David Frisoni

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Born in Rimini, where he still lives and works, in 1965. Graduated from the Liceo Artistico in Rimini and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. His works are in many museums, public and private collections in Italy and abroad (among others: Ducati Collection in Tokyo and Sharon Gallery San Diego California, Pinacoteca di Crotone and Fondazione CARIM). He twice won the international competition Rome 2000 ’98 and ’99 editions, which would see him featured in a series of exhibitions in Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris, organized by the Galleria Il Collezionista in Rome.
Since the summer of 1999, the street has become the privileged place of his research, with its cars, headlights, traffic lights, thunderstorms, street lamps… These works were presented in 1999 in a solo exhibition at La Nave Và Gallery in Rimini, which led him to be a finalist in the Imbersago Morlotti Prize, in the group exhibition Promesse at the Forni Gallery in Bologna, in the Treccani Prize and again in the Imbersago Morlotti Prize in 2001.

From 2001 to 2006 he worked with Telemarket.
In 2003 he participated in the exhibition “Views” at Sharon Gallery in San Diego, California.
In 2004 he is invited to the “International ArtExpo'” in New York.
Since 2007 he has begun collaborations with six other galleries in Italy and abroad, inserting himself fully among the best-known artists of the new Italian figuration nationally and internationally. In 2007 he was invited to the Lucca Biennale.

In 2009 he was chosen by critic Alberto Agazzani for the Biennale Sismondi in Rimini, as part of the exhibition “Contemplations. Beauty and Tradition of the New in Contemporary Painting.” Alberto Agazzani wanted him for other events such as, “Altre contemplazioni” at LIBRA Gallery in Catania and “Confronto a Dieci” at Castel Sismondo in Rimini in 2010.
He exhibited at Art Basel Miami in December 2010. Also in December 2010, in Rimini’s Sala dell’Arengo, he presented a series of 21 works including views and asphalts and a series of shocking new portraits of truck drivers (Truckers). In July 2011, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, he participated in “TRICOLORI. Three artists for three colors.” At the invitation of Vittorio Sgarbi, he participated at the Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion in Parma at Palazzo Pigorini and at the Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion in Turin.

In 2012 he exhibited a solo exhibition dedicated to the face “The Human Face” at Leonart Gallery in Conegliano (TV) with which he participated in the 2012 BERLINER LISTE fair.
2013 opens with the exhibition “The Human Face” with new works at the International Art Center & Gallery in Bologna curated by Bongiovanni Gallerie. He is a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize with the work “Thank you Anselm” and exhibits at the Arsenale in Venice. In July a major solo exhibition at the Museo Antico Tesoro in Loreto with a cycle of works dedicated to the Passion of Christ.

In 2014, he opened his most important solo exhibition at Restarte Galleria in Bologna with the cycle of works “Riflessioni” with critical text by Gabriello Milantoni. It is so successful that it becomes part of Artefiera’s official exhibitions. In April, for the Rimini Design Biennial, he opened a solo exhibition titled “Metropolitan Travel Notes.” New solo exhibition in May titled “Metropolitan Visions” curated by Camilla Mineo at L’Art Gallery in Parma. Participated in the three-part group show “Encounters” with Leonardo Blanco and Luca Giovagnoli at the Merli Expo Clinic space in Rimini. Began collaboration with ArtSeverina Gallery in Moscow with whom he participated in the “Italomania” event at the Italian Cultural Institute in Moscow. He was selected for the BP Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In May he held his first International Painting Workshop in Istanbul. In November, he participated in the International ArtFair in Tuyap, Turkey.

2015 opens with Bosphorus Sanat Gazetesi Venedik 2015 Bienali in Istanbul, Collettiva Quintessenze curated by Giorgio Bertozzi and Ferdan Yusufi in Rome. In March the second International Painting Workshop held in the Frisoni atelier in Rimini with Turkish artists. In May the 2015 Collective Synthesis curated by Giorgio Bertozzi and Ferdan Yusufi in Bursa, Turkey. At the end of July, he opened his solo exhibition “Temporal Reflections” at the Museum of the City of Rimini. In direct relation to the path taken with the Reflections cycle, more than twenty works will be exhibited. Some of these will be set up within the museum itinerary, side by side with originals from the 1500s and 1600s in the museum’s collection. An ambitious and important project for the artist and the city of Rimini, which finds the full support and patronage of the City Council and the Museum of Rimini.

In 2016 the first solo show in Istanbul at Galeri Selvin with the exhibition “Light 2.0.” Participated in the Biennale of Drawing with a solo exhibition entitled “Paper City – Digital Drawing.”
New solo exhibition in October titled “Urban Landscape” curated by Roberta Tosi at Villa Mussolini in Riccione.

2017 opens with a solo exhibition in Verona entitled “Memory and Desire” – Casa Mazzanti Art Caffè – curated by Roberta Tosi. Then a group show in Istanbul at the Russo Gallery. He is present at national and international Fairs such as Cremona (Special Event at Cremona Arte Fiera with “On the Road” by My Art Galleria), Forli, Ankara and Parma. In September a group show entitled Cartel Rimini at Augeo Art Space in Rimini curated by Matteo Sormani and Gianluca Zamagni.

2018 opens with a major group show within the Rimini Biennale of Drawing entitled “Sironi and the Contemporary.” 30 works by Sironi alongside 14 contemporary artists, at Augeo Art Space. In Padua he exhibits in a double solo show with Luca Giovagnoli at Spazio Anna Breda.

In 2019 he is again in Istanbul (Tuyap) in the group show “Infinity Within” curated by G. Bertozzi and F. Yusufi. An original exhibition in Milan at Volvo Studio for Arts, where the lines of the cars were inserted into the urban visions of the works on display, where even the title was a nod to the urban vision, “Street View” desired and curated by Chiara Angeli, director of the Volvo Milano concept space.
2020 is marked by Covid and months of lockdown that forced us indoors, but that is not why we stopped existing and living. It was an opportunity to rethink ourselves in relationship, to reevaluate and rethink the fundamental things of our existence. Work that the artist actually never stops doing. So it was a very fruitful period pictorially and humanly speaking. From this period came the exhibition “The Colors of My Story” held at Augeo Art Space curated by Matteo Sormani’s Art Preview.
2021 Dante year. Accepting the challenge issued by critic Roberta Tosi, he created a cycle of works dedicated to the Divine Comedy, which were exhibited at the Ferrara Film Festival, the Circolo Letterario in Verona and the Bresciani Palace in Cerea for the “Settembre Dantesco.”

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