Michele Lamassa dedicates himself to a technique that is atypical within contemporary art: the fresco painting, a more than 3500-year-old artistic process which experienced its heyday during the Renaissance but has since steadily lost its significance. The execution of a fresco requires a great deal of perseverance and virtuosity. The themes and motifs chosen by Lamassa show him to be a persistent and critical observer of our time and recent history, as evidenced by the series Cold War II (2015-2016). Lamassa’s frescoes have a temporary character; using the strappo method – a method of restoration to remove wall paintings and prevent them from decay – the artist transfers his large-format frescoes to jute, presenting them outside the original architectural context and allowing the viewer to experience them in a new way.
Born in Zurich in 1974, Michele Lamassa studied conservation and restoration at the Scuola universitaria professionale di Lugano (SUPSI) and directing and cinematography at the Conservatorio di Scienze Audiovisive di Lugano (CISA). During the Expo Milan (2015) and Expo Astana in Kazakhstan (2017), he allowed the public to participate in the creation process of his fresco works. His works can be found in company-owned and museum collections at home and abroad, including the World Expo Museum in Shanghai. Lamassa lives and works in Locarno, canton of Ticino.