Matteo Volonterio, born in Bergamo, lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He grew up in the valleys of Bergamo, and this has influenced his artistic practice: most of the sculptures are inspired by the typical hunting hut of the area. Hybridization is the main topic and purpose of his works. He creates relationships between human and natural elements, chemical and organic materials. During his academic studies at Accademia di Belle Arti G. Carrara (BG), he worked with different media, from installations to 3D modeling, from photography to sculpture, without ever straying too far from the concreteness of the materials which he’s most attached to. Plants, cement, wood, polyurethane, moss. He projects and realizes small and large spaces by assembling exhausted products and consumer objects. Then, weaving an aesthetic relationship between them until they become a whole, a tentacular aesthetic organism. His purpose is to move from creating "works that talk about" to "works that interact with".
He believes that art has an ethical function as well as an aesthetic one, and for this reason it has the duty to take part in the great challenges of modernity, first of all the environmental issue. Aesthetic and intellectual speculation allows us to imagine and model alternative forms of futures to overcome the dynamics of exploitation on which our cultural hegemony is based. The Symbiosis Project is all about this: designing in 3D and printing site-specific art installations aimed at the ecological regeneration of specific habitats.
Born as a thesis project in collaboration with curator Eleonora Garini, it is now the artist's most important ambition and the reason for which he lives in the Netherlands.
Volonterio graduated with honors in Visual Arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti G. Carrara in Bergamo, Italy. He was awarded three merit scholarships at the same Academy. Moreover, in 2019, He was selected for the National Fine Arts Award, and in 2020 he won the Top 15 Talent Prize of Paratissima in Turin. Since the beginning of his academic career, he has participated in twelve exhibitions, including five in Bergamo (at Spazio Gamec, Luogo_e, Spazio Giacomo, and Ex Prison Sant’Agata and Accademia G. Carrara), two in Turin (Paratissima Art Station and Accademia Alberitna), and one in Venice (Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello).