Mario Madiai / Bio

Mario Madiai

Mario Madiai

BIOGRAPHY

The link below is about an article about a handful of artists, including Mario Madiai, who were invited to paint murals by a city in central Italy (Abruzzi region).

THIS ARTICLE is in italian, but does show pictures of the murals.


Mario Madiai was born in Siena in 1944 and studied at the "Art Institute" of Lucca. While still young, he moved to the coastal city of Livorno, where his precocious talent was promptly recognized by critics, collectors and experts alike. Since the early 1970's, Madiai has enjoyed wide success, and his works have been displayed throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Paintings of Madiai have recently been entered in the permanent collection at the "Museum of Modern Art Mario Grimoldi" and museum "Museo d'Arte dello Splendore". Madiai is among the most recognized and critically acclaimed names of contemporary Italian art, and is considered the last legitimate heir of the elegant and semiabstract art trend "Macchiaioli" indigenous to the city of Livorno.


The continuous and obsessive search of new subjects and methods of expression have been Madiai's signature throughout his career. Recurring subjects have dominated his output and may be divided into mono-thematic cycles, such as: "Interiors", "landscapes", "gardens", "tables remembered", and more recently, "The flowers the leaves and the water", "sunflowers", and the "roses".


The same subject, portrayed dozens of times, transformed into real characters, the protagonists of an unexpectedly complex story, are projected like shadows onto varicolored backgrounds. At times distant, their diffused color surfaces from a center point to the scene of light, at other times the shadows advance, partially concealing the image and concentrating it into a vision of ambiguity.


An important and fundamental aspect of Madiai's work is the technique of creating the background, which he has developed as part of his never satisfied, relentless strive for perfection. After having delineated the details of the painting, Madiai covers everything with a layer of paint, allowing it to drip or to absorb onto the canvas, as his instinctive artistic desire dictates him. As a result, real subjects that may otherwise seem mundane are reinterpreted and filtered by magic atmospheres.


More recently, Mario moved to a spectacular cottage in the enchanting Pisa countryside, where he dedicates his time between his passion of painting, and his new love, making wine. The wine is called "Malacoda", a pure merlot of distinct ruby color, and of complex and refined bouquet. Mario Madiai is the first artist vintner to hand-paint each label, creating a unique object with each bottle.


The passage of time is a central theme that runs through all of Mario Madiai's painting. In the ghost images of submerged roses, in the childhood objects spread on a tabletop, in the blossoms of the lemon tree in spring, or in the silvery background of the same tree in winter, the awareness of time passing is implicit. His images serve as metaphors that remind us of the significance of time and the importance of its invisible work. His painting can be seen as a perception of an image present in the continuous flux of time, as if vision were being transformed into contemplation, or a drama; and this is the drama of life itself.


TIME LINE


1971
- Cisternino del Poccianti(Casa della Cultura), Livorno

1972
- Galleria Fante di Picche Livorno

1973
- Circolo Culturale, Empoli

1976
- Galleria Bergarnini, Milano

1977
- XXIII Premio del Fiorino, Florence

1979
- Galleria Menghelli, Florence
- Accademia Gioviano Pontano, Naples

1980
- Galleria Macchi, Pisa
- Galleria d'Arte Palazzo Letteraria, Verona
- Rassegna nazionale di pittura, Pistoia

1981
- Rassegna di pittura contemporanea Regione Toscana
- Galleria Menghelli,Florence
- Nuovi versanti della pittura in Toscana, Museo
- Mobile,Grosseto
- Galleria La Bussola, Turin
- Expoarte, Bari

1982
- I Settimana senese di arti figurative, Siena
- Galleria La Rupinaro, Chiavari
- Galleria Comunale P. Pascucci, Grossetto
- Galleria II Nuovo Fuso, Parma
- Picture oggi in Toacana, Galleria Comunale d'Arte
- Contemporaries, Arezzo
- Expoarte, Bari
- Galleria d'Atre Contemporanea Prisma, Verona
- Galleria L'Arcadia, Livorno
- 20 Pittora oggi in Toscana, Centro Studi sull Arte
- Lucia C. Ludovico
- Ragghianti, Lucca
- Segnalato Bolaffi (Pier Carlo Santini)

1983
- Galleria Menghelli, Florence
- Galleria L'Arcadia, Livorno
- Arteiera, Bologna

1984
- Viaggio Pittorio in Toscana, Galleria Comunale
- d'Atre Conremporanea, Arezzo
- Cisternino del Pocciano (Case della Cultura), Livorno

1985
- Galleria Ippocastano, Rome
- Artefiera, Bologna

1986
- The Soloman Gallery, London
- Arco, Madrid
- Galleria Locus Solus Flos, Gioia del Colle
- Fiac, Paris
- Galleria Menghelli, Florence
- Art Fair, London

1987
- Arco, Madrid
- Galleria II Segno, Catania
- Galleria Narciso, Rome
- Galleria Davico, Turin
- Art Fair, Stockholm
- Galleria Athena, Modena
- Hanson Art Galleries, La Jolla
- Artefiera, Milan
- Christian Gallery, Marano
- Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles
- Museo La Foret, Tokyo
- Galleria II Nuovo Fanale, Genova

1988
- Galleria II Segno Contemporaneo, Brescia
- Art Fair, Stockholm
- Galleria Barozzi, Vignola
- Inter Arte, Valencia

1989
- Galleria Meghelli, Florence
- Galleria Forni, Bologna
- Art Fair, London

1990
- Galleria Forni, Tokyo
- Galerie Prom, Monaco di Baviera

1991
- Galleria Davico, Turin
- Galleria II Cenacolo, Piacenza
- Galleria Novecento, Salerno

1992
- Audtorium 2 Pini, Rome
- Galleria Aliseo, Campiglia Marittima
- Bottega d'Arte Excelsior, Marina di Masss
- Galerie Prom, Munich
- Graphis Arte, Livorno
- Forni Tendenze, Bologna

1993
- Galleria L'Incontro, Ancona
- Galleria Forni, Bologna
- Expoarte, Bari
- Artest, Udine

1994
- Galleria Rotta, Genova
- Premio Ginestra d;oro, Portonova
- Galerie Prom, Munich
- Expoarte, Bari

1995
- Artefiera, Bologna
- Forni Tenderize, Bologna
- Expoarte, Bari
- Galleria II Quadrifoglio, Siracusa
- Galleria Ciman, Asiago
- Galleria Marieschi, Monza
- Galerie Prom, Munich

1996
- MiArt Milan
- Country Life, Parma
- Galleria Signoretti, Pesaro

1997
- Galleria Davico, Torino
- Galleria Forni, Bologna
- MiArt Milan
- Palazzo Cesi, Acquasparta
- Galleria II Cenacolo, Piacenza
- Galerie Prom, Munchen, Germany
- Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona

1998
- Galleria Prima Visione, Gallarato
- Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
- Galleria Forni, Milan
- Galleria degli Aschi, Comisa
- Galleria 61, Palermo

1999
- Miami Art Fair, Miami, USA
- Galleria Forni, Bologna
- Galleria Prom, Quinta del Lago, Portugal
- Artefiera, Bologna

2000
- Art Ancona, Ancona
- Albemarle Gallery, London

2001
- Galleria Forni, Bologna
- The Lewis Gallery, Carmel, CA.

2002
- Galleria Forni, Bologna - Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen, Germany
- The Lewis Gallery, Carmel, CA.

2005
- Galleria Alberto Misrachi, Mexico City, Mexico.

2006
- The Lewis Gallery, Los Angeles Art Show, Santa Monica, California, USA.
- Gallery V, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

2007
- The Lewis Gallery, Art Miami, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
- Mahan Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

2009
- "Pinocchio Amarcord", Castello dei Vicari di Lari, Lari (Pisa)
- Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Lucca

2010
- A Muse Gallery, Columbus Ohio, USA
- Enoteca Winelabor, Castagneto Carducci
- Exhibitalia Art Events Contemporar

 

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