Fabrizio Cotognini

1983 · Italy

Artist biography

Fabrizio Cotognini is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Italy, like other celebrated artists such as Guglielmo Castelli, Uliviero Ulivieri, Mattia Barbieri, Guido Gambone, and Getulio Alviani. Fabrizio Cotognini was born in 1983.

About Fabrizio Cotognini's works

Fabrizio Cotognini is known for working in the fields of Conceptual and Figuration work. Conceptual art is arguably not as clear and easily defined as other art movements, and can often spark intense reactions in the viewers. By nature, Conceptualism puts an emphasis on the strategies and research that go into the creation, making the concept of an artwork its most significant feature, rather than the actual finished product. Although the movement emerged in the mid 1960s, simultaneously across Europe and America, its forefather Marcel Duchamp had paved the way back in 1917, with his controversial artwork Fontaine. Conceptual art denies the traditional mediums, and tries to place the artwork in the realm of ideas - rather than that of material objects. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono.

Some world-renowned artists acclaimed for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply designated as being the farthest from abstract art, since it essentially consists of the depiction of objects or figures holding a strong reference to reality. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains extremely resourceful and imaginative, encompassing a variety of styles and mediums, spanning from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Fabrizio Cotognini's work, which are Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani in Milan, Italy and HERO in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Fabrizio Cotognini's work has most recently been exhibited at Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani in Milan (19 June 2019 until 30 July 2019) with the exhibition Demons in line. Fabrizio Cotognini's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Heroes , which took place at HERO in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (19 July 2019 - 23 August 2019).

At present, nine works from Fabrizio Cotognini are for sale on Artland.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly sumptuous in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural development and identity of the country. Italy is also the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first major blossoming of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless remained as an important heart for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Fabrizio Cotognini

Born in 1983, Fabrizio Cotognini's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the atmosphere of the era.

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