Occasionally it’s necessary to take a hard look in the mirror and reckon with the crisp, odd reflection. This can be funny, startling, utterly bizarre, or if we’re lucky, all three. In his uncanny sculptures and paintings, Tony Matelli routinely traffics in all three.


1971, Chicago, IL


New York, NY




NYFA Grant, 1998
Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art-Independent Study, New York, NY, 1993 BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI, 1991


Still Human, Colección SOLO, Madrid, 2020
NGV Triennial, National Gallery Victoria, Australia (cat.), 2020
Reflections, Matt Black x Gana Art, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea, 2019
Main Project of the 8th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Dmitri
Good Moves, The Power Station, Dallas, TX, 2019
Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture, National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, La Boverie, Liege, Belgium, 2019
Landscapes After Ruskin: Redefining The Sublime, curated by Joel Sternfeld, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY, 2018
People: Figurative Sculpture, Jeffrey Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Objects Like Us, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (cat.), 2019
Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Kunsthalle Tubingen, Baden Puttemberg, Germany, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan (cat.), 2018
The Transported Man, MSU Broad, East Lansing, MI (cat.), 2017
Like Home, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 2017
Wanderlust, The High Line, New York, NY, 2016
Ground Control, Art Basel Miami Beach Public 2016, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, 2016
Realisms, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016
Reshaping Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture, Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, Spain (forthcoming), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, A.C., Mexico
Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York, NY, 2015
Director’s Choice 7-9-13, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, 2013 SOMETHING ABOUT A TREE, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY, 2013
Personal Structures, 54th International Venice Biennale, Venice Italy, 2011
Realismus: Das Abenteurer der Wirklichdeit, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany (cat.), 2010
N’importe Quoi, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, France (cat.), 2010
Ferne Nähe, KunstMuseum,Bonn, Germany (cat.), 2009
Chasing Napoleon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2009
Attention to Detail, curated by Chuck Close, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (cat.), 2008
Undone, Whitney Museum at Altria, New York, NY, 2007
Baroque Biology (with Alexis Rockman), CAC in Cincinnati (cat.), 2007
Five Billion Years, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2006
Into Me, Out of Me, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, PS1 / MOMA, Long Island City, NY, 2006
Fairy Tales Forever, Homage to H.C. Andersen, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (cat.), 2005
What is Art Good For? 100 x Kunst am Karlsplatz, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2004
The Uncanny, Tate Liverpool, curated by Mike Kelley, England (cat.), 2004
The Fourth Sex, curated by Francesco Bonami, MOCA Chicago (cat.), 2003 Instructions, Kunsthalle Wien, curated by Gerald Matt Vienna, Austria. PLOP - Recent Projects of the Public Art Fund, curated by Tom Eccles, 2003

NYC Liquid Sky, Frac, Dijon, France, curated by Marc Olivier Wahler (cat.), 2003
The Americans, Barbican Center, London (cat.), 2001
Greater New York, PS1/MOMA, Long Island City, NY (cat.), 2000
Small World, MOCA, San Diego (cat.), 2000
Over the Edges: the Corners of Gent, curated by Jan Hoet, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium (cat.), 2000
Beyond the Monument, organized by the the Public Art Fund, Metrotech, Brooklyn
Yesterday Begins Tomorrow, curated by Franceso Bonami Bard College for Curatorial Studies, New York, 1998
Pop Surrealism, Aldrich Museum, CT (cat.), 1998
Spatiotemporal-Works from the Collection 1988-1998, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthalle, Sweden, 1998
To be Real, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA, 1997


I hope all is well…, 500 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA,2018
Hera, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (cat.), 2017
Tony Matelli: New Gravity, The Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Massachusetts (cat.), 2014.

Tony Matelli - A HUMAN ECHO, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway, 2013
Tony Matelli: A Human Echo, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, 2012
Tony Matelli: Glass of Water, Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2011
Tony Matelli, Selestat Bienniale, Selestat, France, 2011
Abandon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2009
Tony Matelli, Uppsala Kunstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden, 2008
Abandon, Centre d’Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain, 2005
Abandon, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (cat.), 2004
Fucked and The Oracle, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria, 2004Abandon, University of Buffalo Art Gallery, New York, NY (cat.), 1999