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Matteo Rosa was born in Italy in 1978 and is currently based in Malmö, Sweden.  


He holds a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art and an MFA from Malmö Art Academy.  


Over the years his work has been shown at numerous international venues, including Kramfors Konsthall, Kramfors (SE), Skånes Konstförening, Malmö (SE), Krognoshuset, Lund (SE), Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (SE), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (DK), City Art Centre, Edinburgh (GB), E:vent Gallery, London (GB), The Boiler Room Gallery, Oslo (NO), Galleria Civica, Trento (IT) and Viafarini, Milan (IT).  


The artist is represented in several public collections, such as Malmö Art Museum, Scania Regional Council, Public Art Agency Sweden and KORO – Public Art Norway, as well as in multiple private collections across Europe. 


At the core of Matteo Rosa’s practice is an interest in interconnectedness – the play  

between form and formlessness, transience and timelessness, imagination and awareness. He explores art’s potential to restore forgotten or neglected aspects of the self, at a time when we are exposed to the largest amount of external information in history. Nature and its contemplation are a recurrent theme, pointing back to the viewer’s inner stillness. Rosa employs various media, from drawing and painting to photography, video, text and installation.  


The photographic work Surgere (2023) depicts a cluster of trees and shrubs outlined against the sky, reflected in the water of a mountain stream. It was taken during an excursion in a remote valley of pristine beauty, following a prolonged period of relative isolation within the city’s confines – a rare moment of rejoicing and reconnection. Tiny ripples dance across the surface, causing the image to tremble, pointing to the fragility and ephemerality of perceived existence. The title, Surgere, is a Latin verb meaning ‘to arise, come into being’, from which the English word ‘source’ originally stems.


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