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Denis Masi (b. 1942) studied at Seton Hall University in New Jersey (1960 – 64), then went on to Brera Academy of Fine Art studing sculpture with Marino Marini in Milan, Italy (1964 – 66). He then completed postgraduate studies at Slade School of Fine Art and in 1981 completed a Masters Degree at Chelsea School of Art, London, UK. . In 1984 Masi became the first artist in residence at the Imperial War Museum. He was then Sargant Fellow at The British School at Rome in 2003 and has had other residencies in Morocco (1994), Bulgaria (1995) and Iceland (2007).

He has had numerous one-person exhibitions since 1965, in private and public galleries including 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). He has also had many group exhibitions over the past 40 odd years.

Masi's work is held in major private and public collections in the UK and abroad, including the Tate and V&A in London and he has work in the Bibliothèque Kandinsky in the Pompidou Centre and Bibliotheque National, Paris; Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin and Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany and other national and international collections.

A British artist known for his experimental work which spans a broad range of media including assemblage, sculpture, installation, film, video, performance, photography, print, drawing and painting, Masi’s work is uniquely varied and has no particular stylistic form. The mediums he uses are driven by ideas. His work is concerned with a continuing interest in the shared human experience of questioning and resisting. It is both highly personal and polemic and investigates complex issues about power and especially power structures in society. He has completed numerous public and corporate commissions as well as designs for the theatre.

Masi has been an academic in the UK since 1968 until 2009. He has held full and part-time posts at the Regional College of Art, Bradford; Croydon College, School of Art and Design; Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art UCL. He has also been an External examiner/moderator at University of East London; University of the Arts, London; Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

He currently lives and works in London