Francesca Manetta

Italy

Artist biography

Francesca Manetta is a modern artist, who was born in Italy, like other celebrated artists such as Mavf, Giuliana Ponti, Siro Cugusi, Uliviero Ulivieri, and Alessandro Dandini de Sylva.

About Francesca Manetta's works

Francesca Manetta is a prominent figure within the fields of Figuration, Conceptual and Digital. Often perceived as the contrary of abstraction, figurative art also exists beyond just a simple depiction of reality. Although it essentially means the ability to represent a real-world subject, the style, approaches and mediums that can be chosen by the artist are endless, which gives figurative art the power to be truly innovative and radical. Some glorious instances of figurative art include Henri Matisse’s sculpture The Serf, or Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.

Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was significantly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in defying all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be intricate, as the boundaries are not clearly set, and constantly evolving. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the essential idea stays the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the myriad of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most prominent figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is considered to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he famously tried to blur the boundaries between art and reality.

Shortly described, digital Art is art that exploits digital technology or is presented through digital technology - it is sort of a merger between art and technology. As an example, this could include images exclusively fashioned on computer, or hand-drawn images scanned into a computer and finalized using a software program. Digital art can also involve other techniques and mediums. Animations and 3D virtual sculpture renderings are often used, as well as other projects blending more than one technology. The term digital art was first used and seen in the 1980s, where artists started to experiment with computer painting programs. Since its institution, it has popularized new ways to produce art, which Francesca Manetta has exploited.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Francesca Manetta is represented by Gilda Contemporary Art located in Milan, Italy. Francesca Manetta's work has most recently been exhibited at Gilda Contemporary Art in Milan (20 November 2019 until 18 January 2020) with the exhibition Magic Gilda, Magic Winter.

Francesca Manetta has six works for sale at present available on Artland.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly rich in cultural power since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural development and identity of the country. Italy represents the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, translating to '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. In the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless endured as an important centre 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.

Francesca Manetta

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