Francesca DiMattio

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Francesca DiMattio (born 1981) is an American artist born and based in New York City.[1] She makes paintings and ceramic sculpture that weave elements using architectural, design, cultural and historical references.[2]


DiMattio grew up in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Her mother was a college counselor and ceramist and her father was a vision scientist in the Physiology Dept. at NYU Medical Center. She attended NYC Public schools including the Lab School and LaGuardia High School of Music and Art graduating in 1999. She received her BFA from the Cooper Union in 2003 and her MFA from Columbia University of the Arts in 2005.[3][4]


Francesca DiMattio (born 1981) is an American artist born and based in New York City. She makes paintings that weave spaces using architectural, cultural and historical references. Patterns, textures and imagery combine to forge a logical cohesion from apparently disparate and chaotic elements. Large mural works on canvas have been displayed in the Saatchi Gallery in London, Locust Projects in Miami, Salon 94 Bowery in NYC and the ICA in Boston.

In recent solo shows (2014-8) in New York City and London she has introduced ceramic sculpture that aspires to the monumental via a feminine strength and whimsy. DiMattio fractures and reconfigures a wide array of references including art history, children’s books, cartoons, pop culture, and craft. Though elements seem ready-made, she, in fact, sculpts and glazes everything by hand. Her sculptures are complex and multifaceted—each angle revealing seemingly endless experimentations in ceramic and glazing techniques. Throughout each assemblage, DiMattio’s layering and fragmentation maps a crucial dialogue between cultures and styles, pointing to the plasticity of representation. Through shifts in scale, elements that are typically accents become primary. Things do not behave as expected. Tiny figurines appear over scaled, floral motifs become viral, and torsos morph from flora and fauna. Through painting and the hybridization of art and craft she has introduced a dialogue with the past that has enlivened the contemporary world art scene. "Francesca DiMattio at Salon 94 and Salon 94 Freemans - artcritical". March 1, 2009.</ref>[5] and the ICA in Boston.


  • 2005 – Paradise Lost, Marvelli Gallery, New York; -First Look, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
  • 2006 – New Work, Salon 94, New York; -The General's Jamboree- Guild & Greyshkul Gallery, New York
  • 2007 – Abstract America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; -Unhinged, Laxart, Los Angeles, CA; -True Faith, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York; -Killers and Their Hiding Places, World Class Boxing, Miami, FL
  • 2008 – November Again, Harris Lieberman Gallery, NY
  • 2009 – Futurescape, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; -Master of Reality, curated by Joseph Wardwell, The Herbert and Mildred Lee Gallery, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; -Salon 94, New York Salon 94 Freemans, New York, NY; -Decollage, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
  • 2010 – Francesca DiMattio, Sandra & Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; -Francesca DiMattio/Garth Weiser, The Suburban, Chicago, IL.; –Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2011 – Bouquet, Conduits Gallery, Milan, Italy; -Extended Painting International, Prague Biennial, Prague, Czech Republic; 8 Americans, Alain Noirhomme Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; 4 Rooms, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2012 – Francesca DiMattio, Table Setting and Flower Arranging, March 17 – April 21, 2012, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY; -Modern Talking, Cluj Museum, Cluj, Romania; -Four Rooms, CSW Zamek, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2013 – Vertical Arrangements, Zabludowicz Collection, London, England
  • 2014 – Francesca DiMattio: Housewares, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX[6]
  • 2015 – Confection, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, England; -Domestic Sculpture, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY
  • 2018 – Boucherouite, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY[1]


1. “Carved from Nature,” Garage Magazine, September 2018 2. "Francesca DiMattio" ; The New Yorker, 2017 3. 5 McDermott, Emily, “Francesca Dimattio’s Instable Stability”, Interview, November 3 4. Packard, Cassie, “Francesca DiMattio's Grotesque, Delicious Sculptures Will Rob You of Certainty”, Vice, September 21 5. Smith, Roberta, “Review: Francesca DiMattio, ‘Domestic Sculpture,’ at Salon 94 Bowery”, New York Times, April 23, 2015 6. Corcoran, Heather, “Ceramic Artist Francesca DiMattio Explores the Beauty in Domesticity”, Dwell, April 2, 2015 7. The Artist Testing the Limits of Ceramics - The New York Times

External links[edit]

8. Yerby, Erin, “Francesca DiMattio: Table Setting and Flower Arranging,” Brooklyn Rail, June 4,2012 9. Weiner, Emily, “Francesca DiMattio on Craft and Hybrid,” Artslant, April 11, 2012