Manuel Felisi


Manuel Felisi was born in 1976 in Milan. He attended the Art School and Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. His artistic practice moves between different areas including painting, photography, and collage to create the installations that narrates time. The common thread that binds its production is a subject that concerns all of us, our state of being and our being present in the now, the time with its passing that changes things, preserves them, and makes them be forgotten. Felisi utilizes photography to express a time that immobilizes and measures places, objects, people, and feelings. The instant of a photo is no longer a mere mechanical operation, but rather, it becomes the symbol that binds the different types of time that is seen in his work. His works are composed of layers of different materials that always tend to follow the same order, like a ritual, where painting turns into press. This however, should not be confused with mechanics and repetition because it is always the result of the involvement and sentiment that guides Felisi’s work. In 2002, he becomes the first artist in Biografie to combine paintings and sculptures exposed to the Spazio Isola in Milan. In 2006, the Felisi staff organized the Annotazioni d’Arte in Milan, which would be re-proposed the following year at the Paparazzi Gallery in Crema. In 2008 he has a 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). In 2008 he does so again where he creates a new series of works for the two Milanese personal exhibitions; Cuoriquadrifiori at Jamaica and Urban Visions at the building of San Faustino in 2010. He also prepared two more personal exhibitions in Milan: 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 the GAM of Genoa Nervi. In 2014 Felisi had his first solo show at the Galleria Russo in Rome, curated by Marco di Capua. In 2015 the personal Di Vento at the Galleria Glauco Cavaciuti of Milan and Su-Acqua curated by Markus Graf at Galleria Russo in Istanbul. In 2011 he was the finalist of the PRIX ARTE with the work Sinfonia solo project and solo-show. In 2014 he took part in the Biennale of Beijing Italy-China. Since the beginning of his career, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions: Sala Napoleonica Brera in Milan (1997), Between art and design promoted by the Marta Nurizzo Association of Milan (1988), 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 collective exhibition organized at the Scaldasole and for two consecutive years he took part in the exhibitions organized at Santa Barvara Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Compilation (2004) and Origini (2003). In 2006 he took part 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 the Castello di Rivara in Turin. He created an installation for Miami Art Basel Event at Laure De Mazieres in the Design District of Miami and participated in the Opening Visionnaire Design Gallery event in Milan. In 2009 he took part in Step09 (Fabbrica EOS, Milano and Contemporary Life (If Art Gallery of Marciana Marina, Isola d’Elba). In 2010 he was chosen to take part in Pensiero Fluido, a collective exhibition organized by Alberto Mattia Martini at the Spazio Oberdan in Milan, an initiative promoted by the Province of Milan under the patronage of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan. In 2010 he took part in Remake, curated by Alberto Mattia Martini, at the Contemporanea space (in Parma, he also took part in the Swingart 2009 and 2010 editions at the Le Rovedine Opera Golf Club (Milan) and the Proetica-Profetica – Poetica collectives. Edited by Chiara Canli and Fortunato D’Amico (Porta Nuova Station, Turin, 2011), Vertical Museum (permanent exhibition at Palazzo Regione Lombardia, Milan). The myth of the true, curated by Giacomo Maria Prati and Paolo Lesino (Spazio Guicciardini, Milan, and Palazzo Guidobono, Tortona). In 2012, he took part in the Italy-China Biennale at Palazzo Reale in Mantua and created the Ape installation for the Planetarium event curated by Fortunato d’Amico in Milan. In the same year, he designed the Sinfonia installation for the Piano City Milano event, with piano played by Vinicio Capossela in concert at the Rotonda Della Besana in Milan. He is finally chosen for the Milan Jam collective by Lucy Day, Eliza Gluckman, Irina Stark at the Collyer Bristow Gallery in London. In 2016 he was selected for the group exhibition Shakespeare in Rome organized by the Russian Gallery of Rome under the patronage of the British Council, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. In 2013 he participated in The masks we wear (Arteco Gallery, London), Barcelona showcase (Casa Batllò, Barcelona), Planet China in collaboration with the Biennial Italy-China (Palazzo Te, Mantua), Ceramica Terra Cultura, curated by Giulio Ceppi and Fortunato D'Amico (Palazzo Tadini, Milan) and is chosen among the artists of 20 years or 5 minutes of materials by Fabbrica EOS Milano. Still in 2013 he designed the installations A meter by a meter for a meter of culture by Fortunato D'amico (Milan Rho fair) and Giardinetta (Salone del Mobile, Milan). In 2014 he took part in Materie curated by Simona Bartolena (Castello di Trezzo, Milan) and Wonderwall curated by Caterina Seri (Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan). In 2015 he took part in Linea di Confine. The nature, the body, the cities curated by Marco di Capua (Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome) and the collective dark forest organized as part of the initiatives for the Giornata della Memoria 2015, curated by Margherita Fontanesi (Palazzo dei Principi, Correggio). He also participates 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 Paris (2011, 2012), Scope Basel (2012), Art Paris (2012), Contemporary Istanbul (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and ArtLondon 2015. He lives and works in Milan.