Mattia Biagi (Italian, born 1974)
Mattia is inspired by his childhood, religion, and the urban environment. After graduating from Milan’s school of art and design school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he was consumed by one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the La Brea Tar Pits, which would influence his initial body of work in the United States. “I was intrigued with tar as a medium and how it illuminates and highlights objects in a very esoteric and ethereal sense.”
Certain themes persist within his oeuvre: the strong connection to objects of youth, musical instruments, weapons, and transportation revealing duplicitous natures and agendas. Mattia’s practice incorporates sculpture, performance, painting, drawing, and video with the objective of offering the viewer an opportunity to consider objects and theories in a new light.