Federico Solmi

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Federico Solmi
Still from "The Evil Empire"
Born 1973
Bologna, Italy
Nationality American
Known for Video Art
Notable work "The Evil Empire", "King Kong and the End of the World"

Federico Solmi (born April 1973 in Bologna, Italy) is a Brooklyn-based, Bologna-born visual artist living in New York.

In 2009 Solmi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the category "Video & Audio".


The artist uses images culled from the video game industry, pop culture, and the internet and collages them with a historical influence to produce original artworks about the seemingly disparate subject at hand. The process of his art involves the cutting edge as well as the ancient; a 3D environment is built to provide a structure for the final drawings that compose his videos.


Solmi’s animations have been featured in some of the events dedicated to contemporary art and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including Drawing Center, New York; Victoria Memorial Museum of Calcutta, India; Contemporary Art Museum of Naples, Italy; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel and Contemporary Art Center of Rouboix, France. His animations have been screened in several film and video festivals, as well as in established contemporary art fairs including Pulse Miami; Pulse New York; Art Brussels; Maco Mexico; Scope Art Fair, Basel; Scope art fair, New York; and Artissima. His work has been reviewed by publications such as Flash Art Magazine, Tema Celeste, Art Actuelle, Contemporary Magazine, ArtNet.com, il Giornale, Marie Claire, Animal Magazine, El Mundo, Exibart on Paper, JamesWagner.com, Daily News, El Pais, Il Mattino, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Roma, and Duellanti. Exibart on Paper, an Italian based contemporary art magazine, features a drawing from the video “King Kong and the End of the World” on the cover of its January 2006 issue.


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