Matete Martini


Born 1994 in Pordenone, Italy. Lives and works in Pordenone

Matete Martini is an Italian figurative artist, whose work is concerned with the ephemeral activity of the human movement from moments of everyday life. Through observation of the body within different contexts such as, walking in the street, socialising or dancing in clubs, she freely transfers, re-adapts and transforms the way the human figure moves into the world.


With a particular interest in the notions of identity, transformism and queerness, Martini explores the female and male traits as naturally embedded in all human beings without any effort to make any political arguments.


Her highly aestheticized work is largely informed from the Italian Futurism,  Metaphysical painting and the Golden Age of Italian cinema. Free, quick black lines evoke fleeting movement and memories, while oil paint attempts to hold the intangible into form. Her work is the result of a thoughtful research methodology, using photography and video as primary sources, to then move up to canvas as well as textiles such as chiffon, cotton and wool.


Matete Martini is currently undertaking her MA in Interior Design and Visual Culture studies at IUAV, Venice and is expected to graduate in 2022. She is also a holder of a Degree in Interior Design from IED in Rome, Italy. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Every Woman Biennial, London (2021); In Presence, Tube Culture Hall, Milan (2021); Razza Di Ambrosia, Aretè Showroom, Milan (2020); Worksbyfriends Pop-up International Women's Day, Ludlow House, New York (2019); Lacuna, Sotto Sale Projects, London (2019); VeniceLands Art Price, Arsenale Roncade, Venice (2019).

  • Matete Martini, Gli Adulti, 2021
    Matete Martini
    Gli Adulti, 2021
    Oil on chiffon
    138.1 x 80 cm
    54 3/8 x 31 1/2 in
  • Matete Martini, La Lamentatrice, 2021
    Matete Martini
    La Lamentatrice, 2021
    Oil on wood
    37.5 x 33.7 cm
    14 3/4 x 13 1/4 in
  • Matete Martini, Trani I, 2021
    Matete Martini
    Trani I, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 25 cm
  • Matete Martini, Trani II, 2021
    Matete Martini
    Trani II, 2021
    Oil on wood
    40 x 37 cm
  • Matete Martini, Trani III, 2021
    Matete Martini
    Trani III, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    70 x 90 cm
  • Matete Martini, Lsi I, 2019
    Matete Martini
    Lsi I, 2019
    Oil on retro canvas
    156 x 143 cm
    61 3/8 x 56 1/4 in
  • Matete Martini, Lsi II, 2019
    Matete Martini
    Lsi II, 2019
    Oil on canvas
    180 x 120 cm
    70 7/8 x 47 1/4 in