Matteo Basilé

Bio

Matteo Basilé (1974) was born and lives in Rome. His career begins in the early ’90s as one of Europe’s first artists merging art and technology. Basilé owns the extraordinary capacity to conciliate opposing ideas such beauty and grotesque, natural and artificial. Exploring the nature of humankind, the artist develops his story in chapters: The Saints are Coming (2007), Thisoriented (2009), Thishumanity (2010), Landing (2012), UNSEEN (2014), PIETRA SANTA (2016), VIAGGIO AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA (2017), STARDUST (2018): a series of independent transitions where Basilé negotiates his perception of existence. His research consists of an interface between East and West, an interjected dialectic operating as a collision between tradition and modernity, sacred and profane.
Basilé’s glossary is not just based on multicultural and timeless signs and values, instead it visually includes the global idiom where dream is no longer the main character of the photograph, as it incarnates a fully recognizable and unlimited narrative. His anti-eroes are a meticulous portraits that bring us back to classical history, but at the same time they transmit the spirit of the current time. Formally, Basilé deletes the antagonism between reality and imaginary, triggering a complex system of emotional sliding doors. Unlike “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters” by Goya, here dream and reason converge in an epiphany where unique and multiple convey into the perfect balance between intellect and sensorial perception. Basilé’s poetics is an iconographic universe, the result of a combination between technological mannerism and pictorial surrealism. The oneiric journey of the artist finally guide us towards several levels of comprehension, both sensorial and intellectual, where we suddenly become aware of those aspect of reality that usually hide within ourselves. Therefore, the thorough investigation of Oneself, of the Other and the Elsewhere finally correspond his personal life experience away from his origins, facing both the sense of existence and the context of those confused dynamics around the process of globalization.

Works

Matteo Basilé, Il Crepuscolo degli Idoli, 2018, pigment print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, 140x210cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Viaggio al Centro della Terra #2, 2017, digital print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, diptych, 130x345cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Madre, 2017, digital print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, 210x150cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, L’ottava fatica, 2016, lambda print on aluminium, 195x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Marble Adam, 2016, lambda print on aluminium, diptych, 100x150cm each, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Thisoriented #4, 2009, lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium, 140x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Thisoriented #7, 2009, lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium, 140x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Apparition_6, 2007, lambda print on silver paper, 180x125cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, La Karl, 2007, lambda print on silver paper mounted on aluminium, 180x125cm, artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondioartist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 2006, lambda print on silver paper mounted on aluminium, triptych, 180x125cm each, artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, The Dwarf’s Greatest Dream series, 2006, lambda print mounted on aluminium, 150x100cm, courtesy the artist and Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Lumen et Umbra – Il viaggio #3, 2015, pigment print on baryta paper, 150x100cm, courtesy the artist and Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Landing Alice, 2012, lambda print on plexiglass, diptych, Ø 80cm each, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Wonderland V1, 2010, inkjet print on baryta paper mounted on aluminium, 190x134cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Untitled #1, 2008, c-print, 142x110cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Some say He was the Son of God pt. 1, 2006, lambda print mounted on aluminium, 150x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, The Cousins, 2005, lambda print on aluminium, 195x125cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Following the Milky Way, 2018, Pigment print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, diptych, 150x210cm each, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Viaggio al Centro della Terra #3, 2017, digital print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, diptych, 130x345cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Egun, 2017, digital print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, diptych, 105x70cm each, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Untitled, 2016, lambda print on aluminium, 100x70cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Thisoriented #1, 2009, lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium, 140x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Thisoriented #5, 2009, lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium,
140x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Untitled, 2008, lambda print mounted on aluminium, 125x180cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, La Stanza del Minotauro, 2007, lambda print on silver paper, 180x125cm,

Matteo Basilé, La Karl and the Unkanny pt. 3, 2006, lambda print on silver paper mounted on aluminium, 180x125cm, artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Marlene, 2006, lambda print on silver paper mounted on aluminium, 180x125cm, courtesy the artist and Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Nihil Difficile Volenti #2, 2016, Durst print on plexiglass, Ø 90cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Unseen Incipit, 2014, c-print on silver paper, 180x125cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Ordinedisordine, 2010, digigraph on Hahnemuhle paper mounted on aluminium, diptych, 185x130cm each, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Energiaeterna – From the “Lostpeople” series, 2009, lambda print on silver paper, 150x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, LOVE ME B_2, 2007, lambda print on silver paper, 125x80cm, courtesy the
artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Queen Bee series, 2005, lambda print mounted on aluminium, 190x120cm,
courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Cromosoma Calcutta I, 2005, lambda print on aluminium, 195x125cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Queen, 2004, lambda print on aluminium, 144x125cm, courtesy the artist and
Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Viaggio al Centro della Terra #1, 2017, digital print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, 130x260cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Centro della Terra #2, 2017, digital print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, 120x80cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Terrae Motus, 2017, digital print on Hahnemuhle baryta paper, diptych,
150x100cm each / 180x120cm each, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, PIETRA SANTA, 2016, lambda print on aluminium, 130x253cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Thisoriented #2, 2009, lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium,
140x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Thisoriented #6, 2009, lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium,
140x100cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Apparition_2, 2007, lambda print on silver paper, 180x125cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Untouchable, 2007, lambda print on silver paper, 150x100cm, courtesy the
courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, La Karl and the Unkanny pt. 4, 2006, lambda print on silver paper mounted on
aluminium, 180x125cm, artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, The Dwarf’s Greatest Dream series, 2006, lambda print mounted on aluminium, 150x100cm, courtesy the artist and Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Lumen et Umbra – Il viaggio #1, 2015, pigment print on baryta paper, 150x100cm, courtesy the artist and Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Unseen #7 – From the “Unseen” series, 2014, c-print on silver paper, 186x118cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Fender – From the “Thisoriented people” series, 2009, lambda print on paper mounted on aluminium, 170x120cm, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Revive, 2007, lambda print on silver paper, 150x100cm, courtesy the artist and
Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Il peso delle cose, 2005, lambda print on aluminium, triptych, 195x125cm each, courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Cromosoma Calcutta II, 2005, lambda print on aluminium, 195x125cm,
courtesy the artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

Matteo Basilé, Senza titolo, 2003, photograph on wooden board, 150x150cm, courtesy the
artist and Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio