Martina Merlini

Martina Merlini è un artista italiana il cui lavoro è conosciuto per la sua costante evoluzione.
A partire dalle illustrazioni, ha esplorato nuove tecniche e materiali che sono tutti riflettenti della sua ricerca di un equilibrio formale e di armonia geometrica. Negli ultimi anni, ha sviluppato e perfezionato la propria tecnica con cera e smalto, cercando di definire una crudezza che ricorda la tipica casualità della natura seppur conservando le regole invisibili che vi scorrono.
La giovane artista gioisce dell’esperienza e dell’apprendimento attraverso cui acquisisce la conoscenza del proprio sé. Questa nuova conoscenza acquisita permea attraverso una varietà di contesti espressivi come l’arte di strada e le installazioni.
Il lavoro della Merlini è stato esposto in tutta Europa e negli Stati Uniti dove è stata residente a White Walls & Shooting Gallery di San Francisco.

Continuando a esplorare la sottile linea tra realtà e fantasia, superando i confini, questa giovane artista italiana sta guadagnando sempre più riconoscimento con ogni opera che completa.

Martina Merlini is an Italian artist whose work is known for its constant evolution. Starting with illustrations, she explored new techniques and materials that are all reflective of her search for a formal balance and geometrical harmony. In the last years, she has developed and perfected her own technique using wax and enamel, trying to define a rawness that reminds of the typical casualty of nature, and yet the invisible rules that flow through. The young artist thrives on experience and learning through which she gains knowledge of her own self. This newly gained knowledge permeates through a variety of expressive contexts such as street art and installations.

In search of balance, Martina uses materials such as wax and varnishes on poor media like paper or wood. The quiet and powerful compositional balance is found when strict, geometrical lines juxtapose the flow of natural instinct and impulses. Born in 1986 in Bologne, Martina has come a long way, having a number of exhibitions dedicated to her. She has participated in a variety of events and festivals, including Living Walls, which was the first festival of street art done by women, in Atlanta, the USA in 2012, and the prestigious Le Mur in Paris in 2015.
As a keen researcher of human nature, Martina plays with geometrical lines, investigating the notion of limit in a subtle and refined way. Perpetually poised between the rational and the irrational, the artist utilizes dense pictorial traits symmetrical by nature to continue her research. As the lines begin to disjoint unexpectedly under the impulse of primordial forces. In a constant struggle with his own limitations, it is in human nature to turn elsewhere in search of a way to break the boundaries. The only way to surmount what seems to be an insurmountable barrier is with imagination. Only this way can the limits be re-invented and re-created, and the artist is the one who holds the power of manifesting and projecting these newly found limitless forms of expression.

Merlini’s work has been exhibited across Europe and the USA where she was on residency at White Walls & Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. Continuing to explore the thin line between reality and imagination, surmounting borders, this young Italian artist is gaining recognition with each piece she does.

2017

This Will Ruin Everything – Lighthouse, Glasgow

Varsi Collective Show – Varsi gallery, Roma

A410 Festival – Rifugio Brioschi – Vetta Grigna Settentrionale, Pasturo

Ten Ten – Le Raclet – Berlin

Forever Never Comes – Museo Archeologico di Grosseto

Two Years Anniversary – Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

Curved Installation #3 – Voci per la Libertà by Deltarte – Museo della bonifica, Taglio di Po

Endless – Magma Gallery, Bologna

Abstractism – curated by Altrove Festival – Varsi gallery, Roma

Reset – Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

2016

Triscele project w/ Moneyless & Sten Lex – Sicily

Todo en Orden – Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City

Kwerschnitt – Schau Fenster, Berlin

Ready, Set. – Athen B. Gallery, Oakland CA

Exceptional – Scream Gallery, London

4Urban Tales – Magma Gallery, Bologna

2015

From the archaic to the internet archive – Egg Visual Art, Livorno

Dicotomia – Atipografia, Arzignano VI

Reminiscence goes to Ritmo – Ritmo Indipendente, Catania

XV classes project – St. Jean de Lux

Un dessin est beau si la lingne est vivante – Winterlog Gallery, Niort

House warming – Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

Restart Cassina – Cassina de Pecchi, Milano

Altrove / Abstractism – Casa Altrove, Catanzaro

Reminiscence – Mini Galerie, Amsterdam

Viavai – The Don gallery, Milano

La Bellezza fa 40 – Castello Carlo V, Lecce

Le Mur XIII – Paris

2014

Starch, Wax, Paper & Wood – White Walls, San Francisco CA

A Major Minority – 1AM gallery, San Francisco CA

Mamuthones, Issohadores – Superbudda, Torino

XXxXX – Studio D’Ars @ Step Art Fair, Milnao

Space//Squared – White Walls, San Francisco CA

Apertura – Mini Galerie, Amsterdam

Cheap Festival – Bologna

Altrove Festival – Catanzaro

Viavai Festival – Racale

2013

Razorsicht – Santeria, Milano

Memory and Ttraces – Edward Cutler gallery, Milano

Growing up – DFA partners, Milano

Memorie Urbane, Terracina

Totem – Officine della Stampa, Bologna

Drawings for the masses – 999 gallery, Roma

Garten – Superground, Milano

Berlini spring show – Stattbad, Berlin

I low art – Artcore gallery, Bari

WAX – Spazio Elastico, Bologna

Carta Canta – Antonio Colombo Artecontemporanea, Milano

2012

Asylum – Skitsch, Milano

A4GOD – Radio, Milano

Bubka – Santeria, Milano

G.E.N.T.E. mural – Milano

Ilfuturonelletuemani – Bra

Living Walls conference exhibition – Atlanta, GA

Essenziale – Nastro say yes, Milano

Attack festival – Palazzo Candiotti, Foligno

LEBE – an anthology of african gods – RAM Hotel, Bologna

Rodeo Drawing Night – Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano

LEBE – RADIO, Milano

Little Circus – Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano

A la sombra del árbol – Palacio Quintanar, Segovia

2011

Till Pink – Santeria, Milano

Centocinquanta – Macò, Taranto

Asylum w/ Tellas – Zelle ArteContemporanea, Palermo

Super 8 – Santeria, Milano

Sweets Sheets – Zelle Artecontemporanea, Palermo

2010

Loop – Assab One Milano, Tiendaderecha, Barcellona – Temporary Love Shop, Roma – Fragile Continuo, Bologna – Cantere S. Bernardo, Pisa

Illustrators award – Bologna Childrens book fair

Pop disaster by Limited Art Gallery,Bergamo

Asylum w/Tellas – There’s no place like home , Milano – FragileContinuo, Bologna.