Matteo Massagrande is one of the major exponents of the new Italian figurative art. In his paintings he chooses to represent rooms that are filled with distant echoes, forgotten voices, memories and nostalgia, shadows and fog, a past, which refuses to be dismissed. His interiors are abandoned places inhabited by the one and only protagonist: light. A soft, cloudy, dusty and mobile light. Sometimes explicitly entering from the huge windows placed in front of vernal gardens, other times sneaking delicately through the cracks. It lives in those chambers, turning their void into intense and vivid presence. As the artist says, “Absence is not the contrary of presence, but rather a place without bother or distraction. A fundamental condition to discover hidden essence. A present, where thought can attain its maximum: creation.”
Matteo Massagrande was born in Padua in 1959. He started exhibiting in 1973 taking part in group and solo exhibitions and contests all around Italy and obtaining many rewards since the very beginning. In 1974, he developed an interest for graphic art while continuing painting. His graphic works are now part of prestigious art collections. Recently some of his etchings have become part of the Gabinetto delle Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence. He exhibited in more than one hundred solo shows in Italy and abroad. His works are exhibited in many important museums, churches, private and public collections. In 2017 he took part in the prestigious show “Canto Dolente d’Amore” (The Last Day of Van Gogh) at Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza for the important Van Gogh exhibition “Tra il grano e il cielo”. In 2018 he took part in the exhibition “In my room: artists paint the interior 1950-NOW”, at Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (USA). He lives in Padua, splitting his activity between his local atelier and the one in Hajos (Hungary).