Matteo Basilé

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Matteo Basilé (1974) lives and works in Rome. He began his career in the mid-nineties, becoming one of the first artists in Europe to combine art with technology. Basilé’s work is unique in its ability to reconcile apparently incompatible concepts such as the beautiful and the grotesque, the real and the surreal, the natural and the artificial, contaminating technology with Italy’s artistic tradition to construct surreal, dreamlike images. His work takes the form of an ongoing dialogue between east and west, between tradition and modernity, between the sacred and the profane, creating a new iconographic universe halfway between high-tech mannerism and a new surrealism in which reality and fiction overlap. Echoes of Caravaggio, the sumptuous scenes of the Roman Baroque, Flemish art and Velázquez’s deformed figures animate the artist’s photographs and videos, creations combining sculpture, architecture, painting and film. Exploring the nature of the human being, the artist develops a narrative that may be subdivided into successive chapters:

Quel che resta della Transavanguardia (2006) The Saints are Coming (2007), Thisoriented (2009), Thishumanity (2010), Landing (2012), Unseen (2014), Pietra Santa (2016), Viaggio al Centro della Terra (2017) Stardust (2018), Memento (2019), a series of independent stages in which the artist addresses his perception of existence. Matteo Basilé’s works are magically suspended between the time of art and the time of history, bringing back the enigmas that great painting has managed to convey over time and generations, and building upon it a new interpretation of Renaissance portraiture, now capable of insinuating a myriad of other meanings below the surface of the image: its power is no longer that of teaching or of capturing the spirit of the subject, but the power of fascination.

Solo exhibitions


Hybrida, Marcorossi artecontemporanea, Milan, Turin, Verona, Pietrasanta, Italy



Representation Of Faust, Carte Blanche Art Gallery, China 

Hybrida, Visionarea Art Space, Rome, Italy       


Mnemosyne, Galleria Gianpaolo Abbondio, Todi, Italy   


Memento, nmcontemporary, Munich
Mirror, Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, Pechino, China
Mater, Museo di Palazzo Bellomo, Siracusa, Italy   
Falling out of time, United Art Museum, Wuhan, China 


Starting from this humanity, Palazzo Acquaviva, Atri, Italy   
Viaggio al centro della terra, Galleria PACK, Milan, Italy   


Pietra santa, macro museo, Rome, Italy   

Lumen et umbra, Galleria Zeta Effe, Florence, Italy   



Pilgrimage – data, Orto dell’Abbondanza, Urbino, Italy   

Unseen, Museo D’Arte Moderna Vittoria Colonna, Pescara, Italy   

Unseen, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy   



Matteo Basilé solo exhibition 2007/2013, 53 ART MUSEUM, Guangzhou, China
Landing, Espace Soardi, Nizza, France



Thishumanity, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Landing, Galleria GUIDI & SCHOEN, Genoa, Italy   


The Far Near – thishumanity, Hubey Provincial Academy of Art Museum, Wuhan City, China

Seisenzanome, Galleria Lorenzo Ronchini, Terni, Italy   



Thishumanity, Galleria Pack, Milan, Italy   

The Saints Are Coming – Last Act, Galleria EMME OTTO, Rome, Italy   



Thisoriented 2nd stage, BIASA ArtSpace, Bali, Indonesia

Thisoriented installation, Galleria Guidi e Schoen, Genoa, Italy   



The Saints Are Coming, Villa Bottini, Lucca, Italy   

Diary, Casa degli artisti ‘Giacomo Vittone’ Tenno, Trento, Italy   



Apparitions, MART, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento e Rovereto, Italy   

Quel che resta della Transavanguardia, Galleria Pack, Milan, Italy   



Il Nuovo Mondo, Ronchini Arte Contemporanea, Terni, Italy   

Trans-Avanguardia, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome

No Man’s Land, Galleria Guidi&Schoen, Genoa, Italy   

Utopia, Museo d’Arte Moderna V. Colonna, Pescara, Italy   



Prototypedomestika, Galleria De Crescenzo & Viesti, Rome, Italy   

Primordial Alchemy, Galleria Pack, Milan, Italy   

TM: Tribes of Memory, GNAM, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy   

I Don’t Believe It, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy   



Empirismo Eretico, Sergio Tossi Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

Narciso, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome The Lord of the Flies, Galerie Beukers, Rotterdam, Holland

Galerie Reflex, Amsterdam, Holland



Conserving, Guidi&Schoen, Genoa, Italy



Spiritualized, Franco Riccardo Arti Visive, Naples, Italy

Written, Edicola Notte, Rome, Italy

New York Prize, Columbia University, New York, USA



In Liquido Veritas, Sergio Tossi Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

Pray Station, Studio Ercolani, Bologna, Italy

Italian Digital Frame, GNAM Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

Basilé / Cascella, D’Ac Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Ciampino, Italy



Liquid Love, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy



F.M., Studio Ercolani, Bologna, Italy

Who is Who?, MAN Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Nuoro, Nuoro, Italy



Ritraggo ma non Ritratto, Galleria Paola Verrengia, Salerno, Italy

Fusion, Il Ponte Projects, Rome, Italy



Clonato, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

Il Mio Nome è Nessuno, Il Mio Numero è Zero, Installation for Fendi, Rome, Italy



Martiri e Santi, L’Attico, Rome, Italy



Corto Circuito, Caffé Latino, Rome, Italy

Group exhibitions

Terra Sacra, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy

Alèm de 2020. Arte italiana en pandemia, MAC Contemporary Art Museum, San Paolo, Brazil


XIII Matanzas Biennial of Havana, Matanzas, Cuba



Group show, NM Contemporary, Montecarlo, Munich

Purifications, Aereoplastic Contemporary, Bruxelles, Belgium

Other Places, Intragallery, Naples, Italy



Super, Bibo’s Place, Todi, Italy   

Intro, Il Ponte Contemporanea Gallery, Rome, Italy   



MappeMondi, Galleria Eventinove, Turin, Italy   

Circolare, Autostazione, Bologna, Italy   

Seven Doors, Palazzo della Regia Dogana, Rome, Italy   



Opere su carta del’900. Con un omaggio a Giacinto Cerone, Bibos’s Place, Todi, Italy   

Capri l’Isola dell’Arte, Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri, Italy   

LVIII Premio Basilio Cascella 2014: Concordia, Delizia Estense del Verginese, Ferrara, Italy   

La Metamorfosi e il Simbolo Animale TRACK 1, Spazio Nea, Naples, Italy   

La Metamorfosi e il Simbolo Animale, Hybrida Contemporanea, Rome, Italy   



Crossover. Dialogo tra la Scuola Cinese di Hubei ae Italian Art Scene, Tesa 113, Arsenale Nord, Venice, Italy   

Open // The Generation of Future, Accademia di Belle Arti di Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy   

High Quality – Selection, Galleria ARTRIBU, Rome, Italy   



About Caravaggio, Scuderie Aldobrandini, Rome, Italy   

Mapping Identities, Galleria Guidi & Schoen, Genoa, Italy   

PPP. Una Polemica Inversa. Omaggio a Pasolini, Palazzo Incontro, Rome, Italy   

inCollectionthree_Humanity, Pinacoteca Comunale, Oristano, Italy   

A meno di non ricorrere a una fotografia, Lattuada Studio, Milan, Italy   

Come tumi vuoi, Galleria AMY D, Milan, Italy   

Corpo elettronico, Complesso Monumentale del San Giovanni, Catanzaro, Italy   

Ten 2002/2012, Galleria Guidi & Schoen, Genoa, Italy   



Mirabilis, Spazio88, Rome, Italy   

Direzione Alterità, Teatro India, Rome, Italy   

La costante comologica, Complesso Monumentale del San Giovanni, Catanzaro, Italy    

ACTHUNG! ACHTUNG!, Spazio Ex Gil, Rome, Italy   



I Love Music #1, Room 26, Rome, Italy   

The Belly Of An Architect, Jarach Gallery, Venice, Italy    

Ritratti italiani, Galleria D’Arte Moderna Aroldo Bonzagni, Cento, Italy    

Miraggi, Castel Sant’Angelo, Taranto, Italy    

Under Italian Eyes, Horizon One, Mahmound Khalil Museum, Cairo, Egypt  



Thisoriented 1st Stage, Venezia, Collaudi, 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Italian Pavillion, Venice, Italy   

Nigredo, Ex lavanderia, Rome, Italy   

Melting Cinema, XSISTER, Rome, Italy   



Art Italienne Contemporaine, Marlborough Galerie, Munich

Experimenta: La nuova collezione della Farnesina, Palazzo della Farnesina, Rome, Italy   

Biancaneve (e i Sette Nani), Galleria Guidi&Schoen, Genoa, Italy   

15° Quadriennale di Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy    

Fotografando: dalla Mec Art al digitale, Biblioteca Centro Cultura, Nembro, Italy   

Collection Sacrocam – Santa Croce Contemporary Museum, Magliano, Italy   

Arrivi e Partenze. Italia, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy   

Biennale di Alessandria, video e fotografia contemporanea, Alessandria, Italy     



Strange(r) World, Galleria Guidi&Schoen, Genoa, Italy   

On the Edge of Vision, Victoria Hall, National Gallery of Modern Art, Calcutta, India

Arterritory, Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy   

Italia, 1980-2007, Tendenze della ricerca contemporanea, opere delle collezioni del MART, National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam

La Nuova Figurazione italiana… To be continued, Fabbrica Borroni, Bollate, Italy   



Nature and Metamorphosis, Emergent Italian creativity Informs Nature, U. P. Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China; Creative Art Center, Beijing, China

Anima Digitale, Festival della Creatività, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy   

Sound and Vision, Museo della Città, Perugia, Italy   

Il ribelle imminente, Teatro del Bibbiena, Mantova, Auditorium di Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy   

Frescobosco, Certosa di Padula, Padua, Italy   

L’Eletta, documentary on Vladimir Luxuria



Face to Face, Matteo Basilé vs. Fritz Kok, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy   

Il Male nell’Arte, Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, Turin, Italy   

Le Ragioni delle Regioni, Tuscia Expò, Viterbo, Italy    

T.E.C. Le Tecniche Esecutive dell’Arte Contemporanea, Scuderie Aldobrandini, Rome, Italy   

1905-2005 Premio Fabbri, Fondazione Del Monte, Bologna, Italy   

Miracolo a Milano, Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy    

Premio Michetti – In & OUT, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy   

Profumo di Donna, Galleria Tasso, Bergamo, Italy   

Greetings to Arte 2005, MART, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy   



Matteo Basilé+Giacomo Costa, Galleria Depot, Lecco, Italy   

Artisti per Alcamo, Alcamo, Palermo, Italy   

Face to Face, Judith Walter Gallery, Weizelsdorf, Austria

Medioevo Prossimo Venturo, Certaldo, Palazzo Pretorio, Siena, Italy   

La Madonna nell’Arte Contemporanea, San Bartolomeo, Palermo, Italy   

L’Occhio, l’Orecchio, il Cuore, Palazzo Ducale, Lucca, Italy    



Italian Six, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, USA 

Melting Pop, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy   

Young Italian Genoma, Buia Gallery, New York, USA

Italian Factory, Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Venice, Italy   

Roma Duemilatre, Galleria Pack, Milan, Italy   

Melting Pop, Castello Mansago, Varese, Italy   

Premio Ermanno Casoli, Serra San Quirico, Ancona , Italy   

Premio Vasto, Vasto, Italy   

In Faccia al Mondo, Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy    

Preview Quadriennale, Palazzo Reale, Naples, Italy    

Specchio, Galleria Guidi&Schoen, Genoa, Italy   

Futuro Italiano, Parlamento Europeo, Bruxelles, Belgium 

Invitation to the future, Barbara Behan Contemporary Art, London, UK

Sguardi, Artiscope Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

Tempus Fugits, Galleria Piziarte, Teramo, Italy   

XI Biennale di Arte Sacra, Santuario di San Gabriele, Teramo, Italy   

Art Files, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, Italy   



Art Files, Frontiere dell’Arte Digitale, Temple University, Rome, Italy   

L’altra metà del cielo, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary 

Ricomincio da 8, Guidi&Schoen, Genoa, Italy   

Quadro Digitale Contemporaneo, Cartiere Vannucci, Milan, Italy   

DNArt, Gen.Etica e Mutazione, Kunst Meran, Merano, Italy   

Il Lato Oscuro della Letteratura, Bonelli Arte Contemporanea, Mantoa, Italy   

Technogallery, SMAU, Cartiere Vannucci, Milan, Italy   

Quadro Digitale Contemporaneo, Cartiere Vannucci, Milan, Italy  



Chiamami Peroni… Sarò la tua Arte, Bonelli Arte Contemporanea, Mantoa, Italy   

Hellzapoppin, Galleria Mascherino, Rome, Italy   

Dalla Mini al Mini, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy   

L’Altra Metà del Cielo, GAM, Bologna, Italy   

Arte Elettronica, Metamorfosi e Metafore, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy   

La Nuova Collezione di Palazzo Forti, Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy   

Il Mito dell’Aspirina, BAYER, Milan, Italy      

Quadro Digitale Contemporaneo, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy    



Cantico 2000, Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy   

Trapassato Futuro, Cartiere Vannucci, Milan, Italy   

WelcHome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy   

FORMA/E; Variations on One Image, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Berlino, Germany

Premio Cairo Communication, La Posteria, Milan Sui Generis, PAC, Milan, Italy   

Artisti emergenti della Roma del 2000, Gabriela Mistral Gallery, Santiago, Chile

Generazionale: Indagine sulle nuove generazioni, Basilica Palladiana, Lamec e sala degli Zavatteri, Vicenza, Italy   

Artisti di Marca, Stamperia Dell’Arancio, Grottammare, Italy   

NO BORDER, Museo d’Arte di Ravenna, S.Maria delle Croci, Ravenna, Italy   

Artbit, Acquario di Roma, Rome, Italy   

Notte Fonda, Le Palme, Rome, Italy   

Sacro e Profano, Celano, L’Aquila, Italy     



High Resolution, Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy   

La Festa dell’Arte, Acquario di Roma, Rome, Italy   

Autori/Tratti/Italiani, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy   

Spazio Aperto, GAM Galleria d’arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy    

Eventi Multimediali, GNAM Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy    

Premio Marche 1999, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy    

XX Biennale di Alessandria, Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Alexandria, Egypt

Notte, Galleria Sala Uno, Rome, Italy   



Pre-millennium Tension, Fabbrica Eos, Milan, Italy   

Qualche amico vittima di confusione, Studio Ercolani, Bologna, Italy    

Mitovelocità, Museo d’arte Moderna di San Marino, San Marino, Italy   

160 Sintetica, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy    

La Festa dell’Arte, Ex-Mattatoio, Rome, Italy   

Cronache Vere, Spazio Consolo, Milan, Italy   

Cascella: cinque generazioni di artisti, Museo d’arte dello Splendore di Giulianova, Teramo, Italy    

Nuovo Ritratto Italiano, Spazio Consolo, Milan, Italy   

“Ars Medica” Fuori Uso, Ex Clinica Baiocchi, Pescara, Italy    



In che senso italiano?, Galleria Anna D’Ascanio, Rome, Italy   

Toip Price – Telecom, Museo Pecci, Prato, Italy    

Aperto 1997, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy   

The Diesel Show, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy   

Officina Italia, GAM, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy   

Dal Reale al Virtuale, Temple Gallery, Rome, Italy    



Prendere o Lasciare, Paola Verrengia, Salerno, Italy   

Cartemonete, Galleria Giulia, Rome, Italy   

D.E.V.O., Galleria Giulia, Rome, Italy   

Tracce, Istituto Cervantes, Milan, Italy   

Visioni Interattive, Bibli, Rome, Italy   

Premio Marche 1995 / 1996, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy   

White Christmas, Galleria Fermenti Lattici, Torrimpietra, Italy   

Artolina, Galleria Spazio Oltre, Rome, Italy   

Art for All, Museo Barracco, Rome, Italy   

Animum Reflectens, Galleria Paola Verrengia, Salerno, Italy   

Immagini Italiane, Medienmeile am Halfen, Dusseldorf, Germany

Gir@mondo (Globetrotter), Galleria Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy   

XII° Quadriennale di Roma. Ultime Generazioni, Termini, Ala Mazzoniana, Rome, Italy   

Femminile Maschile & Co, Libreria USCITA, Il Manifesto, Rome, Italy   

1:1 – 5 Critici: 5 Artisti, Galleria Fermenti Lattici, Torrimpietra, Italy   



S.P.Q.R. 1995, Galerie Alessandro Vivas, Paris, France

Can you feel it?, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, London, UK

Hierogliphica, Galleria Stuarr, Rome, Italy   

Monitors, Biblioteca A. Rispoli, Rome, Italy   

See You, Ass. culturale Autori-Messa, Rome, Italy   

Gelo e Disgelo, Farnese Palace, Ortona, Italy   

Corpi Mobili, Galleria Graziano Vigato, Alessandria, Italy   



What’s your petrol?, Autori-Messa, Rome, Italy   

Artenergy, Passage de Retz, Paris, France

Collectivity, Galleria Marco Rossi Lecce, Rome, Italy


Gallery Exhibitions