Velasco VITALI


ela fait plus de 10 ans maintenant que Vitali a une prédilection pour la sculpture de chiens au travers de l’assemblage d’une grande variété de matériaux. L’artiste se retient d’une description réaliste, il n’avance aucune interprétation, ne juge pas et ne suit aucune histoire particulière; il se limite à mettre en scène une création visuelle fascinante et aliénante afin d’encourager l’observation et la quête du sens.


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    • 1960Born in Bellano, near Lago di Como, Italy. His sphere of activity originally devoted to drawing and graphics soon developed to painting and sculpture. The meeting with Giovanni Testori and his taking part in the exhibition Artists and Writers at the Rotonda della Besana marked his calling.
    • 1990Following a number of one-man shows Velasco »s work begins to concentrate on the tragedy that destroyed Valtellina at the end of the Eighties. The result is the exhibition Paesaggio Cancellato organized by Roberto Tassi in 1990.
    • 1990A distinctive trait of Velasco’s work is his constant interest in portraiture which gained approval in exhibitions and publications. His relation to the group Officina Milanese, at the end of the Nineties reveals a new interest: he discovers Sicily and the south of Italy.
    • 2004Electa publishes Velasco20, a monograph with an article by Giulio Giorello and Charta brings out the catalogue for Extramoenia an exhibition that travels from Milan to Palermo.
    • 2006Velasco carries out a site-specific project for Teatro dell’Arte in Milano, Italy
    • 2007Since 2007, Vitali collaborates with his designs in the « Corriere della Sera”.
    • 2010Vitali invades the Piazza del Duomo and the complex of St. Augustine with an art project that combines painting and sculpture, curated by Fernando Mazzocca and Francesco Poli (Skira publishing), Pietrasanta, Italy
    • 2010 – 2011Velasco’s impressive sequel of works titled « Sbarco » are exhibited in Milano, from the Central Station to the Palazzo Reale, where his dogs literally invade the space, Milano, Italy
    • 2012He did Foresta Rossa, an art intervention on Isola Madre (Stresa) and in Verbania, curated by Luca Molinari, Italy
    • 2013Solo painting exhibition Foresta Rossa: 416 città fantasma nel mondo at Triennale di Milano, curated by Luca Molinari and Francesco Clerici
    • 2014He showed the sculpture Traditio Symboli in the Cathedral of Milan and took part in the IV Biennale Gherdeina of sculpture in Ortisei, Val Gardena
    • 2015He was invited to the Berlinale (FIPRESCI award winner) as producer and protagonist of the documentary Il Gesto Delle Mani (directed by Francesco Clerici) which shows the making of his bronze dog sculpture
    • 2017He curates and designs (with the collaboration of Peter Greenaway) the exhibition of his father Giancarlo Vitali « Time Out » at Palazzo Reale, Sforesco Castle, Museum of Natural History and Casa del Manzoni (Milan)


  • 2017« SBARCO AD ANCONA » curated by Flavio Arensi, Ancona, Italy
  • 2017Public garden of Indro Montanelli in collaboration with Orticola / Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy
  • 2016« STESTORI », Teatro Franco Parenti, Sala Testori, Milano, Italy
  • 2016« SBARCO A TORINO », Arte alle Corti. University of Torino, Italy
  • 2016« LATO 4 », Omaggio ad Aldo Rossi
  • 2015Solo show « Fuga » (curated by Mark Gisbourne and Giacinto di Pietrantonio) in Emilio Mazzoli Gallery in Modena, Modena, Italy
  • 2014BIENNALE GHERDEINA, Ortisei, Italy
  • 2014Duomo di Milano, Italy
  • 2013FORESTA ROSSA. CITTA’ ABBANDONATA, Fondazione Corrente, Milano, Italy
  • 2013BRANCO, Italy
  • 2013TRAMONTO, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milano, Italy
  • 2013Galleria Sabauda, Torino, Italy
  • 2013Aria, LKFF Arts & Sculptures projects, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2013Castello Ruffo, Sicilla, Italy
  • 2012FORESTA ROSSA, Italy
  • 2012SBARCO A VERBANIA, Italy
  • 2011Solo Exhibition, LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects, Brussels, Belgium, Belgium
  • 2010Velasco Vitali: SBARCO A MILANO, Stazione Centrale – Palazzo Reale a cura di Fernando Mazzocca e Francesco Poli, Milano, Italy, Italy
  • 2010Solo exhibition: Chiesa e Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, Piazza del Duomo a cura di: Fernando Mazzocca e Francesco Poli, Pietrasanta, Italy, Italy
  • 2009I paesaggi e la natura dell »arte, group show devoted to the relationship between art and nature at the ARCOS Museum, Benevento, Italy
  • 2008Project LATO4, together with Danilo Eccher, Italy
  • 2008Triennale Bovisa, Junkbuilding, Italy
  • 2007Pittura Italiana 1968-2007, Palazzo Reale, Milano, Italy, Italy
  • 2007In Sondrio (with Marco Gastini and Simon Starling), Italy
  • 2007Images Shapes and Nature in the Alps (Electa), curated by Danilo Eccher., Italy
  • 2007Ultime Ultime Cene at the Cenacolo Vinciano (Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellinese and Piccola Sacrestia of the Convent Santa Maria delle Grazie), Milano, Italy, Italy
  • 2003Mixtura (Charta) with Franco Battiato, Italy
  • 2000Isolitudine (Charta) with Ferdinando Scianna , Italy
  • 1990Paesaggio Cancellato organized by Roberto Tassi, Italy


  • Private and public collections hold works by Velasco: amongst them Collezione Farnesina of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Rome, Italy



  • 2008« Milano Fantasma », Essay by Michael Mari, includes over a hundred drawings to tell the city of Milan (edt publishing).
  • 2004« Velasco20 », essay by Giulio Giorello, In 2004, Electa publishing
  • 2004« Extramoenia », exhibition catalogue published by Charta.
  • 2004« Velasco Mixtura », Essays by Franco Battitato and Alessandro Riva, Charta Publishing, Italy.
  • 1990 – 2010Many have written on Velasco’s work, amongst them: Franco Battiato, Pino Corrias, Danilo Eccher, Luca Doninelli, Giulio Giorello, Alessandro Riva, Ferdinando Scianna, Vittorio Sgarbi, Roberto Tassi and Giovanni Testori.

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