Gianfranco Baruchello

Gianfranco BARUCHELLO | Works and biography



Gianfranco Baruchello he is an artist whose work can be defined as one denunciation painting, as he closely observes the avant-gardes of the period but decides to innovate them through his own vision of life.

Gianfranco Baruchello was born on 24 August 1924 in Livorno. The father is at the same time a lawyer, lecturer at the University of Pisa and director of the Industrial Union of the city, the mother an elementary teacher.

After the war, Gianfranco Baruchello graduated in Law to follow in his father's footsteps and in 1947 he began working at the Bombrini Parodi Delfino.
In 1949 he began to devote himself to the construction of the chemical company Biomedical, an activity that he carried on successfully until 1955, before turning his attention completely to literary and figurative art in 1959.
To inspire him in this sense was the Parisian atmosphere that he encountered while visiting the city and meeting important artists such as Roberto Matta and Alan Jouffroy.

In 1962 he knows Marcel Duchamp, in 1964 John Cage in New York, which invites him to explore the new frontiers ofabstract impressionism and of pop art.
The American experience ends with the making of the canvases Other tracks, which show black stripes that show the inner labor of the artist and modern man, struggling with technological innovations and with a society that tends to exclude rather than include.

Noteworthy is his participation in the exhibition New Realists held in New York in 1962 and organized by Pierre Restany, in which artists such as Schifano, Party and Wheel.

Gianfranco Baruchello's production showed itself to be quite autonomous from the early years, despite the fact that the influence of the avant-garde that followed one another throughout the 1900s is noted. For this reason in 1963 he decided to inaugurate his own exhibition at the La Tartaruga Gallery in Rome, where he elaborates his philosophy based on fragments, miniatures and large white canvases full of apparently casual geometric lines and writings. The references are directed to the society that tends to consumerism and excessive haste, immediately throwing away the products just bought to always buy new ones.
He is also intrigued by the world of television, which he reproduces with subtle references on large surfaces, using slogans and symbols to show how empty the reality of the small screen can sometimes be.

The 1960s were a time of great ferment, as the author decided to launch himself into the world of cinema, realizing over the years Spring, The zero degree of the landscape and Verification uncertain. With waste materials he conceived a series of works, made with film clips mounted together. There is also a large production of literary texts, which fully reflect his vision of the world and make it understandable even to the public of loyal admirers.

In 1973 he founded theCornelia Farmright at the gates of Rome. Its purpose is to expand and also incorporate the adjacent land, saving it from building speculation in a perspective that recalls that currently rampant of a sustainable business at a natural level. He therefore elaborates an interesting reflection on the relationship between man, agricultural product and artistic product, materially participating in the management of the activity and theorizing some interesting economic laws still valid today.
This experience led him to paint pictures relating to the territory, which he exhibited in an exhibition at the Milan Gallery, releasing a famous interview of which unfortunately only the answers remain.

At the end of the 1980s the company was dismantled and Gianfranco Baruchello proposed the project in its place The garden, which in 1989 presented al Spoleto Voices on the Water Festival, where he engages in a performance curating a small Gingko Biloba bonsai.
The aim was to underline how the garden of the mind should always be nourished and treated with the utmost respect.

In 1998 he created the Baruchello Foundation in his previous home on the hills of the capital and in 2011 an anthological exhibition was dedicated to him at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.

Numerous acknowledgments have been received, including that at the Deichtorhallen Collection Falckenberg di Amburgo o the appointment of artist of the year 2016 by Radio 3.