Andrea Mastrovito – TO DRAW IS TO KNOW

Friday 20th  October 2023, 11.00am

Aula A5 at Polis University

MAD Center “Gëzim Qëndro” in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture in Tirana is pleased to present to you the work of the Italian artist, resident in New York, Andrea Mastrovito. He will be present for a conversation in the frame of Forumet e Artit dhe Dezajnit.

Mastrovito’s work, by exploring a space somewhere in between the reinvention of the artist and the reinvention of drawing in a continuous dialogue with the cycle of life and in open confrontation with audiences and communities, is characterized by its ongoing plastic evolution – a defining trait of a significant portion of contemporary Italian art, from Alighiero Boetti to Stefano Arienti.


Andrea Mastrovito was born in Bergamo in 1978, lives and works in New York. After graduating from the G. Carrara Academy in Bergamo in 2001, in 2007 he was awarded with the New York Prize, given by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; in 2012 the Morozo Prize; in 2016 he won the Ermanno Casoli award; in 2019 Italian Council; in 2021 Prix Plantagenet and Icona; while in 2022 he was awarded with the PAC award by the Italian Ministry of Culture.

His works have been exhibited in the most important national and international museums, including: MAXXI museum, MACRO and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome; MART in Rovereto; Pecci Center in Prato; Belvedere 21 in Vienna; MUDAC in Lausanne; MUDAM in Luxembourg; Queers Museum and Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Andrea Mastrovito is the first contemporary artist to whom, in 2011, a personal exhibition was dedicated at the Museo del Novecento, in Milan.

Among the most recent museum exhibitions we can mention Yo Lo Vi, Proa21 in Buenos Aires (2022); Strange Days, at the Laznia Center in Gdansk (2021); Io Non Sono Leggenda, at the Museo del Novecento e del Contemporaneo in Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia (2020); Very Bad Things at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome (2019); Le Monde est Une Invention sans Futur, at the Bullukian Foundation in Lyon (2019): Symphonie cines Jahrhunderts at the Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, mOsnabruck (2018); At the end of the line, in GAMeC, Bergamo (2014).

Since 2014, he has created a series of public, permanent artworks in Italy, France, Belgium and the USA.

In 2017, he made his directorial debut with the animated feature film NYsferatu – Symphony of a Century, followed in 2020 by the sequel I Am Not Legend: both films were screened at various cultural institutions, foundations, cinemas and festivals worldwide.