© Simon Kentish
Mattia Bonetti was first interested in fine art photography.
It featured phantasmagorical characters in cut paper from imagined decorations, which gave rise to very large format prints. In 1981, the Samia Saouma gallery, Paris, devoted its first exhibition to him.
Then he joined forces with Elizabeth Garouste and for twenty years constituted the most emblematic duo of designers of the end of the 20th century.
In 2001, after the retrospective dedicated to them, at the Le Grand Hornu Museum (Brussels), Garouste & Bonetti parted ways, while continuing to entrust the editing of their joint creations to the gallery En Attendant les Barbares.
After the “Emile Gallé” scenography at the Orsay Museum in 2004, Mattia Bonetti’s career took on an international dimension, through numerous personal exhibitions.
– 2004: “Géométries” Galerie Kréo, Paris
– 2004: “New Works”, David Gill Gallery, Londres
– 2004: Galerie Luhring Augustine, New York
– 2007: Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Bruxelles
– 2008: “New Works”, David Gill Gallery, Londres
– 2008: Galerie Italienne, Paris
– 2010: “New York”, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
– 2011: Duke & Duke, Los Angeles
– 2012: “New Works”, David Gill Gallery, Londres
– 2013: “Intérieur, extérieur”, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
– 2014: “New Works”, David Gill Gallery, Londres
– 2016: Musée des Beaux Arts, Carcassonne
– 2016: Musée des Beaux Arts, Roanne
– 2017: “New Works”, David Gill Gallery, Londres
– 2019: Galerie McClain, Houston
He regularly participates in the collective exhibitions of the gallery En Attendant les Barbares:
– 2003: “Reflexions, reflections”
– 2015: “Masculin Pluriels”
– 2020: “Diego Giacometti Forever”
In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious “Best Original Design Award”.
From the Ricard decanter, to the design of the choir of Sainte Etienne de Metz cathedral, Mattia Bonetti, in an incessant back and forth between art and design, knows how to express a singular talent, backed by a perfect mastery of production.