domenico bianchi

Domenico Bianchi was born in 1955 in Rome, where he currently lives and works. After attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, he made his debut in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the late 1980s, he started using polychrome plaster in addition to wax as a pictorial surface.  He also began using computers to transform two-dimensional drawings into spheres, exploring their endless semiotic variations.  An elegant, digitally created arabesque developed into the unquestionable subject of his works, constituting the originating nucleus of form, light, and movement.  The circle, a symbol of perfection and balance, became a constant and recurring element in his language. In the late 1990s, he met some exponents of Arte Povera, specifically, Jannis Kounellis and Mario and Marisa Merz who encouraged Bianchi to broaden his exploration of the expressive power of simple materials. He added gold leaf, platinum, silver, palladium, and copper to the wax, translating the movement’s precepts (whose artistic aesthetic of materials he interprets) into a veritable pictorial experience. Of the Italian artists who matured after Arte Povera and the Transavanguardia, Bianchi is one of the few to have achieved international fame.  He has exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum (1986), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (1988), the III Istanbul Biennial (1992), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (1996).  He has also participated in the 1984, 1986, and 1993 Venice Biennales.

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