Maurizio Anzeri

Selected works by Maurizio Anzeri

Maurizio Anzeri
Round Midnight

2009

Embroidery on print

62 x 45 cm

Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. The image used in Round Midnight is an early 20th century ‘glamour shot’ that at the time would have been considered titillating for both the girl’s nudity and ethnicity. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.

Maurizio Anzeri
Nicola

2011

Embroidery on photograph

23 x 17 cm

'I work with sewing, embroidery and drawing to explore the essence of signs in their physical manifestation. I take inspiration from my own personal experience and observation of how, in other cultures, bodies themselves are treated as living graphic symbols.'

Maurizio Anzeri
Enrico

2014

Embroidery on photograph

18 x 13 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Leopold

2014

Embroidery on photograph

38 x 30 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Mia

2014

Embroidery on photograph

48cm x 33cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Mio

2014

Embroidery on photograph

48 x 33 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
I will be with you the night of your wedding

2013

Embroidery on photograph

21 x 15.5 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Giovanni

2009

Photographic print with embroidery

51 x 41 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Rebecca

2009

Embroidery on found photograph

20.5 x 15.5 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Penny

2009

Embroidery on found photograph

24 x 13 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Yvonne

2011

Embroidery on photograph

25 x 19.5 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Robert

2011

Embroidery on photograph

24 x 18 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Rita

2011

Embroidery on photograph

23.5 x 17.5 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Lille

2011

Embroidery on photograph

23 x 17 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Edith

2011

Embroidery on photograph

23 x 16.5 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Marcel

2011

Embroidery on photograph

23 x 17.8 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Profile Pink

2012

Embroidery on photo

22.5 x 16.5 cm
Maurizio Anzeri
Profile Yellow

2012

Embroidery on photo

23.5 x 18cm

Other Resources

www.maurizioanzeri.com
Artist website

artfacts.net
Additional information and images – Maurizio Anzeri

artnet.com
Various and images –Maurizio Anzeri

saatchigallery.com
'I work with sewing, embroidery and drawing to explore the essence of signs in their physical manifestation. I take inspiration from my own personal experience and observation of how, in other cultures, bodies themselves are treated as living graphic symbols.'