Gianfranco Gentile

Gianfranco Gentile

Verona, Italy

About Gianfranco Gentile

I was born in Verona, Italy, in 1949. I grew up in the cultural atmosphere of the '70s in Florence, where I graduated in Architecture. In that period I was also a musician and experimental performer. In the mid '80s I wrote songs and sang with my rock band in Verona, and worked as a scene, graphic and furniture designer. In 1997 my first exhibits in the art-world of painting.My most recent works, Industrial Archaeologies, divert the attention onto cultural products for survival: they are geological finds of a recent civilisation, the industrial one. These works, rigorously pastel painted, are totems, neglected mechanical parts abandoned to indifference. These objects, captured in their monumental plasticity are tragically present; they seem solid and impregnable mechanisms like ancient war machines. The support material is presented as fragile, recycled cardboard, as meagre as the oppressive isolation of the objects. And yet in this ambivalent scene of force and fragility is the harmonious result of the mix where the support is not only the place of evocation but becomes expressive material that transforms itself into light and colour.

Education

Degree in Architecture at the University of Florence, Italy

Events

I took part in Lucca Biennale 2018 with the project "Vite di cartone", some soft pastel works on recycled cardboards and a performance on the theme of Migrants. Palazzo Ducale di Lucca (Italy) from August 4th to September 27th 2018

- Winner of the 1st Prize Section Painting at RomArt International Biennial of Art and Culture - Stadium of Domitian, Rome. 25 November 2017 - 10 January 2018

"Vite di cartone" (Cardboard Life) Solo Exhibition - Palazzo della Ragione di Mantova, Italy
4 March to 27 April 2017

Future Shows: Biennial Italy-China - Mastio della Cittadella, Turin, Italy - June 27-October 4, 2015

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITION
- Vite di cartone - Ospedale di Sassuolo, 2017
- Vite di cartone-Palazzo della Ragione, Mantova 2017
- Personale @Caffè Letterario Bacchino, Prato 2017
- The Rust Garden-Spazio Arte Duina, Lonato (BS)2016
- 21 Grammi - Artantide Gallery - Verona - 2016
- Ceci n'est pas un emballage -Arte in Cantina @Az.Agr. Albino Piona, Villafranca (VR) - 2014
- Temporibus illis – Az. Agr. Monte del Frà, Sommacampagna (VR) - 2012
- Miti Meccanici – Show-Room Compri Arredamenti – Cadidavid (VR) - 2012
- Forza e Fragilità–Corte Pellegrini Campalto (VR) 2011
- Luci, Ombre e Onde–Liassidi Palace–Venezia 2011
- Il fascino discreto della civiltà delle macchine – Barchessa Rambaldi Arte, Bardolino (VR) 2010
- Moduli d’Arte. Spazio Consorzio Studi Professionali Riuniti Commercialisti e Avvocati – Verona 2010
- Ceci n’est pas un emballage–Spazio6 Verona 2009
- Tessendo…Memorie di una città laboriosa. Galleria Civica Villa Valle, Valdagno (VI) 2008
- Archeologia Industriale – @Artantide.com, Verona
- Attention! Ceci n’est pas un emballage – Galleria Testoni, Verona 2008
- Shadow Box – Atelier – Calvenzano (BG) 2006
- Emozioni Postindustriali–Libreria Gheduzzi–VR '06
- Archeologia Industriale – Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea Pont-Aven – Suzzara (MN) 2006
- Machanà, archéologie des formes mécaniques et des sédiments industriels–Mana ARTespaces–Bruxelles '05
- Machanà. Archeologia delle forme meccaniche e degli insediamenti industriali - Bottega dell’Arte di Adriano Marchetti - Lugano (CH) 2005
- Architetture im-possibili -Gall. Santabarbara-Milano '04
- Galleria Serego, Verona 2004
- La fabbrica delle idee - Caprino Veronese (VR) 2003
- Esposiz. "Arte no Merce" c/o Libreria Gheduzzi, Arredamenti Cafarelli&Cafarelli, Pedoni-Faccenda Missoni - Verona 2003
- Spazio espositivo "Arte all'ex Macello" - Verona 2002
- Caffè Art Gallery - Verona 1998

MAIN GROUP EXHIBITION
- Vincitore del 1° Premio Sez. Pittura a RomArt Biennale Internazionale di Arte e Cultura - Stadio di Domiziano, Roma 2017
Percorso Arte Etica @Artantide Gall. Verona 2017
- Metamorphosys, Biennale China-Italia. Beijing, China 2016
- XXV Esposizione Internazionale Ligne et Couleur - Palazzo dei Minoriti, Catania 2016
Biennale Italia-Cina-Mastio Cittadella, Torino IT 2015
- Memory – Biennale China-Italia – 798 Art Factory, Beijing, China 2014
- Cartasia, Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea – Real Collegio, Lucca IT 2014
- Artepassante – Stazione Garibaldi, Milano 2013
- Fiabe urbane – Spazio Ex Ansaldo, Milano 2013
- Pianeta Cina – Palazzo Te, Mantova 2013
- XXII Esp. Internaz. L&C–@Prigioni, Venezia 2013
- Biennale Italia-Cina – Reggia di Monza IT 2013
- ArtVerona (Galleria Spazio 6) - Verona IT 2012
- Biennale Arte Asolo a Verona, Itaca Gall. Verona 2012
- XXI Esposizione Internazionale Ligne et Couleur – Ex Monastero dei Benedettini, Catania IT 2012
- Riciclarti, la sostenibilità diventa creativa – Spazio Anna Breda – Padova IT 2012
- Biennale d’Arte di Asolo, Premio Internazionale – Loggia della Ragione, Asolo IT 2012
- 54ª Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia – Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Sala Nervi, Torino IT 2012
- Art)Verona - Verona – IT 2011
- Percorsi Riscoperti dell’Arte Italiana, VAF Stiftung 1947-2010 – MART Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto IT 2011
- Riciclarti, Cantiere Arte Ambientale – Ex Macello, Padova IT 2011
- Riciclamente – Palazzo Paolo, Benevento IT 2011
- Toto’, il Principe italiano della risata – V. Karlstadt Musäum München, Germany 2010
- XXII International Exhibition of SSAA – The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum – Stirling UK 2009
- Les Artistes Plasticiens Italiens a Paris – Galerie Le Cheval de Sable – Paris FR 2009
- Esp. Arte Contemporanea Italiana @Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Praga RC 2008
- Dedalo Architetto, Certosa di Garegnano, Milano 2007
- 72 ème Salon Ligne et Couleur, @Mairie du 6° Arrondissement – Paris FR 2007
- Art Farm N.5 – Pilastro di Bonavigo (VR) IT 2006
- Machine Action – Les Mémoires de Jacgmotte ARTEspace – Bruxelles B 2005