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Friday, March 16, 2012

ARTIST FEATURE: WALTER VALENTINI

Someone I recently discovered, and now consider a major source of interest, WALTER VALENTINI. Learn something about him below or check out the links for more...you might be as impressed as I am.




According to Bronzidorati Gilded Bronzes Museum, he was born in Pergola, in the province of Pesaro, on 22 October 1928, he trained in Rome, Milan (where his teachers were three of the great protagonists of abstract rationalism, Luigi Veronesi, Max Huber and Albe Steiner) and Urbino, where he attended the Scuola del Libro and where Valentini developed his interest in engraving and the art of book illustration. Among his many illustrated volumes are “La città del sole” by Tommaso Campanella and “I Canti” by Giacomo Leopardi.

In Valentini’s work, the poetry of painting and engraving are founded upon several common elements: the artistic culture of the Renaissance based on harmony and equilibrium; the sense of space and proportion to be found in architecture itself; the abstract research of the Russian constructivists and of great masters (such as Hans Richter) who have greatly influenced him ; his interest in music; the need to represent the flow of time, of the cosmos and of memory ; the influence of, and his great sensitivity towards, the materials used (from paper to the surfaces of wood and walls - the artist has created works of art on old and modern buildings in Italy and in the USA).

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