How Massimo Antonaci captures the consciousness

13th November 2019

Massimo Antonaci’s retrospective, to say the least, opens our eyes to the inner workings of our soul and spirit.

Antonaci says of his work on papyrus “It’s the substratum of the soul, freed from the movements of the mind and readied to capture consciousness.”

His work erases the conventions of art in its physical form and allows for viewers to subjugate themselves to questioning their consciousness and metaphysical reality through observing the transcendence of each work’s raw material.

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.

In 2000, with a passion for research into metaphysical meaning, 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).

Massimo Antonaci’s current exhibition Retrospective will be on show until 16th Nov 2019 in our Hong Kong space.