Martina Merlini, born in 1986 in Bologna, is an Italian artist who lives and works in Milano.
She is an Italian artist whose work is known for its constant evolution.
Starting with illustrations, she explored new techniques and materials
that are all reflective of her search for a formal balance and geometrical harmony.
In the last years, she has developed and perfected her own technique
using wax and enamel, trying to define a rawness that reminds of the typical
casualty of nature, and yet the invisible rules that flow through. The young
artist thrives on experience and learning through which she gains knowledge
of her own self.
This newly gained knowledge permeates through a variety of
expressive contexts such as street art and installations.
In search of balance, Martina uses materials such as wax and varnishes on
poor media like paper or wood.
The quiet and powerful compositional balance
is found when strict, geometrical lines juxtapose the flow of natural instinct
and impulses. Born in 1986 in Bologne, Martina has come a long way, having
a number of exhibitions dedicated to her. She has participated in a variety
of events and festivals, including Living Walls, which was the first festival of
street art done by women, in Atlanta, the USA in 2012, and the prestigious Le
Mur in Paris in 2015, she did a residency in Queretaro, Mexico in collaboration
with Galerie Libertad in 2017 and a project with Italian Consulate in Brazil and
Museu Naciolal de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro in 2019.
As a keen researcher of human nature, Martina plays with geometrical lines,
investigating the notion of limit in a subtle and refined way. Perpetually poised
between the rational and the irrational, the artist utilizes dense pictorial traits
symmetrical by nature to continue her research. As the lines begin to disjoint
unexpectedly under the impulse of primordial forces. In a constant struggle
with his own limitations, it is in human nature to turn elsewhere in search of
a way to break the boundaries. The only way to surmount what seems to be
an insurmountable barrier is with imagination. Only this way can the limits be
re-invented and re-created, and the artist is the one who holds the power of
manifesting and projecting these newly found limitless forms of expression.
Merlini’s work has been exhibited across Europe and the USA, Mexico, Australia and Brazil.
2019 Jornadas do Contemporaneo - Forma Temporale
Installation, Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro BR
Archivio- First Amendment Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Enfasi - Chiara Ronchini Arte Contemporanea, Terni
Curved Installation #3 - Voci per la Libertà by Deltarte - Museo della bonifica,
Taglio di Po
Starch, Wax, Paper & Wood - White Walls, San Francisco CA
Totem - Officine della Stampa, Bologna
WAX - Spazio Elastico, Bologna
LEBE - RADIO, Milano
2020 Abstract now! Italy - group show - Magma Gallery, Bologna
2019 Pain(t) - group show - Swinton Gallery, Madrid Urvanity - w/ Swinton Gallery, Madrid Illusions, group show - Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 5 years anniversary show - Mini Galerie, Amsterdam Afterimages, duo show - Magma Gallery, Bologna Jornadas do Contemporaneo - Forma Temporale - installation, Museu Nacional
de Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro BR Jornadas do Contemporaneo - wall intervention - Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro BR
2018 Mural Intervention x La Cattedrale Immaginata, Modena Swinging arms - Odd One Out Gallery, Honk Hong Tramite Buro de Collecionistas - Celaya Brothers Gallery, Queretaro, MX ProAbstraction - Swinton Gallery, Madrid Urvanity Art Fair - w/ Galeria Balneario, Madrid
2017 Traiettorie - curated by Galeria Balneario - Galeria Libertad, Queretaro MX Ten Ten - Le Raclet, Berlin Forever never comes - Museo Archeologico di Grosseto This will ruin everything - The Lighthouse, Glasgow Varsi collective show - Varsi Gallery, Roma 2410 Festival - Rifugio Brioschi, Vetta Grigna Two Years Anniversary - Athen B. Gallery, Oakland Endless - Magma Gallery, Bologna Abstractism - curated by Altrove Festival - Varsi gallery, Roma Reset - Athen B. Gallery, Oakland
2016 Triscele project w/ Moneyless & Sten Lex - Sicily Todo en Orden - Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City Kwerschnitt - Schau Fenster, Berlin Ready, Set. - Athen B. Gallery, Oakland CA Exceptional - Scream Gallery, London 4Urban Tales - Magma Gallery, Bologna
2015 From the archaic to the internet archive - Egg Visual Art, Livorno Dicotomia -Bipersonal show, Atipografia, Arzignano VI Reminiscence goes to Ritmo - Ritmo Indipendente, Catania XV classes project - St. Jean de Lux Un dessin est beau si la lingne est vivante - Winterlog Gallery, Niort House warming - Athen B. Gallery, Oakland Restart Cassina - Cassina de Pecchi, Milano Altrove / Abstractism - Casa Altrove, Catanzaro Reminiscence - Mini Galerie, Amsterdam Viavai - The Don gallery, Milano La Bellezza fa 40 - Casetello Carlo V, Lecce Le Mur XIII - Paris
2014 A Major Minority - 1AM gallery, San Francisco CA Mamuthones, Issohadores - Superbudda, Torino XXxXX - Studio D’Ars @ Step Art Fair, Milano Space//Squared - White Walls, San Francisco CA Apertura - Mini Galerie, Amsterdam Cheap Festival - Bologna Altrove Festival - Catanzaro Viavai Festival - Racale
2013 Razorsicht - Santeria, Milano Memory and Ttraces - Edward Cutler gallery, Milano Growing up - DFA partners, Milano Memorie Urbane, Terracina Drawings for the masses - 999 gallery, Roma Garten - Superground, Milano Berlini spring show - Stattbad, Berlin I low art - Artcore gallery, Bari Carta Canta - Antonio Colombo Artecontemporanea, Milano
2012 Asylum - Skitsch, Milano A4GOD - Radio, Milano Bubka - Santeria, Milano G.E.N.T.E. mural - Milano Ilfuturonelletuemani - Bra Living Walls conference exhibition - Atlanta, GA Essenziale - Nastro say yes, Milano Attack festival - Palazzo Candiotti, Foligno LEBE - an anthology of african gods - RAM Hotel, Bologna Rodeo Drawing Night - Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano Little Circus - Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano A la sombra del árbol - Palacio Quintanar, Segovia
2011 Till Pink - Santeria, Milano Centocinquanta - Macò, Taranto Asylum w/ Tellas - Zelle ArteContemporanea, Palermo Super 8 - Santeria, Milano Sweets Sheets - Zelle Artecontemporanea, Palermo