Interested in drawing and painting since a young child, Massagrande enrolled at the Fine Arts Academy in Venice in 1977, but was fiercely disappointed by the instruction he received from his painting teacher, an abstract artist. Later he met Giorgio De Chirico in Venice, who he says provided more real help and encouragement.
Massagrande seems to be quite prolific, having had over 100 exhibits since his first in 1973, yet these paintings look like they must take at least weeks to finish.
Interno V oil on board 12"x12" 2014
The Red Room oil on board 2011
Interno VIII oil on board 12"x12" 2014
Interno II 20"x20" oil on board 2014
I spent many hours haunting the Civic Museum and churches in Treviso when I was a child and I got locked in at night several times by mistake. My father became convinced that there was something wrong with me psychologically.
I tend to construct my images in sections, working minutely on each one. And I build up textures and patinas, almost as if I am restoring my own work.
I sometimes feel more like an architect than a painter of pictures.- Matteo Massagrande