Niccolò Masini, born in Genoa 1989, is an Italian Multidisciplinary Artist and Illustrator.
« It is essential to know in order to belong. Knowledge can not necessarily only found in books. Certain types of learning are to be engaged with in order to be fully grasped. It is an awareness of the world that one can gain through experience to identify, to move closer to, and even to become one with its world. ». NM
Niccolò Masini (b. 1989) is an Italian Multidisciplinary Artist. He holds a BFA in Animation and Illustration from the European Institute of Design – Milan (2011), a BFA in Audiovisual Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academia of Amsterdam (2015), and, he is currently following an MFA in art praxis at the Dutch Art Institute of Arnhem (2021). Masini’s artworks lay in the realm of narrative and craft, but also poetry and anthropology. It guides both its creator and audience through an engaging narrative of methods, voices, views, and perspectives. Questioning the fundamentals and the hidden rules the concept of « culture,» he draws his inspiration from literature, history, folklore, psychoanalysis, religion, anthropology, or even simply daily life experiences. His work encompasses video, installation, research, and painting; but the process of image-making remains central to his way of working. He is absorbed in the idea of creating something out of time, space, and movement, bringing the otherwise immaterial into a composition of physical being, often with a mixture of techniques regarding the specificities of every project he’s working with. Practicing on three continents, his work has been exhibited internationally in countries such as The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Korea, England, South Africa, Italy, and Japan. Winner of numerous international prizes, competitions, and residencies, in 2018 he was awarded as the Best Young Artist Of The Year (Painting & Sculpture) by the GAMMA competition and GM conference of Tokyo. To date, he lives and works between Genoa and Montréal.
APPROACH – My work investigates the nature of temporality as an attempt to materiality itself, trying to physically re-create a dimension where past and future experiences are embodied. In my projects, I use a conceptual approach based on the assimilation of techniques through repetition and experience. During my researches, I find myself to be in close contact with masters and bearers of specific cultural heritages, trying to create a link between a constituted artistic system and knowledge that cannot necessarily be only found in books. Certain types of learning are to be engaged with in order to be fully grasped. It is an awareness of the world that one can gain through experience to identify, to move closer to, and even to become one with its world. For myself, being an artist in today’s world represents a strong political act. Often in my projects, I find myself dwelling on the nature of experience, its temporality as well as our perception of it, allowing us to feel part of a specific cultural core. Each and every one of us has an equidistant dimension within our identity, shaped by the result of the cultural memory from which one belongs to, in addition to one’s ability to identify, recognize and position one’s self within it.
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