Vittorio Bellini

Vertova, Bergamo, 1936 - Bergamo, 2009
After his studies at Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, he takes part in painting contests, getting early accolades (in 1974 Bellini win one of the most prestigious art awards of that time, the Giorgio Oprandi First Prize at the Palazzo della Ragione in Bergamo).
In 1983 he meets the historian and art critic Giovanni Testori who pushes the artist to create works that are completely free from the restrictions of traditional ecclesiastic painting and invites him to take part in the 1988 Biennial of Religious Art in Siena. After this great experience Bellini is pushed towards the conception of grandiose polyptychs , La Via Crucis di Vertova, which is presented by Testori in 1989 in Rimini, and L’Altra Via Crucis (housed in Centro Culturale G. Testori in Vertova), in which the artist uses African masks to represent the holy faces, renovating in this way the traditional iconographic method.
The 90’s works denounce the dramatic current events: L’esilio dell’umanità; La dissoluzione dell’essere. Follwed by the birth of wonderful cycles like I cicli dei Silenzi, the series dedicated to Van Gogh, I colori dell’anima, and Cieli.
Among his own recent personal exhibitions: in Paris in 2004, at La Galerie di Veroli, Les couleurs de la vie; in 2006 in Bamberg (Germany), Gemälde & Skulpturen; in 2006 in Lovere, at Accademia Tadini, Quiete e fuochi.
Bellini always works between Paris and Bergamo. The exhibition “Graffiti Expressionism 2006-2007”, organized by the Galleria Michelangelo in Bergamo, in may 2007, focus on the children world. The message is easy: when we’ll manage to look at things through the eyes of children our lives will be more peaceful and less complicated.
On May 2008 he exhibits his “Scene dell’eterna infanzia” (Scenes from the eternal childhood) at the Compagnia del Disegno Gallery in Milano, curated by Stefano Crespi, who writes the preface for the catalogue.
On April 2009 in order to celebrate Easter the Dominican Monks of St. Bartolomeo Church in Bergamo invite the artist to exhibit his recent series of holy sculptures (2005-2008). The show “The pain, after” is provided with a catalogue with the preface by Prof. Franco Moro.
In December 2016, the Galleria Michelangelo organised an exhibition entitled “Natura Silente”, 1967-2007, aimed at paying tribute to the artist with a fascinating journey of unusual Nature Morte that covers forty years of the master's activity.

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