Tony Matelli was born 1971 in Chicago and lives and works in Brooklyn, he holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. His work is to be found in major public collections across the globe and has been the subject of major mid-career retrospectives at The Davis at Wellesley College, USA (2014); Bergen Kunstmuseum, Norway (2013); and ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2012).
Matelli works in a variety of sculptural techniques and materials, his œuvre displaying an uncanny fusion of conceptual clarity and technical breadth. Many issues of his generation — alienation, ambivalence, and decadence — manifest themselves directly in his work. His sculptures possess a concision and frankness that can simultaneously seem crass and profound. There is also an element of provocation; a protest against playing by the universally accepted rules or conventions that exist as an inseparable part of the world that surrounds us. His sculptures can best be described as anti-monuments, re-interpreting the tradition of hyperrealism in American sculpture.