Franco Brighenti was born in Pozzolengo (BS) on 20 September
1952 . He got his diploma as Expert Industrial Mechanic in
'72. From September '72 to December '73 he was in the military
service in the Alpine corps, participating in the CAR in Cuneo
and then was transferred to Varna (Bressanone) at the Auto
department Tridentina with the assignment of driver and the
degree of corporal. At the end of the service he was dismissed
with the degree of Major Corporal. In '74 he married Lidia
and from this wedding 3 children were born: Maria (76), Matthew
(78) and Ellen (84).
In the same year ('74) he moved to Desenzano del Garda (BS)
where he lives and works to this day in 64, Via N. Sauro.
Artistically he is self-taught.
The artist in his studies
Awards and Reckonings
|Critical Judgement: The pictorial
art of Franco Brighenti is to be valued on the whole of the
various synthesis obtained throughout the years and in the various
researches; one thing recurs in all his experiments: the orderly
grouping of the wholes, things or people. The choosing of the
subjects changes leaving the sense unvaried around a central
nucleus: which is the "theme". Brighenti
|The point is to whom? Of what? A
subtle question that the teacher tries to describe through his
paintings, his discipline in life
.perhaps it is this that
he wants to tell us? The international critics have pointed
the attention and given answers regarding what I have said.
It remains hard to decipher, the mystery of the universe and
of man, in the unreachable spaces of psyche.
This artist fixes on the painting: space, time, the human hierarchy
converting them in very pleasant works.
(Prof. Carla Marino)
Comments of the artist:
After the personal participation in collective at the Euro Art Expo
of Verona in November 94, and the personal of paintings and photographs,
put up at the Salone Tosi of Pozzolengo in December 95, satisfied
and feeling as one of many, I went in crisis and decided voluntarily
to take a long period of thought, working in the direction of "More
can be done". From this thought I matured new ideas and painting
Through art other than landscapes, flowers, faces and else which
is figurative, I had the intuition that complete ideas and thoughts
can be expressed. To demonstrate to myself that my intuitions were
fit and feasible, I made a long term project, therefore giving myself
a work plan. Here is the idea of the project:
Since the 20th century was about to finish, in part lived out and
in part yet to study, I decided to think about realizing roundabout
fifty medium size canvases (100*140cm or bigger, one every two years),
of the most important social-political moments that characterized
the century, using the symbolism method. For years I was in stall
not knowing which part to start from, then one day I decided to
begin with the origin of writing, what symbolism could be more explicit???
So I began a fascinating and thrilling trip through the history
of primitive populations arriving to our days.
As Janus, the two-fronted god, I wanted to keep an eye on the past
to try to build a better present. In identifying myself and trying
to interpret the spirit of those populations, I approached inevitably
to a sort of laboratory that gave me the chance to experiment and
elaborate new techniques and artistic solutions that I intend to
unite in my big and ambitious project . An example for all, is seeing
the painting in oil on board 6mm large (100*120cm) entitled "Shooting
in Aushwiz" carried out with the "Tracing" technique.
I think it is a centred work, in the sense that, without showing
atrocities that could irritate, I rebuilt a scene of incredible
cruelty. I also underline through the traces, the invisibility of
these dead people; that new and old generations tend to remove from
their conscience. I haven't produced great works from the '900 to
this day, but I am ready to start. The works that I am presenting
here aren't but a small part of what I have produced, I leave you
I thank in advance those who will want to leave me a short comment
P.S. I am looking for sponsors (local authorities, private boards,
onlus societies etc.) who are seriously interested in contributing
in the realization of exhibitions, works of social interest regarding
important themes: life, security etc.