b. 1987, Italy

Guglielmo Castelli Biography

Guglielmo Castelli is a contemporary artist known for his figurative paintings that explore the relationship between the body and space.

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Early Years

Born in Turin, Italy, Castelli studied set design at the city's Accademia di Belle Arti. In his 2018 interview with ARTBerlin, the artist said that theatrical scenography enabled him to experiment with creating 'empty spaces by inserting full ones.'

Guglielmo Castelli Artworks

Guglielmo Castelli's paintings and works on paper are characterised by fluid and relaxed human figures, whose bodies appear to merge with their surroundings. Though favouring neutral colour palettes, Castelli has also worked with more saturated colours and highlights.

Figure and Space

In the interiors, landscapes, public spaces, and ambiguous environments found in Castelli's work, figures seem to float in the pools of colour that surround them. Pound of flash (2019), for example, depicts a woman seated in a chair, her head thrown backwards as if in sleep or deep contemplation; the wavy armature of her chair echoes the ripples created by the long brushstrokes of grey around it.

Che per fredda stagione foglia non perde, another painting completed in 2019, presents a similarly vague space. Framed by dark foliage at the top of the painting, with a fence in the distance, a human figure falls upside down into what would presumably be the ground—rendered here as a vague pool of yellow and washed-out red.

In other paintings, Castelli creates environments imbued with a sense of the theatrical. Three identifiable customers occupy the table in the painting All You Can Eat (2020), rendered as a ring of yellow that balances its mostly monochromatic surroundings. Most figures are seen in profile or from a bird's-eye view save for a mermaid, whose reclining body on the table provides a diagonal anchor to the painting, and a figure in the background on the right side of the canvas, who echoes the shape of the mermaid's head. Meanwhile, streams of smoke, rising from teapots and plates, add movement to the interior.


Guglielmo Castelli has shown his works in both solo and group exhibitions.

Select solo exhibitions include Calm act in closed room, Mendes Wood DM Gallery, Brussels (2021); Sia inteso come tutto ciò che non pesa, Le nuove frontiere del contemporaneo Fondazione Coppola, Vicenza (2019); Goodmorning Bambino, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2018); Asomatognosia, Sala Reale, Porta Nuova, Turin (2017).

Select group exhibitions include Fifteen Painters, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2021); Phantasma, Francesca Antonini Contemporary Art, Rome (2019); Dittico, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone (2016).

Website and Instagram

Castelli's website can be found here, and his Instagram can be found here.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2022

Guglielmo Castelli Featured Artworks

Preconceived ideas of nothing by Guglielmo Castelli contemporary artwork painting
Guglielmo Castelli Preconceived ideas of nothing, 2021 Mixed media on canvas
80 x 60 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
The evidence of something by Guglielmo Castelli contemporary artwork painting
Guglielmo Castelli The evidence of something, 2021 Mixed media on canvas
140 x 200 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Simulating the end, concocting the beginning by Guglielmo Castelli contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Guglielmo Castelli Simulating the end, concocting the beginning, 2021 Mixed media on canvas
60 x 80 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery

Guglielmo Castelli Recent Exhibitions

Guglielmo Castelli Represented By

Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil
Mendes Wood DM Brussels, New York, São Paulo

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