Michela Cattai is based in Milan and Venice. Graduated in Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice with Fabrizio Plessi, she starts her research on glass attending the Design course held by Ennio Chiggio, thanks to whom she understands the meaning of semantic and semiotic in the context of Italian design.
In 1992, she founds the Galleria Michela Cattai in Milan, with the aim to build an important dialogue between art and design.
Still bounded to Venice, she decides to deepen the study on glass inside the furnace, experiencing herself the Murano blown glass practice.
Learnt the old renaissance techniques and the glass history of the XX century, Michela Cattai develops the process and through a careful study on color and shape, she realizes abstract artworks that have wrinkled models and different colors shading.
Her creativity takes her to a continuos study and experimentation, which leads her to create contemporary artworks that summarize her history and her identity.
The result of her most recent research is shown in the dialogue between glass and recycled materials, through which the artist not only goes far from the classical rules of working glass but also reflects her desire to draw the public’s attention to a global and very contemporary message.
In these type of process the artist works with the awareness of respecting the world and creating something which will be a responsibility to future generations.
Michela Cattai’s artworks are presented in international exhibitions and fairs and are part of private and public collections. She collaborates as designer and art curator for Venini.

2021. 13 April –13 June | Collective exhibition. VITREA. il vetro italiano contremporaneo d’autore. Triennale Milan, Italy.

2020. 5 – 6 September | Collective exhibition. Riflessi Veneziani, The Venice Glass Week HUB, Palazzo Loredan, Istituto Veneto di Lettere Scienze ed Arti, Venice, Italy.

2019. 30 September – 6 October | Fair. PAD LONDON Art + Design, Galerie Alexandre Biaggi Paris, 88 Gallery London, London, UK.

2019. 7-15 September | Solo exhibition. The Venice Glass Week HUB, Reshaping the Tradition, Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy.

2019. 7-15 September | Collective exhibition. The Venice Glass Week HUB, Venini Collective Exhibition 2019, Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy.

2019. 10-25 May | Solo exhibition. Reshaping the Tradition, Italian Cultural Institute Tokyo, Japan.

2019. 7-11 February | Fair. NOMAD, Galleria Luisa Delle Piane, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2019. 19-20 January | Fair. FOG Design+Art, Casati Gallery, San Francisco, USA.

2018. 1-4 November | Fair. Sofa Chicago, Casati Gallery, Chicago, USA.

2018. 9-16 September | Collective exhibition. The Venice Glass Week, Palazzo Querini, Venice, Italy.

2018. 17-22 April | Solo exhibition. Milano Design Week, Brera Design District, Michela Cattai Studio, Milan, Italy.

2018. 8-11 February | Fair. NOMAD, Casati Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2018. 23 January – 18 February | Collective exhibition. EUSART, Galleria Civica di Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy.

2017. 11-14 January | Fair. FOG Design+Art, Casati Gallery, San Francisco, USA.

2017. 13-17 September | Fair. Expo Chicago, Casati Gallery, Chicago, USA.

2017. 10-17 September | Solo exhibition. The Venice Glass Week, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, Italy.

2017. 13-18 June | Fair. Miami/Design Basel, Casati Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.

2017. 12-21 April | Solo exhibition. Sala del Cenacolo, Chamber of Deputies, Rome, Italy.

 

Museum Acquisitions

2021 | Museo Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Carlo Rizzarda, Feltre, Italy.

2019 | Permanent collection Italian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan.

2018 | Permanent collection Murano Glass Museum, Venice, Italy.

2018 | Permanent collection Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista di Venezia, Venice, Italy.

2017 | Europeana, DDB (German Digital Library).

2017 | Permanent collection Stiftung Museum KunstPalast, Düsseldorf, Germany.

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