Maurizio Anzeri's embroidered vintage photographsMaurizio Anzeri's embroidered vintage photographs

Maurizio Anzeri is a London based Italian artist, who works with discarded portraits which he reinvents through creative needlework and embroidery.  He uses synthetic hair as his thread of choice, which he stitches and sews on vintage photographs to create complex geometrical patterns and structures. Maurizio Anzeri è un artista italiano che vive a Londra, lavora con vecchie foto, in particolare ritratti che reinventa tramite lavori ad ago e filo, usando fibre sintetiche con le quali ricama complesse trame  e strutture geometriche.

Although rich in colors and extremely animated, his works are at the same time uncanny: they deprive the characters of their original individuality by overlaying mysterious veils and masks on the portraits. Nevertheless, Anzeri emphasizes certain facial features (like the eyes or the mouth – salient cues of social relevance) which manage to effectively radiate new expressions. As a body of work, Anzeri’s series has to be seen as  a resourceful reinterpretation of identities and a powerful means of suggesting alternative stories.

Anzeri is mostly known for his life-size hair sculptures. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2005. He was selected as one of the top 100 young emerging artists in the January 2008 edition of Flash Art, and was one of 30 artists shortlisted for the 2008 Sovereign European Art Prize. See below for some choice pieces of his embroidered photographs series:

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Anche se estremamente ricchi di colore ed animati, i suoi lavori mantengono allo stesso tempo un’aura inquietante, privando i ritratti della loro originale individualità e sovrapponendo misteriosi veli e maschere. Inotre Anzeri enfatizza alcune caratteristiche somatiche (in particolare occhi e bocca, elementi fondamentali dell’espressività umana) portandole a nuove espressioni.

Se è laureato con un master in Fine Art (scultura) alla The Slade School of Fine Art nel 2005. E’ stato selezionato come uno dei 100 giovani artisti emergenti nel gennaio 2008 da Flash Art ed era tra i 30 finalisti per il Sovereign European Art Prize del 2008. Sotto alcuni esempi della sua serie di fotografie ricamate

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