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Athos Faccincani

The Magic of Colour

Master Athos Faccincani was born in Peschiera del Garda the 29th of January, 1951. In the '63-64 , still at the age of 13 years old, begins to attend to the studio of Master Pio Semeghini; he then attends to the technique schools and he's always more present. Around the years 67-69, in the Venetian studies of Novati, Gamba, Seibezzi. Always in this period, he gets to know Ottorino Garosio and Angelo Fiessi, in Brescia.

Cesare Marchi wrote: "... to gratify his mother, that, like every mothers, dreamed for him a quiet bourgeois work, he signed up to the accountant's institute. He woke up at 4, to make his homework. His afternoon was consecrated to painting by frequenting the studio of old Semeghini, and when he graduated with maximum votes and the mother was already trying her best to find a job for him as a banker, he gave her another displeasure by running to Venice, to sign up to the Academy of Fine Arts. For months he lived with art and hamburgers, affectionate client of the most known milk-bars. He was an apprentice under Guidi, Seibezzi and Marco Novati. Angelo Gamba made him get up early so that he could see the dawn. "I saw it yesterday" always said Faccincani to shield himself, since he was tired not for lack of slumber but for lack of food. "Remember that every dawn differs from the previous ones" replied the Master, "not only because the day changes, but because we change as well." After a dozen of early wakings, he wrote to the mother, informing her that he would never, ever become a banker. How was it possible to stay curve and stamp cheques while your eyes were full of seagulls and lagoon dawns? “

In 1970, after finishing the studies, the young Athos dedicated to equitation with great passion and at the same time, practicing the painting, brotherly helped by Nantas Salvalaggio. In those years his observation spirit, now undeceived, put him in front of the first, painful impact with social reality and its problems. He understands that life is made also of imagination, pain, jails and gangsterism. He feels the strong need to participate himself to the civil intent's climate, and he becomes a champion of handicapped, poor and aided people. His paintings, in an address artistically applied to the enigma of human feelings, to their drama and to their contradictions, resumes melancholy and suffered colors in the representation of engaged figures. The study culminates with the development of paintings on the "Follia delle Attese", and on the "Resistenza". His "Personali" receive the visit of the President of Republic, Sandro Pertini. In 1980, after a path full of artistic and literary events, a period of interior regeneration begins, a period of reconstruction, with the passage in short time from figure to scenery. The attention is inexorably oriented to the nature that Faccincani loves in its sacred entirety, becoming its only model. There is a radical change in his existential and stylistic attitude, moving to the production of images of clear impressionist derivation, with its pure and bright colors, inclined to cultural motivations of 2000: light, sun and simple narration. It is a painting attester of joy and serenity, in the contest of retrieving the figurative and the interior valors.

Salvalaggio wrote: "Like every strange people... Faccincani had periods full of talent and lack of moderation. He lived and wandered with the best and the worst of humanity: he depicted drunken old men, filthy rich men, whores of boulevard and lackeys of the underworld. To fully understand those transgressions and those desperations, he listened to the stories of thieves and melancholies of drunkards. It's because of this that in his paintings you can see both violence and tenderness. It is a shout that rises from a defeated humanity, melt together with the ring of a young merlin, to the music of a spring river. His inspiration is fresh, maybe sometimes even naive, in an age that lacks of emotion and passion, Faccincani isn't afraid to touch and to be touched, to smile and let smile. Damn him, you can feel that for him the world always has something witched about it, and with his colors he can give you that sweet, sweet magic of witch.

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