Fransesco Bocchini

Fransesco Bocchini

Francesco Bocchini, is an internationally known artist, born in 1969 in Cesena, Italy.He studied art at the Fine Arts Academy in Bologna. Since 1996 Francesco has been participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in Italy and internationally, winning recognition and numerous awards. For many years during the 1990s and early 2000s Francesco collaborated with several theatre companies both in Italy and in Denmark, such as Valdoca Theatre Company in Cesena, Perduta Academy in Ravenna, Rio Rose Theatre Company and Björn Theatre in Denmark and finally Deicalciteatro Company in Bologna, where he created the production design for their plays and productions.

With Francesco and his work, his native region’s rich history and tradition of talents, visionary poets, polite eccentrics and surreal geniuses, those strange characters portrayed by Fellini and Tonino Guerra, continues. Francesco’s world is one of metal and mechanics, which in his hands comes to life with great narrative power. He creates small and large sculptures using scrap metal, ranging from the roof of a Fiat 500 to small tin cans, which he bend, weld and paint. By putting technical mechanisms and attaching crank handles to his sculptures, they are brought to life by the touch of a human hand. The approach seems playful, entertaining and casual but when the handles are turned the sculptures are shaken by a jerky, warped movement, like slowly awakening a fractured, wayward material stripped of its former glory revealing an oxidized life as a reject. However, with Francesco’s gentle help they now enjoy new life that don’t serve anything but their own, vibrating and sudden desire.

Important solo exhibitions:

“La Storia Naturale”, L’Affiche Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2010
“Tutti vivi, tutti morti, tutti rivivi, tutti rimorti”, AndreA Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza, Italy, 2010
“Il veleno astratto”, Gasparelli Arte Contemporanea, Fano, Italy, 2010
“Un braccio ruminante”, Il Segno gallery, Rome, Italy, 2009
“Domino Blumen Falene”, Mel Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2008
“Finemondo“, Laboratorio dell’imperfetto, Gambettola, Italy, 2008
“Gloriette”, L’Affiche Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2007

“Francesco Bocchini”, Scilla Cicognani gallery, Cologne, Germany, 2006

“Il mio pensiero è sempre luminoso”, Il Segno gallery, Rome, Italy, 2005

“Bulgarico”, L’Affiche Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2004

“Ich bin so dumm”, 41artecontemporanea gallery, Milan, Italy, 2004

“Le gambe eccellenti Merz Mer”, Arte al Contrario gallery, Modena, Italy, 2003

“I primi asini pensavano per conto proprio”, De’ Foscherari gallery, Bologna, Italy, 2003

“Lumpefon spazire”, Sala delle Colonne, Nonantola, Italy, 2002

“Lés funenbrés”, L’Affiche Gallery, Milan, Italy, 2001

“Personale”, Studio Mascarella and Aracaldia Design, Bologna, Italy, 2000

“Storie d’Egitto”, Il Graffio gallery, Bologna, Italy, 1999

“Anima patata”, L’Affiche Gallery, Milan, Italy, 1998

“Partito preso”, National gallery of modern art, Rome, Italy, 1996

Important group exhibitions:

“Round the Clock”, Participation in La Biennale di Venezia, the 54th International Art Exhibition/Biennale of Venice, Italy, 2011

“Ben venuto”, de freo gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy, 2010

“Elogio della Ghigliottina”, Laboratorio dell’Imperfetto, Gambettola, Italy, 2010

“Playstation”, Spazio Paraggi, Treviso, Italy, 2010

“Longitudini Latitudini”, Michela Rizzo Gallery, Venice, Italy, 2010

“Steellife”, Triennale di Milano, Italy, 2009

“Frescobosco”, Certosa di Padula, Salerno, Italy, 2008

15th Art Quadriennale, Rome, Italy, 2008

“Small is beautiful”, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal, Germany, 2007

“Planetarisch”, Goethe due gallery, Bolzano, Italy, 2006

“Welcome tech & touch”, Ermano Casoli’s International Art Award, IX edition, Serra S. Quirino, Italy, 2006

“Ai confine della realtà. Arte scienza e tecnologia”, ARCOS, Contemporary Art Museum of Sannio, Benevento, Italy, 2006

“Allegra con brio”, Church of suffering, Carrara, 2006

“Premio Michetti”, Michetti Museum, Palazzo San Domenico, Francavilla al mare, Italy, 2006

“Bologna si rivela”, Palazzo Fava, Bologna, Italy, 2005

“Minjonies”, Elementary School Sacro Cuore, Alghero, Italy, 2005

“Bologna Contamporanea 1975 – 2005”, Modern Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy, 2005

XIV Quadriennale, preview for the promotion of fine arts, Turin, Italy, 2004

“Dal profondo”, Palace of the fortress, Mainz, Germany, 2004

“Dal profondo”, Carloni SpazioArte, Frankfurt, Germany, 2004

“Tremante”, Laboratorio dell’imperfetto, Gambettola, Italy, 2004

“Cauda Pavonis”, Andrea Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza, Italy, 2004

“Premio Michetti”, Michetti Museum, Palazzo San Domenico, Francavilla al mare, Italy, 2004

“Premio Cairo 2”, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy, 2002

“Selvatico”, Palazzo Sforza, Cotignola, Italy, 2002

“Figure del 900”, Fine Arts Academy, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy, 2001

“Grand Cru”, L’Affiche gallery, Milan, Italy, 1999

“Trialog”, Palazzo dell’Arengario, Milan, Italy, 1998

“Trialog”, Werk gallery, Kassel, Germany, 1997

“Luoghi”, National Gallery of Modern Art, The Republic of San Marino, 1997