Biography

Lorenzo Nassimbeni is a South African architect and artist based in Johannesburg. He works in the medium of drawing, printmaking, mural work, surface design and sculpture.

Noteworthy group exhibitions featuring his work would include the 54th Venice Biennale, Padiglione Italiano nel Mondo, Arsenale (2011), 10th Triennial for Form and Content 2011 - Materials Revisited, Museum for Applied Arts, Frankfurt (2011), Milan Triennial, L'architettura del mondo. Infrastrutture, città e paesaggi nel mondo contemporaneo (2012), the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, at the Fittja pavilion, curated by the Botkyra Konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden), the New Biennale for Art and Architecture curated by the Botkyra Konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden) and the FNB Joburg Art Fair (2014, 2016).

Significant public artworks include a mural for BRT MyCiti Bus Terminus scheme (Potsdam, Blaauberg, Cape Town-2014), a mural at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, Johannesburg (in collaboration with 26’10 South Architects-2016), a mural at Westbury Park, Westbury (in collaboration with IYER Urban Design Studio-2016) and a tiled artwork at the Alice Lane Precinct, Sandton, Johannesburg (2016). His most significant solo exhibition to date was entitled City Below, held at Nirox Projects in Johannesburg. It investigated the subterranean architecture of Johannesburg.

Nassimbeni has given numerous public talks, and has taught extensively in the Department of Architecture at both WITS and UJ, Johannesburg.

Artist statement

Lorenzo Nassimbeni's creative work is characterized by its focus on the area where the disciplines of architecture and fine art meet. This is expressed by identifying, extracting and representing the artistic meaning within urban and landscape conditions. His portfolio reveals that the space between the disciplines of fine art and architecture may be defined as an environment which is richly generative of new creative expression. When overlaid onto urban and landscape environments both abstract and specific, the contextual dimensions emerge illuminating new possibilities of understanding. Lorenzo creates artworks which occupy the interstices between architecture and fine art thus creating a new site of conceptual discourse and practice.