Gabriele Di Matteo

1957 Born in Torre del Greco (NA), Italy
Lives and works between Naples and Milan, Italy

Following his painting studies at the Fine Arts School of Naples, in 1985 Gabriele Di Matteo exhibited his work in Evacuare Napoli, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, held at the Istituto Grenoble of Naples. The paintings he showed there echoed the language of the Neo-Expressionists but in an ironically theatrical key. As early as the following year,  the artist operates a radical linguistic zeroing. As for 1+1=0,  now part of the Museo Madre collection, the operated reset led Di Matteo to create works that triggered other mechanisms of reflection that were of a Conceptual nature. In 1989, with the opera Cassa Contanti, he won the Saatchi & Saatchi award. On this occasion, his alter ego Armando della Vittoria intervened for the first time. Later in 1992, under the identity of Armando della Vittoria, Di Matteo founded the magazine E il Topo. The first issue of this artist-run magazine was presented together with the artists Piero Gatto, Franco Silvestro and Vedova Mazzei, this same year in Milan at Viafarini. During the following years, Gabriele di Matteo produced great cycles of works such as La Vie illustrée de Marcel Duchamp 1993, Arafat 1995,  The Blind Man 1998, History Stripped Bare 2000/2005, Le Peintre salue la mer 2005, Jackson Pollock Life 2009, China Made in Italy 2010. In 2002 the artist’s first retrospective exhibition was organized in France by the Frac Limousin, together with the Frac Bretagne at the Centre d’Art Le Grand Café in Saint Nazaire. Recently his works have been exhibited at the MAM (Musée d’Art Moderne of the Ville de Paris), at the ZKM In Karlsruhe, Germany, at the MAMCO in Geneva at Art Basel Unlimited and at the Perez Museum in Miami. His work is part of private as well as of public collections such as MAMCO de Genève , MADRE Naples, FRAC Limousin, FRAC Languedoc Roussillon, FRAC Bretagne, FRAC Rhône-Alpes, Artothèque de Lyon, PAC Milan.

Selected solo exhibitions
2021 – Riss(e), Armando della Vittoria. Varese, Italy
2019 – Blue Braque. Federico Luger (FL GALLERY), Milan
Annarumma Gallery Looking for the Monochrome, Naples
Performance E Il Toro. Thomas dane Gallery, Naples
2018 – Handel Street Project Land Art from My Balcony, London
2017 – Performance Waiting for Murphy with E IL TOPO, Lucca Art Fair
2016 – Performance Il libro perduto with E IL TOPO, Museo Madre, Naples
Performance A Risse 2016 tentarono di ritornare se stessi, Varese
2015 – Keitelman Gallery, Brussels
– Performance “ La moule fabuleuse with E IL TOPO. Spazio Borgogno, Milan
2014 – Keitelman Gallery, Brussels
– Museo Pecci, Spazio Borgogno, Milan
– Performance Jackson Pollock with Steve Piccolo, Museo pecci, Milan
– Performance Il Mostro & Il Topo with E IL TOPO, Itinerario Festival, Cesena
– Performance, & it will be in & Il Topo performance, after david Liver with E IL TOPO & IAIN BAXTER&. Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris
2013 – Musée d’Art Contemporain MAMCO, Geneve
Galleria Annarumma, Naples
Performance Bacio Rosso with E IL TOPO, Via Farini, Milan
2012 – Performance Rebirth with E IL TOPO at White Box, New York
Performance Rebirth 3 with E IL TOPO at Supportico Lopez, Berlin
Performance with E IL TOPO, Printed Matter, New York
2011 – Federco Luger, Milan
2009 – Pepe Cobo & Cia, Madrid
– Keitelman Gallery, Brussels
– Art Unlimited Basel
– Frac Bretagne et Centre Hospitalier de Cornoualle, Quimper (FR)
– Federico Luger Gallery, Milan
2007 – Annarumma 404, Milan
2005 – Musée d’Art Modern and Contemporain (MAMCO), Configurations, Genève
– Musée d’Art Modern and Contemporain (MAMCO), Connexions, série Bonus Genève
– FRAC Languedoc- Rousillon, Montellier, France
– Musée PAB, Alès, France
– Gallery 101, Ottowa, Canada
2004 – Musée d’Art Modern and Contemporain (MAMCO) Genève
2003 – Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan
– Galleria 404, Naples
– FRAC BRETAGNE, Rennes, France
– Le Grand Café, saint Nazaire, France
2002 – College Marcel Duchamp, Châteauroux, France
2001 – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2000 – Vilma Gold Gallery, London
– C/O non-profit Gallery, Milan
1999 – Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois Gallery, Paris
1998 – Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon, FRAC Rhône Alpes, Lyon
1996 – Paolo Vitolo gallery, Milan
1996 – PLACENTIA Gallery, Piacenza
1993 – FAC-SIMILE Gallery, Milan
1992 – Espaj Pascual Lucas, Valencia
1992 – Studio Graziano Vigato, Alessandria
1991 – FAC-SIMILE Gallery, Milan
1989 – FAC-SIMILE Gallery, Milan
1986 – Galerie ESCA, Nimes

Selected group exhibitions
2018 – 100% Italia, Torino
– The World’s Game: Fútboand Contemporary Art. Pérez Art Museum, Miami
2017 – Il Pittore e la Modella. Assab one, Milano
2016 – Naturalia et Artificialia. Eccentric Art & Research’s first exhibition. Milan
2015 – Les mondes inverses, BPS22, Charleroi
– Per-Formare, Museo Madre, Napoli
– Rewind, Museo del 900, Castel Sant’elmo, Napoli
2013 – P. Bonelli, Mantova
2012 – Carta Bianca. Museo Villa Croce, Genova
2011 – ZKM, The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989, Karlsruhe
– Il bel paese dell’arte. Gamec Bergamo
2010 – Seconde Main, Musèe d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris
2009 – That’s All Folks, Cultuurcentrum, Brugge
– Là où je suis n’existe pas, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Toulouse
– Les Uns et les Autres – Le portrait dans tous ses états.Musée d’art et d’histoire de S.Briec
2008 – Le Couloir des Miroirs  (Art &Cinéma), FRAC Limousin, Limoges
2007 – P2P-Échanges, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2006 – Chauffe Marcel ( L’imitation de Marcel Duchamp ), Montpellier
– Moléculles Particulières, Espase François-Auguste Ducros. Grignan, Frac Rhône Alpes
2005 – L’HUMANITÉ MISE À NU ET L’ART EN FRAC”, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
– OK, OKAY Swiss Institute, New York
– OK, OKAY Gray Art Gallery, New York
– Quadriennale di Roma, Rome, Italy
2004 – Welcome to Entropia, Centre nationald’Art et du paysagge, Vassivière, curated by Yannick Millloux
– Utopia Station, Incursione Vesuviana, Napoli, curated by di Gigiotto Del Vecchio
2003 – Une collection de Chefs-d’oeuvre, FRAC Limousine
– Isola (art) project”, Mamco, Genève
– La Pittura come concetto, Chiesa di S. Matteo, Lucca, curated by di L. Beatrice
– Napoli Anno Zero, Castel Sant’Elmo, Napoli, curated by di G. Maraniello
2002 – Rumors of war, Jacob Lawrence Foundation, Nex York, curated by F. Sirman
2001 – Biennale di Tirana, Tirana
– Il Dono Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, curated by G. Maraniello, A. Somaini, S. Risaliti
– Ghosty Galleria 1000eventi, curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio
2000 – Hallucinating Love Foundation , Maze Art gallery, Torin curated by G. Del Vecchio
– Fantapop, Fondazione Bevilacqua La masa, Venezia, curated by V.Baradel
1999 – First Melburne International Biennal, Melburne, curated by Jen Budney and Roberto Pinto
– Un jardin d’ hiver, Bourg-en-Bresse, collection Frac Rhône-Alpes
1998 – ART OMI, International Artist Residency Exhibition; Ghent, NY.cuarted by Franklin Sirmans
– Subway, Milano, curated by Roberto Pinto
– due o tre cose che sò di loro, P.A.C. Milano, curated by Marco Meneguzzo
1997 – Gamblers, Mediarte Caserta, curated by M. Sgroi
– Il Punto, Galleria Continua, S. Gimignano curated by Elio Grazioli
1996 – Photopeintres, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
– Procius, works in slides, selected by Emily Tsingou, London
– Tradition & Innovation, Italian Art since 1945, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea curated by Francesco Bonami
1995 – APERTO 95 out of order, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, curated by Roberto D’Aolio
– Verso una grande collezione, Flash Art Museum, Trevi curated by H.Kontova
1994 – Procreation, Centre d’Art contemporain FRI-ART, Fribourg (CH)
– Prima Linea, Flash Art Museum, Trevi,curated by Francescao Bonami
1991 – Something is happening in Italy, Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples
1989 – Premio Saatchi & Saatchi, Palazzo delle Stelline, Milano 1° Prize

Public Collections
Museo MADRE, Napoli
BPS 22, Charlerroi, Belgio
Museo del 900, Castel sant’Elmo, Napoli
MAMCO, Genève ( (
FRAC Bretagne ( )
FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon ( )
FRAC Limousin ( )
FRAC Rhône-Alpes
PAC, Milano