Franco Azzinari

Franco Azzinari was born at San Demetrio Corone, Cosenza, on March 3, 1949. After the death of his parents when he was still a child, he left Calabria and began to wander throughout Europe, on what might be called his cultural travels.

He spent several years in Paris where he became greatly influenced by the Impressionist school and, in particular, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Monet. These three artists were to play an important role in making Azzinari's paintings so personal. In France he discovered his skill as a portrait-artist, which is how he made a living.

In 1973 he established himself in Lerici and in the new studio painted ten paintings of Liguria. In 197 4 Azzinari had his first personal show at the gallery called "La Cattedrale" in Lerici. This was the official beginning of what was to be an intense artistic activity.

As the result of his growing commitments, in that same year, he opened a studio-gallery in Milan. Then, in 1977, he decided to travel extensively in the Far East in the footsteps of the ancient civilizations.

During the years that followed, Azzinari travelled to the United States, the Seychelles and Brazil. He won considerable recognition as an artist and his works are now part of important Italian and foreign collections.

On a trip to Cuba in 1992, he found the colours of his homeland in the people and the countryside of that nation and he fell in love with it. He painted Gregorio Fuentes, Hemingway's sailor, President Fidel Castro, who posed for him, vaqueros on horseback, still lifes and the sunny countryside.

In 2001, the Milanese publishing house Electa published a book on Azzinari and his paintings, many of which were exhibited at the National Museum in Havana and then in several Italian and European cities, in their most prestigious castles and museums. During that same year, fascinated by mythology and the places mentioned in the stories of gods, heroes and warriors, he went to Greece where he painted several different works, among which:

"The Cradle of Apollo" (the island of Delos)

 "The Corinth Isthmus" (the Peloponnesos)

 "The Bay of Poseidon" (Cape Sounion).

In 2002, the municipality of Altomonte (CS), presided over by Mr. Costantino Belluscio, donated space to the artist in the Torre Pallotta, built by the Normans in 1052. Here, on June 2, 2002, the Franco Azzinari Museum was officially inaugurated. The Museum's collection consists of 40 important works by the artist. The collection is titled "Twenty years with Nature".

The paintings done in Greece will be on show in various public exhibition halls and museums during 2003, in an itine­rant exhibition called "Where Myths Occurred".

Currently Franco Azzinari spends his time between Italy and Greece. These lands are his poetic inspiration.




1974 - Lerici, Galleria D'Arte «La Cattedrale»

           Massa, Studio 40

1975 - La Spezia, Circolo Castello «San Giorgio»

            La Spezia, Galleria d'Arte «L'Olmo»

1976 - Milano, Centro d'Arte Azzinari

1977 - San Demetrio Corone, Circolo - Skanderberg

1978 - Villapiana Lido, Art Gallery «La Pineta»

            Rossano, Teatro San Marco

1979 - Altomonte, Museo Chiostro Storico

           Cosenza, galleria «Il Cancello»

1980 - Milano, Circolo Filologico

           Roma, Palazzo Cenci

1981 - Roma, Accademia Burkhardt

1982 - Milano, Galleria d'Arte «Nuovo Sagittario»

           Milano, Centro Cultura e Valori

           Milano, Palazzo Sormani1983

           Castrovillari, Circolo cittadino

1984 - San Demetrio Corone, Mostra itinerante «Omaggio alla Calabria»

           Oriolo, Sala Comunale

           Cosenza Teatro Rendano

           Cassano alla Ionio, Biblioteca Comunale

           Catanzaro, Palazzo della Provincia

           Tropea, Palazzo Vescovile

           Villapiana Lido, Centro d'Arte Azzinari

           Milano, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica «Leonardo da Vinci»

1985 - Bologna, Arte Fiera

           Bari, Expo Arte

           New York, Art Expo

           Genova, Galleria d'Arte «XX Settembre»

1986 - Catania, Galleria d'Arte «L'Angolo»

           Pescara, Galleria d&Arte «Niccoli»

1987 - Lanciano, Sale del Palazzo Comunale

           Parma, La Campionaria

           Teramo, Galleria d'Arte «Mirò»

1988 - Riccione, Galleria d'Arte «La Tavolozza»

           Fiuggi, Mostra Antologica, Teatro Comunale

           Los Angeles, Robert Dana Gallery, Convention Center

1989 - Milano, Galleria d'Arte «Sugarte»

           Montegrotto Terme, Palazzo del Turismo

           Milano, Fiera Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea San Paolo (Brasile), Encontro das Artes

           Rio de Janeiro (Brasile), Club d'Arte

           Cremona, Galleria d'Arte «L'Incontro»

           Riccione, Galleria d'Arte «La Tavolozza»

           Montecatini Terme, Accademia

1990 - Roccaraso, antologica,

           Comune Fano, Galleria d'Arte «Antonacci»

           Macerata, antologica, Pinacoteca

           Cremona, Galleria d'Arte «L'Incontro»

           Saronno, antologica, Casa Morandi

           Poggibonsi, antologica, Casa Chesino

           Firenze, Palazzo degli Affari, Galleria d'Arte «Antonacci»

1991- Genova, Euroflora

           Ancona, Galleria d'Arte «Gioacchini»

1992 - Barcellona (Spagna), Grafie Art 92

           Bergamo, Seri-Arte

           Cremona, Galleria d'Arte «L'Incontro»

1993 - Madrid (Spagna), Art Quadro 93

           Bergamo, Seri-Arte

           Pesaro, Galleria d'Arte «Signoretti»

           Chianciano Terme, «La Zafre Italia», Chiesa Del Carmine

           Palermo, Centro d'arte Raffaello

1994 - Vasto, Saletta d'Arte «Filippo Palizzi»

           Acireale, Palazzo di Città

           Battipaglia, Galleria d'Arte «Arte e Riflessi»

           Cremona, Galleria d'Arte «L'Incontro»

           Geddah, Cultura! Foundation

           Abu Dhabi, Istituto Culturale Italiano

1995 - Firenze, Fortezza da Basso

           Salsomaggiore Terme, Antologica,

           Palazzo dei congressi

1996 - Teramo, Galleria d'Arte «Mirò»

           Trapani, Galleria d'Arte Mediterranea

           San Benedetto del Tronto, Galleria d'Arte «Genus»

1997 - Cortina d'Ampezzo, Spazio Cultura  

            Ferrara, Palazzo Ducale

1998 - Sarnano, antologica

1999 - Pescara, Galleria d'Arte «Botero»

           Siracusa, Associaizione Culturale Triade Porto San Giorgio, Galleria d'arte «Imperatori»

           Cosenza, Galleria d'arte «Marana»

           Pescara, antologica, Teatro Comunale «Gabriele d'Annunzio»

           Ravello, Gruppo «Petit Prince», Chiostro di San Francesco

           Bari, Arte Barbone

2000 - San Severino Marche, antologica, Palazzo Servanzi Confidati

           Morciano di Romagna, antologica, Flower's Art Gallery

           L'Avana (Cuba), Museo della Rivoluzione

           Padova, «Padua Art Gallery»

           Lanciano, foyer del teatro «Fenaroli»

2001 - Milano, Banca Popolare di Novara

2002 - Museo Nazionale delle Belle Arti La Havana -Cuba

           Museo Azzinari Torre ;Pallotta, Altomonte -Cosenza

           Castello degli Agolanti -Riccione (RN)

           Castello Ducale -Corigliano Calabro (CS)

2003 - Roma, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale

           Paestum, Museo Archeologico Nazionale

           Rimini, Sala delle Colonne

2004 - Altomonte (CS), Museo Francq Azzinari

           Piteti (Romania) Galleria d'Arte Moderna

           Varsavia (Polonia), Museo Lazienki Krolewskie («Terme Reali»)
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