Not long after graduating art and design school in Milan, Mattia Biagi arrived in Los Angeles. He was immediately impressed by one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the La Brea Tar Pits, which became the influence for his initial body of work in the U.S. As Biagi says, "I was intrigued with tar as a medium and how it illuminates and highlights objects in a very esoteric and ethereal sense." The mix of a traditional Italian background with life in America has made quite an impact on his creative process.
In his new body of work, Biagi seeks to integrate the subconscious' images that embody all emotion. By creating exuberantly colored expressive sculptures that juxtapose abstraction and figuration, photography and drawing, painting and sculpture, flatness and dimensionality, formalism and conceptualism, he creates a unification of seemingly divergent principles--Principles that represent our fractured internal understanding of life experiences.