Andrea Nisbet: CV

Andrea Nisbet was born in Torre Pellice (Turin) in 1960. He graduated from Turin's Art High School in 1978 and then studied restoration at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome with Professor Pagliani.

From the end of the 1980's Nisbet began to establish and personalise his own artistic identity, launching a fortunate portfolio which led to numerous personal and collective exhibitions in public and private locations, both in Italy and abroad. His early, predominantly pictorial, works concentrate on the depiction of places linked to the history and the life of humankind (charnel houses, abandoned huts and obsolete factories): desolate landscapes bare of human beings, the very existence of these images inexorably reveals humankind's presence and determination. They provoke a reflection on destiny and on the presumed possibility or liberty of intervention in the course of events.

This is perceptible in the paintings Nisbet produced in the mid 1900s: scenes of roadways, in a suspended atmosphere, over which the possibility of a tragic event hovers. These images seem to leave no space in which to choose or decide the course of events. Since then Andrea Nisbet has created a collection of drawings, videos and environmental installations with the intention of overthrowing spatial coordinates in favour of unsettling locations. This motivates his choice to highlight contradictions and to upset more reassuring visions. His aim is to "affirm the right of Art to follow routes outside of consolidated logic, to choose its own destiny, to create a universe of signs which are both independent and dependent on the apparent horizon". (Mario Bertoni)

Francesco Tabusso: CV

Francesco Tabusso* (b. 1930), Turin by ancestry and for all his life, was born on the outskirts of Milan, in Sesto San Giovanni, where the family moved for a short time following his father, an engineer.

Having manifested early his passion for painting, he graduated from classical high school before embarking on a rigorous apprenticeship under the guidance of Felice Casorati. Far from being an epigone, Tabusso cultivates a love for the profession and reasoning on ancient masters at the school of the famous teacher, inheriting from Casorati the ability to transfigure reality, to restore its enchanted dimension, out of time, in a sort of "magical realism" with the tones of a fairy tale, completely personal.

By electing a rural world of even popular inspiration as a subject, Tabusso manifested from the beginning an authentic "vocation to the story", which led him to collaborate with some of the best-known names in Italian literature of the twentieth century, such as Piero Chiara, Dino Buzzati, Mario Soldati, Mario Rigoni Stern.

1954 is the year of the exhibition debut and the first participation in the Venice Biennale. In short, the artist is invited to the main national and international exhibitions, winning numerous awards. From 1963 to 1984, he combined teaching activities with painting: he taught ornate art at the Bergamo Art School, then figure at the Albertina Academy of Turin.

Also since 1963 Tabusso collaborates with Gian Ferrari Gallery in Milan, which will take care of the exclusive business for about thirty years, organizing in those years more than sixty personal exhibitions of the author in Italy and abroad.

By virtue of an art that has always celebrated creation and all its creatures with the simplicity and communicative power of a modern "primitive", he was called to create in 1975, for the Church of San Francesco al Fopponino in Milan designed by Gio Ponti, the monumental altarpiece Il Cantico delle Creature (96 square meters of painting), and subsequently the eight triptychs with the stories of the Saint.

Tabusso died in Turin in 2012 after about sixty years of tireless artistic activity.

 

* biographical information by the Francesco Tabusso Archive

Giuliana Ponti: CV

After graduating in scenography at the Accademia Albertina in Turin, she gained thirty years of experience as an artistic consultant in socio-educational activities in schools and in socio-therapeutic centers. His commitment as a ceramics teacher in the juvenile prison of the Ferrante Aporti Institute in Turin is significant, in training activities for teachers and social cooperatives. Since 2009 he has been responsible for the setting up of the Parco d’Arte Vivente (PAV) exhibitions in Turin. Giuliana Ponti's artistic career comes from a careful observation of the elements of nature, a visceral relationship with the earth, with matter. His creatures, the "stones", speak of hands that work the earth, that shape, that create, that metaphorically unite many "lands" coming from different places. Through these works nature takes possession of the artist, of her essence, as she herself writes, describing her work: "I enter the body of the Great Mother to be reborn."

Enrico Vanzina: CV

 

Enrico Vanzina was born in Rome in 1949. He is an Italian screenwriter and film producer. He also works as a journalist and writer. He has written 107 films and several TV series, working with many of the most famous Italian directors: Dino Risi, Marco Risi, Alberto Lattuada, Steno, Mario Monicelli, Nanni Loy. Together with his brother director Carlo, he has made some of the greatest cinema successes from the 1970s to today. Films that invented a genre and cast a host of actors. He has been awarded with the Grolla D'oro, the De Sica Prize, the Flaiano Prize, the Silver Ribbon, the Charlot Prize, the America Prize, the Telegatto Prize, the Acqui Storia Prize, the Cariddi Prize, the Fellini Prize and the Biagio Agnes Prize for Journalism. He also won the European Penne di Letteratura Prize. He wrote a theatrical comedy “Bambini cattivi” staged by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. He has published "Le finte bionde" Mondadori, "Colazione da Bulgari" Salerno Editrice, "La vita è buffa" Gremese, "Commedia all’Italiana" Newton Compton, "Una famiglia italiana" Mondadori, "Il Gigante Sfregiato" "Il Mistero del Rubino Birmano ”and“ La donna dagli occhi d’oro ”Newton Compton. In 2018 he wrote “La sera a Roma” for Mondadori, a huge critical and sales success. He has published "Mio fratello Carlo" and, recently, "Una giornata di nebbia a Milano" HarperCollins. He collaborated for 5 years with the "Corriere della Sera". For more than twenty years he has written in "Il Messaggero" as a columnist and where he has been entrusted with a weekly costume column. In July 2016 and 2017 he directed Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" for the opening of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. In 2018 and 2019 he exhibited his photographic works at Spilimbergo Light Festival and at Russo Gallery in Rome.

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