Nm Contemporary presentS the solo show « Le signe et la couleur » by the Italian artist Paolo Masi in collaboration with Frittelli arte contemporanea, Florence.
The exhibition features a selection of new works by the artist from the series « Hommage à Léger » as well as a flash- back to the 2000s paintings and the 70s prestigious « Spaghi » and « Tessiture ».
Paolo Masi was born in Florence, 1933, where he lives and works. After the first informal experiences of the 50s, in the 60s he began to work "transforming" the materials. This experimentation leads him to the Centro F/uno aesthetic research group (with Baldi, Lecci and Maurizio Nannucci).
In the 70s Masi approaches the Analytical Painting working on the rhythmicity of the decomposition. He lives for some time in New York and turns his attention to the simpler urban elements (manholes, walls, floors) which he reproduces both with polaroids and with the frottage technique. In 1974 his "analytical attention" shifts to "Tessiture" (sewn canvases) and above all to packaging cartons, which he deals with various pictorial and non-pictorial techniques, to elaborate the structure of that poor material in an absolutely personal way. At the same time, he founded "Zona" together with Maurizio Nannucci, a non-profit collective space for art.
From the 2000s this experience will be transformed, again in Florence, into the management of a new collective space called "Base".
Among his numerous exhibitions stand out his participations in the 1978 Venice Biennale, the 1986 Rome Quadriennale, and those in various prestigious museums such as that of Vienna, Frankfurt, Belgrade, Rivoli, Paris, Florence, Milan and many others.
His works belong to important public collections such as the Pecci Museum in Prato, the Mart in Rovereto, the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin.