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Gianni Chiacchio Bruxelles, Italy

Gianni Chiacchio is an Italian artist who creates acrylic paintings of trains and trams in a monochromatic color palette. Gianni was born and raised in Milan, Italy and is currently based in Brussels, Belgium, where he paints in his multi-level home-studio. His workspace is a very bright attic flooded by northern light. In his current body of work, Gianni uses trains as a vehicle for narrative; he considers his paintings as fragments of larger stories and memories that elicit both reflection and nostalgia, like stills from a film. His stylized depictions are reminiscent of silkscreen paintings by American Pop Art artist Andy Warhol. He incorporates classical methods such as cloisonné (an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects) and chiaroscuro (the use of light and dark contrasts developed by the Italian Renaissance painter Caravaggio) into his technique. He exhibits extensively in galleries and premier art fairs across Western Europe. Among other shows, he had a solo show at Tijdok 28 Private Gallery (2018) and participated at the Accessible Art Fairs at The Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (2017) and at the Jewish Museum of Belgium (2016).

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    About The Artist

    Gianni Chiacchio is an Italian artist who creates acrylic paintings of trains and trams in a monochromatic color palette. Gianni was born and raised in Milan, Italy and is currently based in Brussels, Belgium, where he paints in his multi-level home-studio. His workspace is a very bright attic flooded by northern light. In his current body of work, Gianni uses trains as a vehicle for narrative; he considers his paintings as fragments of larger stories and memories that elicit both reflection and nostalgia, like stills from a film. His stylized depictions are reminiscent of silkscreen paintings by American Pop Art artist Andy Warhol. He incorporates classical methods such as cloisonné (an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects) and chiaroscuro (the use of light and dark contrasts developed by the Italian Renaissance painter Caravaggio) into his technique. He exhibits extensively in galleries and premier art fairs across Western Europe. Among other shows, he had a solo show at Tijdok 28 Private Gallery (2018) and participated at the Accessible Art Fairs at The Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (2017) and at the Jewish Museum of Belgium (2016).

    Artist Statement

    I am an artist and a professional set designer, born and raised in Milan, Italy. I now live and work in Brussels, Belgium. For more than twenty years I have designed sets for television shows, cinema, advertising, fashion events and promotional stands.

    Since 2008 I have chosen painting as the primary laboratory for my technical and aesthetic research. Painting led me to undertake a brand new creative path, a new form of expression, an artistic journey with an unknown destination. I work with the brush applying the technique of flat painting to obtain an aseptic, polished surface: on the canvas, chiaroscuro and nuances are eliminated and shadows are simplified, merged, amalgamated and condensed into fields that fit together like pieces of a puzzle. The tonal gradations are distributed in a succession of monochrome fields, whose position provides a new type of depth. The chromatic scale is limited on the greys, which are combined with hints of colours, not always real, of the subject. A clean composition, poised on the boundary of formal abstraction.

    Trains and trams are, from the start, the protagonists of my painting. They are fragments of a narrative that was complete but whose beginning and end have been lost. They are still frames of a film, stories that stop in a temporal suspension that is both reflection and nostalgia. The result is a silent world that speaks without raising the voice.

    November 2018
    art3f Bruxelles 2018 - Brussels Expo
    Bruxelles - BE

    April 2017 - September 2018
    Solo Exhibition
    Tijdok 28 Private Gallery - Zeebrugge - BE

    August 2018
    ART NOCTURNE KNOCKE 2018
    CC Scharpoord - Knokke-Heist - BE

    April 2018
    KÖLNER LISTE Contemporary Fine Art 2018
    XPOST Koln - Cologne - DE

    October 2017
    ACCESSIBLE ART FAIR 2017
    BOZAR - Bruxelles - BE

    April 2017
    KÖLNER LISTE Contemporary Fine Art 2017
    XPOST Koln - Cologne - DE

    September 2016
    ACCESSIBLE ART FAIR 2016
    Jewish Museum of Belgium - Bruxelles - BE

    September 2016
    ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2016
    De Laurenskerk - Rotterdam - NL

    October 2015
    ACCESSIBLE ART FAIR 2015
    The Cercle De Lorraine - Bruxelles - BE

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