Matteo Soltanto | pittore e scenografo | artist and set designer




 

BIOGRAPHY + CV
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Matteo Soltanto was born in 1972 in Turin, Italy. He graduates from the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. From that moment on, he started a pictorial path that, from an original analysis of the physionomies (Portraits' cycle) brought him to a maximum level of rarefaction and synthesis of the shape (Suspensions' cycle) and from there to the current Nudes, in which the two early worlds meet in a continuous fade-in/fade-out of bodies, fluctuating in the space.

Matteo Soltanto has had various personal exhibitions, and been invited to take part in numerous collective ones. In addition to his painting, he has been appreciated for his theatrical set designs for important theatres (Teatro Stabile di Genova, Nuova Scena / Arena del Sole - Teatro Stabile di Bologna, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro, Teatro Stabile d'Abruzzo, Teatro Eliseo, La Pirandelliana, La Contemporanea 83, Russian Drama Theatre Ufa - Russia, Teatro e Società, Teatro delle Temperie, Synergie Arte Teatro, Arte e Salute Onlus, Plautus Festival, Neraonda), set-installations (Pitti Immagine, Florence - MTV, Milan - Lo Studio, Milan), illustrations (Hystrio, Ed.Ricordi, Milan - Ed. Abele Group, Turin) and graphic design. He has been teaching History of Theater at the Milan's Academy of Fine Arts and he is currently teaching at the Bologna's Academy of Fine Arts. Winner of the “Morlotti” National Art Prize 2001, his exhibitions have been curated by Monica Baldessari, Roberto Cresti, Marina Pizziolo, Nadia Raimondi, Alessandro Sibilia, Giorgio Seveso, Stefania Vecchi. His work has been published in Arteincontro (Bocca Library, Milan), Con-fine, New York Arts, Collezioni Edge (Ed.Logos), Arte e Dossier (Ed.Giunti, Florence), Arte (Ed.G.Mondadori, Milan), Hystrio (Ed.Ricordi, Milan).



PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS
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2007 - Nudes, Libreria Bocca, Milan.
2006 - The game of the four rooms, Casa Rossini, Lugo (Ravenna, Italy).
2002 - Portraits, La Scène Quai Est, Ivry sur Seine (France).
2002 - Suspensions, Chiostro di San Francesco, San Giovanni in Persiceto (Bologna).
2001 - Suspensions, XXth Century Italian Art Generations "Bargellini" Museum, Pieve di Cento (Italy).
2000 - Windy, Lo Studio, Milan.
1999 - Suspensions, Globe Fashion, Milan.
1999 - Suspensions, M-B Spot, Bologna.
1997 - Portraits, Torre di Santo Stefano, Molinella (Italy).

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
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2013 - Aperitif Art 01, Argento e China, Bologna.
2013 - Giuseppe Verdi: places and works, Il Ponte Gallery, Pieve di Cento (Bologna).
2013 - Dalla parte della notte, Il Ponte Gallery, Pieve di Cento (Bologna), curated by Franco Basile.
2013 - Il Calabrone Gallery, Corporeno, Ferrara (Italy).
2012 - ARTquake, Chiostri di S.Domenico, Reggio Emilia, curated by Alberto Agazzani.
2011 - 13x17 / Padiglione Italia, curated by Philippe Daverio and Jean Blanchaert (Bologna, Palazzo Fava).
2011 - The Merchant of Dreams, Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce (Italy).
2010 - Artefiera, Bologna Art Fair (Grafiche IncisioneArte - Corbetta, Milano).
2009 - Art Verona 2009, Grafique Art Gallery, Bologna.
2009 - Rossoblu, Grafique Art Gallery, Bologna.
2009 - Artefiera, Bologna Art Fair (Grafiche IncisioneArte - Corbetta, Milano). 
2008 - Art Verona 2008, Grafique Art Gallery, Bologna.
2008 - Con il corpo capisco, Grafique Art Gallery, Bologna.
2008 - Artefiera, Bologna Art Fair (Grafiche IncisioneArte - Corbetta, Milano). 
2008 - La collana bianca si colora / Einaudi Point Forli’ & Roccolo Castle, Busca (Italy). 
2007 - Miart, Milan Art Fair (Grafiche IncisioneArte - Corbetta, Milan).
2005/06/07 - 13x17 / Padiglione Italia, curated by Philippe Daverio, Santa Cristina Church, Bologna; Studio MIC, Rome; Berengo Studio, Murano. PK Building, Politecnico di Milano and S.Severo al Pendino Church, Napoli. San Gallo Church, Venice; Lanificio Pria, Biella; Museo della Provincia of Potenza; Milan Politecnico.
2006 - Artemisia Prize 2006, finalists show, Galleria Atelier dell'Arco Amoroso, Ancona.
2006 - Bau bau, Galleria 42 Contemporaneo, Modena.
2005 - Morlotti Prize (Silver medal), Imbersago's Mediateque (Lecco).
2004 - Fenice et des Artistes Prize (3rd Prize), Hotel La Fenice et des Artistes, Venice.
2004 - Il mito della Fenice, Arsenale di Verona.
2004 - Candidato designato, Galleria 42 Contemporaneo, Modena. 
2004 - Scandaglio, Morlotti Prize winners exhibition, Imbersago's Mediateque (Lecco).
2003 - God bye Gombola, S.Michele Arcangelo Church, Gombola (Modena).
2003 - De te fabula, the contemporary self-portrait, Palazzo dei Convegni, Jesi.
2003 - De te fabula, the contemporary self-portrait, Pinacoteca Civica and Palazzo Galeotti, Macerata. 
2002 - Works on paper, Studio Tommaseo, Trieste. 
2002 - 100 heads for Giovanni Macchia, S.Michele Arcangelo Church, Gombola (Modena)
2002 - Biennale Postumia Giovani 2002, Modern Art Museum, Gazoldo degli Ippoliti (Mantova).
2002 - Biennale Postumia Giovani 2002, Floriano Bodini Museum, Gemonio (Varese).
2002 - Leggerezza, Artemisia - Sermedia Officina Creativa, Cernusco S/N (Milan).
2002 - Persona (Portraits), Galleria 42 Contemporaneo, Modena.
2002 - Reactions, Exit Art, New York.
2001 - Morlotti Prize (winner), Imbersago's Town Hall (Lecco). 
2000 - Vaison Italienne, Éspace Burrhus, Vaison La Romaine (France).
1999 - Parallele waves, Creftow Art & Craft, Helston (UK).
1998 - Arteinspot, M-B Spot, Bologna.
1997 - Portraits, Exhibitions Building, Rimini.
1997 - Portraits, Cavallerizza Hall, Piacenza.
1996 - Figurs and figurations, Arena del Sole, Bologna.
1994 - Images from Monte Sole, Giorgio Morandi Center, Grizzana Morandi (Bo).
1994 - Podestà Hall, Re Enzo Palace, Bologna.

DIRECTION

2018 - Direction of Our contemporary Pirandello, Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna's Theater / Scuola di Teatro di Bologna "Alessandra Galante Garrone".
2012
- Direction and set design for The inexistent flower, written and staged by Vittorio Franceschi, music by Guido Sodo, Prod. Daphne's Smile and Tra un atto e l'altro / Biagi D'Antona Theater, Castel Maggiore (Bologna).

2012 - Direction and set design for Sniff here (written and directed with Marla Moffa). With Mara Di Maio, Gabriele Tesauri, Luigi Cilli, Lia Locatelli.


SET DESIGN

2018 - Set design for Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, directed by Nicoletta Robello Bracciforti. Prod. Teatro Eliseo, Roma.
2018 - Set design for At my place at 5:00, by P.Chesnot, directed by Stefano Artissunch. Prod. Danila Celani / Synergie Arte Teatro - Walter Mramor / A.Artisti Ass.
2017 - Set design for Bar none, written and directed by Andrea Lupo. Prod. Teatro delle Temperie.
2017
- Set design for Honigmond, by Gabriel Barylli, directed by Stefano Artissunch. Prod. Danila Celani / Synergie Arte Teatro.
2017 - Set design and costumes for The execution, by Vittorio Franceschi, directed by Marco Sciaccaluga. Prod. Emilia Romagna Teatro / Teatro Stabile di Genova.
2016
- Set design for The asshole, by and with Andrea Lupo. Prod. Teatro delle Temperie.

2016 - Set design for The above floor tenant, by Pierre Chesnot, directed by Stefano Artissunch. Prod. Danila Celani / Synergie Arte Teatro.
2016 - Set design for China Doll, by David Mamet, directed by Alessandro D'Alatri. Prod. Teatro Stabile d'Abruzzo and Teatro Eliseo, Rome.
2015 - Set design for Grand Guignol italian way, by Vittorio Franceschi, directed by Alessandro D'Alatri. Prod. Teatro Stabile d'Abruzzo.
2015 - Set design for Diva, written, produced and directed by Giordano / Edera.
2014 - Set design for Mate in three, written and directed by Vittorio Franceschi. Prod. Neraonda, distrib. Razmataz.
2014 - Set design for The true friend, by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Lorenzo Lavia. Prod. Teatro e Società and Borgio Verezzi Theater Festival.
2013 - Set design for The overcoat, by Vittorio Franceschi, directed by Alessandro D'Alatri. Prod. Arena del Sole Theater - Bologna.
2012 - Set design for Pseudolus, by Titus Maccius Plautus, directed by Cristiano Roccamo. Prod. TeatroVivo.
2011 - Set design for Many beautiful things, by Edoardo Erba, directed by Alessandro D'Alatri, Prod. La Pirandelliana and L'Incredibile srl.
2011 - Set design for Miles Gloriosus, by Titus Maccius Plautus, directed by Cristiano Roccamo. Prod. Plautus Festival 2011, TeatroVivo, Comune di Sarsina.
2011 - Set design for Scenes from a marriage, by Ingmar Bergman. Adaptation and direction, Alessandro D'Alatri. Prod. Teatro Stabile d'Abruzzo.
2010 - Set design for Motel, written and directed by Gabriele Tesauri. Arte e Salute Onlus Company / Arena del Sole Theater, Bologna.
2010 - Digital set design for Il fanciullo allegro, by and with Vittorio Franceschi. "Alessandra Galante Garrone Theater School", Bologna. Arena del Sole Theater, Bologna.
2009 - Set design and costumes for The Miser, by Molière, directed by Paolo Emilio Landi. Russian Drama Theatre, Ufa, Bashkortostan (Russia). 
2009 - Set design for A corpo morto, written and staged by Vittorio Franceschi, directed by Marco Sciaccaluga, masks by Werner Strub, Prod. Teatro Stabile di Genova.
2009 - Set design for The one of the radio. Marconi, the history of the man who changed the world, written and staged by Giorgio Comaschi, Prod. Procope Studio.
2009/(2007) - Set design for Dialogue with the buried alive, by and with Vittorio Franceschi, directed by Marla Moffa, Prod. Procope Studio / Daphne's Smile).
2008 - Set design for Rusco / De rerum natura, from Lucretius, written and directed by Gabriele Tesauri. Arena del Solte Theater, Bologna, Prod. Arte e Salute Onlus.
2007 - Set design and costumes for Teaching plays, by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Gabriele Tesauri. Prod. Nuova Scena - Arena del Sole, Bologna, Arte e Salute Onlus.
2005 - Set design for Daphne's smile, written by Vittorio Franceschi and directed by Alessandro D'Alatri, Prod. Nuova Scena - Arena del Sole, Teatro Stabile di Bologna.
2002 - Set design for Gege's Arc, written and directed by Vittorio Franceschi. (La Contemporanea 83).
1994 - Set design and costumes for Lager, memories from the death camps, texts by P.Levi, directed by Vittorio Franceschi. Bologna, Teatro Testoni/InterAction 1994 - Arena del Sole, Teatro Stabile di Bologna 1997).
- SET DESIGN / INSTALLATIONS
2002 - Windy - Sermedia Creative Factory, Cernusco S/N (Milan).
2001 - MTV Rocks - MTV Channel, Milan.
1999 - Pitti Immagine - Fortezza da Basso, Florence.
1998 - Windy - Lo Studio, Milan.


ILLUSTRATIONS

1997 - La Maccabea, by Virginia Galante Garrone (Gruppo Abele Editions, Turin).
1995 - Jack the gut opener, by Vittorio Franceschi (HYSTRIO, n.2/1995 - Ricordi Editions - Milan).


PRIZES
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2006 - Selected artist at Artemisia Prize (Ancona, Italy).
2006 - Selected artist at Citta' di Fondi Prize (Fondi, Italy).
2006 - Winner of the Frattini Prize for graphics.
2005 - Second Prize and Silver Medal at Morlotti Art Prize (Imbersago, Lecco, Italy).
2004 - Selected artist at Movimento Art Prize, Bocca Library, Milan.
2004 - Third Prize at La Fenice et des Artistes Art Prize, Venice.
2001 - Winner of the Morlotti Art Prize (Imbersago, Lecco, Italy)

He has been teaching History of Theatre at the Milan's Academy of Fine Arts and he is currently teaching at the Bologna's Academy of Fine Arts.

Matteo Soltanto

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