Art enthusiast · Italy
Andrea Bassani was born in Bergamo in 1980. At the age of nineteen, he formed a blues band with some friends, whose he was the singer and they performed in Lombard nightclubs. At twenty-tree years old, he composed his first verses and he approached to the world of literature. At twenty-six, he published his first collection of poems, titled “Amore Androgeno” (Edizioni d’Arte Imedea). He published the plaquette “Mare” (Pulcinoelefante), by Alberto Casiraghy, accompanied by a Giacomo Pellegrini’s drawing. Andrea met the Milanese poetess Alda Merini in her apartment, situated in the area of Navigli, where he showed her his works. During a second meeting, she encouraged him to continue on the path of versification with higher ambitions. In 2007, after an important spiritual conversion, he left his family, friends and work and he established in Pistoia. Here, he spent five years of artistic inactivity and he dedicated himself to the study of oriental philosophies and volunteering. In 2013, afterwards a meeting with the prof. Ernesto Marchese, lecturer of a series of conferences about classical and contemporary poetry, he resumed to write. His “Cantico della Bellezza” was red in the frescoes halls of Pistoia by the theatrical company “Il Rubino”. A sylloge, taken by the poem “Lechitiel”, was published and reviewed by the poetess Maria Grazia Calandrone on the international magazine “Poesia”, dated February 2016 (n°312). Eight unpublished works were released on “Nazione Indiana”. He received two letters of (positive criticism from the Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. In 2016, he published the poem titled “Lechitiel” by Terra d’Ulivi Edizioni, appreciated in France too, where it has been inserted in the prestigious catalogue of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He participated to literary reading and he collaborated with important personalities of contemporary litera- ture. Some poems can be heard on YouTube channels. His pictorial itinerary is as well as lived like poetic expression. Bernard Tiburce wrote about him (Librarian at Centre Pompidou, Paris) and so did the Prof. Clemente Francavilla (Professor of Theory of visual perception and psychology of the form, Accademia di Belle Arti, Bari). He received a positive judgment by the art critic Gian Ruggero Manzoni. His work “The Profet” has been situated at the Saint Egidio’s Sacello Museum of the San Pasquale Bylòn church in Taranto. In December 2017, the commission of the International Magazine “Vesalius. Journal of the International Society for the History of Medicine” chose the drawing “Vesalius’s Eyes” as the cover of XXIII vol., N ̊2. The work “Vesalius’s Eyes” is on permanent exhibition in the Museum Thematic Archive for the History of the Health Arts (ARTEMAS) of Polyclinic of Bari. Nominated juror of the first edition (2017) of the Maria Maddalena Morelli “Corilla Olimpica” award, city of Pistoia, along with Ernesto Marchese, Matteo Mazzone, Marco Marchi, Gabriella Grande, Giacomo Trinci, Antonella di Tommaso. In 2017, his biography and some poems based on “Lechitiel” appear in the Romaniam poetic anthology “Poezia”, translated by the poetess Eliza Macadan. In February 2018 he published the plaquette “Sia poesia” for Luciano Ragozzino’s “Il Ragazzo Innocuo edito- re”: 50 autographed copies containing six poems and an original engraving.