Massimo Agostinelli net worth is about $33 million. He made this fortune as a contemporary artist and entrepreneur. Massimo is a professional painter and apart of painting, he specializes in drawing and printmaking too.
Massimo Agostinelli Net Worth: $33 Million.
Early life & Education
Massimo Agostinelli was born in London in 1987 and moved to New York in 1990. He reportedly attended over 13 different schools, battling dyslexia, ADHD, and LLI. He spent majority of his youth between New York and Switzerland and eventually graduated from Webster University. Later he became an apprentice printmaker and typesetter for Alastair Lockhart in London.
His first art series, ‘Palindromes 2014’, consisted of mirror sheets imprinted with iconic images from art, history and popular culture, overlaid with humorous palindromes. Which was exhibited at 10 Hanover in London and sold out on the opening night. His second series ‘Anagrams 2015’ examined pop-culture icons by morphing their names into witty anagrams by means of lenticular printing. Which was exhibited at the H. Guggenheim Gallery in New York hosted by multi Grammy winner recording artist Maxwell, the solo show also sold out on the opening night.
In 2016 Agostinelli was selected by Simon de Pury to exhibit at Dallas Contemporary for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. In 2017 Agostinelli participated in “the first Instagram curated art exhibition” by Avant Arte and Unit London. He is also a founding patron of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and has donated works to UNICEF and amfAR, which has won him an array of notable collectors and celebrity fans alike such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Elizabeth Hurley, Jon Voight and Scott Disick among others.
Scott Disick Instagram post of Massimo Agostinelli ‘NOW I WON’
At the 2017 Art Basel fair in Switzerland, Agostinelli staged two consecutive highly controversial performance art installation by placing a trashcan with the phrase “la plus belle” written across it in acrylic marker. (In French, it means “the most beautiful”, but it’s also a pun on “poubelle”, French for “garbage bin”.) The bin was placed in front of the booths of mega galleries Hauser & Wirth and White Cube, where it stood for several hours directly next to Jay Jopling. He then acquired the bin — now elevated to a work of art — from the fair organizers for €100 and included it in his exhibitions, reworking it into sculptural versions made of marble, wood, glass, bronze, and gold. It was hailed; “one of the most engaging works made in 2017” by Joseph Nahmad. Artnet News praised the performance art installation by stating; Agostinelli “turned trash cans into treasure”, while Vanity Fair drew reference to Marcel Duchamp marking his 100th year anniversary since the world famous readymade urinal aka ‘Fountain’.
Agostinelli returned to the Art Basel fair in 2018 during the VIP opening, placing a basil plant in the Gagosian Gallery booth directly in front of a John Chamberlain sculpture flanked by Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko works while Larry Gagosian himself bear witness. As another nod to the Basel/Basil pun, Agostinelli turned the water in the fountain outside the Messeplatz green on opening day, which was later dubbed “the green invasion” by Diana Picasso, other friends who witnessed it included Helly Nahmad, Nellee Hooper and David Mugrabi.
Agostinelli lives and works in Switzerland. He is married to Luciana Agostinelli and together they have 2 children. His father is Italian American billionaire financier Robert Agostinelli and his mother is Parisian Greek sculptress Pascale Gallais and his aunt is Victoire de Castellane and his uncle in law is Errol Arendz.