Alessandro Tofanelli


Alessandro Tofanelli exhibits in our gallery since 2014.

The act of painting by Alessandro Tofanelli is the age-old mastery of technique; all these factors together commune with a modern interpretation which is born of today, of the instantaneousness of a forgotten memory, isolated, silent, free. It is precisely silence, be cause his paintings are not merely to be seen but also to be listened: a silence of what is immobile, slowly built up by colour, of what is so loved as to be unapproachable, sacred, not of this world. His poetic imagination find its place, recognises its "humos" and is drawn into a rigorous balance of form and at the same time imaginative. His paintings are "landscape portraits" not portraits in the literal sense, but images characterised by an infinite number of physiognomic variations, by theatrical lighting specific for that artificial scene, conducted by a skillful director and the result of a unique intellectual operation. Portraits of non-existent landscape, fruit of stratification of images dear to the artist, images composed of memories, elaborated again by the art of memory. Tofanelli is a romantic who takes his time. His brush strokes accentuate each blade of grass, each branch of a tree, each flower in a meadow in way that is a soft and mottled. It is as if he caressing the nature he loves with complete tenderness. This quality is revealed in a moltitude of ways, where he sees beauty in the simple, elegance of nature. His paintings inspire a feeling of tranquility and us can only observe, with discretion, the details and "listen to" that spontaneous and slowly uncontainable creative force which characterizes each detail of the his paintings. 

Alessandro Tofanelli was born in Italy in 1959.

 Alessandro Tofanelli, in 1977 he graduated from the Arts’ Institute in Lucca and then moved to Milan, where he attended the Brera Art Academy. Whilst in Milan, Tofanelli collaborated as an illustrator for several magazines published by Rizzoli and Mondadori. In 1975 he won First Prize for his work ‘La Resistenza’ which was exhibited at the Modern Art Gallery in Lucca. In 1984 Tofanelli went on to win the much coveted ‘Giotto d’Oro’ prize and in 1987 he won the ‘Best Painter under 35 Years of Age’. Since 1977 Tofanelli has exhibited his work in a number of prestigious galleries throughout Italy and abroad. He has always combined his painting with his work as a professional photographer and a television videodocumentarist. When asked about his painting, Tofanelli states that he wants to investigate the relationship between time and memory, and to properly do this he has chosen landscape his favourite subject. Landscape, to him, is a privileged point of observation to contemplate the flow of time as well as to place memories of forgotten places and people whom he wishes to remember. Although he paints landscapes, Tofanelli is no conventional genre painter. The perspectives are tenderly distorted, so that depictions of grass and trees and horizons become subtle evocations of memory and passing time.

He have had many personal exhibitions in public spaces, foundations and museums in Italy in almost all the territory and abroad as: Mito  Japan,  Hong Kong,  St. Petersburg and Moscow Russia, Munich Germany,  Spring Lake New Jersey Usa, Singapore,  New York USA, Londra UK,  San Francisco California USA, Albemarle Carolina del Nord USA, Instabul Turkey, Sidney Australia, Strasbourg France, Barcellona Spagna,.

Many art critics have written texts on his work, including: L. Alberti, Maria Teresa Leoni Zanobini, E. Aretini, Natale Emilio Baldaccini, Alessandro Romanini, Omero Biagioni,  Gilberto Finzi, Giovanni Faccenda, Osvaldo Patani, Tommaso Paloscia,  Umberto Baldini, Furio Colombo, Roberto Monti, B. Zancan, Valerio Grimaldi, Fortunato Bellonzi, Giuseppe Mascherpa, Pier Carlo Santini, Maia Teresa Filieri, R. Tabozzi, Mario Mazzocchi, Alessandra Bonomini, Silvano Ambrogi, B. Bancari, Simona Foà, Antonio Tabucchi,  Nicola Micieli, Maria Teresa Filieri, Giorgia Calò, Giovanni Pieraccini, Alessandro Romanini, A. Mitrangelo, Francesca Centurione Scotto Boschieri, Antonella Serafini, N. Cobolli Gigli, Enzo Dall’Ara, Dino Carlesi, T. Conti, Mario Rocchi, Francesco Mozzetti, R. Del Beccaro, Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, David Himmelberger, S.I. Bartoli, A. Dragone, Paolo Levi, B. Modugno, Elena Ginannesca, Leo Strozzieri, John Ray Taylor, Pier Carlo Santini.