rendering of his systematic and forensic observations makes paintings of rich visual density, which effectively capture and pin down a significant moment within his rigorous method.
His works can be found in numerous museums, churches and in prestigious public and private collections all around the world. He lives in Padova and divides his time working both in his studio in Padova and the one in Hajòs (Hungry).