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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 with 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.

Bongiovanni's painting, universally acclaimed for the peculiar style of "white skies", has always been focused on natural space and the human figure. 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» (from the text "Daniele Bongiovanni. Con Pura Forma" by Francesco Poli, 2019).

Over the years, has realized several thematic cycles which he has presented, in solo and group exhibitions, in the main cultural institutions, galleries, and museums around the world. He exhibited also in the most significant international events, one of which is the Venice Art Biennale.

His notable 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", 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 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, Lithuania (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); Palazzo Clemente - Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso, Italy (2020); 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom (2020); Artweek Auckland (2021); The European Centre Athens (2022); Bangkok Design Week (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, 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; Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia; KCCC - Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre; Fondazione Aria, Pescara, Italy; Fondazione Arte Scienza Videoinsight®; Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture; 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, Ohio, IVLA - International Visual Literacy Association, United States (2021); Special Recognition, for the 2018 work "Portrait of Jules Verne", NAJVS - North American Jules Verne Society, Columbia, Maryland (2022). There are also many monographs dedicated to him, among the publishers there are Edizioni Effigi and Silvana Editoriale.

He is Professor of Artistic Anatomy at the Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata, Italy, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the US research organization IVLA - International Visual Literacy Association. Internationally he has collaborated and taken part in art projects and research programs of numerous universities, including: DCU - Dublin City University (2015); University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom (2015); King's College London (2019); Queen Mary University of London (2019, 2020); Royal College of Art, London (2020); Liverpool John Moores University (2021); UNESP - São Paulo State University (2021); University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (2021); University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2022).

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