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Daniele Bongiovanni

Daniele Bongiovanni

Daniele Bongiovanni studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo. He received a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts with honors, respectively, with a thesis entitled ''Attraverso Kokoschka'', analysis of Oskar Kokoschka's expressionism, and with a thesis entitled ''Bianco'', focused on a concept of deconstruction in western painting from the 16th to the 20th century.

Recognizable for the peculiar style of ''white skies'', his painting has always been focused on natural space and the human figure. Basically his subjects, although inspired by external reality, have consistently maintained a partially idealized and rarefied configuration, characteristics motivated by a deep conceptuality. «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. That is, a progressive awareness of the importance of elaborating his compositions not only as representations inspired by external reality but also, above all, as an expression that emerges directly from the constituent elements of painting, that is to say, the delicate and complex primary interrelation between the two-dimensional physical space of the support and the modalities of the colouring» (from the text ''Daniele Bongiovanni. Con Pura Forma'' by Francesco Poli, 2019).

Bongiovanni, an artist working between Italy and the United States, over the years has realized several thematic cycles which he has presented, in solo and group exhibitions as well as in special projects, in cultural institutions, galleries and museums of major Italian and foreign cities; overseas but also in Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. He exhibited also in numerous international contemporary art events, one of which is the Venice Biennale.

His major solo exhibitions include: ''Collezione Pelle Sporca'', in the context of the 53rd Venice Biennale, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (2009); ''Mundus'', CD Arts Gallery and ''Recent Works'', Palazzo Ransila, Lugano, Switzerland (2016); ''Mundus Other'', focused only on the theme of the portrait, Centro Svizzero, Milan (2016); ''InEtere'', with the collaboration of the Turin Fondazione Arte Scienza Videoinsight®, Palazzo della Luce, Turin (2016); ''Aesthetica Bianca'', Embassy of Italy in London (2017); ''Exist'', anthological of over 50 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'', KCCC - Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre (2022).

Among the numerous events, 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); MACA - Museo Arte Contemporanea Acri, Italy (2017); RISO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo (2017); 57th Venice Biennale (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); Design Museum, London (2020); Palazzo Clemente - Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso, Italy (2020); 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire (2020); Latuvu Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Bages, France (2021).

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, Ayshia Taskin, Ermanno Tedeschi, Stephi Wild, Simon Adam Yorke, Susanna Zatti.

His works have been included in museums and other public collections in Italy and abroad, among which we remember: Ca' la Ghironda Modern Art Museum, Zola Predosa, Italy; Casa del Mantegna, Mantua, Italy; DMRAC - Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia; Fondazione Aria, Pescara, Italy; Fondazione Arte Scienza Videoinsight®; Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture; KCCC - Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre; 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 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, IVLA - International Visual Literacy Association, Ohio (2021); Special Recognition, for the 2018 work ''Portrait of Jules Verne'', NAJVS - North American Jules Verne Society, Columbia, Maryland (2022).

Bongiovanni, internationally, has collaborated on projects and research programs of numerous academic institutions, including: DCU - Dublin City University (2015); University of Sussex, Brighton (2015); King's College London (2019); Queen Mary University of London (2019, 2020); Royal College of Art, London (2020); AUT - Auckland University of Technology (2021); Liverpool John Moores University (2021); UNESP - São Paulo State University (2021); University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (2021). He is Professor of Artistic Anatomy at the Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata, Italy, and Member of the Board of Directors of the US research organization IVLA - International Visual Literacy Association. There are also many monographs dedicated to him, among the publishers: Edizioni Effigi and Silvana Editoriale.

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