Angelo Filomeno embroidery
Beautiful embroidered paintings by Italian artist Angelo Filomeno are currently exhibited in The House of Magic Affection (December 18, 2014 – January 31, 2015). The series of Angelo Filomeno embroidery “Underwater Kingdom” is a kingdom ruled by Jewel-like creatures, from Scorpions to Seahorses. Angelo Filomeno (born 1963, Ostuni, Italy) made a successful career in the world of fashion and costume design eventually deciding to pursue a career as an artist in 1993. “I always wanted to be an artist,” he said. “Suddenly, my mind and my hands together will create beauty.” And so it happened. Maestro works with different materials, from Shandong silk, for which it is spun specifically, chromium glass, feathers, to stainless steel. His art features the style, taste, and aesthetic elegance of his designs. The series “Underwater kingdom” – an embroidered silk, shimmering satin, thick canvas, sparkling fabric and dazzling figures of the underwater world.
“The Alchemist of death” – the top of elegance and taste of the dark arts, this series is not too large, includes the image of fanged skulls, bones and skeletons, filled with the composition of this collection. His work is defined by craftsmanship of decorative details, themes rely heavily on Baroque, Medieval and Renaissance images of life and death. Made on silk, they hit the sinister beauty of the world of Angelo Filomeno embroidery.
Born in the town of Ostuni, Italy, in 1963, Angelo Filomeno learned needlework from his mother, seamstress, embroiderer, and from the tailor, whose disciple he was. The son of a blacksmith and a dressmaker, he worked in the fashion industry in Milan before moving to New York in 1992, where he created elaborate costumes for theatrical productions. Over the years, he has exhibited his work in New York, Milan, Paris and Miami.
Angelo Filomeno’s art work can be found in several public collections, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; 21C Museum, Louisville; and Museum of Art & Design, New York. Work was recently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York in the exhibition Re:Collection. In 2015 Filomeno’s work will be included the exhibition Threaded at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech opening on February 12. The House of Magic Affection is Filomeno’s third exhibition with Galerie Lelong. Angelo Filomeno lives in New York.