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Antonio Finelli – Grasping the timeless transformation of the body with a pencil

ANTONIO FINELLI is a young artist from the Molise region in Italy. He lives and works between Rome and Campobasso. He started his artistic training at the liceo G. Manzù in Campobasso and then he refined his skills at the Accademia di Belle Arti – Art College in Rome.

Through his works Finelli uses graphite on paper to represent the signs of time on the skin which express the core of his artistic research and his aesthetics.

He completed his artistic journey collaborating with many artists well established on the international art scene:

Mimmo Paladino, Enzo Cucchi, Giosetta Fioroni, Luigi Ontani, Carla Accardi, Felice Levini, Giuseppe Penone, Savinio Ruggero, Gianni Dessì, Giuseppe Gallo, Giuseppe Salvatori, Jannis Kounellis, Paola Gandolfi, Stefano Di Stasio, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Bruno Ceccobelli, Maurizio Mochetti, Andrea Aquilanti, Marilù Eustachio, Aldo Turchiaro, Alfredo Pirr.

The renowned artist Mimmo Paladino pointed out how Finelli manages to enlighten the details of the aging body to express what people aim to hide. Finelli does not provide a context: we are only left with the facial expressions and the gazes of these faces leaving us the freedom to project ourselves on to them.

Antonio Finelli said about his work: “I am continuously obsessed by the sloughing of the body through time. In fact, I don’t like to represent in a drawing the oldness itself but rather the passage of time that ends necessarily in this human state. I am deeply in love with the human body, with the skin — its most external layer, that absorbs and records all the experiences of our life — but most of all I am interested in a body’s evolution, its transformation, throughout the years. I am intrigued by the signs, lines, points, which enrich our cutis year after year and testify all the changes of our lives.”

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Personal exhibitions 

2019
  • “In Vultu Veritas” curated by Marcello Barbanera, Museo Dell’Arte Classica, Rome
2018
  • “Kalós” curated by Aurelia Nicolosi, Galleria KōArt Unconventional Place , Catania
  • “The Passage of Time” curated by Maria Laura Perilli, Galleria Triphé, Rome
2017
  • “Ecce Homo” curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Atelier Marcello Tommasi, Florence
  • “BocsART” (Residenza d’Artista), curated by Alberto Dambruoso, Cosenza.
2016
  • “Pelle” curated by Vittorio Sgarbi e Lorenzo Canova, Spazio Cent8anta, Isernia.
2015
  • “L’Illusione del Corpo” curated by Lorenzo Canova e Piernicola Maria Di Iorio, Galleria Aratro – Archivio delle Arti Elettroniche – Laboratorio per L’Arte Contemporanea, Campobasso
2014
  • “Rendez-vous” curated by Alessandra Tontini, Galleria Incontro d’Arte, Rome
  • “De Senectute” curated by Maria Laura Perilli, Galleria Triphè, Cortona (AR)
2013
  • “Antonio Finelli: l’Osservatore del Tempo” curated by Franco Fonzo e Roberta Gubitosi, presentazione di Mimmo Paladino, Galleria Web Art, Treviso
  • “Se non la Realtà” curated by “TerraNullius”, Aranciera di San Sisto, Rome
2012
  • “De Passage” (Residenza d’Artista), presentazione di Mimmo Paladino, Abbaye de Léhon, Dinan – France
2009
  • “Studi Accademici” curated by Rosanna Ricci, Galleria Sadurano Salus, Castrocaro Terme (FC)
2006
  • “Studi Accademici”, Maschio Angioino di Riccia (CB)

 

Collective shows

2021
  • “22 Opere Su Carta”, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome
  • “Tra Infermo e Paradiso”, Palazzo Comunale, Anagni
  • “3 uova al giorno”, Litografia R. Bulla , Rome
2019
  • “Speculum”, Spazio Urano, Rome
  • “XLVI Premio Sulmona”, Polo Museale Civico Diocesano, Sulmona (AQ).
  • “Open Cluster”, Studio D’Arte Pisani , Rome
2018
  • “La Società della Stanchezza – Dispositio ex Clausione Linearum” (Residenza d’Artista), Museo Diocesano San Matteo, Salerno
2017
  • “Five”, Catania Art Gallery, Catania
  • “Ricognizioni”, Art Museum / Complesso Monumentale di San Domenico, Cosenza
2016
  • “Anamorfosi”, Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea Montevergini, Siracusa
  • “Premio Pio Alferano” (Premio del Presidente della Giuria Vittorio Sgarbi), Castello dell’ Abate, Castellabate (SA)
2015
  • EXPO 2015 “Il Tesoro d’Italia”, Padiglione Eataly (area expo), Milan
  • “48° Premio Vasto”, Scuderie di Palazzo Aragona, Vasto (CH)
  • “Expo Arte Contemporanea Italiana”, Villa Bagatti Valsecchi, Varedo (MB)
2014
  • “Reale” Bruno D’Arcevia – Antonio Finelli – Paul Kostabi, Kunsthaus Sottecchi, Messina
2013
  • “Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Di Palermo”, Villa Malfitano Whitaker, Palermo
  • “Premio ArtePerOGGI 2013”, Teatro dei Dioscuri, Rome – Quirinale
  • “Revelations in Reality”, 287 Spring Gallery, New York
  • “6 + 1”, Galleria Incontro d’Arte, Rome
  • “Art Fair Miami Beach”, Miami Beach U.S.A.
  • “Ritratti d’Autore”, Fondazione Stelline, Milan
2012
  • “Premio ArtePerOGGI 2012” (I Classificato), Teatro dei Dioscuri, Rome – Quirinale
  • “The ways of art”, Crisolart Gallery, NEW YORK
  • “Premio Arte in Fiera Dolomiti” (I Classificato), Longarone Fiere, Longarone (BL)
  • “Il Ritratto: Apparenza ed Enigma”, 11 Dreams Art Gallery, Tortona (AL)
  • “Muri, Metamorfosi e Dintorni”, Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome
2011
  • “Premio ArtePerOGGI 2011” (II Classificato), Teatro dei Dioscuri, Rome – Quirinale
  • “Arteria 2011” salette Giacconi del teatro Valle, Chiaravalle (AN)
2010
  • “Caravaggio Ombre e Mistero”, Galleria O.A.D. Rome
  • “Saturaprize” (I Classificato), Palazzo Stella, Genova
  • “10° Concorso Nazionale di Pittura e Scultura” (III Classificato), Salone Arengo del Broletto, Novara
2009
  • “Biennale di Firenze” Fortezza da Basso, Florence
  • “ARTIST 2009/19. Istanbul Sanat Fuari”, Fiera TÜYAP , Istanbul.
2008
  • “Artisti a CONfronto”, Salone Arengo del Broletto, Novara
  • “Premio Saturarte” (Premio della Critica), Palazzo Stella, Genova
2007
  • “7° Concorso Nazionale di Pittura e Scultura” (III Classificato), Salone Arengo del Broletto, Novara
  • Catalogo nazionale “Artemisia – Disegni Realistici”, 100 artisti di arte figurativa, Ancona

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