I’m an Italian
painter. As I have said in the past, I considered myself a “researcher of
Why do you do what you do?
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
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
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
Should art be funded?
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
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.
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.