sabato 4 giugno 2011

Francesco Visalli

Francesco Visalli was born in 1960, the son of a postal worker and a teacher. He grew up in one of the poorest and most notorious areas of Rome, the “Borghetto Prenestino”, made infamous by Pier Paolo Pasolini”s “Ragazzi di Vita”.
His father died when he was 14 years old, an event which deeply affected his life.
Francesco, an only child, was forced to look for a job to support his mother and pay for his studies. One of the teachers at the technical school he attended found him a place in his firm, which enabled him to enrol in a faculty of architecture and go to live by himself at the age of 19. Francesco was determined, but he was also very young, and work, study and a house demanded commitment and sacrifices. His degree, which would provide him with a better life, was still in the distant future and he felt angry. He was troubled, very alone and afraid; but preferring not to dwell on his own feelings, he sought distraction in sex, drugs and bad company, and become a political extremist.
Then, when he was 21, he fell in love with a woman and followed her to Los Angeles: this was just the first of many transformations that would occur in his life. The woman he loved was rich and he lived surrounded by comfort. He continued to work, completing his studies, until he began to feel suffocated by the woman and her wealth. So he left everything and returned to Rome, where he could start afresh. Free and finally qualified, he set up a studio in his house, dedicating himself totally to his work.
At 25 years of age, he finally met the woman that was to be his great love. They married and he began a spiritual journey with her that changed him profoundly, helping him to find the deep meaning of his life in the Catholic faith.
The courage, faith and great strength of his marriage helped him to open up his professional life to success; he started his first design company, which produced important work in Italy and abroad, and then, still by himself, created two more companies. These were years of great victories, of economic fortune, of esteem and praise from many people, that were always accompanied by his deep faith and love for his wife. They were also years of miracles that he would never have dreamed of, such as the three children he had with his wife, even though medical opinion had declared him completely sterile.
Then, at 43 years of age, everything ended; Francesco fell into bitter delusion, lost his faith, saw everything fall apart and left his wife: these were his years of exile. He continued to work, but knew that he was not free, experiencing disappointment, failure, frustration, sickness and solitude. He finally threw in the towel and closed everything down, spending his time doing nothing: he was now 50 years old and had lived more than enough; what was the point of continuing, if everything was finished? This was his darkest hour.
On the night of 11 October, 2009, however, everything changed once more.
Francesco picked up a pen and began to draw things he had never seen before. He spent the entire night drawing, continuing the next day, the following night and so on, for days on end.
Francesco”s hand, as if guided by something divine, was rapidly moving around the white sheet of paper of its own joyful accord, producing fantastic drawings. Colours burst out and unusual shapes came to life from his hands. After a few weeks, the drawings became paintings. Although he had no knowledge of painting technique, he acquired it by working, finding within himself a style that already had its own very precise expressions and definition, which was his style. Each painting is a new discovery, and he deliberately keeps no records, does not study, has no desire to learn from others and does not look at the great masters, in order not to be conditioned by those that have preceded him. Visalli works like an erupting volcano, continuously drawing and painting whatever his instincts tell him. He passes through the classic creative phases, first producing the drawing and then choosing and applying the colours, without letting himself be encumbered by thought and without any mediation, almost as if in a trance. The relationship between the shapes and colour combinations in his paintings is the product of a harmony that is never deliberately sought, but discovered by chance each time. It is as if he unwraps each canvas to discover the colours that are already there, simply waiting to be revealed by him. He is amazed by the finished pictures that suddenly appear in front of him, like newly discovered portions of an unknown land, which is this strange new reality that he is living. Visalli did not consider and decide on painting as an alternative to his former profession; painting erupted into his life and chose him.
His shapes and geometry are defined by a subtle white line that runs between the colours, which never touch each other. The line is left by the canvas, because it is the canvas that designs the painting; his falsely seraphic figures form a subtle aperture between the eye of the observer and the soul of their creator, who, as if hiding from himself, “wants” to calm the vortex of his dramas and victories behind those distant and rather absent forms; or else hurl himself courageously towards new and infinite horizons, where beyond one heaven lies another, in scenes of a cosmic reality. He obtains incongruous results, rather like quietly shouting at the top of one”s voice, a freezing heat or a whirling stillness. His paintings bring to light his past and future life, without his involvement, like a flurry of pangs and torments viewed through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars, always moving a bit further beyond the heart, in an “Alternative Reality”.

Willi Bambach

Willi Bambach is a “sui generis” artist: his artworks are instinctive, and just this peculiarity lays bare the primordial mechanisms, that move the human mind. Signs are clean and steady, the colours essentials. Inside the shapes we catch a glimpse of hints of intangible worlds, reachable only by abandoning all the usual patterns of thinking.
Through the observation of Willi Bambach's artwork, the viewer is sucked in parallel universes. Here, what is fundamental for the parameters of the Twenty-First century, we lose solidity and find it replaced with emotional visions that project the material into its purest state, elevating the irrational perception to the only means to reach the deep comprehension of the essence. Philosophical speculations lose their power of their meanings and give way to the pure, instinctive awareness of Being.

Ausstellungen / Exhibitions:


Einzelausstellung / Soloexhibition: „dualismus, hommage an rb“
Permanent Exhibition seit 1. Oktober 2008
InTIME GmbH Berlin, Germany


Einzelausstellung / Soloexhibition: „what can´t be done“
31. Januar 2009 - 12. März 2009
FAST Communications, Brussels, Belgium

Special-Guest appearance at Soloexhibiton Domino: „Sex, Love and Fantasy“
13. März 2009 - 03. April 2009
Galerie Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „Humans & Gods“
08. Mai 2009 - 23. Juni 2009
Galerie Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „Strange Things“
24. Juni 2009 - 17. Juli 2009
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Groupexhibition: „Highway to Berlin“
04. Juli 2009 - 25. Juli 2009
"La Galleria" caffé letterario del Museo Mandralisca, Cefalu, Italy

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „A Better World“
18. Juli 2009 - 10. September 2009
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „Stairway To Heaven“
11. September 2009 - 23. Oktober 2009
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „One World“
24. Oktober 2009 - 04. Dezember 2009
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany


Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „4 Your Eyes & not Only“
05. Dezember 2009 - 16. Januar 2010
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „On Sale“
16. Januar 2010 – 26. Februar 2010
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Permanent Exhibition since 01. April 2010
diverse changing artworks
Dols + Franzke Berlin, Germany

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „Diptychon“
22. Mai – 12. Juni Januar 2010
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Special-Guest appearance at Groupexhibition: „Boys, Boys, Boys“
18. Juni 2010 - 15. Juli 2010
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Personal Exhibiton: „Willi Bambach – Light and Heavy“
16. Juli 2010 – 15. August 2010
Infantellina-Contemporary, Berlin, Germany


Domino, daughter of an architect from Genoa and an artist from Berlin, has art in
her veins. She studied with many Italian and foreign teachers in order to acquire a
profound knowledge of different techniques. Throughout the years she has
enriched her own abilities thanks to the experimentation using different materials.
Travelling and living in Europe, Africa and the USA have enriched her cultural and
human background. Above all her endeavor focuses on the use of unusual materials
which she elaborates into a conceptual message, in which the ambivalence of
appearance and reality is always present. The concept is never only a one-way,
ironic game, but her aim is to involve the observer in the interpretation process,
which is never static or one-dimensional, but leads to the sensation of reality’s
complexity. Her works are present in many private and public collections
throughout Italy, Europe and the USA. Her works face, like its characteristic, the
topics of the human truths, decomposing them in unexpected point of view. The
materials used, are inusual nevertheless of common use, the artist attributes a new
use to those objects loading them with a symbolic valence. Domino circumscribes
the subjects reinterpreteting the intrinsic essence and encouraging a new visual
and substantial fruition with aesthetic irony: this allows the spectator to space
within of the intimate meanings of human mind and, at the same time, to interact
mentally and physically with the artwork. Every work turns out, thus, stimulus to an
effective reflections on ourself and on our world.
Domino is resident artist ,since 2008, in Infantellina Contemporary [I]-[C]
gallery Berlin.
18/10/08 - 27/11/08
„18 x 18 „ Gruppenasustellung bei I-C Berlin , Taubenstrasse 20-22 (am
Gendarmenmarkt), 10117 Berlin
29/10/08 -02/11/08
Berliner Liste ---- Arbeiten für I-C Berlin
02/12/08 – 12/02/09
„Italians do it 2 „ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
13/02/09 – 12/03/09
„Look at me „ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
13/03/09 – 03/04/09
„Sex, Love & Fantasy“ Solo-ausstellung von Domino bei I-C Berlin
04/04/09 – 05/05/09
„ I´m blue „ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
28/05/09 – 23/06/09
„Humans & Gods“ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
24/06/09 – 17/07/09
„Strange things „ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
04/07/09 – 25/07/09
„Highway to Berlin“ Gruppen-ausstellung bei C.L. Museo Mandralisca
18/07/09 – 10/09/09
„A better world“ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
11/09/09 – 23/10/09
„Stairway to Heaven“ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
24/10/09 – 04/12/09
„ One World „ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
05/12/09 – 16/01/10
„ 4 your eyes & not only“ Gruppenausstellung unterstüztzend Amnesty
International bei I-C Berlin
30/01/10 – 26/02/10
„On Sale „ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
18/04/10 – 12/05/10
„Girls,Girls,Girls“ Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
21/08/10- 21/09/10
„ Golden Talks “ Solo-ausstellung bei I-C Berlin
“I am who I am” Gruppenausstellung bei I-C Berlin
“Franchise temptation of 24 hours” exhibition and performance with Andras
Markos, Zsusanne Tudor,Willi Bambach