Michele Guido (Aradeo, 1976) lives and works in Milan, after moving there in 1997 to study at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. In 1999, while still at the Academy, he was selected for a residency/studio at the T.A.M. Center directed by Eliseo Mattiacci, and in 2003, the year after he graduated, he attended the master’s in landscape design. From 2001 to 2007 he had a studio at the Casa degli Artisti in Milan, where, with Jole de Sanna and Hidetoshi Nagasawa, he organized the conference “Discussione Aperta: il Concetto di MA” – an Eastern concept that indicates a passage, an interval of space-time. These elements have strongly influenced his work, which gravitates around practices such as sectioning plant elements and drawings done in layers to arrive at modular elements that characterize the genetic system of plants.
His multidisciplinary investigations flow into more complex works, such as the “garden projects” based on the formal analogies between the plant world and scientific research, between the geographical origin of plants and their relationship with the culture of those places, between biodiversity, anti-specism and the plant-fruit-seed cycles, in collaboration with seed banks.
Guido’s projects have been shown in solo exhibitions such as: Ceiba Garden Project at Palazzo Oneto di Sperlinga in Palermo (2018), held on the occasion of Manifesta 12; Play in the Garden_2018 at Palazzo Borromeo in Milan (2018); Stellaria Solaris Garden Project_2016 at Palazzo Comi in Gagliano del Capo (2016). He has also participated in several international festivals and group exhibitions such as: L’altro, lo stesso at ZAC in Palermo (2021); LXII Premio Termoli at MACTE Museum, Termoli (2021); Resistenza/resilienza at PAV – Parco Arte Vivente in Turin (2019); Meteorite in Giardino 10 at Fondazione Merz in Turin (2017); Rilevamenti #1 at Museo Camusac in Cassino (2016); michele guido _operadelocalizzata garden project_2014 at Museo Carlo Zauli, Museo MIC in Faenza (2015); EntreNous_02 The Treasure of Atreo Garden Project, with Hidetoshi Nagasawa, at Galleria Z2O Sara Zanin in Rome (2015); Senza titolo at Galleria Lia Rumma in Naples (2013) and Botanica at Fondazione Plart in Naples (2011). His works have also been exhibited in institutions and collections such as: Museo del Novecento, Milan; Museo della Ceramica, Savona; Museo della Ceramica Montelupo F. (FI); Accademia di San Luca, Rome; Biscozzi/Rimbaud collection, Lecce.