Michela Martello works are humanistic, accessible, and consistently characterized by her use of symbolism. A perpetually curious and interdisciplinary artist, she brings together the traditional and contemporary influences of a variety of techniques, media, themes, and cultures to create art that achieves a universal language of aesthetics that merges centuries and crosses cultural bounds.    Pen&Brush  - 2017 - " Future is Goddess ''

Born in Grosseto, Italy. Studied illustration at the IED, Europe Institute of Design after which she published works in over 30 books. In 1993 she shifted her focus to painting. In 1998 she moved permanently to New York where she started her research as artist painter full time. In 2006 she was selected by the American Association of University Women in the “Emerging Women Artists Juried Exhibition” New York Design Center . In 2007/2008 she was selected by Jim Kempner fine arts and Ok Harris gallery for the “NYU Small Work” group show at the Washington Square gallery. Her work has being collected and commissioned by both public and private clients; Soros collection, Serafina group, CityCinema group. Martello has collaborated with: BonelliArteContemporanea, Italy, Tria gallery, Azart gallery, Pen&Brush gallery NYC, Parlor gallery, NJ, and Rarity gallery in Mikonos Greece. In 2014 she won the selection for  juried exhibition  "Understanding Media, the Extension of Human Being” organized by CallforBushwick, during BOS, in Brooklyn, NYC,  she exhibited at Tibet House Museum US, she took part of ''Transcending Tibet'' NYC curated by Davide Quadrio . In 2015 she has being commissioned a trittico for the permanent collection of Metropoliz MAAM Museum of Rome by curators Giorgio de Finis, she's being selected by curator Rick Kinsel, director of Vilcek foundation to be part of ''Domesticity Revisited'' at Pen&Brush NYC, and exhibited at AQUA Miami Art Fair, and in 2016 at Context NYC with Azart gallery.  In 2016/2017 she’s selected to be part of Woodenwallsproject a public art program with 3 Murals installation in Asbury Park, NJ, same year she exhibited at A.I.R. gallery '' Overlap; Life tapestries'' curated by Vida Sabbaghi, an itinerant group show that travel to PennState gallery in 2018. Same year Pen&Brush hosted  a large scale solo show of 8 years of Martello's paintings, ‘’Future is Goddess’’  she’s  a featured artist in Public Art Project LaMer-WaveWalk NYC with WeAreProjectZero, alongside notable artists and influencers. In 2018 she is part of SuperSHE a group show at Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan, and Beauty in the Beast a group show curated by COPE-NYC at Soulangh Cultural park in Taiwan, where she also does an Art Residency painting a mural for the National Museum of Children. Ending 2018 with 2 person show Michela Martello / Tricia Wright at Pen&BrushNYC. In 2019 she has a solo show in Raleigh, NC, ArtSpace, ''Consequential Stranger'' and a 2 person show '' Everything Has A Vortex " with artist Shigeru Oyatani in Tainan city - Taiwan, curated by COPE-NYC, she's also part of the third iteration ''Overlap; LIfe Tapestries'' at Pen&Brush NYC, her piece Time Zone is selected to be exhibited in the group show MAAM at MACRO, Museum of Modern Art, Rome

 

EDUCATION

MFA Illustration , Europe Institute of Design , Milano, 1986

BFA College of Arts, Brera hayech, Milano, 1983

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITION

2019 - Everything Has A Vortex, Soulangh Cultural Park, curated by COPE-NYC, Tainan, Taiwan

           with artist Schigeru Oyatani

           Consequential Stranger, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC, curated by Anna Lee

           Itaca Penelope, SetUp Art Fair Bologna, Italy, Giovanni Bonelli Gallery

2018 - Michela Martello / Tricia Wright, Pen&Brush, NYC

           Talisman: An Intimate Act With Michela Martello, HereNow, NYC

2017 - Future is Goddess, Pen&Brush, NYC

2016 - Soul Textiles: A Fiber Journey, Trace  Foundation, NYC

2015 - AQUAartfair, Azart Gallery, Artbasel Miami

           Time Zone, Curated by Giorgio de Finis, MAAM Museum, Permanent collection, Rome

2014 - Weight of Happiness, Tibet House Museum, NYC

2011 - Metropolitan Buddha, Cappelletti Arte Contemporanea, Milano Art your Food, Italian Cultural Institute, NYC

2010 - Painting Performance, Kaufman Music school, NYC Idols and Icons, Tria Gallery, NYC

2009 - No Panic, Bonelli Arte Contemporanea, Mantova, IT
           Painting Accidents, Italian Culture Center, Centro Raccontami, NYC

2002 - Untitled, Arturo Di Modica Studio, NYC

1998 - Le Stanze, Compagnia Generale, Milan, IT
 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2019 - MAAM goes to MACRO, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy

           Overlap: Life Tapestries, Pen&Brush NYC curated by Vida Sabbaghi

           Wings to Fly, NU Hotel, BK,NY, curated by Welancora Gallery

           No place Like, Fieldsprojects, Online group show

2018 - Beauty in The beast, Soulangh Cultural park, Taiwan, curated by COPENYC

           The Curious Shape of Red, Bellano, Italy, curated by Velasco Vitali

           WoodenWalls Artists, The Carousel, Asbury park, NJ

           Guilt By Association, parlor gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

           Super S.H.E., Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milano Italy

           Arte Verona, Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Italy

           Overlap Life Tapestries, Penn State, curated by Vida Sabbaghi

           On Adornment, Pen&Brush, NYC

           Arts Connects New York, Fund raising , Paula Cooper, NYC

2017 - Graffiti Vacation, Pen&Brush, NYC

           Anything You Can Do, Parlor gallery, Asbury Park, New Jersey

2016 - Overlap:LifeTapestries, Curated by Vida Sabbaghi, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC

           Woodenwallsproject, curated by Parlorgallery, Asbury park, NJ
           Musica! Notazioni nell’Arte Contemporanea, Curated by Annamaria Targher, Museo Maso Spilzi, Trento, IT
           Context Art fair, Azart Gallery, NYC
           We Are Infinite, Parlor gallery, Asbury park, NJ

2015 - Domesticity Revisited, Curated by Rick Kinsel, Pen&Brush, NYC
           Trascending Tibet, Curated by Davide Quadrio & Paola Vanzo, Trace Fondation, NYC

           Repsychling, Curated by Vida Sabbaghi, Teachers college, Columbia university, NYC

2014 - Understanding media, the Extension of Human Being, Juried Exhibit, Bushwick open studio , Brooklyn

2013 - Urban Decay, Tria gallery, NYC
           Summer Salon, Rarity Gallery, Mikonos, Greece

2011 - Primo Centro, curated by Alessandra Bonomo, Castello Aldebrandesco, Arcidosso, IT

           Art your Food, Itinerant exhibit, Italian Culture Institute, Los Angeles
           Lattuada gallery, Milano, Wook gallery, NYC

2008 - Small Work, Juried exhibit, Curated by Jim Kempner, NYU Washington Square gallery, NYC

           AAF Art fair, Tria gallery, NYC
           Body and Soul, Tria gallery, NYC

2007 - Sacred Ways, Tria gallery, NYC
           Small work, Juried exhibit, Curated by Ed Harris, NYU Washington Square gallery, NYC

2006 - Emerging Women Artists, Juried exhibit, NYC Design Centre

           Miracolo a Milano, Palazzo della ragione, Milan, IT

PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jerry Saltz collection

Soulangh Cultural Park, Children Museum of The Arts, Permanent collection, Taiwan

MAAM Museum, Permanent collection, Rome Italy

Andrea Soros collection

Emilio Bordoli collection

Giovanni Bonelli collection

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS  - PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2018 - Paper Dolls Story, Pen&Brush, NYC, Wall Installation for the launch of the new InPrint Book

           Colorful Supremacy, Mural for TED at Asbury park convention hall, NJ

           Graffiti Goddesses, Mural for New day, shelter for battered women in Bronx

           Auspicious Field, Mural for the Children Museum of the Arts, Soulangh Cultural Park, Taiwan

2017 - The Wave Walk, Group public art project, Painted fiber glass wave sculpture commissioned by We Are

           Project Zero - La Mer

           Woodenwallsproject, Mural for the board walk in Asbury park New Jersey, Curated by Parlor gallery

2016 - Series of Painting on Canvas Installed on wood panels for LAM residence, Tribeca lofts, NYC

           Murals, Graphics, logos, ongoing collaboration with CityCinemagroup, NYC

           Woodenwallsproject, Dakini mural for the board walk in Asbury Park, NJ

2015 - Mural series project for Creative Chaos LLC, Dumbo, Brooklyn

           Mural and Illustration packaging for TOCCA Company, NYC

           Murals for Serafina group, Sao Paulo

2014 - Murals for Serafina group, Rio de Janeiro, Bengaluru, Tokyo

2013 - Murals for Serafina group,Seoul, Dubai

           Murals for Geiko San, Sao Paulo

2012 - Murals for Serafina group, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Miami, New York

ACTIVITIES

2019 - Art Residency, Soulangh Cultural Park, curated by COPE-NYC

           presenting the show ''Everythin Has A Vortex''

2018 - Artist Talk, Michela Martello / Tricia Wright, Pen&Brush NYC
           Art Residency, Soulangh Cultural Park, Curated by Cope NYC
           Frottage kids workshop, HereNow space NYC
           Frottage workshop, Brooklyn college, curated by COPE NYC
2017 - Art Residency, Gift Wooden Walls, Parlor gallery,
           Woodenwallsproject, Asbury Park, NJ
           Artist talk, Pen and Brush, Future is Goddess NYC
           Graffiti Workshop, Pen&Brush, Graffiti Vacation NYC
           Frottage workshop, Queens Museum curated by Vida Sabbaghi,
           NYC
2016 - Series of Frottage workshop, Queens Museum  curated by Vida
           sabbaghi, NYC
           Artist talk, Parlor gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

 

PRIZE AND HONORS

2019 - Soulangh Cultural Park & Tainan City Cultural Affairs Bureau Artistic Merit

2014 - Bushwick Open Studio, Understanding Media the Extension of Human Being

2005 - Emerging Women Artists, American association of Women, NYC Design Centre

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

2019 - China Times & China daily News on  Everything Has A Vortex

           Tricycle Magazine, An Artist's Buddhist-Feminist Renaissance, by Julia Hirsch

2018 - Frontrunner Magazine, On Symbolism, Sincerity and Sisterhood
           Soulangh Cultural Park, Video interview, by Takeshi Chan, Taiwan
           Asbury Park, Video interview for TED Passion event, Interactive
           Mural  in the Convention hall
2017 - The Cut, Graffiti Summer Vacation, Pen&Brush NYC
           Artnet, Future is Goddess, Pen&Brush NYC
           Artnet, The Wave walk, La Mer, We Are Project Zero
           HamptonsArtHub, Future is Goddess, NYC
           Channel 1, Future is Goddess, NYC
           International Gallerie Magazine, 20th years anniversary issue Peace       
           and Hope, by Bina Sarkar Ellias
           Create Magazine, 5th issue, by Sandra Apperloo
2016 - International Gallerie Magazine, NYC issue, by Bina Sarkar Ellias
           Art Tribune, Michela Martello, Frottage workshop at Queens
           Museum
           Arts Sans Frontier, Time Zone Video interview at MAAM Museum,
           by Antoine Reboul, Vimeo
2015 - Art forum, review of Trascending Tibet
           Huffington Post, review of Trascending Tibet
           Breukelen Magazine, Michela Martello
2014 - Art Fuse, Bliss and Exile on 15th street, review of Weight of
           Happiness
           Mirror Magazine, An honest approach to Art, Michela Martello
           2005 & older - AD, Architecture Digest, New York Living, AldaAba, Gioia casa

         

BIBLIOGRAPHY

MAAM Museo dell'altro e dell'altrove di Metropoliz_citta' meticcia, by Giorgio de Finis

Michela Martello, Pen + Brush

Musica! Notazioni sull’Arte Contemporanea , Michela Martello , by Annamaria Targher

Domesticity Revisited, by Rick Kinsel
Repsychling, by Vida Sabbaghi
Trascending Tibet, by Davide Quadrio and Paola Vanzo
Details, A stylist’s secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors, by Lili Diallo
Mangia L’Arte, Imaf, by Rossella Canevari and Elena Maria Manzini
Spas for your home, by Christina Paredes, Collins design
Miracolo a Milano, by Alessandro Riva

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