Lino Bianchi Barriviera

Linen BIANCHI BARRIVIERA | Works and biography



Linen Bianchi Barriviera was an important Italian draftsman, painter and engraver of the twentieth century, appreciated and admired worldwide and placed by international critics among the best masters in the use ofetching, a characteristic technique of his works.

Born in Montebelluna (Treviso) in 1906, he was initiated into technical studies by his family, while at the same time cultivating his passion for art, which led him to engrave from a very young age and to take part in numerous collective exhibitions that will earn him esteem and admiration. from the artistic world.

In the mid-1920s, Lino Bianchi Barriviera made his first engraving, in Florence, at the studio of Raoul Dal Molin Ferenzona, which he frequented assiduously, while at the end of the 1920s he set up his first exhibitions, coinciding with the years of fascism.

In 1927 he undertook his first trip to Libya, commissioned by the Italian government, which sent him to African territory to study the architecture of the monuments and analyze the local culture. On his return to Italy he moves to Venice, where he will attend theAcademy of Fine Arts, to then settle in Rome together with his family, in 1934. From here he will begin his academic career, having been entrusted with the role of teacher at the School of Fine Arts of Naples, where he will take the chair of engraving.

The world of engravings is undoubtedly what most characterized the artistic life of Lino Bianchi Barriviera. Consider that from his second trip to Libya, which took place in 1937, a work of thirteen engravings will come out, and a few years later, during a mission in Ethiopia, where he supported the studies of the archaeologist Monti Della Corte, will develop a cycle of complete engravings dedicated to the reliefs of the twelve churches of Lalibelà. His complete collection of engravings boasts more than 950 plates, for which the painter mainly used the etching technique. It must be said that the artist was very fond of depicting the places he visited or lived in his works. In fact, many of his engravings are dedicated to the places of his childhood, in Veneto, but also to the destinations of his travels and to the cities where he later lived.

In the 1930s, Lino Bianchi Barriviera participated in various international exhibitions, such as those in Munich in 1934, Budapest in '36 and Paris in '37. In these same years he won numerous prizes and tributes and started a series of personal exhibitions in Italy, such as those in Rome, Trieste and Turin. In the 1940s he participated in the group of "War Painters"and in 1956 he obtained the chair of engravings at theAcademy of Fine Arts of Rome, where he will remain to teach until 1976. In the last years of his life, the great "master of engravings" will devote himself to writing a manual to pass on his artistic techniques, entitled "The original engraving and print"published with the Neri Pozza publishing house in 1984.

Lino Bianchi Barriviera died in Acilia in 1985, but his works will always keep alive the memory of his great artistic talent in engraving and in various other forms of art: oil painting, decorations, frescoes, woodworking, glass and ceramics. and even jewelry making.