Trails of sinuous and dynamic vortexes composed of small hand-cut paper butterflies and individually attached to the background with small pins form part of Michael Gambino's artistic endeavour. The light wings of the butterflies are placed on large monochromatic backdrops to compose geographic maps that generate new narrations of the space, or surround, almost embracing, symbolic texts of the era that light up during the night, shining with their own light and re-proposing the mutation of the animal compared with the continuous flux of time. Thus the butterflies, a symbol of metamorphosis, lend their intrinsic value, which is diminished in new contexts.
Michael Gambino was born in New York in 1988. After studies in science and biology, he graduates from the Brera Fine Arts Academy. From 2012 he exhibits in solo shows and collective exhibitions in galleries and institutional spaces in Italy and abroad. He regularly participates in national and international art fairs (including Artefiera Bologna, ArtVerona e ArtLondon). Some of his site-specific installations have been acquired by the MAR collection in Ravenna and exhibited in its spaces.