Manuel Felisi was born in 1976 in Milan. He attends the Art School and the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. He moves between different fields including painting, photography and collage to create installations in which he translates and tells the time. The common thread that binds his production is a topic that concerns all of us, our being and being there, here and now; time with its passage changes things, preserves them and makes them forget. He uses photography for express a time that immobilizes and measures places, objects, people and feelings; the instant of the photograph is no longer a mere mechanical operation but becomes the symbol that links the different types of time described in the work. His works are made up of layers of different materials that always follow the same scientific order, like a ritual that - from painting to printing - never gets confused with mechanics and repetitiveness as they are always the result of the involvement and sentiment that guide the his artistic doing.
His first solo Exhibition is in 2002 in which he combines paintings and sculptures exhibited at the Spazio Isola in Milan. In 2006 the Felisi solo organized at Annotazioni d'Arte in Milan, re-proposed the following year at the Paparazzi Gallery in Crema. In 2008 the solo Born in Milan Lambrate curated by Alberto Mattia Martini. A year later he collaborates with the same curator for the solo Distrato at Contemporanea (2009). Also in 2008 he realizes a new series of works for the two Milanese solo exhibitions: Cuoriquadrifiori at Jamaica and Urban Visions at the San Faustino buildings. In 2010, in Milan, he prepares two other personal exhibitions: Flowers curated by Ivan Quaroni at Fabbrica Eos and Literalmente at the Visionnaire Design Gallery. In 2013 he participates in Menoventi curated by Fortunato D'Amico and Maria Flora Giubilei at the GAM in Genova Nervi and the first solo show at the Galleria Russo Roma Griglie curated by Marco di Capua in 2014. In 2015 the personal Di - Vento at the Glauco Cavaciuti Gallery in Milan and Su - Acqua curated by Markus Graf at the Russo Art Gallery in Istanbul. In 2011 he was a finalist of the PRIX ARTE with the work Sinfonia solo project & solo-show and in 2014 he participated in the Beijing Italy-China Biennial. Since the beginning of his career he has also participated in numerous group exhibitions: Sala Napoleonica Brera in Milan (1997), Between art and design promoted by the Marta Nurizzo Association of Milan (1998), Spazio Cargo curated by Gheroartè (Milan 1999), Brera in Villa Tanzi (Milan 2000). In 2002 he was selected by Ivan Quaroni among the participants of Chien ta kuo collective exhibition organized at the Scaldasole and for two consecutive years he participated in the exhibitions organized at the Santa Barbara Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Compilation (2004) and Origini (2003). In 2006 he took part in Epidemia (Palazzo Nuovo, Turin) and in 2007 in Art in Cocktail (Jamaica, Milan). In 2008 he took part in Sensitive Architecture curated by Linda Giusti at the Castello di Rivara in Turin; he creates an installation for the Miami Art Basel Event at Laure De Mazieres in the Miami Design District and participates in the Opening Visionnaire Design Gallery event in Milan. In 2009 he participated in Step09 (Fabbrica EOS, Milan) and Contemporary Life (If Art Gallery in Marciana Marina, Elba Island); in 2010 he was chosen to participate in Pensiero Fluido, a collective curated by Alberto Mattia Martini at the Spazio Oberdan in Milan, an initiative promoted by the Province of Milan with the patronage of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan. Also in 2010 he participated in Remake, curated by Alberto Mattia Martini, at the Contemporanea space (mind in Parma. He also participated in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Swingart at the Le Rovedine Opera Golf Club (Milan) and in the collective Proetica - Proetica - Poetica , curated by Chiara Canali and Fortunato D'Amico (Porta Nuova Station, Turin, 2011), Vertical Museum (permanent exhibition at Palazzo Regione Lombardia, Milan), The myth of truth curated by Giacomo Maria Prati and Paolo Lesino (Space Guicciardini, Milan and Palazzo Guidobono, Tortona). In 2012 he participated in the Italy-China Biennale at Palazzo Reale in Mantua and created the Ape installation for the Planetarium event curated by Fortunato d'Amico in Milan. In the same year he designed the Sinfonia installation for the Piano City Milano event, with piano played by Vinicio Capossela in concert at the Rotonda Della Besana in Milan; finally chosen for the Milan Jam collective curated by Lucy Day, Eliza Gluckman, Irina Stark at Collyer Bristow Gallery in London. In 2016 he was selected for the Shakespeare in Rome collective exhibition organized by the Galleria Russo in Rome with the patronage of the British Council, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare death.
In 2013 he participated in The masks we wear (Arteco Gallery, London), Barcelona showcase (Casa Batllò, Barcelona), Pianeta Cina in collaboration with the Italy-China Biennale (Palazzo Te, Mantua), Ceramica Terra Cultura curated by Giulio Ceppi and Fortunato D'Amico (Palazzo Tadini, Milan) and is chosen among the artists of 20 years or 5 minutes of subjects curated by Fabbrica EOS Milano. Again in 2013 he designs the installations One meter by one meter for one meter of culture curated by Fortunato D ’Amico (Milan Rho Fiera) and Giardinetta (Salone del Mobile, Milan). In 2014 participates in Materie curated by Simona Bartolena (Castello di Trezzo, Milan) and Wonderwall curated by Caterina Seri (Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan). In 2015 she takes part in Borders. Nature, the body, the cities curated by Marco di Capua (Carlo Bilotti Museum, Rome) and The collective dark forest organized as part of the initiatives for the 2015 Memorial Day, curated by Margherita Fontanesi (Palazzo dei Principi, Correggio) . It also participates in numerous national and international art fairs: MiArt (2008, 2009, 2010), ArtVerona (2008, 2009), Road to contemporary art (2010, 2011, 2012), AAM Milano (2011, 2012), Artefiera Bologna (2014, 2015, 2016), Cutlog Paris (2011, 2012), Scope Basel (2012), Art Paris (2012), Contemporary Istanbul (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and ArtLondon 2015.
He lives and works in Milan.
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