"Legno parlante Isola di Pasqua"
(Speaking wood Easter Island)
70 x 80 cm. Oil on canvas

"Pittogrammi cinesi"
(Chinese Pictograms)
70 x 80 cm.oil on canvas

"Esempio scrittura Valle dell'Indo"
(Example of writing Indo Valley)
50 x 70 cm. oil on board mixed techniques

"Scena di caccia al leone con pittogrammi Sumeri"
(Lion hunting scene with Sumerian Pictograms)
oil and mixed technique 70x80 cm

80 x 90 cm. oil on canvas

"Numeri ballerini"
(Dancing Numbers)
80 x 90 cm. oil on canvas

Franco Brighenti, whom I've known for years and that I now find again after a period of long absence is like good wine: with age it gets better.
For such a versatile personality even this definition results restrictive; in fact, the artist through his works, wants to send a clear and unequivocal message: "Life is a precious gift that must never be wasted".

"Re Narmer vincitore" Egizio ("Victorious King Narmer" Egyptian)
70 x 80 cm. Oil on canvas

" Re Montezuma I vincitore" Azteco
(The victorious King Montezuma" Aztec)
70 x 80 oil on canvas

Taking from the depths of his noble soul, he finds the strength to endeavour for a deep work of research and study of signs (traces, pictograms, hieroglyphics, wedge-shaped, glyphs and writing) left by men along six thousand years of history.
He does it with the spontaneity of a child that marvels himself of everything and that likes all.
The ambitious work of review of the uses and costumes of those populations that have now disappeared up to those of our days has the purpose of

"Re del popolo dei Sassanidi"
(King of the Sassanidi Population)
80 x 90 cm. Oil on board 4 mm., mixed technique

Highlighting the great mistakes made by man in the past as to be a reprimand for the future generations. Brighenti's canvases are unique and original, colours penetrate deeply and embody the spirit of those populations with frankness and spontaneity.
This is therefore the colourful liveliness of the work: "God that dives" of the Maja population which doesn't contrast with the more calm tones of the work: "Egyptian Hieroglyphics" . All is pervaded with charm that attracts and arouses curiosity.
Every work of the artist has a common denominator: the colourful vibrations, given by the mellowness and material of the colours, knowingly dosed but not with the paintbrush, rather with the heart. The artist knows that man is not perfect but perfectible and therefore he doesn't look anxiously for the perfection of signs and this is also the reason why his works emit a sentiment of sacredness and humanness; it penetrates the spirit of human experiences.
Signs aren't other than a symbolic expression of incomparable hidden treasures, that the artist tries to bring back to life translating them in colourful emotions, bringing back to life events of ancient populations, not studied much in school and often forgotten too quickly but that represent instead the bricks of that interminable building called
P E A C E.


Starting from a purely figurative style which comprehended a vast thematic executed through different techniques, the artist went towards a greater determination of graphic sign. Works from this period are those that recall to signs, sensibility and perception to ancient populations. Deep psychologic/scientific thoughts go trough an other part of his works that want to represent the varieties of life, its complexity through a symbolism which works best to represent them.
(Lia Ciatto)

"Pittogrammi Sumeri"
(Sumeric Pictograms)
70 x 80 cm. Oil on board

"Ruota di Festo"
(Festo Tire)
80 x 90 cm. oil on canvas


"Linguaggio delle Chat"
(Chat Language)
80 x 90 oil on canvas

"Napoleone III"
Imperatore francese in una vignetta satirica dell'epoca
(French emperor in a satiric strip of the time)
60 x 80 cm. Oil on canvas

"La memoria è determinante”.

È determinante perché io sono ricco di memorie e l'uomo che non ha memoria è un pover'uomo,
perché essa dovrebbe arricchire la vita,
dar diritto, far fare dei confronti,
dar la possibilità di pensare ad errori o cose giuste fatte.
N on si tratta di un esame di coscienza,
ma di qualche cosa che va al di là, perché con la memoria si possono fare dei bilanci,
delle considerazioni,delle scelte,
perché credo che uno scrittore,
un pittore,
un poeta,
uno scienziato,
un lettore,
un agricoltore,
un uomo,
uno che non ha memoria è un pover'uomo.
Non si tratta di ricordare la scadenza di una data,
ma qualche cosa di più,
che dà molto valore alla vita."

Mario Rigoni Stern