The art of furnishing

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Stefano Bombardieri

Contemporary artist

Born in Brescia in 1968. The son of sculptor Remo Bombardieri, he supplemented his artistic studies with frequent visits to his father’s studio from a young age where he honed his technical expertise. As well as the creation of figurative sculptures, he also creates works connected with Arte Povera, conceptual art and video installations. His artistic research is developed around reflection – not without philosophical suggestions – on certain themes like time and its perception, the experience of pain in Western culture, man and the meaning of existence. His work begins with tangible reality and sets off in the direction of interior worlds and imaginary universes. Since the 1990s he has been exhibiting in public spaces and galleries, favouring the dialogue between artwork and urban space. His most notable installations include those located in Ferrara, Faenza, Bologna, Saint Tropez and Potsdam. In 2009 he presented his personal show, The animals count down, in Pietrasanta.

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Tiziano Finazzi

Painter and artist

Tiziano Finazzi was born in Chiuduno (Bergamo) in 1952. He graduated in painting from the Brera Academy under the guidance of Domenico Purificato. “I attended Brera and some people said it wasn’t worth it, but I learned a lot! In those years everything was important except drawing: it was so boring, someone had already taught us it. So our urgent need to see things differently took us elsewhere, to follow the lessons of Roberto Sanesi who talked about Dylan Thomas; and Francesco Leonetti who welcomed philosophers. There were so many things to see outside! A Rauschenberg exhibition, Warhol’s flowers; plus lots of background music. The intrigue of Beuys. John Cage read poetry and wrote about mushrooms… One day in the gallery somebody showed me a little painting with an out of focus landscape someone had painted with their fingers and said: “It’s a young German, we’ll hear a lot about him.” The joy of seeing a Gerhard Richter for the first time.”

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Tullio Cattaneo

Sculptor and artist

Tullio Cattaneo was born in Brescia on 26 September 1951. From 1966 to 1970 he studied at “Vincenzo Foppa” art school of Brescia, pupil of Gianoro Botta and Domenico Lusetti; he attended the latter’s studio until 1971, the year the Maestro died. In 1977 he graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, Milan under the guidance of Enrico Manfrini. From the mid-60s until 2001 he was a sculpture teacher at “Vincenzo Foppa” art school of Brescia and from 2001 to 2005 we has director of the N.A.B.A. academy of fine arts, later Santa Giulia, in the same city. In 1992 he won the “Contemporary Lombard sculpture” competition in memory of Domenico Ghidoni. The artist deliberately carries out his research in seclusion, so much so that he held his first exhibition quite late and his participation in exhibitions has been fairly modest. Since 2005 he has devoted himself completely to his art. He studied in Brescia.

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Milo Manara

Figurative artist

Born in Luson in 1945. While studying Architecture in Venice Manara discovered comics and became interested in the serial production of the medium. Manara saw the comic book as a chance to develop his role in the publishing and artistic spheres. He therefore debuted in the late 1960s as the author of erotic-police stories for the “Genius” series. In the 1970s he began working with various European and American authors and companies like Hugo Pratt, Federico Fellini, Pedro Almodovar, DC and Marvel Comics. With the expansion of multimedia communications, Manara diversified his activities, focusing more closely on the production of storyboards and consultancy for advertising campaigns, such as those for Chanel and Permaflex. In 2008 Manara signed an exclusive agreement with Napoli COMICON for the curation and management of all their exhibitions. As a result, in recent years Manara has participated in many events across the world.

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Marco Lodola

Contemporary artist

Marco Lodola was born in Dorno (Pavia). He attended the Academy of Fine Arts of both Florence and Milan. In the early 80s he founded the New Futurism movement together with a group of artists at Luciano Inga Pin’s gallery in Milan. From 1983 onwards he exhibited in major Italian and European cities and participated in exhibitions and projects for leading companies like Swatch and Coca Cola. He was also invited by the government of the People’s Republic of China to exhibit in Beijing, and worked in the United States. He has worked with numerous contemporary writers, like Aldo Busi, and musicians like Max Pezzali’s 883 and Jovanotti. He has worked all over the world during his career, collaborating with various artists and producing various contemporary works, winning many awards.

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Manuel Bonfanti

Painter and artist

Manuel Bonfanti was born in Bergamo in 1974. He studied drawing and sculpture at the Institute of Art Andrea Fantoni (Bergamo). He also attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Brera and studied Fashion Design at the Jyuvaskyla Politechnik in Finland. In that same period he was assistant at the gallery of Monica Ruiz De Cardenas. He then opened Yellowcake contemporary art gallery. He has been an art-consultant for several companies including Unilever Faberge. His research moves always an interest to mythology, and every exhibition is experimental in the field of language, between being conceptual, expressionist and pop. Antistilismo is a pure representation of the plane picture for the futurist attitude, the eclectic language and the powerful ability of expression. Scenic and spatialist, rational and extreme at the same time, with a disruptive Fauvism from northern Europe.  

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Angelo Zanella

Painter

Born in Lovere (Bergamo) in 1960 and graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts (Milan) in 1983. In 1987 he met Giovanni Fumagalli and the pair embarked on a collaboration. In 1990 he opened a studio in Paris, a city where he would spend lots of time and participate in an exhibition at the Lelia Mordoch Gallery. The following year, again thanks to the collaboration with L. Mordoch, he exhibited in Nice at the Art Jonction. He moved between Italy, France and the US until 1993 with his stay in New York, during which time he frequented the artists of the East Village, proving fundamental to his artistic growth. From 1994 he interrupted his painting work to dedicate himself to archaeology. In 2004 he reopened his studio in Lovere and began painting again with real zeal, transforming his artistic orientation into a magical form of neo-figurism. He has collaborated with various galleries and participated in a number of contemporary art festivals.

Bruno Lucchi

Figurative sculptor master

Bruno Lucchi was born in Levico Terme (Trento) in 1951. He studied at the Trento Institute of Art, completing his studies at the School of Fine Arts of Urbino. His works are based on materials like clay, bronze and porcelain, but recently he has also embraced new materials. In fact, using weathering steel, on its own or combined with semi-refractory, he made a name for himself as a creator of enormous installations that transmit his renewed passion for new material and for mosaics. Italian sculptor Lucchi is the creator of numerous public works. These include “Mater Salutis” (2001), a large bronze sculpture (h 320 cm) for Legnago hospital (Verona). At the end of 2009 he published his first book, entitled “I SAPORI DELL’ARTE”, a collection of simple recipes, all of which introduced by little anecdotes from the sculptor shared in his meetings with artist friends. Since 1991 he has racked up over 190 personal exhibitions and over 600 collective exhibitions.