Federico Cattaneo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1985. After working as an assistant for several local artists, he moved to New York City to attend Pratt Institute, from where he received a BFA in 2009. Currently, he just graduated from the School of the art institute of Chicago where he received an MFA. His work lies in the confluence between exterior and interior spaces. He makes use of the spatial contradictions that painting inherently has to represent a hybrid space that addresses several sub-themes such as time, memory/nostalgia and the transcultural. The interweaving of different spaces, architectural designs and cultural references creates an “in-betweeness” that relates to his on experiences.
In his work materiality is as important as representation, the elements act as symbols as well as signifiers of their own materiality. These layers create an image loaded with intertwined realities; each element has an opposite and cancels each other out, conserving only their essence. He currently lives and works in Chicago.