Massimo Agostinelli is an Italian-American contemporary artist from New York, based between London and Switzerland. He specialises in photography and printmaking, using innovative mediums and techniques to create various forms of ‘word play’ and ‘visual poetry’.

At just 30 years old, Massimo Agostinelli art is already much-loved by the contemporary art world. He has gallery representation around the world, has exhibited in several museums and participated in a number of prestigious art fairs.

He also features in public and private collections in Europe, North America and South Africa, and powerful patrons have chosen to purchase Massimo Agostinelli pieces to add to their own assets, including the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio, the Niarchos family and various luxury hotels.

Visual poetry

After gaining his BA from Webster University (Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Art) Agostinelli pursued apprenticeships in printmaking, typesetting and typography. It was here that the artist began to explore the relationship between visual arts and language.

While matching meaningful messages with powerful images, the artist often examines the possibility of written words taking the life of their own and living independently from images, drawings, paintings or sculptures that contain them. By exploring how words may exist separately from an image they constitute, the artist draws from the heritage of Pop and Conceptual artists such as Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, and Jenny Holzer.

“I wanted to find a way to create a fusion or bond between words and imagery,” he told Widewalls. “The two components must correlate seamlessly and essentially become at one with one another.”

The relation between bold text and iconic image is animated by the viewer’s individual response to the text’s expressive voice, and the message created by the juxtaposition. The results toe a line between poignant and cryptic, allowing clarity to slip in and out of reach.

Massimo Agostinelli
Massimo Agostinelli

Palindromes

The Palindromes series (2014) is a sequence of coloured mirrored “canvas” sheets imprinted in relief with iconic artistic and historical imagery. Each bears a palindrome, which reads the same backwards as it does forwards.

Agostinelli’s appropriation sweeps across the Western timeline, capturing allegories from Greek mythology and Renaissance painting, 20th Century politics, through to modern day popular culture.

Each artwork, although unique in expression and emotional response, and vastly differing in original source, is brought together by compositional uniformity and historical significance. Displayed in series, the viewer moves between works that speak intensely to isolated and accentuated aspects of human nature, complete with polar contradictions: good, evil, beauty, greed, hope and prejudice hang together in equal measure.

“We know that all extremes eventually meet at a common point just like a palindrome illustrates, but what we don’t always know is how to find that essential balance,” Agostinelli explains. “In my work I aim to depict connections, which are both historic and timeless, giving us a sense of continuity and progression”

“The work symbolizes something different to each individual, just as a mirror’s reflection changes depending on who’s standing in front. I encourage people to physically move around in order to fully engage with the work, everyone is different and everyone has their own point of view. Seeing the art from different angles allows your eyes to find their own place naturally.”

Anagrams

In contrast, his Anagrams series (2015) features portrait photographs of pop culture icons including Michael Jackson, James Bond and Clint Eastwood, as well as old masters of classic painting and historical figures in the case of Queen Victoria, Mona Lisa and Shakespeare.

Wordplay has inspired artist Massimo Agostinelli to create a series of works focusing on the enigmatic meaning of expressions associated with famous people and iconic objects.

Using a lenticular lens printing process, Agostinelli forms a 3D effect which reveals several layers of hidden meaning, movement and depth. The viewer experiences an anagram written across the portrait – for instance, ‘MICHAEL JACKSON’ changes to reveal ‘SLICK ON EACH JAM’ dependant on the viewer’s angle. The lenticular lens allows for the text to alternate and flip back and forth seamlessly depending on the angle viewed.

Every anagram is symbolic and characteristic for the person portrayed. Words transform from ‘Victoria Englands Queen’ into ‘Governs A Nice Quiet Land’, while ‘Statue of Liberty’ morphs into ‘Built to Stay Free.’ In communication and effect, these compelling and richly allegorical artworks reinterpret the iconic themes of heritage with a contemporary material and voice.

Invest in Massimo Agostinelli

If you are looking to buy Massimo Agostinelli art to enjoy in the home and potentially benefit from as an investment, pay Maddox Gallery a visit. Based in the heart of Mayfair and Notting Hill, our galleries are staffed by expert Sotheby’s-trained art consultants who are on hand to advise, educate and support visitors.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about Massimo Agostinelli art for sale, or to learn about the other talented contemporary artists we represent.

Art Investment Brochure

  • Michael Jackson / Slick on Each Jam
    TITLE
    Michael Jackson / Slick on Each Jam

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Lenticular Pigment Print

    SIZE
    160 x 125 cm
  • Clint Eastwood / Old West Action
    TITLE
    Clint Eastwood / Old West Action

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Lenticular Pigment Print

    SIZE
    160 x 125 cm
  • The Mona Lisa / Ah Not a Smile
    TITLE
    The Mona Lisa / Ah Not a Smile

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Lenticular Pigment Print

    SIZE
    160 x 125 cm
  • James Bond / Send a Job M
    TITLE
    James Bond / Send a Job M

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Lenticular Pigment Print

    SIZE
    160 x 125 cm
  • James Dean / Made Jeans
    TITLE
    James Dean / Made Jeans

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Lenticular Pigment Print

    SIZE
    160 x 125 cm
  • Victoria England’s Queen / Governs a Nice Quiet Land
    TITLE
    Victoria England's Queen / Governs a Nice Quiet Land

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Lenticular Pigment Print

    SIZE
    160 x 125 cm
  • Elvis / Lives
    TITLE
    Elvis / Lives

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Lenticular Pigment Print

    SIZE
    160 x 125 cm
  • MEGA GEM (LARGEST DIAMOND KNOWN TO MAN)
    TITLE
    MEGA GEM (LARGEST DIAMOND KNOWN TO MAN)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • LONELY TYLENOL
    TITLE
    LONELY TYLENOL

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • MUST SELL AT TALLEST SUM (WALL STREET)
    TITLE
    MUST SELL AT TALLEST SUM (WALL STREET)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • NO TRACE NOT ONE CARTON
    TITLE
    NO TRACE NOT ONE CARTON

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • NEVER ODD OR EVEN (ROULETTE ZERO)
    TITLE
    NEVER ODD OR EVEN (ROULETTE ZERO)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • PULL A WALL UP (BERLIN WALL)
    TITLE
    PULL A WALL UP (BERLIN WALL)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • LIVE NOT ON EVIL (LADY VENUS)
    TITLE
    LIVE NOT ON EVIL (LADY VENUS)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • MADAM IN EDEN IM ADAM (ADAM & EVE)
    TITLE
    MADAM IN EDEN IM ADAM (ADAM & EVE)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • NO DEVIL LIVED ON (ST. GEORGE & DRAGON)
    TITLE
    NO DEVIL LIVED ON (ST. GEORGE & DRAGON)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • CAIN A MANIAC (CAIN & ABEL)
    TITLE
    CAIN A MANIAC (CAIN & ABEL)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • A MAN A PLAN A  CANAL PANAMA (PANAMA CANAL)
    TITLE
    A MAN A PLAN A
    CANAL PANAMA (PANAMA CANAL)

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm
  • NOW I WON
    TITLE
    NOW I WON

    MEDIUM
    Matte ink on acrylic mirror

    SIZE
    155 x 120 cm