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Claudio Verna

(1937)

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Claudio Verna was born in Guardiagrele, in the province of Chieti, in 1937. From 1942 to 1956 he studied in Umbria, then at the University of Florence, where he graduated with a thesis on "Figurative Arts in Industrial Civilization" and where he held the first exhibitions of relief. In 1961 he arrived in Rome. For some years he has renounced the exhibitions to experiment and define in total autonomy the thought and the tools of his own research. In 1967 he returned to exhibit, now definitively convinced of the "ancient and inalienable" reasons for painting. It is the period of the so-called "Analytical painting", aimed at a reflection on making art today and on the relationship with modern tradition. For some years he has renounced the exhibitions to experiment and define in total autonomy the thought and the tools of his own research. In 1967 he returned to exhibit, now definitively convinced of the "ancient and inalienable" reasons for painting. It is the period of the so-called Analytical Painting, aimed at a reflection on making art today and on the relationship with modern tradition. Having reached expressive maturity, Verna's painting "is articulated between the polarities of extreme rigor and intense emotional abandonment". The absolute protagonist of the paintings is color and its ability to assume the maximum values ​​of saturation and light. After the debut at the Galleria Numero di Firenze in 1960, more than a hundred personal exhibitions have been held in Italy and abroad, including the Venice Biennale in 1970 and 1980, and the anthology in the Gibellina Museums in 1988, Spoleto in 1994, Ferrara in 1997, Conegliano in 1998, Treviso in 2000, L'Aquila in 2007 and the Mudima Foundation in Milan in 2012. At the same time he is present in numerous group exhibitions and international exhibitions in Düsseldorf, London, Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Darmstadt , Cologne, Moscow, Leningrad, Grenoble, Nice, Prague, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and many Italian cities, obtaining various awards. In 2008 the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei awarded him the "Antonio Feltrinelli" Prize for painting. He was nominated National Academic of the Accademia di San Luca. In 2010 he released the Catalog Ragionato of his work by Volker W. Feierabend and Marco Meneguzzo, for Silvana Editoriale (MI).

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