Riccardo Gusmaroli

Riccardo Gusmaroli was born in Verona in 1963.

The artist’s conceptual research focuses on man’s impulse to explore new territories, ideally represented as a wandering spiral in the meanders of the imagination, through the little paper boats that become the metaphors, multiplied indefinitely, of the yearning to cross over the two-dimensionality of the canvas, in a new dimension plastic and multifaceted. His artistic career was influenced by his experience as a still-life photographer within Studio Azzurro, which led him to found, in 1984, Studio Acqua, evident in his vocation in building compositions of everyday objects such as stamps, scores and dice for games and in the lively inventiveness with which the photographic image is covered with calligraphic colored signs that, later, will turn into paths on maps, on flowers, or cover the entire surface of the canvas. Between the 90s and the 2000s his artistic language was also consolidating: so the red, white and black monochromes appear, with the dance of the little boats on imaginary routes, spirals of tablets that draw persuasive arabesques, the selections of stamps covered by its amanuensis trait, the airplanes, the naval battles, castles built with playing cards, canvases with outwardly flared holes, similar to volcanic morphologies, miniaturistically perforated eggs like lace and nautical charts rippled by tiny chessboards with star-shaped origami shapes. The 2000s marked the beginning of a fertile exhibition season in art galleries in Turin, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Lugano, Paris, Montecarlo, Hamburg, Tel Aviv and Providence, as well as in public spaces such as Villa Sartirana in Giussago (Mb), the Trevi Flesh Art Museum in Arezzo, the Foro Italico and the Museo del Vittoriano in Rome, the GAM in Turin and the Museo Civico d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Arezzo. In 2007 he exhibited at the National Museum Liu Hai Su Art Centre in Shanghai, on the occasion of the Masters of Brera exhibition. In 2010 the Colossi Arte Contemporanea gallery dedicated his personal exhibition to him: 3 oceans, 7 seas, 149,000 km² of land. In 2015 he exhibited at the palace of the Lombardia region and his solo show at the Glauco Cavaciuti gallery parallel frequencies. In 2016 he exhibited at the UNIX Gallery and at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York on the occasion of the Rigorismo exhibition, alongside Bonalumi, Simeti, Dadamaino and Pinelli.

In 2018 he took part in the BAU project presented at the Triennale in Milan and a few weeks later at the Triennale with the soft revolution exhibition Portofranco. In May 2019 he exhibited together with Adrian Paci, Elisabeth Aro, Alfredo Rapetti Mogol and others in the group show BienNolo, the “Biennale” conceived by Carlo Vanoni in Milan.