The works presented in this webpage are painted from life; they are based on real subjects which are, for me, a necessary starting point in order to study the shape, the light, and the mysterious relationships which seem to exist between different objects when they are put together. In my work I always tend to reduce and simplify the visible shapes of things and to free them, as much as possible, from the exterior ornaments which prevent a clear perception of the essential features. I sometimes try to eliminate, in successive stages, more and more detail so as to reduce the shape of objects to the limit of their recognizability.
Paolo Gheri was born in Florence in 1940. He now lives in a village in the Sienese countryside. After secondary school, he attended the University of Florence where he obtained a degree in Pedagogy and Psychology, and teaching diplomas in Speech Therapy and Art.
He started drawing and painting from an early age; in 1962 he attended life drawing classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and from 1962 to 1964 he also trained privately under the artist and art tutor Carlo Capezzuoli in Poggibonsi near Siena.
He qualified as a primary schoolteacher, and soon afterwards he became a Headmaster in various Tuscan schools. During his career he held numerous courses for art teachers and for adults interested in painting techniques. He also gave lectures on the ‘reading’ of paintings, and on the Old Masters of Sienese and Florentine schools, as well as on watercolours. He always dedicated himself to the visual arts as a painter, working with many different mediums and techniques: pencil and ink, acrylic, oil, tempera and watercolour.
Following his retirement, he has conducted a number of workshops on the theme ‘Art is good for you’, aimed at younger teachers and tutors of handicapped young adults, as well as other courses on twentieth-century art.
He has published two books on art education and numerous essays, articles and reviews have appeared in learned journals. He still actively contributes to art periodicals.
His work is listed in various prestigious catalogues, including Catalogo delle quotazioni 2009-2010, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Alba, and in the Catalogue of the Antiquarian Bookshop Prandi of Reggio Emilia, 2014-2015. His paintings and watercolours are held in private collections in Italy and abroad.
Selected recent exhibitions:
Pordenone, Salone d’Arte Moderna, 2003
Siena, Patrizi Palace, 2003
San Gimignano, La Costarella Gallery, 2003
Montalcino, Medicean Fortress, 2003
Perugia, Minerva Gallery, 2004
Colle di Val D’Elsa, Town Hall, 2004
Agrigento, Agrigento Arte, 2007
Forlì, Contemporanea, 2007
Arezzo, Planet Art, 2008
Taormina, Pasquarte in Taormina, 2008
Paestum, Paestum Arte e Colori, 2008
London, Art’in progress Dionysos, 2009
Siena, Art Center “L’incontro”, 2009
Dorking (UK), John Arthur Gallery, “Views of Siena and surrounds”, 2011
Aldershot (UK), West End Centre Gallery “Paesaggio Toscano”, 2012
Aldershot (UK West End Centre Gallery “An Exhibition of 20th Century Intalian Art”, 2012
Guildford (UK), Lewis Elton Gallery, “Images of Tuscany. Watercolours and other works, 2013
Poggibonsi, Palazzo Comunale, 2014
Oxford (UK), The Mary Ogilvie Gallery, St Anne's College, Tuscan Landscapes, watercolours, 2015
Casole d'Elsa, Siena, ArteCasole, 2016
Cortona, Palazzo Casali, Traces of a landscape,edited by Gioia Olivastri, 2017
Bologna, Sant'Isaia Gallery, Watercolours china drawings, oils and temperas, 2017
Castellina in Chianti (Siena), "Arte sotto le Volte", 2018