Born in 1959 in Padua, Italy, Matteo Massagrande is a painter steeped in the history and tradition of figurative representation. He has been exhibiting his work since 1973, and has shown extensively around the world, his paintings featuring in many public and private collections. He divides his time between Padua and Hajos, Hungary. The influence of both locations is fundamental to the content and spirit of his practice. This is his source material. In their subject matter and method of execution the paintings evoke light, place and time. Most show architectural interiors with vistas through to exterior spaces, some focus on cryptically symbolic trees. He is particularly interested in revealing the light that articulates and discloses the subject. His technical accomplishment is evident in their subtle expression, where he deploys a masterful and meticulous command of colour and tonality. Massagrande’s careful rendering of his systematic and forensic observations makes paintings of rich visual density, which effectively capture and pin down a significant moment within his rigorous method.


2019 A Grand Tour, Pontone Gallery, London
2018 The Essence of Light and Silence, Pontone Gallery, London
2018 In my room: artists paint the interior 1950-NOW, The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2017-2018 Canto dolente d’amore (ultimo giorno di Van Gogh), alongside the exhibition Van Gogh, Tra il grano e il cielo, Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza
2017 Flying Dreams, Italian Cultural Institute, Melbourne and Sydney
2016 Quattro pittori per Parise, alongside the exhibition Storia dell’Impressionismo, Museo Santa Caterina, Treviso
2016 Genius Loci, Fondazione Pio Alferano e Virginia Ippolito, Castellabate, Salerno
2016 Matteo Massagrande, KOGART Museum, Tihany
2015-2016 Open House, Shine Artists, London