Matthew Attard (b. 1987, Malta).
Matthew is currently reading for a practice-based PhD research at the Edinburgh College of Art, funded by the Malta Arts Scholarship scheme.
Matthew is strongly interested in situating his work within the realm of contemporary drawing. His interests include: the extension of the line within 3D spaces, the phenomenology of perception, datafication, drawing as a cyborg in dialogue with technology, the challenging of the use of data and technology, and provocations about how we represent ourselves in this day and age.
In 2018 he obtained his Masters degree from the Digital Arts Department, University of Malta, where he had started exploring the possibilities of using an eye-tracker as a drawing medium.
In 2009 he moved to Venice and collaborated with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the USA Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His work has been shown in Venice, Rome, Valletta, Genoa, London, Beijing and Los Angeles among other cities. In 2014, Galleria Michela Rizzo invited him for the bi-personal show In Between/Viewpoints with artist Rashad Alakbarov. In 2017 he was selected for the 3rd edition of the Le Latitudini dell’Arte Biennale, which took place at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa. In 2018 he was awarded the Under 30 Euromobil prize at ArteFiera, Bologna.
In 2019 he was selected for a third time to exhibit during Ten Artists to Watch at LACDA, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts. During the same year, he was also present during the collective show Soglie e Limiti, curated by Elena Forin at Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice. In 2019 he was selected to participate in Artissima Telephone at the OGR spaces in Turin, taking place during the Artissima Art Fair. He was also part of the https://reindex.galleriamichelarizzo.net/ online project.
Matthew is shortlisted for the Lumen Prize 2021.
September 2021 – Ħars fuq ħars – collaborative project curated by Margerita Pulè, Valletta Contemporary, Valletta
September 2021 – rajt ma rajtx… naf li rajt – solo show curated by Elyse Tonna, Valletta Contemporary, Valletta
May 2021 – Twilight Zone – between Analogue and Digital Media – curated by Alicja Panasiewicz, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta
October 2020 – Premio Combat 2020 – final exhibition for the drawing section, Museo G. Fattori, Livorno
September 2020 – Be the difference with Art – curated by Moira Mascotto, Awarded the Premio Rotary 2020, Musei Civici, Bassano del Grappa
June 2020 – Se il Tempo Sta – curated by Gianluca Cappellazzo, SharEvolution, Genoa
June 2020 – Assembramenti – Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice
April 2020 – Re-Index / Space and time during isolation – curated by Elena Forin, Online project, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice
December 2019 – DINAMOGRAMMI – curated by Viana Conti, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice
November 2019 – Imprint Biennale – curated by Christian Attard, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta
November 2019 – Artissima Telephone – curated by Vittoria Marini, Spazio OGR, Turin
October 2019 – ArtVerona Art Fair – Galleria Michela Rizzo Stand
September 2019 – AMuSE Final Exhibition – curated by Roderick Camilleri, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta
September 2019 – Vienna Contemporary Art Fair – Galleria Michela Rizzo Stand
September 2019 – Contemporary Istanbul – This is Blitz Stand
September 2019 – Ten artists to watch – curated by Joel Ferree, LACMA, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art (collective exhibition)
May 2019 – Premio Rotary Finalist – Torre delle Grazie, Bassano del Grappa
April/May 2019 – Artistic Residency, Lithuania – curated by AMuSE project, lead by the Malta Society of Arts
March 2019 – Ten Artists to watch curated by Meghan Doherty (LACMA) and Leigh Gleason (California Museum of Photography) Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art (collective exhibition)
March 2019 – Equivocality, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia – Italy (Project Room)
November 2018 – The Island Indoors curated by Ann Laenen, 252cc – Hof de Bist, Ekeren (collective exhibition)
October 2018 – Ten artists to watch curated by Joel Ferree, LACMA, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art (collective exhibition)
October 2018 – ArtVerona, Galleria Michela Rizzo Stand
28th September 2018 – Science in the City AR Installation Triton Fountain, Valletta (collective artwork)
September, 2018 – Remembering The Future: Digital Arts in Malta curated by Vince Briffa, Spazju Kreattiv (collective exhibition)
June 2018 – Here and Now curated by Norbert Attard, Valletta Contemporary, Valletta (collective exhibition)
April 2018 – Visual Acoustics curated by Zsolt Gyenes, VIVA Curatorial Festival, Valletta (collective exhibition)
February 2018 – ArteFiera Bologna, Galleria Michela Rizzo Stand – Winner of Euromobil Under 30 Award
October 2017 – ArtVerona, Galleria Michela Rizzo Stand
July 2017 – Biennale “Le latitudini dell’arte” 3° ediz. curated by Virginia Monteverdi, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
March 2017 – InTransit curated by Vince Briffa, NRW-Forum, Dusseldorf (collective exhibition)
October 2016 – Bodyless curated by Glen Calleya, Maritime Museum, Birgu (collective exhibition)
September 2016 – In-Human, NO.ME studio, Valletta
November 2014 – Line Drawings, Environment Showroom, Los Angeles
May 2014 – We are all Posers, ArtDate, Residenza Casarotto, Gamec, Bergamo
April 2014 – You are a Poser!, Canal|05, Brussels, Belgium (Project Room)
March 2014 – In Between curated by Dario Pinton, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia – Italy (bi-personal show with Rashad Alakbarov)
December 2013 – Collective Exhibition, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia – Italy (collective exhibition with V. Acconci, H. Fulton, F. Mauri, Muntadas, M. Sartori & F. Vaccari)
October 2013 – In Between the Lines curated by Viana Conti, Galleria Silvy Bassanese, Biella – Italy (bi-personal show with Mauro Ghiglione)
February 2013 – Line Drawings, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venezia – Italy (Project Room)
December 2012 – International Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition, Olympic Water Cube, Beijing – China (collective exhibition)
October 2012 – Premio Celeste Finalist, Spazio Ex-Gil, Rome (collective exhibition)
July 2012 – Atelier in Esterno Exhibition, Forte Marghera, Venice (collective exhibition)
August 2012 – Creative Cities Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition, Barbican Centre, London (collective exhibition)
January 2012 – BxHxME, A+A Gallery, Venice (collective exhibition)