2018 ® GR gallery

Ennio Finzi (Venice, 1931)


after attending courses for a brief period at the Institute of Art in Venice, he became attracted to the cubist structural disarrangement, which allowed him to transcend the representation of given reality. After the 1948 Biennale, the Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts in Venice reopened, offering Finzi the chance to dedicate himself to the study of masters of avant-garde movements in history. The discovery of dodecaphonic music led Finzi to seize the principle of “dissonance”. The “coloursound” relationship, a colour that Finzi loved to “listen to” more than “to see” in its most intimate resonance, allowed him to express himself freely under different rules. At the end of the 1950s, the turbulence and expressive urgency of Finzi’s work became calm and expressed a more reflective dimension. It was the path of superseding painting itself and moving closer to gestalt theories on the phenomenology of perception. Until 1978 the principles of optical art informed his research on optical effects, due to the phenomenon of the retinal conservation of images. After a short crisis, painting became dominant again, with colour and non-colour, light and shade, successively alternating and competing on the surface of the work. Black was used as the light of the dark, of emptiness, of silence, and led him to probe the most secret resonance of non-existence in the invisibility itself, In the continuing dialectics that distinguishes the principle of his research. This incessant questioning of working style makes him foreign to any preconceived stylistic form and gives him the professional label of “non-style”: through the experience of experience, Finzi continually follows the dream of surprise in painting, with a stress on constant regeneration and catharsis. In more recent years he retakes connotations that are rooted in painting and colour, but these connotations are no longer inhibited by ideologically closed regimes; the artist retakes with an abandon that is completely open and available to the totality of feeling.

In the space of emptiness, the absence of music is precisely the sonority that lives in the space…

Giovanni Granzotto
2018 ® GR gallery