Adi Matei was born in 1980 in Galati, Romania. He lives and works in Cluj-Napoca. After receiving a B.A. at the Cluj-Napoca University of Art and Design from 2000 to 2004, he undertook a M.B.A graduate program at the same University from 2004 to 2006. Adi Matei received a scholarship at L’Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France in 2004, participated in the Bucharest Biennale 3 - Bucharest Biennale for Contemporary Art, Bucharest in 2008 and was the recipient of the 2010 Henkel Prize Romania, with the video: Tower (Cigarettes box plastic wrapper tower collapse), awarded by the Henkel foundation. His work has been the subject of a number of exhibitions, including the The Map: Navigating the Present - Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden in 2008, Die welten neuzumachen – Ferula space, Sibiu in 2009, or Artist survival kit at the galerie Jan Dhaese in Gent in 2010. His video’s were shown in screenings around Europe including the Land reclamation, Paris, Projection Espace APR, Berlin, Videoholica Festival Varna and Temp d’images Festival, Cluj-Napoca in 2010. He also was part of the Oberbayerische Bezirk Residency in Freising, Germany in 2008 and at the Centre for contemporary art Ujazdowski Castle residency, Warsaw, Poland in 2011. In the summer of 2011 he participated in I AM HURT exhibition at the gallerie Jan Colle in Gent, Belgium and in the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) artist-in-residence in Paris, France. In 2012 he receive the Constantin Brancusi Bourse at Cite des Arts Paris, participated in IN OUT Festival in Gdansk, The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art and make his first solo show- MOON SHUFFLE at Galeria de Arta Contemporana Sibiu. He also took part in the Krinzinger Projecte Residency in Petomihalyfa, Hungary and Kulturkontakt AIR Program in Vienna, Austria. In 2013, he is one of the participants in La Biennale di Venezia - 55th International Art Exhibition: Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace, as part of the group project: Reflection center for suspended histories at the - Noua Galerie a Institutului Cultural Român Venice.