Pivetti Franco - Artefantastica Franco Pivetti was born at Cavezzo, Modena, in 1936. Still a child, he studied painting and music simultaneously. The latter inspired him to travel through the Middle East, North Africa and Europe with an orchestra attraction. The colours and landscapes he saw in his travels inspired his first series of watercolours, which he then displayed at his first one man exhibition in Modena in 1966. In 1970 he approached Surrealism, after various pictorial experiences, and began to attract the attention of the more discerning critics, who saw him as one of the most sensitive and imaginative artists around. At first he painted in a style inspired by Magritte's work and later moved on to a more "symbolic surrealism" based on the use of coloured inks and recurring subjects, such as the fist and road signs. Lastly, in 1974, he elaborated a personal interpretation of "gestural automatism", which he perfected over the years, especially from the point of view of composition, highlighting an uncommon starkness of sign. In 1975 he collaborated with the Galleria Angolare in Milan and, in 1976, his engravings and drawings were auctioned for the first time at Wolfgang Ketterer's in Munich. He became rather famous in the 80s as an engraver and draughtsman, and his works were exhibited by the foremost galleries in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. In the meantime, he moved to Riva del Garda, in Trentino, where, in 1984, he was appointed to the position of Coordinating Manager of the Consorzio Casa degli Artisti "G.Vittone", a cultural organization sponsored by the local authorities of Tenno, Riva del Garda, Arco and Nago-Torbole. Among his major initiatives, in recent years, the "International Graphics Biennal", "Songs on Cover", "Forty Artists for Wolfgang Goethe", "Aesthetronica in Nuce", "Rustic Middle Ages", "Conference on Art Therapy", "In between Dreams and Magic". Later on, alongside his activity as a painter, he also started providing consulting services and organizing exhibitions in a number of towns throughout the country. He lives and works in Tenno, in the province of Trento.

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