Marta Mancini (Rome, 1981) lives and works in Rome where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in 2006.
Moving from the aesthetic and psychological dimension of her early landscapes, Marta Mancini’s current work reframes this dynamic within the creation of a meta-pictorial space. Her paintings are the result of a long, intuitive accumulation of brushstrokes that is then submitted to a careful process of subtraction. Every ‘blob’ of paint left visible becomes an organic, almost characterful presence that contributes to compose a new space where intuition clashes with reason; paradox with logic; humour with serious commitment; muttering with clarity. The tension established in Mancini’s complex surfaces is a way to invite reflections on the double nature of painting as illusion and object, reactivating fundamental aesthetic categories such as the beautiful, the grotesque, the picturesque, the representational and the gestural.
Selected solo exhibitions: Disegnini al telefono, curated by C. Corbetta, Il Crepaccio Instagram Show (2020); Messinscéna – Marta Mancini, curated by Numero Cromatico, Rome (2020); Mancini/Cresci, Booth Matèria, Artissima, Torino (2019); La molla, curated by P. Guaglianone, Matèria, Rome (solo, 2018); Abita, curated by P. Guaglianone, galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome (solo, 2012); Ospiti, curated by A. Sarra, 34 angeli, Rome (solo, 2010).
Recent group exhibitions: Post-Turismo, curated by G. Benassi, Post-ex, Rome (2022); Ineffable worlds, curated by G. Benassi and M. Sena, Tang Contemporary Art, Honk Kong (2021); Insieme, curated by G. Politi, Aurelian Walls of San Lorenzo, Rome (2020); Due quadri e un tavolo, Galleria Richter Fine Art, Rome (2020); Arcoscenico, curated by Numero Cromatico, Rome (2020); Flash, curated by B. Meoni, Metodo Milano, Milan (2020); View/Openwork, a focus on painting, curated by S. Camerlengo, Galleria Monitor, Rome (2019); Exibit#1, curated by C. Biasini Selvaggi, Arimondi Circle, Rome (2019); Ipercorpo - La pratica quotidiana, curated by D. Ferri, Oratorio di San Sebastiano, Forlì (2019); Hdrà Prize, curated by V. Ciarallo, Palazzo Fiano, Rome (2018); Lissone Prize for Painting, curated by A. Zanchetta, MAC – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Lissone – Milan (2018); Reazione a catena #2, curated by G. Pisapia, galleria Bonelli, Milan (2018); The HP Collection, curated by C. Pratis, M. de Mattei, Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2018); Dialogue #1, Matèria, Frontiera Studio, Palermo (2018); Rosina#1 – Spectrum, curated by G. Benassi, Limone, London (2018); La vita della mente, curated by G. Benassi, Swiss Institute, Rome (2017); Scivolare lentamente, curated by A. Armeni, Yellow, Varese (2016).
Residencies and Workshops include: OPENWORK – a focus on paintings, M. Mancini in conversation with R. Farinotti, curated by S. Camerlengo, SenzaBagno, Pescara (2019); Painting Symposium, curated by L. Presicce, L. Perrone, Fondazione Lac o Le Mon, Lecce (2018); Mirror, mirror…, curated by A. Mosca, D. Pietranico, Casa Morante/Spazio Studio, Castel di Ieri, L’Aquila (2018); BoCs, curated by A. Dambruoso, Cosenza (2015).