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Leonardo Meoni

Biography

Leonardo Meoni (b.1994, Florence) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence and Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera and has participated in various collective exhibitions and projects, in Italy and internationally. Working with a strongly material approach, Leonardo Meoni’s works are rooted in a three-dimensional corporeality. In close contact with the precepts of pictorial art, time, representation and gestures, Meoni empathically blurs the boundaries between genres and artistic practices by existing in an intermediate space between painting, sculpture, and drawing, emphasizing in his work the contamination of practices and different concepts towards universal hybridization. Meoni’s works are the result of a performative gesture and are presented as monochromatic velvet canvases with an intimate cut, rich in shades that give organicity to the composition. In a material game of action and subtraction, a temporality marked by the artist’s movement is added to the three dimensional aspect of his works. The velvet, by absorbing the light, returns an ambiguous image, like a primordial photograph in which the control of the glare is subject to the surrounding elements and not to the precision of the medium, creating a figure that opposes easy visibility.

Meoni has upcoming institutional shows at Museo Bardini in Florence curated by Sergio Risaliti and at the Sandra & Giancarlo Bonollo Foundation in Thiane (VI) curated by Marta Papini. Leonardo lives and works in Prato, Italy.

Solo Exhibitions

A Glimpse, Almost | Los Angeles, 2024

Place holder | New York, 2022

Cancellare Senza Permesso | Florence, 2021

Group Exhibitions

Artissima | Turin, 2023

Palai | Lecce, 2023

Punk Tyröl | S-Chanf, 2022

Works

MEON.104.2024
Saint Sebastian's Swamp, 2024, Mixed Media on Velvet, 98 7/16 x 86 5/8 in 250 x 220 cm
MEON.105.2024
Leonardo Meoni, Birds of a Feather, 2024, Mixed Media on Velvet, 98 7/16 x 86 5/8 in 250 x 220 cm
MEON.107.2024
Leonardo Meoni, Horses of Lisippos, 2024, Mixed media on Velvet, 98 7/16 x 86 5/8 in 250 x 220 cm
MEON.102.2024
Leonardo Meoni, Untitled, 2024, Mixed Media on Velvet, 86 5/8 x 70 7/8 in 220 x 180 cm
MOEN.87.2023
Leonardo Meoni, Maelström 3, 2023, Mixed media on velvet, 86 5/8 x 70 7/8 in 220 x 180 cm
MEON.90.2023
Nepenthes Attenboroughii, 2023, Mixed media on velvet, 98 7/16 x 86 5/8 in 250 x 220 cm