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Daniele Bongiovanni

Daniele Bongiovanni

Daniele Bongiovanni is an Italian painter and art professor born in Palermo in 1986. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, where he received a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts with Honors, respectively, with a thesis on Oskar Kokoschka's expressionism and a thesis on a concept of deconstruction in Western painting from the 16th to the 20th century. He works between Italy and the United States.

Painter universally renowned for the distinctive stylistic motif of "white skies", also engaged in the field of research, has consistently focused his work on natural space and the human figure. His subjects, though inspired by external reality, have consistently maintained a partially idealized and rarefied configuration, characteristics motivated by profound conceptualization. «It's the result of a remarkable evolution of his research in the direction of a radical will to essentialize, or if you want to sublimate, the figurative language» (from the text "Daniele Bongiovanni. Con Pura Forma" by Francesco Poli, 2019).

Over the years, he has developed various thematic cycles, addressing issues such as aesthetic philosophy, which he has presented, in solo and group exhibitions, in museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions worldwide. Additionally, he has exhibited in various international events, including the Venice Art Biennale.

His notable solo exhibitions include: "Collezione Pelle Sporca", in the context of the 53rd Venice Art Biennale, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (2009); "Mundus", CD Arts Gallery and "Recent Works", Palazzo Ransila, Lugano, Switzerland (2016); "Mundus Other", which focused solely on the theme of portraiture, Centro Svizzero, Milan (2016); "InEtere", created in collaboration with the Turin-based Fondazione Arte Scienza Videoinsight®, Palazzo della Luce, Turin (2016); "Aesthetica Bianca", Embassy of Italy in London (2017); "Exist", an anthological of over fifty works, Palazzo Broletto, Pavia, Italy (2018); "Con Pura Forma", Raffaella De Chirico Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2019); "Epoch", The Wall Space Gallery, Falkirk, Scotland (2020); "Era/Ηρα", where, among other works, "Promise" has been placed, a pictorial installation consisting of forty pieces, KCCC - Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Lithuania (2022).

Among the numerous public and private spaces, he has also exhibited at: CAOS - Officine per lo Spettacolo e l'Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2014); Independents Liverpool Biennial (2014); CS Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria (2015); Palazzo Bollani, Venice (2015); Villa Doria Pamphilj, Rome (2015, 2017); ZAC - Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee, Palermo (2015); MACRO Testaccio, Rome (2016); 57th Venice Art Biennale (2017); MACA - Museo Arte Contemporanea Acri, Italy (2017); RISO - Museo regionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Palermo (2017); MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma (2018, 2019); Museo Tecnico Navale, La Spezia, Italy (2018); Palazzo Sant'Elia, Palermo (2018); Being Human Festival, London (2019, 2020); Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso, Italy (2020); THIS Gallery, Vancouver (2020); Artweek Auckland (2021); Šiluva Art Biennial, Lithuania (2021); Temporary Contemporary, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (2021); Bangkok Design Week (2023); konnektor - Forum für Künste, Hannover (2023).

Many have curated his exhibitions and written about him, among others: Giosuè Allegrini, Giorgio Di Genova, Rūta Giniūnaitė, Laura Mateescu, Allie O'Hanley, Kate Ogden, Francesco Poli, Marzia Ratti, Alessandro Rizzo, Rebecca Russo, Chiara Serri, Claudio Strinati, Ermanno Tedeschi, Stephi Wild, Simon Adam Yorke, Susanna Zatti.

His works have been included in museums, foundations, and other public collections in Italy and abroad, among which we remember: Casa del Mantegna, Mantua, Italy; KCCC - Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Lithuania; Rothko Museum, Daugavpils, Latvia; Fondazione Aria, Pescara, Italy; Fondazione Arte Scienza Videoinsight®, Turin; Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso, Italy; art collection of the Italian embassies in Abu Dhabi, Helsinki, and London, of the Italian consulates in Chicago, Illinois, and Hong Kong, of the University of California, Berkeley and of the University of Urbino "Carlo Bo", Italy.

Among the various honors, received: awards at the Venice Art Biennale (2009, 2017); Professional Excellence Award in the Artistic Field, Italian Chamber of Commerce for Switzerland (2018); Honorable Mention, sponsored by the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, IVLA - International Visual Literacy Association, United States (2021). There are also relevant monographs dedicated to him, including those published by Edizioni Effigi and Silvana Editoriale.

Professor of Artistic Anatomy at the Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata, Italy, he serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-based research organization IVLA - International Visual Literacy Association. Internationally, he has collaborated and taken part in art projects and research programs of numerous academic entities, including: DCU - Dublin City University; King's College London; Liverpool John Moores University; Queen Mary University of London; Royal College of Art, London; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.

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