Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971 in Brescia. In 1995 he completed his studies at Central Saint Martins in London, and currently lives and works in Milan. At the beginning of his career, Vezzoli adopted the technique of embroidery, breaking openly with the artistic tendencies in London in the 1990s; thus his embroidered reproductions of the masterpieces of Josef Albers and Mark Rothko were born. He then dedicated himself to laser printing popular icons on canvas, which he embellished with metallic thread. Through his works, Vezzoli examines the glamorous world of divas, cinema and advertising and, more generally, the popular visual imagination. He does not hesitate to appropriate the clichés used in mass media to make the lives of public figures seem fascinating: sex, ambition, money. Vezzoli lays bare the mechanisms used by the entertainment industry to condition our existence and our dreams, but also gives form to our obsession with popularity.
The most important exhibitions dedicated to Vezzoli’s work include those held at MoMA PS1, New York (2014), MAXXI, Rome (2013), Jeu de Paume, Paris (2009) and Tate Modern, London (2006). His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibitions ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12) and ‘Italics’ (2008-2009).