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ANTONELLA PRETI.

Her interest and passion for drawing and color have always accompanied her in her personal and professional life, but only since 2008 has she devoted herself completely to painting.

Born in Borgomanero, she has been living for some years in Gattico, a town in the province of Novara. She is self-taught, a surveyor by training, she turns her pictorial research towards a typology of figurativism, which, starting from the solid basis of design and intersection of lines and shapes, creates places of illusory three-dimensional perspective.

She is an artist engaged in the constant search for new formal and artistic solutions, today she translates and enhances the abstract geometries of the previous period in a new stylistic path. The geometric shape, the surprising perception of a color that gives light and movement, the lines that attract and remove in the discovery of a space return in a key now of a modern and revitalized metaphysics.

Portrayed in interior spaces, figures appear that have no face, but who nevertheless possess a strong expressive characterization thanks to the careful study and the perfect rendering of attitudes and postures.

The love for geometry also persists in her clothes which, precious mosaics, are characterized by chromatic pieces, a connecting element to her previous period of abstract representations.

In her works, the impact of the chiaroscuro perspective space is evident, characterized by an accentuated linearism and by the contrast between "whites" and "blacks". The metaphysical box is strengthened and the artist produces a spatial enlargement of the interiors. The linear perspective creates scenographic depths by lengthening the background and at the same time emphasizing the human presence. The architectural structure of the interiors is articulated and rich, complex creature of a capable designer.

From 2008 to today you have exhibited in collective, personal and competitions in Italy and abroad.

SEE ALL ARTWORKS BY ANTONELLA PRETI

TWO IMPORTANT EXHIBITIONS:

In July 2020 he participated with the artistic direction of designer Antonio Perotti and with other 15 international artists in the exhibition "ART and DESIGN" at the Giovanni Agnelli CAR MUSEUM in Turin where the prototype of the new city car MOLE URBANA was presented. created by designer Umberto Palermo and each of the 16 artists “dressed” the new GreenCar with their own POP work.

In May 2021 he participated, together with the same international artistic group, in the definitive presentation on the market of the new MOLE URBANA at the Venice Boat Show, “dressing up” the electric charging stations in the POP version.

2008     Personal exhibition "Arte a Palazzo" Palazzo Tornielli - Borgomanero

             Collective Art & Wine - Prarolo Vercelli

2009     Personal exhibition "Arte a Palazzo" - Palazzo Tornielli - Borgomanero

2010     Personal exhibition "Arte a Palazzo" - Palazzo Tornielli - Borgomanero

             Collective exhibition "Opus 4.6" - Cultural Center "La Riseria" - Novara

2011     Personal "Arte a Palazzo" - Palazzo Tornielli - Borgomanero

             "Geometric Chromatisms" Congress Hall Outlets Vicolungo

             "Chromatic expressions" Pisano lake maggiore

             "Chromatic expressions" Boca (NO)

              Collective "For.Me" - Cultural Center "La Riseria" - Novara

             "Panorama Arte Oggi" -Cultural Center "La Riseria" - Novara

              "Sui Generis Artisti Novaresi" - Cascina dell'Arte Gallery - Busto Arsizio

              "Grafò" - "La Riseria" Cultural Center - Novara

             "ESAGERARTE" - "La Riseria" Cultural Center - Novara

             "30x30" Gallery "L'Acanto" - Milan

             "Artists in the Borgo" - Candelo

             "Novaresi Artists" - Villa Manzoni -Tornaco

             "Opus 5.7" - "La Riseria" Cultural Center - Novara

2012      Personal "Arte a Palazzo" - Palazzo Tornielli - Borgomanero

              "Geometric chromatisms" - Pro loco cultural center - Gallarate

               Collective "Gaudenziano Prize" - “ArtAction” Association Palazzo Renzo Piano - Novara

              "For.Me" - "La Riseria" Cultural Center - Novara

              "Colors of Italy" Museum of Contemporary Art - Silistra (Bulgaria)

              "ART PRIZE" - "La Riseria" Cultural Center - Novara

              "FlorARTE" - Gallery "Modern space" Arona (NO)

              "ESAGERARTE" - "La Riseria" Cultural Center - Novara

              "Memorial Quaglino" “ArtAction” Association - Palazzo Renzo Piano - Novara

2013       Collective: L’Enigma - Cultural Center "La Riseria - Novara

               "Italian Landscape" - 5 art museums in Romania and Bulgaria

               Biennial of contemporary art in Brescia

               Exibition Progect “ArtAction” Association Palazzo Tornielli Novara

               Satura Genova Award

                Italian Style Vigevano

                30x30 Passepartout Gallery LODI

               Personal: Chromatisms – Divina Cafè-Busto Arsizio

           … And colors break the darkness… and it's life - Palazzo Tornielli Borgomanero

2014       Collective: “Memorial Quaglino” Association “ArtAction” Palazzo Tornielli Novara

               "ESAGERARTE" - "La Riseria" Cultural Center - Novara

               Winds of art MAEC Gallery - Milan

               Art Prize 2014 La Riseria Novara

               "Lago d’Orta Lake of Art" the L’Approdo .. Pettenasco

               "Freehand" gallery ADsum Terlizzi (BA)

               EXPO 2014 MAEC Gallery Milan

               The 5 Senses Spazio Tadini Milan

               14th National City of Novara Award "ArtAction" Association - 2014

               Personal exhibition: Palazzo Tornielli Borgomanero

2015       Collective: “Art at the Palace” FARINI gallery - Bologna

               "Down the Mask" BACCINA gallery Rome

               "Milano Expo Contemporary Art" curator Dr. Giorgio Grasso - Taccani Hydroelectric Plant - Trezzo d’Adda

                ARTEXPO the Taste of Art "Association" ArtAction "curator V.incenzo Scardigno -Oleggio

               “Art and Fashion” --- curator Silvia Ceffa at the Tadini space in Milan

               “Vibrations-Shapes-Colors“ ass.Artepozzo ”at“ il Principino ”Viareggio

                "ARTEXPO the Taste of Art" pictorial exhibition Molfetta Association "ArtAction" curator V.incenzo Scardigno

                "ARTEXPO the Taste of Art" Dolceacqua painting exhibition "ArtAction" Association curator V.incenzo Scardigno

                "ARTEXPO the Taste of Art" pictorial exhibition Novara Association "ArtAction" curator V.incenzo Scardigno

                “Beyond III” wikiarte gallery Bologna

2016        Personal exhibition: "Artist's perspectives" - PalazzoTornielli town hall - Borgomanero (NO)

                Collective exhibitions "Biennale delle Dolomiti" curator Dr. Giorgio Grasso - San Pellegrino Pass

                "Woman in Art" - Orta San Giulio - Novara

                "Visionaries at the Castle" - Swabian Castle of Rocca Imperiale (CS)

                “Show competition 2016” - Villa Paolotti- Gattinara

                "II Michelangelo Buonarroti Prize" - Seravezza (Lucca)

               “100Artists for 100 years of Lions” - Palazzo del Broletto Novara

2017       Collective: “Women Women again Women” curator Dr. Giorgio Grasso - at Sisal Milan

               "Mediolanum Art Gallery" curator Dr. Giorgio Grasso-Padua

                New York - T.A.S.A.

               “IDauni” Award - Vieste

                Collective exhibition PARK Hotel Cassano d’Adda

                ARTES exhibition / competition Palazzo Alfieri Carru - Turin

               “Woman freedom to be” Collective exhibition at Palazzo Birolli - Verona

                Vieste ARTE 2017 excellences on display - VIESTE

                Visionaries at the Castle II Edition - Rocca Imperiale (CS)

                Il TEMPLARINO Competition - Castelletto Ticino

                Villa Paolina - Viareggio with TASA

                Villa Borbone Viareggio with TASA

2018        Collective: Woman in Art - Mazzoleni Foundation - Alzano Lombardo

                The Rooms of Wonders Villa Giulia - Verbania - Lake Maggiore

2019        Personal: Theater of the Arts Salerno

                RinnovareCasa Showroom - Novara

2020        Collective: MUA Museo dell’Auto Torino - "ART and DESIGN" presented the prototype of the new city car MOLE URBANA created by designer Umberto Palermo. On that occasion I "dressed" the new GreenCar with one of my POP works with 15 other international artists.

                ARTES exhibition / competition Palazzo Alfieri Carru - Turin

2021        Collective Venice Boat Show (May) definitive presentation on the market of the new MOLE URBANA designer Umberto Palermo and on that occasion I participated (with the same group of international artists) "dressing" the electric charging columns in the POP version.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

  "Selection Award" at the "10th National City of Novara Award" - 2010

  "Selection Award" in the "National Trivero" Competition - 2012

   2nd PRIZE in the competition "Art Pride 2012" - "la Riseria" of Novara - 2012

  "Critics Award" at the "13th National City of Novara Award" - 2013

   Finalist at the "12th National Prize of the city of Novara" - 2012

   Finalist at the “18th SATURA Award in Genoa“ - 2013

  “Report of merit” at the “14th National City of Novara Award” - 2014

   Selection Award "at the" Gaudenziano Trophy "- 2015 - Novara

   Artistic Merit Diploma Villa Paolotti Gattinara Competition - 2016

   Award as Finalist "Michelangelo Buonarroti Award" Seravezza (LU) - 2016

   3rd Prize - Sec. Figurative Painting - ARTES International Exhibition II ° edition-Toronoi - 2017

   CRITICISM Award - Honorable Mention - Figurative Section - I DAUNI Competition - II Edition - Vieste - 2017

   Honorable Mention - Figurative Section - I DAUNI Competition - III Edition - Vieste - 2019

   4th classified - section Figurative Painting Exhibition / competition ARTES Palazzo Alfieri Carru-Turin 2020


CRITICAL:

"Portrait of the contemporary, this is the essence of Antonella's artistic production. A raw portrait with an immediate perception, deprived of noises, is silent, like a video without audio. Urban landscapes in relation to man are the constant that is renewed in every work, cities reproduced with design precision, at times they seem to have remained on the architect's sheet as never finished, never realized yet real, postpone a claustrophobic feeling, inexorably caged in blind spaces, obsessively repetitive and uninhabited, black and white accentuates the looming sensation architectural structures that close the space and isolate the horizon. Suddenly the alienating element appears, calling into question the cosmic solitude told in the geometries. The human subjects fit into the context as the only mobile element of color, sinuous, soft figures , with poses captured by everyday life, by the normality of gesture and habit The system suggests a theatrical backdrop, that of life where you play with yourself and with emotions. You can find joy and expectation, dialogue and thought alone, but this too is pure imaginary projection of the mind.The key element is the absence of the face, therefore the absence of the relational state, inside of the work itself and outside with the user. Metaphorically, the depersonalization of contemporary man is staged, the inability or impossibility to communicate and fully live the emotional and sensorial life, excluding sight and the verb remains a form of communication that is incomplete, apparent, sucked into an impending urban context. Paradoxically, in a purely visual society, the actors who wander around the stage represented by the artist, communicate by stereotypes, get used to the system while looking for an individual and personalizing look through the instrumental use of color. The eschatological sense of the works overflows from the support, catching the unprepared user and yet exerting a sort of psychological pressure on it. The message is fully and expertly expressed with high artistic value. "

Stefania Maggiulli Alfieri

Antonella Preti-seems to be a reflection on the continuous evolution of the soul and its many facets. One has the impression that he has let it settle and that he wants to show us that what is inside is also outside, and that he knows that recognizing himself as a living part of a whole leads to the definition of his own individuality by "working" harmonize it with creation. The greatest results have been achieved by those who never tire of investigating and elaborating all the aspects and modifications of a single experience, of a single experiment, taking into account every possibility Antonella's artistic experience seems to insist on this path to to demonstrate how much what appears obvious in reality is not at all. Intense rhythms and overlaps give her figures a primitive energy, creating spaces that overlook a soul supported by artistic necessity

Caterina DeLuca

The world painted by Antonella Preti

it is a place halfway between real and surreal, where faceless women become protagonists, to whom, at the behest of the artist herself, every observer can give identity. All, however, are united by sinuous shapes that arise from brushstrokes that follow natural movements.

Shakespearean made of the same material of which dreams are made, these female figures blend and confuse with the places they are surrounded by, interior and exterior architectures that seem to give them vital lymph.

They are emotions more than images, suggestions that capture the spirit of the observer and leave the task of conveying the message to the gestures of the forms.

The symbolism used by the artist combined with the use of a few colors but made dynamic in their drafting, create a communion between environment and man, in search of a single symbiosis that tends to infinity.

Sofia Falzone

Antonella Preti, an artist engaged in the constant search for new formal and artistic solutions, today she translates and enhances the abstract geometries of the previous period into a new stylistic path. The geometric shape, the surprising perception of a color that gives light and movement, the lines that attract and remove in the discovery of a space return in a key now of a modern and revitalized metaphysics.

Portraits in interior spaces, the characters of the domestic and familiar existence appear: like family photographs, the portraits of proud mothers presenting their offspring flow in her works, of serene children showing their toys and wives caught in moments of serene rest. It is a return to the figurative, indeed to the figure who rediscovers not only the ways of De Chirico - figures that can recall the metaphysical mannequins - but above all those of the Italian Renaissance. Antonella Preti's figures have no face or hands, they are not the physiognomic identification of a person but of the "person": of the Mother, of the Woman, or of Childhood ... forgetting the particular existence, her characters assume general traits so that each can recognize you. To obtain the universal representation of topoi, the artist chooses the path presented by artists of the Italian Renaissance or artists such as Cezanne: clear geometric shapes depict and outline the anatomies, simplifying and mathematicalizing them. The oval of the faces portrayed in Antonella Preti's metaphysical boxes takes up the perfect oval, for example, of the madonnas of Piero della Francesca and it is precisely the mathematical definition of space and of the body that makes the identification of the relative in his depicted humanity imperishable. . Yet each portrayed character lives and moves with extreme truth: the figures are faceless but still have a strong expressive characterization thanks to the careful study and the perfect rendering of attitudes and postures.

The love for geometry persists even in the garments which, precious mosaics, are characterized by chromatic pieces of hard and precious stones. They are gems set in a spatial perspective escape and in a geometric grid of engineering rigor. They are the element of freedom from the constructive rigor of the work: the pieces that make up the garments are arranged free and chromatic with respect to the accentuated linearism and bichromism of the dominant perspective. They are also a connecting element of his geometric period to the new path as they appear as an updated reinterpretation of the previous abstract representations.

The impact of the perspective space is evident in the works on display; the metaphysical box is strengthened and the artist produces a spatial enlargement of the interiors. Demonstrating once again a very deep knowledge of the teachings of the Italian Renaissance, Antonella Preti restarts from the studies of Paolo Uccello to give life to dizzying plans that renew the metaphysical box, expanding it and making it expressive. The linear perspective




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