Tripoli Gallery

Tony Matelli is an American artist best known for his hyperreal depictions of figures in various forms of displacement, distress, and transformation. Focusing on themes of time, ambivalence, banality and wonder, Matelli’s work often manipulates the physical laws of objects—reversing, upending, atomizing and pausing in stasis, deftly manipulating matter and gravity—resulting in profound reorientations in perspective and, ultimately, states of being.

Matelli received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1995. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions including the Davis Museum, The State Hermitage Museum, and a mid-career survey at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark. His work is in numerous public collections that include the Davis Museum, MA; Cranbrook Art Museum, MI; FLAG Art Foundation, NY; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus Denmark; the National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; The Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow, Russia; Fundacion La Caixa Madrid, Spain; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden; Musee d’arte Contemporain Montreal, Canada; Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Denmark. The artist lives and works in New York City.