Lee Materazzi

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Artist Bio

Lee Materazzi is a contemporary artist from Miami, FL now living in San Francisco, CA. In 2005 she received her BFA in sculpture from Central Saint Martins in London. Her work challenges the line between performance, installation, and sculpture which she materializes and documents through medium format photography.

The subject matter in Materazzi’s work is inspired by the mundane and materials that are
directly on hand — a folding chair or a role of tape. She uses her body alongside these materials and experiments of color, composition and balance. The end result creates a
sculptural and performative scene for the camera that makes us think about social roles,
routines, and gestures that are frequently overlooked within our everyday lives.
Her work has been shown internationally and is a part of numerous public art collections
including the The Perez Art Museum (formally MAM), The Margulies Collection at the
Warehouse and The Scholl Collection at World Class Boxing. Materazzi has been
commissioned to create work for The Sagamore Hotel Collection and her work has been
featured by Sia on Dancing with The Stars.

Artist Statement

I fucking love you
by Lee Materazzi

“Everyone knows that if you paint a human being entirely with house paint (she) will live, as long as you don’t paint the bottom of (her) feet.” – Miranda July, “No One Belongs Here More Than You”

I fucking love you.

To let you know,
I will balance everything from before,
and everything that is now between my legs.

Jugs of paint drip onto my thighs,
from the eight orifices of finger paint
in my crotch.

The walls and floor become messy.
I don’t worry about cleaning them up yet.

Instead I think about the materials
soaking into my skin,
the history imbued in them,
and what they signify to me.

Are certain mediums still attached to gender?
Are certain genders still attached to power?

I put on a fresh coat of paint
so many times that it buckles and cracks the space around me,
exposing each and every gesture.

Layers of layers.

To be submissive.
Tied down.

To be held up
I tape myself to the wall,
bend over backwards,
between a chair,
as I straighten a crooked frame,
to be at liberty to place myself.

This series has been made in part with my children.
In some ways they are absent in the works.
In some ways they are present in everything I do and represent.

They made art out of my face
with permanent marker.
I want their impressions to last.

Animal stickers and masking tape help me to hold my place.
Hundreds of eyes cling to my back and keep watch.
I become decorated, celebrated, sparkly, mutilated, and destroyed.

They put rainbows in my eyes.

Curriculum Vitae


2002 – 05  Central St. Martins, London Institute, London, UK, BA/ Fine Arts


Solo Exhibitions

2020  I Fucking Love You, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018  Lee Materazzi Screwed to the Wall, Lexington Standard, San Francisco, CA

2017  PLaY, Quint Contemporary, San Diego, CA

2015  DIY, Quint Contemporary, San Diego, CA

2012  Finding Myself at Home, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, DK

2011  Spaces with Meaning, Quint Contemporary, Art LA, Los Angeles, CA

2010  Feels Like Home, Spinello Gallery, Miami, FL

2009  Cluttered, Spinello Gallery, Pulse, Miami, FL

Making Space, Quint Contemporary, La Jolla, CA

2008  In Between Places, Spinello Gallery, Miami, FL

2007  Work, The Front Room, Miami, FL


Museum Exhibitions

2011  Florida Contemporary 2011, Naples Museum of Art, Florida

2009  Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary Art, California Center for the Arts

Escondido, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  20/20, curated by Ingrid Westlake, Further, San Diego, CA

2015  Auto Body- An International Platform of Over 40 Women Artists Working in Video and Performance, Faena Art Center Buenos Aires, Argentina

2011  Bitches Brew – New Art from New York (Part II), Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, DK

Abe’s Penny Live, curated by Anna Knoebel & Tess Knoebel, Miami, FL

2010  Littlest Sister, Spinello Gallery, Miami, FL

Hope Blossoms, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL

Mystic Visage, curated by Desiree Cronk, World Class Boxing, Miami, FL

Knock Knock: Who’s There? That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, curated by Sarah     Murkett & Elena Rubinfeld, Fred Torres Collaborations, New York, NY

Abracadadra, curated by Anthony Spinello, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, FL

2009  The Scholl Collection, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Miami, FL

101, HoW to Make A Gallery A Home, Spinello Gallery, Miami, FL

Confection, OHWOW, Miami, FL

2008  Schedenfrau, curated by Daniel Newman, Design District, Miami, FL

The Continuing Adventures of Our Heroine, curated by Aramis Gutierrez and Pepe Mar, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

2007  Littlest Sister, Spinello Gallery, Miami, FL

Little Boxes, Spinello Gallery, Miami, FL

Confluence: A Collaboration, Frederick Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

2006  The Tupperware Party, Red Dot Project, Miami, FL

2005  C Print, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL

A Private View, Merc Studios, Miami, FL

Wearable Expressions, Palos Verde Art Center, Palos Verde, CA


Public Collections

Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL

World Class Boxing, The Collection of Debra & Denis Scholl, Miami, FL

The Collection at the Sagamore Hotel, Miami, FL


Selected Art Fairs

2019  Photo LA, Quint Contemporary

2015  Art Market San Francisco, Quint Contemporary

2012  ArtLA, Quint Contemporary

2011  Scope NY, Spinello Gallery

2010  MACO Mexico, Spinello Gallery

2009  Photo LA, Spinello Gallery

Pulse Miami, Spinello Gallery

2008  Circa Puerto Rico, Spinello Gallery

Pulse New York, Spinello Gallery

2007  Pulse Miami, Spinello Gallery

Toronto International Art Fair, Spinello Gallery

Scope New York, Spinello Gallery

Art LA, Spinello Gallery

Scope Miami, Spinello Gallery

Scope Hamptons, Spinello Gallery

2006  Nova Art Fair Chicago, Red Dot Project

Scope New York, Spinello Gallery

Scope Miami, Spinello Gallery

Scope Hamptons, Spinello Gallery

2005  Scope Hamptons, Spinello Gallery




Pincus, Robert, PLaY, Published by Quint Contemporary, 2017

Segal, Gilad. Spaces with Meaning, Published by Quint Contemporary, January 2011

Hsieh, Catherine. Homecoming, New York Arts Magazine, Fall 2011

Pajot, S. Cindy Sherman and Lee Materazzi Get Behind the Mask at World Class Boxing, Miami New Times,July 2, 2010

Wilton, Kris. Have You Heard the One About the Urnial?, Artinfo, April 2, 2010.

Laster, Paul. Photo Gallery: Art That Makes You Laugh, Flavorwire, April 2, 2010

Tschida, Anne. Food Fight! Laundry Duty! Pictures From the Domestic Stuggle, Knights Arts, May 14, 2010.

Hood, John. NiteTalk: Losing Our Heads for Lee Materazzi. NBC Miami, May 17, 2010

Maza, Erik. Spinello Gallery Sells $5,000 Washing Machine New Times Miami, May 17, 2010

Kleinman, Rebecca. The People Who Make Miami, March 2010

Pincus, Robert L. Visual Fantasies, San Diego Union Tribune, March 12, 2009

Barrenechea, Victor. Female but Maybe Not Feminist, Biscayne Times, Volume 6, Issue 8.

De Jesus. Carlos Suarez. Heads Down, Miami New Times, June 12, 2008

Triff, Alfredo. Desnudo y paradoja sin rostro en la fotografia, El Nuevo Herald, June 3, 2008

Dunlop, Beth. Beauty in Truth, Home Miami, December 2007

De Jesus, Carlos Suarez. Miniart Art, Miami New Times, November 22, 2007

Sinclair, Aimee. An Interview with Thomas Hollingworth & Lee Materazzi Gallery Diet, August 2007

Tschida, Anne. CULTURE SURGE: Photo Flourish, Category 305, January 26, 2006

De Jesus, Carlos Suarez. Sugar and Spice Girls, Miami New Times, March 2006



Bilowit, Bill & Orihuela, Grela. Wet Heat Project, http://wetheat.tv/A-Roll_Materazzi.html

Vigliotti, Jonathan & Scholl, Dennis, Plum TV:Lee Materazzi, http://miamibeach.plumtv.com/videos/lee_materazzi