Paolo Maggis

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Paolo Maggis was born in Milan in 1978.

He studied painting at Brera fine arts academy between 1996 and 2000. He lived in Berlin (Germany) from 2005 until early 2008, when he and his family moved to Barcelona; he now divides his time between Barcelona and Milan, going back to his studio once a week for new inspiration and dialogue.

​The artist began by using images from various media, such as film, tv, and the internet, taking advantage of their sudden violence and the confused messages they convey, in a rapid, powerful idiom which assails the viewer through layers of pasty colour overlapped on his big canvases. The recent Close-Up exhibition offers an opportunity to see close-up, as the name suggests, framing tiny details which are often isolated from their broader context. In this cycle of works Paolo Maggis uses the close-up technique to inspire expressive reflection in which portions of a larger whole are sudden invested with new importance, indelibly recording their poetic testimony on the canvas with traces of paint.

According to the artist, “During this creative process, everything changes and is modified; the canvas is often rotated, so that the image disappears, revealing another form, which I decide to follow. It is the work itself that dictates the rules, not me who impose my own rules. My true subject is painting itself.”

Maggis has participated in numerous art fairs and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including Premio Durini per l’Accademia di Brera, curated by Alessandro Riva at Museo della Permanente, Italian Factory at the 50th International Art Exhibition at Biennale di Venezia, also curated by Riva (2003), and Anteprima XVI Quadriennale, a preview of the 16th Quadriennale Exhibition held at Palazzina della Promotrice in Turin (2004). In 2011 he was among the artists featured in the Italian Pavilion – Lombardy section at the Biennale.

Recent exhibitions include Close-Up at Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto and Praestigium Contemporary Artists from Italy at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin.


His solo shows include Notizie su di noi in 2003; Dream on at Beaker Gallery in Tampa in 2004; Gita al lago, at Binz&Kraemer in Cologne; and The Dreamers, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, inspired by Bertolucci’s film, at Spirale Arte gallery in Milan. In 2005 Maggis was featured in Monitor, an exhibition at Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano Veneto curated by Vladek Cwalinski with a catalogue published by Skira featuring texts by Cwalinski, Luca Beatrice and Luca Doninelli, the Earth/Stars project, five exhibitions in five public spaces in Leipzig’s Baumwolle Spinnerei, Io Esisto at Mac3 contemporary art museum in Caserta, Judas, a solo show at Berlin’s Galerie Burster, and a major solo show at Serrone di Villa Reale in Monza entitled 15 Million K.

Solo exhibition

Close-up, Isorropia Homegallery at Copernico, Milan, Italy

In atto, FinecoBank, Milan, Italy

All Present, Riccardo Costantini Contemporary, Turin, Italy

15 millions K, Serrone di Villa Reale – Reggia di Monza, Monza, Italy

Sein, Galerie Knecht und Burster, Karlsruhe, Germany

The abstract side of reality, part 1: I Salotti; part 2 Blu Corner, Carrara, Italy

TESTA, Rompone Artspace, Cologne, Germany

Judas’ mystery, Galerie Burster, Berlin, Germany

IO ESISTO, Museo Arte Contemporanea Caserta, Caserta, Italy

EARTH/STARS, Palazzo Panichi, Pietrasanta, Italy

Roots, Chiesa di San Francesco-Spazio Ratti, Como, Italy

Sketches from life, Circolo Artistico Culturale, Ortisei, Italy

White Ashes, Queen-Ann Gallery, Leipzig, Germany

La sonrisa de Lola, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Verona – Monza, Italy

The Apartment, Naples, Italy

Chapters, Alessandro Marena Project; Piazza Maria Teresa, Turin, Italy

A Strange Romance, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Pietrasanta, Italy

Travelgum, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Milan, Italy

In Nodum Coacti, Marena Rooms Gallery, Turin, Italy

Opera Rock, Andrea Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza, Italy

Tohuwabohu, GFJK, Baden, Germany

CO2, Galeria Metropolitana, Barcelona, Spain

Galerie Binz & Kraemer, Cologne, Germany

Cacho a cacho, Galeria Metropolitana, Barcelona, Spain

Siamo fatti così, Galleria Allegretti Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

Dieci di te, Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

Galleria Spirale Arte, Verona, Italy

Monito(r), Palazzo Sarcinelli, Conegliano Veneto, Treviso, Italy

Dream on, The Beaker Gallery, Tampa, Florida, USA

Gita al lago, Galerie Binz & Kraemer, Cologne, Germany

The dreamers, Galleria Spirale Arte, Milan, Italy

Group exhibition

Selvatico, Museo Civico San Rocco, Fusignano, Italy

Essere Corpo: Michele Bubacco, Paolo Maggis, Josef Rainer, Kusthalle West, Eurocenter Lana, Italy

Angry Boys, Museum Det Ny Kastet, Thisted, Danmark

No Parking, Black Art Lounge, Carrara, Italy

Zona, Spazio Bigli, Milan, Italy

Angry Boys, Galerie Rompone, Cologne, Germany

Similitudini: Paolo Maggis, Valerio Murri, Giuseppe Renda, Blue Corner, Carrara, Italy

Anaconda, Kulturkirche Ost – GAG, Cologne, Germany

Autoselbstfahrer, Rompone Kunstsalon, Cologne, Germany

Cesare quand’era Pavese, Associazione Alessandro Marena, Turin, Italy

Cesare quand’era Pavese, Rompone Artspace, Cologne, Germany

Mappa dell’arte nuova, Fondazione Cini, Venice, Italy

Praestigium Contemporary Artists from Italy, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

Close Up, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy

Mein lieber Alf. Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim, Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany

Sto disegnando, Casa Testori, Novate Milanese, Italy

Se ti sputo ti affezioni, Blue Corner, Carrara, Italy

Il ritratto – Punti di vista, I Salotti di Piazza Alberica, Carrara, Italy

Cahier de Voyage, Palazzo Ex Tribunale di Susa, Susa, Italy

WIR2, Klinger Forum, Leipzig, Germany

Mein lieber Alf. Ein Zimmer für Alfred Flechtheim, Rompone Artspace, Cologne, Germany

Zohar Fraiman– What we esxpose to you, Queen-Ann Gallery, Leipzig, Germany

I have a dream too, Associazione Alessandro Marena, Turin, Italy

Earth, XXI Giornate FAI, Palazzo delle Curia Maxima Turin, Italy

Dis-velamenti, Santa Giulia, Turin, Italy

Nasdat, Galleria D’Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Ducale – Pavullo, Italy

The Gentlemen of Verona, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy

Italian Pavilion – 54º Venice Biennale, Palazzo della Regione, Milan, Italy

Ajerman-Maggis-Ydanez, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Monza, Italy

Undercover, Galleria L’Archimede, Rome, Italy

Hambre, Escaparate Atocha 24, Madrid, Spain

Giorni Felici, Casa Testori, Novate Milanese, Milan, Italy

Olympic Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Artrmx Cologne Vol.1, Fenz Kunstraum, Cologne, Germany

Crazy Boys, Palazzo Primavera, Terni, Italy

Sine die, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Gibellina, Trapani, Italy

Musica per occhi, Marena rooms Gallery, Turin, Italy

Brave new world, Galerie Binz & Kraemer, Cologne, Germany

Sefenblasentreffen, Glogauer, Berlin, Germany

La donna oggetto, Cavallerizza del Castello, Vigevano, Italy

Anteprima XIV Quadriennale, Palazzo della Promotrice, Turin, Italy

La nuova scena artistica italiana – 50º Venice Biennale, Santa Maria della Pietá, Venice, Italy


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