Emiliano Maggi (Rome 1977) lives and works in Rome.
The artist explores the constitution and disintegration of the self, producing sculptures that expand the range of figurative representation, and conjuring abstract regions beyond the realm of recognizability.
His work is centered on the human form, which in Maggi vision includes not only the body but the mind, the imagination, and the soul, not to mention the ways the material world is perceived and felt through these channels.A world of fairy tales, horror and science-fiction movies, erotic literature and rural iconography, where portraying the human and animal bodies merge into numberless, genderless corporealities, resisting the performative power dynamics of figuration.
Each of his works arises from an ongoing intuitive relationship with the large array of techniques and material, from sculpture to performance, from painting to music and dance.
His work reveals a world-making ethos across its surfaces and in its details, where countless moments of invention and curiosity reflect ever-unfolding mysteries of consciousness.
Maggi recent works was focused on the evolution, the change, the transformation and destruction of the human body, not only naked in its nature but also in relation with the evolution of fashion and costume design in history.
The artist’s multi-faceted research has always succeeded in combining psychedelic scenarios to mythological symbolism, rituality and rural iconography made of fairy tales and dreams to the hypnotic scenes of homegrown 70‘s horror movies. All these elements are narrated by a polyhedric production that ranges from performance to jewellery production, from the praised musical project Estasy to pictorial and photographic works.
Among his main exhibitions:
“Songs and Spells”, Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence, (2022); “Coppe di Stelle nel Cerchio del Sole”, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo I(2022); Splendour in the Grass, SETAREH, Düsseldorf (2022); “Casa Balla, dalla casa all’universo e ritorno”, Maxxi Museum, Rome (2021); “Simone Carella, Io Poeta Tu”. Curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Macro Museum, Rome (2021); “Venus Anadyomene”, Hypermaremma, Scansano (2021); “Les Chemins du Sud, une théorie du mineur”, MRAC, Musée régional d’art contemporain Occitanie, Sérignan (2019); “Life Drawing Class”, Mimosa House, London (2018); “Animal Palace”, Museo Civivo di Castelbuono, Palermo (2017); “Levitate”, Quartier 21, Vienna (2015); “Three Romans”, Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome (2015); “The Nymphs Orchestra”, Church of Santa Rita, Rome (2015); “Palmithi”, Il Museo delle Palme, Palermo (2015); “Danse Royale” Operativa Arte, Rome (2015) “Diversi Muri” Swiss Institute, Rome (2014); “The Nymph Song” Mona Museum, Tasmania (2014); ”The Draftmen’s Congress” Swiss Institute, Rome (2013); ”Subway Dreams” the Newsstand & Nero magazine for the Art Book Fair, NY; “Vision & Prayer” Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome (2013); ”Regeneration” Macro , Rome (2012); “Patria Interiore” Goldent Threat Gallery, Belfast (2012); “Twin mind” Spazio Carbonesi, Bologna (2012); ”Argenti Dominus Vulpes” Rongwrong gallery, Amsterdam (2012); “When in Rome” Italian Culture Institute, Los Angeles (2011); “Life is Art” Santa Rosa, California; “Danse Macabre” Nomas Foundation, Rome (2010); “New Orleans Art Biennial” KKK projects gallery, New Orleans (2008).