About

Matteo Bernasconi is a visual artist based in Sydney. Originally from Italy, Bernasconi trained as an architect before pursuing a full-time career as a professional artist upon settling in Australia in 2013. His work has been prominently exhibited in Italy, Spain, and Australia, and is held in private collections worldwide.

 

Bernasconi has been shortlisted for over 20 awards, including the Kilgour Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

 

His paintings act as visual catalysts for reflection; they don’t aim to offer a straightforward illustrational meaning, as there are no definitive answers to be found. Instead, they aim to delve into the human condition and explore the spectrum and extremes of human emotion.

 

Fascinated by the range and extremities of emotions, Bernasconi draws inspiration from the philosophies of renowned thinkers and artists such as Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Franz Kafka. The recurring theme in his paintings centres around the human condition.

 

Matteo’s exhibition “Metamorphosis,” inspired by Franz Kafka’s book, explores the transformations that occur within us throughout our lifespan—metamorphosis at different levels, both physical and psychological.

 

His series “The Cure” contemplates and visually explores the fundamental significance of human connection, encompassing both physical and emotional aspects. A series as a visual language to stimulate new conversations about the disjointed, technologically reliant era in which we find ourselves.

 

In his recent exhibition “Evocante,” Bernasconi invites viewers to feel and explore the spiritual theme in art and the energy of the matter, revisiting the past. Selected historical paintings are stripped of their familiar storytelling role, transitioning into something more indefinite and dreamlike, highlighting only the energy and spiritual essence of the paintings. It’s a reimagining of the past to emphasize the spiritual quality in today’s world, often understood through clear and logical means, devoid of enchantment or inexplicable qualities.

 

Crafted in layers of transparent washes and featuring translucent forms, Matteo’s paintings oscillate between the real and otherworldly, the figurative and abstract. They suggest but never impose, offering moments for reflection and deep immersion.

 

In 2019, amidst his most audacious projects, he inaugurated Peach Black, a cultural space situated in the heart of Sydney. Not merely a traditional exhibition and sales gallery, but an innovative art space that showcases various art forms. Since its establishment, this creative space has birthed numerous events, comprising exhibitions, performances, concerts, and cultural gatherings. The venue has facilitated opportunities for more extensive and more profound dialogues about the arts in Sydney, a cause that resonates deeply with Matteo.

 

Bernasconi’s work can be viewed at his studio located at Peach Black, 126 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, Sydney.

– Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts and Culture Centre, 2023, Finalist.

 

– Into the Light Art Prize, Whitewall Art Projects, 2023, Finalist.

 

– Bluethumb Art Prize, Melbourne, VIC, 2023, Finalist.

 

– The Percival, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, QLD, 2022, Finalist. 

 

– The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre. 2022, Finalist.

 

– Into the Light Art Prize, Whitewall Art Projects, 2022, Finalist.

 

– Bluethumb Art Prize, Melbourne, VIC, 2022, Finalist. 

 

– The Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery, 2021, Finalist.

 

– The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre. 2021, Finalist.

 

– McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award, Splash,  McClelland Park Gallery, VIC. 2021, Finalist.

 

– Into the Light Art Prize, Whitewall Art Projects, 2021, Finalist.

 

– The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre. 2020, Finalist.

 

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Regional Gallery, 2020. (Highly Commended).

 

– The Percival,  Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, QLD, 2020. Finalist.

 

– Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery,  2019. Finalist.

 

– The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre. 2019, Finalist.

 

Naked & Nude Art Prize, Taree Regional Art Gallery, 2019. Finalist.

 

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Regional Gallery, 2018. Finalist.

 

Triple J – Interview – Radio AU               

ABC Australia –  Tv Program, Competition of Competitions –  Television AU

SBS – Interview – Australian  Broadcaster AU

home design – Article – Magazine Au

Oz Arts Magazine – n21    Interview  Magazine AU

BlueBee Magazine –  n2    Interview – Magazine, London, UK

Broadsheet – Article –   Online Magazine AU

Art Edit,  Article – Magazine AU

Inner West Courier – Article – Newspaper AU

The Brag – Article – Magazine AU

CityHub – Article – Newspaper AU

Concrete Playground – Article – Online Magazine AU

Australia

– Decade, Scratch Art Space, Group show, December 2023

– Event by Cultural Office of the Consulate General of Italy, at Ventuno, Solo Show, July 2023

– Selected works, Peach Black Gallery, Solo show, July 2023

– Evocante, Peach Black Gallery, Solo Show.  2022-23

– The Cure, Peach Black Gallery, Sydney. Solo Show

– The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre. 2020,  31 Oct – 11 Dec.

– Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Regional Gallery, 2020. August 2020

– The Percival,  Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, 2020. Finalist. July 2020

– The Homo Sapiens, Solo show, Peach Black Gallery, Art Month Sydney, Mar-May 2020

– The Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 26 Oct-Dec 2019

– Summer Show, Group show, Peach Black Gallery, Sydney, November 2019

– Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, 11 Sep – 26 Oct, 2019

– Naked & Nude Art Prize, Manning Regional Art Gallery,  7 Sep – 13 Oct 2019

– Metamorphosis, Solo show, Peach Black Gallery, Sydney, Mar-May 2019 

– Summer Show, Peach Black Gallery, Sydney, February 2019

– Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Regional Gallery, Oct-Dec 2018

– The Other Art fair by Saatchi Art, Australian Technology Park, Sydney March 2018

– The Other Art fair by Saatchi Art, Australian Technology Park, Sydney October 2017

– Flesh in Light, Gauge Gallery, Solo exhibition, Sydney. Nov 2016

– Sydney Fringe Festival, Tech Gallery, Sydney. Sep 2016

– Retrospective, Solo exhibition, Myo and Co, Mosman, Mar 2015

– ‘The Art of Cadencia’, Solo exhibition. Alpha Gallery, Newtown, September 2015

– ‘New paintings’  Solo exhibition, Black Penny, Aug 2015

– Artshine Gallery, group exhibition Sep 2015

– The Makery Art,  New works, Solo, Oxford street, Darlinghurst.

– ‘Reflections’, De Moulin Gallery, Annandale, Jan 2015

Europe

– TianQi, La Bellezza, Milano, Italy, October 2012.

– Rocca Paolina, Expo In Viaggio, Perugia, Italy, July 2012.

– Gallery Rennella Maxo, c/ Portal Nou 19, Barcelona, Spain, December 2011.

– Artes sin fronteras, portal del angel, corte Ingles, Barcelona, Spain. Sep 2011.

– Expo dip, portal del angel, corte Ingles, Barcelona, Spain, April 2011.

– Gallery Paspartu. c/verdi, Barcelolna, Spain, July 2010.

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