Matthias Schnabel, born in Bombay in 1971, grows up in Heidelberg, Germany.
In 1999 he obtains the Bachelor degree in Communication Design in Mannheim and post-graduates in Stuttgart in the European Master of Arts in Media for Interactive Design of the University of Portsmouth, England. In these years he creates first interactive projects with his professor and californian media artist George Legrady e and his tutor Wolfgang Münch, artist in residence at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).

For several years, in Germany and Italy, he works in the interactive design sector, as freelancer and co-founder of the Stuttgart design-group P892. He he gathers first video animation insights developing numerous projects like interactive installations and multimedia applications, for online and offline media as well as for trade fairs for clients like Daimler Chrysler Bank e Bosch.

In 2004 and in 2009 Matthias Schnabel starts two important collaborations: the first with Studio Festi as video stage artist. Second with Fabrizio Plessi, venetian video artist, under whose direction he creates videos for installations and stage design for events.

Since 2010 he works for shows in Brasil – like in São Paulo, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro – for Studio Festi do Brasil.

Since then he creates video and animations for theatrical shows, modern dance and video installations collaborating with a variety of international clients, artists and agencies. His work was shown in shows and art installations worldwide, in cities like Munich, Beijing, Dubai, Rome, Macao, Istanbul, Bilbao, Moscow, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro or San Petersburg.

For a more detailed project list please have a look at the page Clients an Shows.

In Paris from 2007 to 2010 he created the animations for the famous christmas illuminations of the Galeries Lafayette’s “Robe de Lumière”.

A large video installation was shown during the 2011 Milano Fashion Week. For the brand Fay (Tod’s Group) he realized the immersive installation “Fay Tales” covering over 60 meters of walls inside the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) in Milan, Italy, for the presentation of the fall/winter collection 2011/2012.

As well in 2011 he created together with Fabrizio Plessi the videos for the stage design for the “Opera da Tre Soldi” (The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht), performed already in Naples, Rome, Trieste and Venice in 2011/2012. This work is nominated best italian stage design for 2012 for the award “Le Maschere del Teatro Italiano”.

His latest work in 2012:
Together with the genovese stage designer and visual artist Roberto Rebaudengo he created an urban projection and video mapping for the 388th edition of Santa Rosalia in Palermo, Sicily.
Under the artistic direction of Fabrizio Plessi he realized nine videos for the installation MONUMENTA by Fabrizio Plessi in the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, Sicily.
In Curitiba, Brasil, he realized the video stage design together with Roberto Rebaudengo for the show “Mia cara Curitiba”, the annual celebration of the italian immigrants of Curitiba.

He is working on the realization of a total of 21 videos for installations designed by Fabrizio Plessi for the Plessi Museum at the Brenner Pass in Südtirol, Italy.

Milan, August 2012