To Dream, to Collect


Andrea Chiesi

1966 Modena, Italy

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Self-taught, Andrea Chiesi trained in the counter-culture of early 80’s punk and independent music. He began drawing for independent fanzines and making exhibitions in social centres. The works from this period were created using black and violet inks on paper. The characters, figures and spaces represented were connected to the particular cultural environment he used to attend. Later he has started a research about contemporary landscapes, time and memory using a strict and careful oil painting that sometimes enhances industrial subjects or urban spaces, but others creates strong black and white contrasts thanks to a fast transition from darkness to a half-light situation. The use of ink in drawings and the oil painting technique are carried on simultaneously and it helps to pay attention to the differences between the two worlds: a shifting and fluent universe the first, a metaphysical and timeless one the latter.

Residence in Beijing, China (2015); Residence in Berlin, Germany (2011); Residence in Brooklyn, New York City, USA (2010).

Winner II Gotham Prize, New York – Italian Cultural Institute (2012)

Winner I Terna Prize, Megawatt (2008)

Winner V Cairo Editore Prize (2004)

Winner XXXVIII Suzzara Prize (1998)

Works by Andrea Chiesi

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