Antenore Rovesti

Antenore Rovesti was born in 1957 in Parma, where he lives and works.

Antenore Rovesti is an interesting exponent of the generation of Italian painters who appeared on the scene starting from the second half of the 1980s. Some say that his style, clearly neo-pop, is liked because it reassures, resembles something already known. It may be true, but not in a negative sense, these days it is inevitable to formulate visual “deja vu”. Some images of Montesano may come to mind, especially by virtue of the basic shades, but the intentions of the two artists are profoundly different. If Montesano’s intent is to formulate a painting of memory, open to a sort of reinterpretation of the political symbols of the twentieth century proposed in a sort of timeless suspension, Rovesti’s attitude lies in citing many things, distant in time but also extremely close , keeping an unmistakable personality that is nourished, ultimately amused, precisely by these misunderstandings. Playing on a tightrope is not easy, whoever succeeds demonstrates undoubted ability. Rovesti’s canvases therefore lend themselves to arousing various suggestions in the viewer with glossy and glossy images but ready to contradict their immediacy to emanate a sense of metaphysical depth.
It is not easy to produce icons that appear not to be difficult to read, but ready to suggest, to make a mysterious and ambiguous complexity and charm explicit. The sampling is very varied. From the object finding, to the female nude, to the pop quote but also related to surreal images, everything is valid for Rovesti in his visual seduction action accentuated by the use of oil color that simulates the shine of acrylic. It is a painting that is judged by its appearance, without mimicking verbal pretexts or mentioning metropolitan youth scenarios. The sur-real manifests itself in its appearance of objective adhesion to things and people. The pleasure of painting, evident in Rovesti, is made such by its ability to charge the frame with magic, producing an uninterrupted sequence of simulacra with mutant and unpredictable shapes.
His curriculum mentions personal exhibitions at the VSV and Fusion Art Gallery in Turin, Mazzocchi in Parma, Fiorile Arte and the Campo delle Fargole in Bologna, Oprandi in Bergamo, and participation in many public and private group exhibitions among which are mentioned ” A postmodern Babel “,” The evoked contemporaneity “,” Postmodern Emilia ”

The collection of the Urban Art Museum currently boasts the presence of three works by Antenore Rovesti: two blind windows in via Rocciamelone 12, and a work under the reliquary of the Galleria Campidoglio in via Fabrizi 38.

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