Manuel Felisi

Biography

Born in 1976 in Milan. He attended the Art School and Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. His artistic practice moves between different areas using painting, photography, and collage to create the installations through which he translates and tells time. The common thread that binds his production is a topic that concerns all of us, our being and existing, here and now; time with its passing changes things, pre- serves them and makes them forget. He uses photography to express a time that immobilizes and measures places, objects, people, and feelings; the instant of depiction is no longer a mere mechanical operation but it becomes the symbol that binds the different types of time described in the work. His works are composed of layers of different materials that always follow the same scientific order, like a ritual – from painting to print – never to be confused with the mechanical nature and repetitiveness as it is always the result of the involvement and feelings that drive the artistic doing of Felisi. His first solo exhibition dates back to 2002 with Biografie in which he combines painting and sculpture displayed at Spazio Isola in Milan. In 2006 the solo exhibition Felisi organized at the Annotazioni d’Arte in Milan, was exhibited again the following year at the Paparazzi Gallery in Crema. In 2008 with the solo exhibition Nato a Milano Lambrate curated by Alberto Mattia Martini he initiated the collaboration with Fabbrica Eos of Milan. One year later he collaborated with the same curator for the solo exhibition Distrato at Contem- poranea(mente in Parma (2009). Then in 2008 he produced a new series of works for two solo exhibitions in Milan: Cuoriguardrifiori at Jamaica and Visioni urbane for the San Faustino buildings. In 2010, always in Milan, he prepared another two solo exhibitions: Flowers curated by Ivan Quaroni at Fabbrica Eos and Letteralmente at the Visionnaire Design Gallery. In 2013 he participated in Menoventi curated by Fortunato D’Amico and Maria Flora Giubilei at la GAM di Genova Nervi and in 2014 his first solo exhibition at Galleria Russo of Rome Griglie curated by Marco di Capua. In 2015 the solo exhibition Di-Vento at Galleria Glauco Cavaciuti of Milan and Su-Acqua curated by Markus Graf at the Russo Art Gallery of Istanbul.

In 2011 he was a finalist for PRIX ARTE with the work Sinfonia solo project & solo-show and in 2014 he participated in the Beijing Biennale.
Since the beginning of his career he has participated in numerous group exhibitions: Sala Napoleonica Brera of Milan (1997), Tra arte e design promoted by Associazione Marta Nurizzo of Milan (1998), Spazio Cargo curated by Gheroartè (Milan 1999), Brera in Villa Tanzi (Milan 2000). In 2002 he was selected by Ivan Quaroni among the participants of Chien ta kuo group exhibition organized at lo Scaldasole and for two consecutive years he participated in the festivals organized by Santa Barbara Arte Contemporanea of Milan, Compilation (2004) and Origini (2003). In 2006 he participated in Epidemia (Palazzo Nuovo, Turin) and in 2007 in Art in Cocktail (Jamaica, Milan).

In 2008 he took part in Architetture Sensibili curated by Linda Giusti at Castello di Rivara in Turin; created an installation at Miami Art Basel Event with Laure De Mazieres in Design District of Miami and he participated in the event Opening Visionnaire Design Gallery of Milan. In 2009 he participated in Step09 (Fabbrica EOS, Milan) and Contemporary Life (If Art Gallery of Marciana Marina, Isola d’Elba); in 2010 he was chosen to participate in Pensiero Fluido, a group exhibition curated by Alberto Mattia Martini at Spazio Oberdam in Milan, an initiative promoted by Provincia di Milano under the patronage of Regione Lombardia and the Municipality of Milan. Then in 2010 he participated in Remake, curated by Alberto Mattia Martini, in the space Contemporanea(mente in Parma. He also participated in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Swingart at the Golf Club Le Rovedine Opera (Milan) and with the group exhibition Proetica – Profetica – Poetica, curated by Chiara Canali and Fortunato D’Amico (Stazione di Porta Nuova, Turin, 2011), Museo Verticale (permanent exhibition at Palazzo Regione Lombardia, Milan), Il mito del vero curated by Giacomo Maria Prati and Paolo Lesino (Spazio Guicciardini, Milan and Palazzo Guidobono, Tortona). In 2012 he participated in the Biennale Italia-China at Palazzo Reale in Mantua and created the installation Ape for the event Planetarium curated by Fortunato d’Amico in Milan. He designed the installation Sinfonia for the Piano City event in Milan, with piano played by Vinicio Capossela in concert at Rotonda Della Besana in Milan; he is finally chosen for the group collection Milan Jam curated by Lucy Day, Eliza Gluckman, Irina Stark at the Collyer Bristow Gallery in London. In 2013 he participated in The masks we wear (Arteco Gallery, London), Barcellona showcase (Casa Batllò, Barcellona), Pianeta Cina in collaboration with the Biennale Italia-China (Palazzo Te, Mantua), Ceramica Terra Cultura curated by Giulio Ceppi and Fortunato D’Amico (Palazzo Tadini, Milan) and he was among the artists chosen for 20 anni o 5 minuti di materie curated by Fabbrica EOS, Milan. Also in 2013 he produced the installations Un metro per un metro per un metro di cultura curated by Fortunato D’Amico (Milan Rho Fair) and Giardinetta (Salone del Mo- bile) and Wonderwall curated by Caterina Seri Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan). In 2015 he took part in Linee di Confine. La natura, il corpo, le città curated by Marco di Capua (Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome) and in La selva oscura group exhibition organized within the initiative of the Giornata della Memoria 2015, curated by Margherita Fontanesi (Palazzo dei Principi, Correggio). In 2016 he is selected to participate in Shakespeare in Rome organized by Galleria Russo of Rome with the patronage of the British Council for the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

He also participated in numerous national and international art fairs: MiArt (2008, 2009, 2010), ArtVerona (2008, 2009), Road to contemporary art (2010, 2011, 2012), AAM Milano (2011, 2012), Artefiera Bologna (2014, 2015, 2016), Cutlog Parigi (2011, 2012), Scope Basel (2012), Art Paris (2012), Contemporary Istanbul (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and ArtLondon 2015.

He lives and works in Milan.