Benvenuto Gattolin, Sculptor in Assisi

july - september 2010 - Benvenuto Gattolin - Ha ragione il vento

My ideas on Art

For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!

Passage from melody to harmony therefore, harmonic possibilities.

A change of shape into others and from these into many more, thus a metamorphosis will result from the transformation and modification.

Support for all types of language is technique, in all of the arts, from the most to the least significant. I do not believe that there are greater or lesser arts. Every language is separate.

Man is like a suspended thread in every artistic expression.

Whoever sings a song of hope to God will see his vow fulfilled.

Empty and full areas chase each other on a surface, to create composed shadows and light in an equilibrium of spaces.

Technique and material must bow to the idea and thus the volumes depend on the leading line of the idea.

To make the material light. An opportunity to rise from the concrete.

The subject of a work is pretext for spaces, shadows, empty and full spaces, light and chiaroscuro, which are re-created, forming sensations that arouse emotions in the user but also in the artist.

Dance, movement, modelled turbines, rhythm on musical equilibrium. Dance breaks the space creating new symmetries with shapes that have shadows and light without pre- determined lay-outs.

The meaning comes before the shape

Like the bow of a ship that cleaves the water, so is my cry of passion, to implore and break this ungrateful, prodigal and hard time.

The idea is developed from a deep penetration of cultural fragments, something entering from outside, it elaborates, it transforms into a new shape, which has antique, contemporary and at the same time future identity, until it is itself idea material, body.

Imaging of the human body, a figure taken from an idea or from a sensation does not change the problem of art, which is to identify an image and to calm oneself in it.

Tutta la vita non è altro che domande divenute forma,che portano in sé il nocciolo della risposta e risposte gravide di domande. Chi ci vede qualche altra cosa, è un pazzo.

My career

Benvenuto Gattolin

Benvenuto Gattolin was born in Caverzere (VE) in 1942. He obtained his diploma at the “Istituto d’Arte Pietro Selvatico” in Padua: Master of Art in decorative painting, but also sculptor, ceramist, restorer, scenographer, glass artist.

He taught art for 10 years in a Middle School in Milan.

During his career he has realised many personal and collective painting and sculpture exhibitions.

Winner of many competitions, he has been commissioned to create commemorative medals, sculptured celebration monuments and restoration works.

He has also operated in more than 36 places of worship with church ornament interventions: altar pieces, bas-reliefs, tabernacles and ambones.

His works are present in private collections in Italy and throughout the world.

His art has been the subject to many critics with articles in competent national and international magazines and catalogues.

Benvenuto Gattolin lives and works in Assisi.

Personal and collective exhibitions, important works

1968
Collective: Mostra Mercato, New York
1969
Collective: Italian painting, Algiers, Valencia, Spain
1969
Personal: 'Sant’Ambroeus' Gallery, Milan
1970/71
Restoration of frescoes (1.500 mq.): Villa Tigellius, Recco, Genova
1970
Personal: Circolo Canottieri di Intra, Novara
1974
Personal: 'Selenia' Gallery, Milano
1975
Personal: 'Il Pozzo', Gallery, Padova
1976
Monument in pink granite: Monumental Cemetery, Milan
1977
Personal: 'Collectors Club', Milan
1977
Large bronze monumen (5 mt.): Monumental Cemetery, Milan
1977
Personal: 'La Ruota' Gallery, Albissola- Savona
1979
Gynaeceum (wood, steel, crystal): Saudi Arabian Government, Riad
1980
Personal: XV centenary of the birth of St. Benedict, Subbiaco
1981
Personal: St. Peter’s Abbey, Assisi
1982
Personal: Museo del Tesoro, Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi
1982
Large bronze Maternity: Lugano Chapel, Switzerland
1982
Personal: ‘La Casa Rossa’ Gallery, Cernobbio, Como
1984
Personal: ‘Bramantino’s crypt’, Milan
1984
Personal: Festival of the Two Worlds, Spoleto
1985
Altar piece: Parish Church of S.Nicola in Dergano, Milan
1985
Bronze, Nizzi Chapel, Capodaqua di Assisi
1986
Personal: ‘Sala della Minerva’, Assisi
1986
Official bronze medal given to all Heads of the monotheistic religions meeting in Assisi for the first day of prayer proclaimed by H.H. John Paul II, Assisi
1987
‘Nicolò Carosio’ bronze trophy, Journalism Award
1989
Personal: ‘Oratorio della Passione’, Sant’Ambrogio, Milan
1989
Large wooden pane: Parish Church of S. Martino di Tour, Milan
1989
Biennale d’arte sacra: Cesate, Milan
1989/91
Bronze scroll ornament: Saint Clare Television Award , Assisi
1990
Collective: ‘The Sacred in art at the threshold of the year 2000’, Foligno
1990
Altar pieces and ambones: Abbey of S.Felice, Giano dell’Umbria
1990
War Memorial: Petrignano di Assisi, Perugia
1990
Statue of St. Francis: Municipality of Ushuaia, Argentina
1990
Bronze bust: 'Ludovico Maschiella' Fair Centre, Bastia Umbra
1990
Bronze plates 'Ciclolonga for peace', Carmagnola, Torino
1991
War Memorial: Municipality of Bastia Umbra
1992
Statue of St. Francis: S. Ludvig Kirche, Berlin, Germany
1992
Collective: Biennale del Bronzetto Dantesco, Ravenna
1992/93
Cycle of 46 glass works: Church of 'Santa Maria alla Fontana', Milan
1994
Wooden bas-relief: Parish of St. Benedict, Milan
1994
International competition of wooden sculptures: Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
1995
Personal: ‘Sala Frizzoni’, Bergamo
1996
Wooden bas-relief: Parish of St Maurice, Erba, Como
1997
Statue for square: Father Pio and Our Lady, Parish of St. Maurice, Erba
1998
Painting and sculpture collective: Merate, Lecco
1999
Personal: Salone ‘Citroen Italia’, Milan
2002
Bas-relief in the pink stone of Assisi: Cathedral of San Rufino, Assisi
2003
Industry centenary medal Cucirini Tre Stelle, Milan
2003
Painting and sculpture collective: Bastia Umbra
2004
Painting and sculpture collective: Rotary Club di Assisi
2005
Collective ‘Arte in forme’: Bastia Umbra
2006
Personal sculpture: Castle Kirchheim , Stuttgart, Germany
2007
Bronze bas-relief: gift for H.H. Benedict XVI on his visit to Assisi
2007
Personal: Cloister of the Cenacolo Francescano S.Maria degli Angeli, Assisi
2007
Olive wood altar piece: Church of Forcoli, Pisa
2008
Graphics exhibition “etichetta d’artista’: Cupra Montana, Ancona
2008
Ornaments for the Church of S.Maria di Pastina: Gualdo Tadino, Perugia
2008
Decoration of the side of a wagon: Filotrano, Ancona
2008
Painting collective: Arsliber, Triennale of Milan
2008
Wooden sculptures for gifts: Municipality of Assisi
2008
Collective: 50th anniversary of the Assoc. Amici della Montagna, Assisi
2008
Personal: ‘Conference room’ Municipality of Jesi
2009
Personal: ‘Sala della Ninfa’ Municipality of Bastia Umbra
2010
Personal: Assisi – "Dimore in Arte" : S.Crispino Resort – Clinica Villa Salus – Domus Book Cafè
2011
Collective: "Le Religioni nel mondo" - Comune di Assisi – Sala Pinacoteca
2011
Collective of Sacred Art – Comune di Iesi (AN)
2011
Collective: Assisi – 'Caravanserraglio'
2012
Collective: 'Monte Vibiano Scultura' (PG)
2012
Personal: Castello di Petroia – Gubbio (PG)
2012
Selection of Artists for the VI Biennale of Sculputure in Ferrara: selected sculptor
2013
Collective: 'Chiamale se vuoi' – Studio 121 – Perugia
2013
Personal: 'Atmosfere' – Art Farm Gaia – Marsciano (PG)
2013
Collective of Sacred Art: Chiesa del Suffragio Foligno (PG)
2013
13.14.15/09/2013 : Event 'Confini' – Macerino-Acquasparta (TR)

They wrote about me

  • Alberto Cesare Ambesi
  • Sergio Angeletti
  • Maurizio Baglioni
  • Romano Battaglia
  • Luigi Berto
  • Franco Bertolotti
  • Rinaldo Frank Burattin
  • Dino Campini
  • Domenico Carucci
  • Marina Castoldi
  • Aldo Ciceri
  • Mario Cicogna
  • Dora Dal Lago
  • Carlo Franza
  • Francesco Frascarelli
  • Marinella Fresu
  • Armando Ginesi
  • Paolo Giornelli
  • Gioachino Li Causi
  • Igino Lopez
  • Emidio Pietraforte
  • Piero Pogliaghi
  • Sandro Ravati
  • Sandro Rigamonti
  • Maria Salvi
  • Enrico Sciamanna
  • Raffaele Taddeo
  • Leonardo Vergani
  • Pino Zanchi
  • Giovanni Zavarella
  • Sergio Zurlo
  • Pino Bonanno
  • Giorgio Croce

Reviews

  • Le Arti
  • Giornale di Pavia
  • Valigia Diplomatica
  • Linea 2000
  • Borsa D’Arte
  • Noi a Milano
  • La Notte
  • Ore D’Arte
  • SecoloXIX
  • Corriere della Sera
  • Corriere D’Informazione
  • Giornale Nuovo
  • Alba
  • Avvenire
  • Osservatore Romano
  • Il Popolo
  • Alto Adige
  • L’Adige
  • Il Ticino
  • Arte Cristiana
  • Giornale D’Italia
  • Corriere Dell’Umbria
  • La Voce
  • Il Messaggero
  • La Nazione
  • Periodico Luce
  • Famiglia Cristiana
  • Il Giornale

Contact me

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Treat yourself or give Art as a gift, it is forever!

In my art studio I realise: commissioned, free or topical works, in wood, bronze and marble, in the dimensions requested, for private collections and indoor and outdoor furnishings. Public urban design works, ornaments for places of worship and private chapels. Study and realisation of stained glass. Art works restoration.

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