Graziano Ferrari was born in Milan in 1958. His aptitude for drawing and painting is revealed early on, but many years will pass before it turns into a passion and becomes a profession. In fact, it was only at the time of his university studies that he made the decision to devote himself full-time to painting. Supported by his family, who understood his need for him, he began the difficult path guided solely by the desire to find his own language that would allow him to bring out those contradictions that he was grasping and that he felt he had to clarify and denounce.
He expresses experimentation without constraints, ranging in every direction the inspiration of the moment leads. The materials are the most varied and his horizon widens by also venturing into sculpture. The first exhibition (1981) introduced him to a world that was substantially different from the one idealized in the fantasies of his youth; expectations are disappointing, but in exchange, he gets the opportunity to deal with other artists who are looking for their own way. In this period partnerships were born, some of which last until today.
In 1988, in collaboration with two other painters, he founded a group that took the name of Euròpio, proposing itself in intentions as an artistic research station (referring to those scientific outposts that explore new worlds). This experience will make a great contribution to the definition of a personal style tending towards increasingly abstract forms until arriving at the informal. In 1994, once the artistic partnership was dissolved, he resumed the series of exhibitions which led him to be present in many national and international galleries.
Between 2009 and 2010, a growing dissatisfaction, and a legacy of personal events, sent his artistic system into crisis. Until he restarts from the study of pictorial techniques of the past focusing his attention on the divisionism of Seurat and Signac. It is precisely from the synergy between Divisionism and the Informal that a new trend is born which he calls “non-projective divisionism“. From 2014 to 2021 he held the position of President of the Encyclopedia of Italian Art.
Non-projective Divisionism stands as a synthesis between the pointillist, post-impressionist technique and the informal art of the post-war period. This synthesis is the arrival point of a long journey originating from the need to find a resolution to some formal contradictions that were revealing themselves almost unconsciously. He had to find a pictorial “gesture” that could give more dynamism to his already informal compositions. He discovered it in the fractionation of colour and the rhythm of the pointillist touch.
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