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Daniele Cestari

Daniele Cestari was born in 1983 in Ferrara. In 2009 he graduated in Architecture and then he devoted to painting. His artistic path is deeply tied to his university studies, which he fulfilled with a thesis upon urban planning. Within this context he developed his inclination towards the physical aspect of metropolis and urban landscapes by studying painting and photography. He realized solo shows in Italy and abroad (Boston, London, Amsterdam, Mykonos, Sophia). In 2011 he was invited to the Emilia Romagna Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial, and in 2014 he was asked to take part into the exhibition "Ritratti di Città – Urban Sceneries"curated by Flaminio Gualdoni at Villa Olmo in Como. Daniele Cestari lives and works in Ferrara.

Solo-exhibitions (selection):

2015
Materico – Cestari, Previtali, Suñol, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
Paesaggi della Memoria, LM Gallery, Latina (IT)
Zucchero e Catrame, Nuovospazio Artecontemporanea, Portoferraio, Isola d'Elba (IT)
Viaggio di Ritorno, Museo MAGI 900, Pieve di Cento (IT)

2014
Zucchero e Catrame, Nuovospazio Artecontemporanea, Piacenza (IT)
Cityscape, spazio Purgatorio, a cura di Orizzonti Artecontemporanea, Ostuni (IT)

2013
Naufrago Urbano, Barbara Frigerio Gallery, Milano (IT)
Inside/Out, Cassero Senese, Grosseto (IT)

2012
Sentimentale. Perpetuo. Presente., Idearte Gallery, Ferrara (IT)
Movimento Assente, Zenone Contemporanea, Reggio Emilia (IT)
Tessuto Urbano, Shine Artists, Londra (GB)

2011
In The Still Of The City, Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art, Milano (IT)
Non Volute Tracce, Grotte del Boldini, Ferrara (IT)
Danielecestari, Galleria Il Carbone, Ferrara (IT)

2010
Winter Show, Smelik & Stokking Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Città di Anime, Zenone Contemporanea, Reggio Emilia (IT)

2008
A Town Experience, Rocca di Cento, Ferrara (IT)

2007
Note Di Città, Casa operaia, Bondeno, Ferrara (IT)

2006
Periferie, Torre Estense, Camposanto, Modena (IT)


Group-exhibitions (selection):

2016
<20 15x15/20x20 Collezione PUNTO SULL'ARTE 2016, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
ArteGenova, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Genova (IT)

2015
BAF, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Bergamo (IT)

2014
Rumore d'Inverno, Daniele Cestari, Ilaria Morganti, Esther Nienhuis, Gachi Prieto Gallery, ELSI DEL RIO Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires (RA)
Asylum, Cestari, Babini, Bendandi, Pagnani, Righi, a cura di D. Nedkova, Galleria ALMA MATER, Sofia (BG)
Summer Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos (GR)

2013
Landscapes, Art Moorhouse, con Alberto Zamboni, Londra (GB)

2012
IS MICHELANGELO DEAD?, omaggio a Michelangelo Antonioni, Villa Dante Bighi, Copparo – Ferrara (IT)

2011
Under40, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna (IT)

2010
Omaggio A Galileo, Casa dell'Ariosto, Stellata di Bondeno (IT)
Italian Show, Albemarle gallery, Londra (GB)


Alessandra Redaelli

Daniele Cestari. The remaining of the voyage.

Daniele Cestari is a painter, an architect and a photographer, as well as an inquiring traveller. "Journey is not the itinerary from one place to another", he says, "but a possible way of living, a movement which self sustains through the desire of knowing. My painting is just a collection of the signals gathered during my daily trip". The focus must be placed upon the term daily. Since Cestari is not a dreamer looking for exotic landscapes. His Grand Tour is not a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience during which notes, sketches and memories are compulsively stored, but rather a constant walk. Sometimes it requires a travel, but most times it is almost unperceivable. It is like looking outside a window and seize, within a familiar view, such a unique light to decide to secure it forever. His education as an architect – with a degree in urban planning – is one of the key elements to understand why he is so charmed by the city. Although his snowy and bare landscapes contain sublime characteristics, he feels more at ease when he approaches the metropolis. He creates archetype cities, whose identity plays a secondary role. That wide street, fixed within a particular view through a lowered point of view, together with the floor – the tarmac – which fills half of the canvas, and the buildings which spread like theatre wings within an endless perspective, could be in New York, as well as in Milan or Barcelona. Sometimes the title helps us with the identification, but most times it is just an emotional or bare note. Since the location is not important, we can focus upon our feelings, the urban swarm, the background buzz which never stops, not even at night, even though we are by now used to it (like those who live around the Niagara Falls, who do not hear anymore the racket of the pounding), as well as the acrid smell of the poisoning plumbing which represents home scent for the inhabitants of a metropolis. This is Cestari's city: an amazing game of formal balances, played upon a limited palette centred upon greys, blacks and browns, telling their story through fast brushstrokes, as if they had to seize something which would otherwise vanish. Spots, pouring, scratches, shadows, sudden coloured stripes apparently incongruous but still essential, scan these charming canvas, constantly balancing between intellect and pure emotion.

Selected works