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Mr Francesco Venier is a leading personality in Italy, although he is also internationally well-known. Painter, journalist, columnist, for many years, Mr Venier’s reports find their own space within several Italian monthly reviews, especially in the magazines edited by the Gruppo Editoriale Olimpia, leading publishing company in Italy, owner of several magazines each dedicated to a specific topic. Some of the major Italian newspapers such as il Gazzettino di Venezia (Venice), l’Arena (Verona), and la Nazione (Florence) regularly report about Master Venier’s art exhibitions and their impressive venues. His articles and reports are published by some of the most important magazines worldwide, such as In-Fisherman, U.S.A., Fisch & Fang and Blinker, Germany and Austria, Le Pécheur de France ,La Pèche et son environnement, La Péche de la truite, La Péche des carnassiers, France and Canada, Wedkarz Polski, Poland, Ribàrstvi, Czech Republic. All of these monthly reviews are read in other countries of the same language. Mr Venier is considered a leading personality in the field of art, fishing, tourism and sailing. Mr Venier has chosen some of the most glamorous hotels in Italy as the perfect venues for his exhibitions, such as the Cipriani and Europa e Regina hotels in Venice, the Excelsior hotel in Florence, the Due Torri Baglioni in Verona, the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena, the Grand Hotel in Trento, the Relais Certosa in Firenze, and many others. During his one-man exhibitions, the press has always backed the Maestro Francesco Venier, and the attendance is constantly rising. This is justified by the Maestro’s firm belief that in order to be enjoyed, painting must be integrated in real life and must interact with it still being something alive. Then the emotional harmony that is established between the painter and his audience will be more spontaneous and less influenced by cultural interferences, which often have a negative impact.
My painting.One could think it is that a painter talks about his own art, not a critic, as happens most of the times.
If I do it, my dear friends, there is a reason behind it. It is that I know myself completely. I know my intimate motivation and my sources of inspiration. Please, forgive me if I sound narcissistic for this is not the intention.
My paintings are always positive, conceptual, and a representation of a constant dream. I do not represent reality, I interpret my world, a world that I aspire to, where every element harmonically interact with the other in a context that is never static, but in a steady evolution.
The humanoid subjects, the animal-like ones, and the backgrounds where they live show the never ending physical and behavioural dynamics. Although having a definite personality, each of these subjects on the canvass are still consciously part of a same living organism, which is the supreme goal of their existence. A corporeal organism, sometimes ethereal and even spiritual, an organism called LIFE, a marvellous anomaly of this universe, otherwise cold, schematic and aseptic. The main source of inspiration for me is life in its everlasting evolution, and its elements such as water. For me, water is to be considered as amniotic liquid, a source of life dating back to the creation of the world. Everything originates from it, and everything would die without it. The fishes, often portrayed in my works, are not just part of the painting, they are our ancestors, our friends, and our companions in the journey of life.
The humanoid subjects are never complete. They are always influenced by animal features, in a constant development of their bodies. They tell us how life as a whole is never static or inalterable, but it changes and develops all the time, following rules that only seem chaotic, but are not. Everything has a reason to be, and each change is aimed at adapting the living organisms to the ever-changing environment, improving every part of their bodies, and at positively perfect the psychological aspect.
I believe life, although cruel, is always a source of happiness. It is an unrepeatable chance that should not be wasted.
In all of my paintings you can see some idyllic worlds, like dreams of peace and equilibrium we have to aim at, universes to be created and reached. In particular the ability of flying has to be regarded as corporeal exaltation, physical rarefaction that frees the soul from any material limitation.
In my works colour is very important. My vision of the present is colourful. I sometimes use bright colours and sometimes light as a proof of my optimism and faith in the possible improvement of every single thing as well as my faith in the positivism of the human soul. The interaction of colours in my works has a vibrant effect on myself, like music. As it happens with music, who observes the painting will react instinctively, not framed in a specific context. Lines are pure and clear, no graphical hesitations are on my canvasses. This is in line with my need for intellectual clarity and a rational thinking based on respect of priorities and the logical relationship between cause and effect. Therefore, chaos, uncertainty and mistrust in the future do not represent myself at all, even though I am well aware of the difficulties and obstacles to overcome and the recurrence of historical patterns. In my opinion, what is important is to always be aiming at an improvement, both spiritual and practical. All of my works have been painted using English synthetic enamels, thin brushes number one or two, and of course all is made by my own hands.
I usually display them in the most prominent Italian hotels, such as the Cipriani and Europa e Regina hotels in Venice, the Excelsior and Relais Certosa hotels in Florence, the Due Torri Baglioni and Leon D’Oro otels in Verona, the Grand Hotel in Trento, the Continental hotel in Siena and the Tower Hotel in Bologna. I tend to display my works in these places because I am convinced that if people enjoy art outside its typical environment, they will communicate with the painter in a much freer and instinctive way, without any sort of intellectual hindrance.
Painting for me is a visual communication. It is an international language without the need of any third parties, and therefore when communication starts, then an intimate dialogue is born. It is a blending of souls.
“Mirror of our existence and of a dreamlike world”
How can one talk about himself and about his artistic inspiration? How can one tell many people, often so different, his own motivation and personal aspirations while being truly sincere and on the same wavelength?
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