Denis Masi is a visual artist who has worked, for over 50 years, across a broad range of different media including assemblage, sculpture, installation, film, video, performance, photography, print, drawing and painting. His primary interests lie in exploring the nature of power and power structures in society that deeply embedded human desire to have and exert power or control in whatever measure. In his work he has focused on many forms of power but especially psychological, territorial, media and social power. Over the past five years, he has been concerned with the power associated with identity and the notion of the reclusiveness.
Born in 1942. He studied at Seton Hall University, N.J. USA; Brera Academy of Fine Art, Milan, Italy; PG Studies at Slade School of Fine Art and Chelsea School of Art, London, UK. Selected solo exhibitions since 1965 in private and public galleries include the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (1976); ICA, London (1979 & 1984); The Third Eye Centre, Glasgow (1987); Serpentine Gallery, London (1988); Imperial War Museum, London (1988); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2003); KunstlerHaus, Bremen, Germany (1995); Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal (1996); Museum of Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy (2001); The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2005); The Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland (2007) and the European Foundation for Drawing, Meina, Italy (2008).
His work can be found in private and public collections, including the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council England, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Bibliothèque Kandinsky in the Pompidou Centre and Bibliotheque National, Paris; Manchester City Art Gallery; Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin and Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany; Museum of the University of Alberta, Canada; Foundazione Europea Del Disegno (Foundation Adami), Meina, Italy; Moseo de Moderno, Buenos Aires. He has completed numerous public and corporate commissions as well as designs for the theatre.
He currently lives and works in London and Cotignac in southern France.