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Biography

Biography

Carlo Carnevali 1951

His artistic experience began in the early 1970s, when he met Franco Azzinari, “an artist and a rare man”, in Milan. He formed a close friendship with Azzinari, who rapidly inspired him with a passion for art and led him to study drawing and painting technique. From 1974 onwards, his work was included in numerous group exhibitions, and later in personal exhibitions that saw immediate success thanks to his distinctive style.
In 1980, his need to deepen his knowledge of art led him to sign up to the “Pietro Vannucci” Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia, where in 1984 he received a diploma in painting with an experimental thesis entitled “A study of landscape art, in particular traces and cancellations of X in the Aurignaziano period”.
He studied painting under Nuvolo and Gatto, although Bruno Corà and Aldo Iori also played a decisive role in completing his training and his subsequent artistic career.
From that moment on, he began a series of study-journeys which allowed him to strike up and cultivate relations with important artists; he took an interest in the work of De Kooning, met Antoni Tàpies and conducted an in-depth study of his works, technique, materials (paper, plaster, wood, fabric, ash), and in particular his “abstract spaces” which had a fundamental influence on the use of materials and colour which Carnevali had begun to mature.
This period was very important, rich in stimuli, new acquaintances and frequent artistic experiences share with cultural centres and associations: Praxis Artistica in Perugia, Centro Tiglado 2 in Tarragona (Spain), and from 1986 to 1992 Carnevali was a founding partner and promotor of the Associazione Culturale per le arti visive Opera di Perugia.
In 1987, at the CERP Centro Espositivo Rocca Paolina, he held a personal exhibition entitled “Tra morfemi e cromie”, presented in a catalogue with a critical commentary by Bruno Corà.
It was during this exhibition that photographer Daniele Paparelli and musician Michele Rosati filmed an artistic video analysing Carnevali’s work in an original and unusual light.
From the same year, he participated in exhibitions in Germany, France, Spain, Turkey and, together with Umit Inatci, in Nicosia (Cyprus).
In 1999, he met American artist Gary Moeller, Director of the Art Department of Rogers State University in Claremore (Oklahoma U.S.A) with whom he began a very close collaboration which saw Carnevali invited to hold an important exhibition in March 2001 at the university, as well as a teaching experience with the students in the Art Department.
To celebrate thirty-five years of his career, on 6 December 2008 the Province of Perugia in collaboration with the Umbria Region, sponsored by Perugia Municipality and the Perugia Fine Arts Academy Foundation, organised and set up an exhibition at the Rocca Paolina exhibition centre offering an important review of a significant part of his artistic work. The monographic catalogue for the exhibition was published by EffeFabbri and the critical commentary was written by Emidio de Albentiis.
Subsequently, the Province of Perugia also hosted exhibitions in the Polish city of Olsztyn at the Wystaw Artystycznych centre, and in the Romanian city of Bucharest at the Mogosoaia castle museum, both curated by Paolo Nardon.
In August 2009, he was asked by Sandro Tulli to present a project for and later to create the “ cullar l'amore ” work for suite 416 of the Albornoz Palace Hotel in Spoleto (Perugia).
From 2012, he has been working together with flautist Andrea Ceccomori, holding expressive and innovative projects and events.
In March 2013, on the request of Sviluppumbria and the Umbria Region, he installed a suspension work entitled “Cubo dell'Universo” at S.Francesco airport in Perugia.
Among others, his works include: posters, iron sculptures, book illustrations, theatre scenery and large wall paintings.

In December 2008 he was appointed Accademico di merito (Professor of Merit) at the Pietro Vannucci Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia.

He currently works at the “ folle volo “ workshop-atelier at 47 Via Mastrogiorgio in Pieve Pagliaccia, Perugia .