Massimo Antonaci

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Born in Italy in 1958, Massimo Antonaci trained at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, where he earned an M.F.A. in Sculpture. Early experimentation led the artist to integrate the magmatic and opaque quality of tar with the transparent and pure quality of glass. His work in glass, tar, and, eventually, acrylic has been shown in exhibitions throughout Italy, Europe and the United States.

Following his move to New York in the early 1990s, Antonaci presented in solo and group shows with the legendary dealer John Weber who was known for his early advocacy of Conceptual Art, Post-Minimalist sculpture and Arte Povera.

Focused on a search for metaphysical meaning, Antonaci embarked on several pilgrimages throughout his career, walking along sacred paths like the Camino de Santiago da Compostela, the path of the Virgo Constellation marked by French cathedrals, among others. On these journeys, the artist used polaroid film to capture, in his words, ‘what the ego-less eye is able to see when in a state of physical and mental exhaustion’. Combining the pictures from pilgrimages with modular glass sheets, Antonaci developed a number of series (Walking Alone in One’s Body, Self-Portrait) presented in solo shows in the U.S. and Italy.

In 2000, Antonaci founded the publishing house Aurea Vidyā, focused on Eastern and Western philosophy, and also started working closely with non-profit institutions, ‘making space to create while in silence’. It is during this period that Antonaci started working with papyrus, creating the Sacred Fires or Circles between 2002 and 2008 (presented for the first time at Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong in 2017). Antonaci’s collaborations with non-profit institutions has led to unique projects, such as a series for North Africa sponsored by the Fondazione Orestiadi (2010) and a retrospective at Collezione Maramotti (2012), accompanied by the publication of the book ‘Odos’ (Danilo Montanari Editions, 2012).

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  • Massimo Antonaci
    Blade
    1987
    Glass, tar, pencil
    240 x 240 cm
  • Massimo Antonaci
    Flower
    1990
    Glass, tar, pencil, acrylic
    240 x 180 cm
  • Massimo Antonaci
    Sun (sphere of love)
    1994
    Glass, tar, pencil, acrylic
  • Massimo Antonaci
    The Two Jerusalems
    1991–2001
    glass, acrylic color, oil pastels, polaroid, photocopy and 19th century photos
  • Massimo Antonaci
    cerchio -fuoco_AZZZ
    2002-08
    Virgin papyrus, oil, wax and pigment
    96 x 190 cm
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