Federico Solmi currently lives and works in New York City. Solmi’s work utilizes bright colors and a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present-day society His exhibitions often feature articulate installations composed of a variety of media including video, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Solmi uses his art as a vehicle to stimulate a visceral conversation with his audience, highlighting the contradictions and fallibility that characterize our time. Through his work, Solmi examines unconscious human impulses and desires in order to critique Western society's obsession with individual success and display contemporary relationships between nationalism, colonialism, religion, consumerism. By re-configuring historical narratives across eras, he creates social and political commentary works which disrupt the mythologies that define American society. Scanning his paintings into a game engine, Solmi’s videos confront the audience with his own absurd rewriting of past and present, merging dark humor and sense of the grotesque with new technologies. He creates a carnivalesque virtual reality where our leaders become puppets, animated by computer script and motion capture performance rather than string.
In 2009, Solmi was awarded by the Guggenheim Foundation of New York with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the category of Video & Audio. From 2016-2019 Federico was visiting Professor at Yale University School of Art, New Haven CT.
His work has been included in several international Biennials, including: Open Spaces: A Kansas City Arts Experience (2018), the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), and the SITE Santa Fe Biennial in New Mexico (2010).
Solmi has several forthcoming museum solo exhibitions, including; The Block Museum of Northwestern University (2020), Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro New Jersey (2020), Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson Arizona ( 2021) Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey (2021), and group exhibition at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Washington DC and The Block Museum of Northwestern University (2020). Most recently, Solmi’s work was featured in Times Square New York for the Midnight moment.