Biography

Born in Bologna in 1955, Alessandro Giusberti studied at the Liceo Artistico (Art school) and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna (Bologna Academy of Fine Arts). At the very young age of five, he began to draw incessantly, and at 11 he began to study oil painting techniques. After more than 50 years of work, Giusberti is capable of discussing in a unique way various styles from the technical, historical and creative points of view. Giusberti is an artist of imagery and pays special attention to performing deep and accurate research, finding forms of new approaches between reality and the unknown. His paintings arise both through technology and from fidelity to his experience. By adding the observation of images to create a new dimension he starts from reality to finish with the individuality of the feelings that he himself has lived through. Giusberti's artistic life is marked by periods of research, each represented by works produced at its climax, in a continuous pictorial evolution that is often anticipated and pioneered in the contemporary avant-garde. In the 70's and 80's he made his first experiments with overlapping images.

 

Giusberti was the first in the world to exhibit anachronistic works of art. In 1980 he made a small display in Zanichelli's shop window of anachronistic works in pluridimensione prior to the presentation at Calvesi in Venice (1984). Giusberti then reproduced m anachronistic and multidimensional works in Mannheim, Germany and again in 1993 at an exhibition at the Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna. Everything is in motion, and in movement lies reality. The images Giusberti paints represent our becoming, the fleeting moment, being sifted daily by strong currents, which transform and consume us. Through that moment you can understand life itself. At the same time his research led him to the reality of the urban landscape as a means of unique representation, which is able to convey a state of mind in perpetual dynamism. He always starts from the real facts about the urban life of a great metropolis, which alone are able to convey a unique state of the soul. These works were on display in the Gnaccarini exhibition in Bologna in 1994. The works of this period were included in the collection of the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture in Sao Paulo and in the Dallas Galleria, USA. Meanwhile, he restored the fourteenth century ceiling in the Palazzo di Notai, in Bologna. He travelled to France and Spain, where he lived for two years studying art in museums. He exhibited in Germany, Spain and the United States before arriving in Brazil, where his works are still held in high regard. In these same years he also invented transfiguration, and in 2000 experimented with painting on plexiglass, which led to a discovery, in an innovative, expressive, modern form, of his multidimensional painting that was submitted to the 2012 Venice Biennale.

 

In a period of change like the present, where technique dominates, Giusberti always explores the potential of artistic craftsmanship which, as in many other arts, remain the fundamental means of expression. An example is the portrait of Santo Stefano (St Stephen), commissioned in 2012 for the Basilica del Santo Stefano in Bologna, and now on display at the Museum: "...Giusberti paints with strength and the consistency of a pioneer, challenging the impending announcement of the death of painting. His Santo Stefano portrait juts out from the canvas and gets dirt on gold, slowly laid... "(from: Il Santo Stefano by Alessandro Giusberti, 2012 Bologna). 2 His exploration of images and forms unites work on different materials, not only canvas, but also plexiglass, crystals and glass as well as wood. He participated in the Arte Fiera 2015 exhibition, introducing images of scenic roads and suburbs of large cities even when fragmented in time and space. The destabilization observed in these works represents the cultural breakdown we are experiencing at this historical moment. The images presented in the works reflect a contemporary emotional state: the movement is frozen, fractured, and testifies to the fact that there is no longer any principle or time for internalizing and transforming experience. Giusberti’s compelling ambition today is still the pursuit of freedom of expression, which is essential to give the viewer an observation and analysis of the real world.

 

 

From 2012 to 2020 Alessandro held several exhibitions in Strasbourg, Verona, Arcachon (France), Lille Art Fair, Arte Fiera Bologna, and various personal exhibitions in the Galleria Forni and Brerart in Milan. In 2017, he furnished the Emir Rustani's home in the United Arab Emirates with his works. In 2018, he won the Salerno Biennale, participated in the Lyone Art Fair, an exhibition at the Inn Gallery in San Paolo and Rhodes in the halls of the Municipality at the Porte d'Amboise with the Ministry of Culture and Antiquities of Greece. He also exhibited his work at the MLS gallery in Bordeaux and at Erotik di Arte Fiera. In 2021 he held a show at Whitespace Studio Gallery Fremantle in Perth, Australia, and at the Salerno Biennale where he won a prize.
 

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