Born in 1940 in Rome, where he lives and works.
In Rome he first attended the Art School and then the Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1962 (with the work Transparent Sphere with Light Projections), the interest of Mochetti is oriented towards light conceived in its physicality, as matter, without any symbolic or mystical significance, but not only: cars, planes, weapons and geometries, dot around the artist’s imagination. In 1968 he made his debut on the Roman art scene with his first solo exhibition in Rome at the now historic Galleria “La Salita”: he exposed 10 projects and two realizations. For the artist, indeed, “the work of art is the idea, the project”, while “technology is a tool that allows me to produce works closer and closer to the idea”, in this sense, “the work of art is perfectible”.
In 1969 Mochetti won the first “Pascali Prize” in Polignano a Mare and in the same year he won the “Sculpture Prize” at the VI Young Biennial in Paris.
In 1970 he participated in his first Venice Biennale that will be followed by those of 1978, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1997. Since the early 70s he faced the international scene by participating in 1976 in the Sydney Biennale, in 1998 at the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo and in 1991 at the International Biennial of Nagoya. In 1988 he was invited as artist in residence to Exploratorium, San Francisco (USA). In 1993 he participated in the exhibition “Three Artistic Generations in Contemporary Italy” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, also exposing at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhooven (1975), the Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (1978), the Forum Kunst Rottweil (1982) and the Museum Alvar Aalto in Finland (1985). Other important participations are: “Vitality of the negative in Italian: 1960/70” (Rome, 1970), “Lines of artistic research in Italy: 1960/1980” (Rome, 1981); “Italian Art 1960 – ‘ 82” (London, 1982); “La otra escultura” (Madrid, 1990), “Rome 60” (Rome, 1990), “The Italian Metamorphosis” (New York, 1994), “Italian Art: the last forty years” (Bologna, 1997); “Minimalia. Da Giacomo Balla …” (Venice, 1997 – Rome, 1998). In 2000 there was one of his most impressive solo exhibitions entitled “Propeller Infinite” at the Centro Cultural del Conde Duque in Madrid. Also in 2000, he’s still in Spain at the Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona, participating in the landmark exhibition “The Adventure of the matter. From Futurism to the Laser”. In 2003 Mochetti had a large retrospective exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo. In 2009 there was a solo exhibition at Palazzo Collicola of Spoleto and the same year he won the international competition MAXXI 2per100 with the work Linee Rette di Luce nell’Iperspazio Curvilineo, permanently placed in the hall of the MAXXI in Rome. In 2013 he won the “Prize President of the Republic”.
Among his mot recent solo exhibitions “Maurizio Mochetti”, Akira Ikeda Gallery, (Tokyo, 2016); “Maurizio Mochetti”, Akira Ikeda Gallery, (Berlin, 2015); “Maser e Laser”, Galleria Franca Mancini, (Pesaro, Italy, 2014); Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea (Milan, 2013); “Orizzonte degli eventi”, Studio Stefania Miscetti (Rome, 2012); “Divertissement” OREDARIA Arti Contemporanee (Rome, 2011); “L’Uccello Azzurro”, Palazzo Collicola-Museo Carandente (Spoleto, Italy, 2010);
Among his mot recent group exhibitions 66|16, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna
Maurizio Mochetti artworks are acquired by important Museum and Private collection among which: Museo MAXXI, Rome (Calotte; Sfera Avional; Cilindro di luce; Rette di luce nell’iperspazio curvilineo); Palazzo Ducale di Sassuolo, Modena (Blue Bird); Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Rome (Filo inox; Cerchio di mercurio); Parco di Villa Glori, Rome (Arco laser); Fiera di Roma (Una si, l’altra quasi; Travaso di luce); Ibm, Novedrate (Arco laser); Gam, Turin (Tubi; Travaso di luce); Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto (Bachem natter); Museo Soto, Caracas (Generatrice); Guggenheim NY, Collezione Panza (Sera con moto verticale; Generatrice; Asse oscillante; 0×0; Cilindri di luce suono; Linea di mercurio; Punto di luce (360°); Elastico estendibile; Conta persone; Specchio con sorgente luminosa; Grande specchio con punto opaco; Specchio; 10 mm con punto opaco); Beaubourg, Parigi (Contapersone); Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Madrid (Installazione palle); Collezione Panza di Biumo; Collezione Calabresi; Roma (Freccia laser; Blue Bird; Cono F104); Collezione Giuliani, Roma (Matita laser; Cono); Collezione Pio Monti, Macerata (Cono F104; il rosso neo di Mao); Collezione Berlingeri (Installazione palle); Fondazione Antonio Presti Fiumara D’Arte (stanza ROSSA Art Hotel Atelier sul Mare).