Mattia Baldi was born in 1983 in Rome, Italy after the Traditional Artistic High School he took the
Academy of Fine Art (110L/110) in Rome. Always interested in toys, monsters and puppets from 80’s
he have work as painter and illustrator since 1995 and his progression to figurative oil painting have
start in 1999. He won with a painting about the masks of the society the M.Moderni Foundation Prize
(2002). After 2002 during the Academy he discover photography as a tool for extend his personal research.
In 2004 he took a Master degree in Photography at S.R.F. in Rome and since that year he have
accomplished several professional photography works also for A.S.I. the Italian Space Agency.
He have develop also a deep knowledge of computer image manipulation and in 2004 have partecipate
at the collective “Think Art and Digital Image’’ in the American Academy in Rome.
In 2007 he move to Beijing, China where he finally found the indispensable kind of reality he needed
for his work. In this 4 years he is involved in study Taoism and Tibetan rappresentations of the
heaven and Gods, currently he have copy, paint and scketch a large number of Tibertan Gods from
ancient parchments in temples. He found a convergence between the 80‘s culture where he grown and
the old form of east religions Gods figures.
From 2008 he have paint, sculpt and draw a large series of rappresentations extracted from real ancient
Tibetan Buddhist parchments, trying to isolate what he feel in those figures, what he feel deeply persistent
in his childhood during the 80’s. Mattia researches have lead him trough a complex effort in popular
cultural archaeology of the 80’s world, recently he found one of the first published evidence of catalog of
Gods, heroes and mosters from the decade. Was ‘’Deities and Demigods’’ for D&D roleplay game, was a
ramdom jumble of beliefs from contemporary religions like Hinduism, ancient religions like Egyptian and
Norse mythology, and fictional religions like H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. This manual is probably the
first who have included so many fantasy figures/aspects under one common reality and perhaps who have
created all the 80’s imaginary. Right now Mattia is continuing investigate and mix the distort realty of those
figures of Gods and monsters from ancient far religions with the colors of a 80’s toys and trying to
make a point for a whole generation grown with that immense imaginary.
With his wife Roberta Pero is part of the Millennials Artist Association and promoter of the 80's Y generation contemporary art.
2011: ‘’He-Man Series and the Popular Cultural Archaeology’’ presented
for the first time at the Collective ‘’Divided By The Curtains’’
Times Art Museum, Beijing, China.