(born 1960 Padua, Italy)

In 1992, Cattelan, who was born in Italy, moved to New York, where he still lives and works, although he maintains a studio in Milan. The effect of his life-like, apparently simple arrangements, made out of synthetic resin, everyday materials, stuffed animals and human hair, seems to fluctuate between a kind of mocking humour – which borders on the ridiculous – and cynical tragedy. He often gives us only the briefest peek into a scene, showing us parts of objects or parts of bodies, which he orchestrates into new, surprising and provocative arrangements. Cattelan plays with the notion of the rebellious artist unfettered by convention, who has no profession and who never went to art school.

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Ave Maria 2007
Private collection