Angelo Filomeno

New York, USA
Angelo Filomeno combines classical painting with the traditional craft of embroidery to create stunningly detailed and opulent works in which fantasy, sexuality, religion and death intermingle.
Filomeno’s use of luxurious materials such as shantung silk, crystals and onyx intensify the intricate and meticulous designs which are executed with painstaking craftsmanship and artistry.
The immediate allure of the surface stands in contrast to the repellant subjects depicted in Filomeno’s paintings. The artist employs a motley array of macabre characters – skeletons, beasts, insects, limbs, feces – which imbue the work with fragility, mutability, anxiety and passion. The dichotomy between lush material and dark imagery makes for a complex and compelling viewing experience.

place & year of birth
Ostuni, Italy 1963

featured galleries

solo exhibitions
'Betrayed Witches', Galerie Lelong, New York, New York
'Eros and Thanatos', Frist Center for Contemporary Art, Nashville, Tennessee

group exhibitions
“Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion,” Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, Texas; Traveling to the Parrish Museum, Southampton, New York
“Pricked: Extreme Embroidery,” Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York
“Shattering Glass: New Perspectives,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York
“Senso Unico,” P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
“I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art,” Cheim & Read, New York, New York
“Shadow,” Galerie Lelong, New York, New York
“Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense,” 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

“ARS 06,” Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
“The Way of All Flesh,” BravinLee Programs, New York, New York
“Neo-Baroque!” Byblos Art Gallery, Verona, Italy

Artforum, Summer: Reviews; Rachel Churner
Time Out New York, April 3-9: Art, Reviews; Joseph R. Wolin
The New York Times, March 28: Art in Review; Karen Rosenberg
New York Magazine, December 10: The Object – Old School
The Village Voice, November 21-27: Let’s Get Stitched; Leslie Camhi
L’Uomo Vogue, May; Grazia D’Annunzio
The New York Times, February 12: Costume Shop Boy Makes Good; Dorothy Spears
Recent Catalogues
-->Angelo Filomeno
Text by: David Hunt, Charta, Milan, 2003

-->Venice Biennale 2007; Think With the Senses, Feel With the Mind: Art in the Present Tense, vol. 1;
text by Robert Storr, Venice, Italy