Maurizio Elettrico | Biography
Maurizio Elettrico was born in 1965 in Naples, where he lives and works. After studying natural sciences, he directed his artistic research towards the interdisciplinary relationships between philosophy, history and iconography. His research is characterised by the variety of materials he uses and the lexicon that he applies, ranging from freehand drawing on high-quality paper or fabrics of different kinds to other genres including sculpture, installations using everyday materials, video, performance, and prolific writing. Elettrico clothes the everyday world in a neomythological vitality where the radical secularisation of the sacred and science-fiction combine to produce a short circuit and where the distance between sense and nonsense is shortened so that it is their theophanic nature that becomes manifest. The recovery of dissonant forms and materials opens the way for a magical world of mediaeval ancestry, organised according to a mysteriously ideological taste for alchemy, producing a visual pantheon that dissolves with intelligence and balance midway between artistic creation and technological knowledge. He has held numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad, working with some of the major contemporary art curators like Jan Hoet, Lorand Hegyi and Achille Bonito Oliva. He made his debut in Naples with an exhibition at Vera Vita Gioia's Gallery in 1993, and his native city has been a point of reference throughout his career, as shown by his collaboration with the Fondazione Morra, where some of his works are in the collection, and his work as a consultant for RAI Educational. He consolidated his success abroad when the SMAK in Ghent (Belgium) purchased some of his works for its permanent collection in 1997. In 2004, Edizioni Morra published The New Empire, presenting a series of fanciful scenarios and illusory boundaries, opening our eyes to cosmic visions that invite imaginings on possible future worlds. After this, he produced a monumental work at the Charterhouse in Padula and exhibited in the Rome Quadrennial at GNAM. In 2006 he held his personal exhibition Lo Scoiattolo e il Graal (The Squirrel and the Grail) at the Capodimonte Museum where he brought to life characters from his book The New Empire, the inspiration behind the exhibition. In 2007 he held an exhibition titled Cervandro - Il Nudo travestito (Cervandro, the Nude in disguise) at Artecontemporanea Pio Monti in Rome, and an exhibition at the Lipanje Puntin Gallery in Trieste. In 2009 he presented work at the Venice Biennale and the Knokke Biennale in Ghent with the Hoet Bekaert Gallery. In the same year, his volume L'Infante demiurgo came out with Mimesis Edizioni, Milan 2009. In 2011, he appeared for the second time at the Venice Biennale, and in 2013 at the multimedia exhibition Biorema organised by the Paola Varrengia Gallery in Salerno. Since 2009 he has been engaged in a complex literary project which is soon to be published; a kind of saga in several volumes named Lo Scoiattolo e il Graal (The Squirrel and the Grail). In 2015, Electric presented Cibum deorum, an imposing sculpture inspired by the tree of plenty and its archaic references to fertility rites as part of the exhibition L'Albero della cuccagna. Nutrimenti dell'Arte, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, presented throughout Italy and involving more than 30 artists invited to create works inspired by the tree of plenty topos.