Matt Mignanelli creates paintings based on geometric forms, inspired by light, shadow, and architectural elements present in the urban landscape. His process combines incredibly detailed, methodical hand-painting with references to utilitarian painting applications in municipal and industrial contexts. He uses enamel and colors such as mailbox blue to reference these functional uses of paint within the urban environment. Mignanelli typically works within a limited color palette of black, white, or blue, while freely exploring permutations of form and recording the element of chance associated with his freehand process in splashes and drips of paint. The spontaneity that emerges makes the paintings feel alive.
Mignanelli is an artist working in Brooklyn and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. His paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally with solo exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, LUCE Gallery in Torino, Italy, and Dubner Moderne, Lausanne. Two-person exhibitions at The Hole, New York and Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City. He was included in Lineup: Explorations in Linear Abstraction at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, and Face to Face: Selections from the Ernesto Esposito Collection at Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno. He has exhibited with Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Zurich, Dickinson Roundell, Contemporary Istanbul with Dubner Moderne, and EXPO Chicago with Richard Heller Gallery, amongst others.
He was awarded an artist’s grant from the Vermont Studio Center as an artist in residence and has lectured at Parsons School of Design in New York. His work has been profiled and reviewed in Interview Magazine, SFAQ, Aujourd'hui, La Republicca, ARTINFO, Paper Magazine, and was featured in VICE’s video series Art Talk.