PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY
Gianfranco  Zappettini

Gianfranco Zappettini

born in 1939 in Genoa (Italy)

"Only through an analytic investigation that deals with the problem of painting as painting, i.e. the material, the way of handling it, we reconstruct the new language."
In over 40 years of artistic activity, Zappettini has helped to re-establish the pictorial discipline and to give a new and high reading of the work process that orbits around analytical abstraction. Through his works he explores the ancestral meaning of pictorial praxis. he analyzes the nature of the discipline in itself and of the elements that the artist has at his disposal. For Zappettini, the pictorial surface in particular, turns to be what it was originally. That is an "opaque" space, which does not reflect other worlds - exterior or interior - and refers to nothing but itself and its intrinsic essence.
Gianfranco Zappettini was born in Genoa on June 16 1939 from a family of ancient maritime tradition. He attended the Liceo Artistico Niccolò Barabino of Genoa and the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara. In 1962 he held his first solo exhibition in his hometown and in the same year he met the German architect Konrad Wachsmann, thanks to whom he learned the formal precision, the importance of tradition and the attention to innovation. His early works (1964-1969) reflect the attempt to give order to the surface, leaving space for the artist to maneuver without allowing preconceived planning to overcome his work. Zappettini lives and works in Chiavari, where in 2003 he founded the Zappettini Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Exhibitions (selected)

2017 
Gianfranco Zappettini, La Luce Prima, Primo Marella Gallery

2016
Gianfranco Zappettini, Galleria Mazzoleni, Turin, IT

White Surfaces, Primae Noctis Art Gallery, Lugano, CH

2015
Pittura Analitica Ieri e Oggi, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

2014
Galleria Ravizza, Lugano, CH

2013

Erben – Viallat – Zappettini: tre maestri della pittura analitica europea, MAAB Gallery, Milan, IT

2012
Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, Lucca, IT

2011
Analytische Malerei, Forum Kunst Rottweil, DE

2009
Pensare pittura, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, IT

2008
Pittura aniconica, Casa del Mantegna Mantoa, IT
Analytica, Annotazioni d’Arte, Milan, IT

2007
CAMeC-Centro d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia, IT
Forum Kunst, Rottweil, DE
Pittura analitica. I percorsi italiani. 1970-1980”, Museo della Permanente, Milano, IT

1997

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, IT

1978

Abstraction Analytique, Museo d’Arte Moderna, Paris, FR

1977

Documenta 6, Kassel, DE
Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Anversa, BE

1975
Analytische Malerei, Düsseldorf, DE

Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, DE

1974

Geplante Malerei, Münster - Milan, IT

1973
Tempi di percezione, Livorno, IT

1971
Arte concreta, Westfälischer Kunstverein di Münster, DE

1962
Palazzetto Rosso, Genoa, IT
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 33
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
420 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 33
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - 420 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 27
2017
Acrylic on wall-net
420 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 27
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net - 420 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 50
2017
Acrylic on wall-net and wooden board
100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 50
2017 - Acrylic on wall-net and wooden board - 100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 68
2017
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 68
2017 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
Gianfranco  Zappettini - la Luce Prima n 69
la Luce Prima n 69
2017
Acrylic on wooden board and Wood's lamp
100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - la Luce Prima n 69
2017 - Acrylic on wooden board and Wood's lamp - 100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - la Luce Prima n° 70
la Luce Prima n° 70
2017
Acrilic on wooden panel and Wood's light
Cm 100 x 100
Gianfranco Zappettini - la Luce Prima n° 70
2017 - Acrilic on wooden panel and Wood's light - Cm 100 x 100
Gianfranco  Zappettini - la Luce Prima n 71
la Luce Prima n 71
2017
Acrylic on wooden board and Wood's lamp
150 x 70 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - la Luce Prima n 71
2017 - Acrylic on wooden board and Wood's lamp - 150 x 70 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - la Luce Prima n 83
la Luce Prima n 83
2017
Acrylic on wooden board and Wood's lamp
160 x 90 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - la Luce Prima n 83
2017 - Acrylic on wooden board and Wood's lamp - 160 x 90 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 66
2017
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 66
2017 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - 80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 59
2017
Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 59
2017 - Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas - 80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 67
2017
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
170 x 170 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 67
2017 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - 170 x 170 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 45
2017
Resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas,
100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 45
2017 - Resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas, - 100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 21
2017
resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas
170 x 170 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 21
2017 - resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas - 170 x 170 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 30
2016
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 30
2016 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - 80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 37
2016
Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 37
2016 - Acrylic on wallnet and wooden board - 80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 96
2016
Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 96
2016 - Acrylic, Fassadenputz and wallnet on canvas - 80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 35
2014
Resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 35
2014 - Resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas - 100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini -  La trama e l
La trama e l'ordito n 84
2013
Resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - La trama e l'ordito n 84
2013 - Resine, wallnet and acrylic on canvas - 100 x 100 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - Tele sovrapposte n 188
Tele sovrapposte n 188
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - Tele sovrapposte n 188
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - 80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - Tele sovrapposte n 189
Tele sovrapposte n 189
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - Tele sovrapposte n 189
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - 80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco  Zappettini - Superfici analitiche n 167
Superfici analitiche n 167
1975
Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases
80 x 80 Cm
Gianfranco Zappettini - Superfici analitiche n 167
1975 - Graphite on overlapping transparent canvases - 80 x 80 Cm