Daniele Bongiovanni//

Daniele Bongiovanni [official]

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m an Italian painter. As I have said in the past, I considered myself a “researcher of details”. 

Why do you do what you do?

Everything is born as a high need, and I think it’s like that for everyone. When we choose to make a profession, we’re all conditioned by the need to communicate something through our abilities. 

How do you work?

I paint in a traditional way. I usually make works with oil or mixed media on canvas or wood panel. In my works, I also like to experiment with new techniques and materials. 

What’s your background?

I have a Bachelor (BFA) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, Italy. My art is particularly influenced by the pictorial art of the twentieth century, of which I also met some artists. 

How do you think the current (coronavirus epidemic) situation could affect artists and their local communities?

I think that artists, besides possessing the talent of manual dexterity, also have great communicative skills. I believe that this difficult period can serve to strengthen our communication and the exchange of positive ideas. At the base of the works of artists, there’s sensitivity, and I think that the current situation can be a source of inspiration and an opportunity to reflect on life. 

Do you think the government should ensure culture does not disappear during these difficult times?

I think that the government should support those who make culture right now. I mean, I believe that man is always looking for new knowledge, and without culture, the man would have no stimuli both in the professional field and in the emotional field. 

Is the current situation impacting your art practice?

Not at this moment, but the sudden break in the balance that we all underwent is making me think a lot.

What role does the artist have in society?

The artist has always been an important figure in society. He has had the role of narrator/creator. For example, thanks to the artists’ imagination, we have a clear “iconography of the sacred”, a visual knowledge of what we have never seen.

How has your practice changed over time?

I begin my work dedicating myself to portraiture, and it in time, I joined my concept.

What themes do you pursue?

I try to create a union between nature and spirit, remaining concrete. I focus on expressiveness, on chromatic vibration, even the almost imperceptible. I studied a lot about this, being able to see the vibrant color even in the absence of color. 

Should art be funded?

Institutions should invest more in art, not only in a large project as a source of investment but also on small events capable of attracting great public interest. I believe that a great guarantee for the success of exhibitions is the efficiency and organization of communication, connected to remarkable content. 

What research do you do?

As I said before, I seek harmony in all its forms. 

What is your dream project?

It’s weird, but I don’t have a dream project. Perhaps my real plan is to continue examining life through my works. I just hope I never lose enthusiasm, but I think that won’t happen. 

Professionally, what’s your goal?

The concept I expressed in the previous question also encompasses this.

Any final thoughts?

I just want to wish us all the best in every respect. I also want to congratulate your organization that remains operational and excellent creative. 

BIO

Daniele Bongiovanni (born in Palermo, Italy in 1986) is an Italian painter. He received a Bachelor (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) cum laude at the Academy of Fine Arts, Palermo.

His painting focuses on the natural space and the human figure. His subjects, although inspired by the reality, have an idealized and rarefied configuration, characteristics motivated by a deep conceptuality. During his career, he realizes several thematic cycles that he presents in museums and galleries in Italy and abroad. He exhibits also in numerous contemporary art events including the Venice Biennale. His major solo exhibitions include: ”Liquido/Sophia”, MACIA – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Italiana in America, San José (2007); ”Collezione Pelle Sporca”, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venice (in the context 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009); ”Mundus”, CD Arts Gallery, Lugano (2016); ”Mundus Other”, Centro Svizzero, Milan (2016); ”InEtere”, Palazzo della Luce, Turin (2016); ”Aesthetica Bianca”, Embassy of Italy, London (2017); ”Exist”, Palazzo Broletto, Pavia (2018); ”Con Pura Forma”, Raffaella De Chirico Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2019).

Daniele Bongiovanni’s work has been shown as part of major group exhibitions at numerous public and private institutions, including: Fondazione Whitaker, Palermo (2013); Independents Liverpool Biennial (2014); CAOS – Officine per lo Spettacolo e l’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2014); CS Gallery, Caroline Springs, Victoria (2015); DCU – Dublin City University (2015); Palazzo Bollani, Venice (2015); Villino Corsini – Villa Doria Pamphilj, Rome (2015); MACRO Testaccio, Rome (2016); 57th Venice Biennale (2017); RISO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo (2017); MACA – Museo Arte Contemporanea Acri, Italy (2017); Palazzo Sant’Elia, Palermo (2018); Museo Tecnico Navale, La Spezia (2018); Being Human Festival, London (whit Queen Mary University of London, 2019); East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam (2019).

Many have curated his solo exhibitions and written about him, among others: Francesco Poli; Claudio Strinati; Marzia Ratti; Giosuè Allegrini; Susanna Zatti; Gregorio Rossi; Alessandro Rizzo; Giorgio Di Genova; Stefania Maccelli; Simon Adam Yorke; Rebecca Russo. His works are permanently exhibited in museums, public and private collections.

Daniele Bongiovanni, Laterale, 50×70 cm, oil on canvas, 2018