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Matt Mignanelli

Ballast Projects

An Independent Curatorial Initiative by Adam G. Mignanelli

Matt Mignanelli






Born in Providence, RI


Lives in New York, New York


BFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Mignanelli’s painting explores relationships between structure and nature, which are relayed through the use of light and architectural elements in a limited palette to create enigmatic environments. Drawing inspiration from energy, pattern, and light he strives for purity in painting. In his monochromes, Mignanelli reexamines the evolving interactions amongst light and surface. Through the use of reflective gloss and absorbing matte finishes he creates a constantly evolving viewing experience. The resulting subtleties highlight the materiality of the paintings. Mignanelli fully immerses the viewer within his environments while altering the perception of dimensional space.

Aesthetic and process define his practice. Painted entirely free-hand, he constantly challenges personal boundaries striving for perfection and purity in his execution.

Mignanelli’s paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally with solo exhibitions at Marianne Friis, Copenhagen (forthcoming), Artpark, Warsaw, Medicine Agency, San Francisco, and Recoat Gallery, Glasgow. He has exhibited at Art Copenhagen with Marianne Friis Gallery (2012), Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas (2012), Quint Contemporary, San Diego (2012), SCOPE Art Show in New York City with Spinello Projects (2011), Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City (2011), and Mark Wolfe Contemporary San Francisco, CA (2011). Mignanelli has lectured at Parsons The New School for Design and the Art Director’s Club of Tulsa. In 2011 he was awarded an Artist’s Grant and attended the Vermont Studio Center as an artist-in-residence.

Matt Mignanelli is represented by Marianne Friis Gallery, Copenhagen



Carte Blanche II, 2012 Gloss and matte black enamel on canvas 36 x 36 inches