Fabrizio Corneli

Born in 1958 - Italy


Born in Tuscany in 1958, he lives and works in Florence. In 1979, he has his first show at the Palace of Exhibitions in Rome, presenting light artworks. He is fascinated by the themes of light and shadow, which become the favorite media of his research.

In the lineage of the Tuscan scientific and artistic tradition, Corneli combines art and science, technology and beauty, abstract reasoning and images. In full daylight, Fabrizio Corneli’s images are barely visible. They are ghostlike apparitions, and appear in the candlelight (or halogen light), in the dark. Fabrizio Corneli cuts sheets of paper (or copper boxes, or egg shells etc. or any other media, because he experiments constantly) on which he directs the light beams. A world of surprising images awakens little by little on the wall, displaying masterpieces of Greek sculpture or of the Italian Renaissance, or at times a fantastic universe of elves and centaurs, dragons and owls, or effigies of young dreamers, silhouettes of exotic travellers.

In order to give life to this enchanting universe, Fabrizio Corneli had to achieve a complete mastery of the optical and physical laws and of all the concepts related to anamorphosis, to projections of shadows and to the refraction of light. In daylight, the spectator cannot imagine what the projections of these abstract silhouettes will look like in the dark. Moreover, the artist himself, when he cut his weird shapes, works "blindly" so to say, because he does not know exactly what the result will be. It all depends on his experience, on his technique and on randomness. His works have been acquired by numerous institutions and important museums in Italy and abroad.

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“foreshadow“, Artiscope, Bruxelles, (BELGIUM)

“Piazza dei Miracoli“, C2 – Contemporanea 2, Firenze, (ITALY)
“JETZT Archäologische Schatten“, Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt, Frankfurt, (GERMANY)
“Rayon d’Ombre“, Espace d’Art Contemporain André Malraux, Colmar, (FRANCE)

Galleria Houses of Art, Marbella, (SPAIN)
Participation à la 54e Biennale de Venise, Installation solaire “Augenblick”, Targetti, en collaboration avec le Centro per l'Arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, (ITALY)

“Installationen/Installations“, Galerie an der Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, (GERMANY)
“Luce e oltre…“, Galleria Mya Lurgo, Lugano, (ITALY)

“Per api e farfalle“, Spazio Velan, Torino, (ITALY)

“L’enigmistica della visione“, Gallerie G7, Bologna, (ITALY)
Galerie Mssohkan, Kobe, (JAPAN)
Galerie Von Bartha, S-chanf, (SWITZERLAND)

Italian Pavilion, Exposition Aichi, Nagoya, (JAPAN)

Galleria Studio Trisorio, Napoli, (ITALY)
Lanterna magica, Elec 2002, Parc d’Exposition, Paris (FRANCE)

“Dreamers across Japan“, Contemporary Art Institute, Sapporo (JAPAN)
Bagliori a Kobe, Shushinkan Head Quarters, Kobe, (JAPAN)
“Vedo e non vedo“, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (JAPAN)

“fLight“, Gallery Hotel Art, Florence, (ITALY)
“Twinlights“, Circo Massimo, Roma, (ITALY)
Ex-Convento Sta. Maria, Gonzaga (Mantova)
Galerie Mssohkan, Kobe, (JAPAN)

“Zefir o la coda dell’occhio“, Galerie Studio G7, Bologna, (ITALY)

Galerie Camera Oscura, S. Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, (ITALY)

“Augenblick“, Parkplaz Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne, (GERMANY)

Galerie Artstaff, Florence, (ITALY)
Palazzo Visconti, Milan, (ITALY)
“Cosmo domestico“, Kunstverein Grafschaft Benthelm, Neuenhaus , (GERMANY)

Galerie Studio G7, Bologne, (ITALY)

Galerie CC, Graz, (AUSTRIA)
Instituto agronomico per l’Oltremare, Florence, (ITALY)

Galerie Studio G7, Bologna, (ITALY)
“Controcanto“, Studio Barnabó, Venise, (ITALY)

Galerie Jade, Colmar & FIAC, Paris, (FRANCE)


“Cadavre exquis“, suite Méditerranéenne, Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, (FRANCE)

“All'ombra del Bianco“, Galleria Edieuropa, Roma, (ITALY)

“5 x 25. 25 anni con la nuova Pesa“, anniversario d’arte e di amicizia, galleria la nuova Pesa , Roma, (ITALY)
“LUMINA light festival“, Sintra, Lisbona, (PORTUGAL)

Biennal für Lichtkunst – Light Art Biennale, Artpark Linz, (AUSTRIA)
“Primavere del Bianco“, Museum of Art , Séoul, (COREA)
“La scultura italiana del XXI secolo“, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, (ITALY)

“Flower Power“, Centro di ricerca arte attuale Villa Giulia, Verbania, (ITALY)
“Primavere del bianco“, Art and Cultural Center, Bangkok, (THAILAND)
“Tom Wesselmann and Fabrizio Corneli“, House of Art, Marbella, (SPAIN)

“L'usage de la parole“, Galerie Artiscope, Bruxelles, (BELGIUM)
“Primavere del bianco“, Lalit Kala Academy, New Dehli et Rabindranath Tagore Center, Calcutta, (INDIA)
“Italian Genius Now,“, institut Italien de Culture Tokyo, Travencore House, New Delhi (INDIA) et MACRO, Rome, (ITALY)

“Light and Shadow“, Galerie Von Bartha, Kunstmesse Bâle, (SWITZERLAND)
“Lights On“, Artiscope, Bruxelles, (BELGIUM)

“Regards“, Artiscope, Bruxelles, (BELGIUM)
“Mehr Licht : Targhetti Light Art Collection im MAK“, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienne, (AUSTRIA)
“Accellerato Torino Napoli“, Artiscope, Bruxelles, (BELGIUM)

“Historia y naturaleza“, Collecciòn Gori, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzàles, Valencia, (SPAIN)
“Targhetti Light Art Collection“, CAM, Chelsea Art Museum, New-York, (USA)

“Composto instabile“, Gallerie Studio G7, Bologna, (ITALY)
“Continuità“, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, (ITALY)
“Nel segno della luce“, Museo Stauros d'Arte Sacra Contemporanea, Teramo, (ITALY)
“The Art of Light Collection“,Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, (POLAND)

“Targhetti Art light Collection“, Maerzgalerie, Leipzig, (GERMANY)

“Dal Futurismo al laser, l’avventura della materia“, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, (SPAIN) - Kunstforum, Berlin, (GERMANY)

Biennale d’art contemporain, Sélestat, (FRANCE)

“Targetti-Art“, Cripta di S. Croce, Florence – Fondazione Mudima, Milan, (ITALY)

Arte italiana. Materiali anomali, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, (ITALY)
Cinq ans d’acquisitions, FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, (FRANCE)
Trilogia 7, Rocca Paolina, Perugia, (ITALY)
“Oscar“, Galerie La Nuova Pesa, Rome, (ITALY)

XII Quadriennale, Roma, (ITALY)

Ecco il mondo, Carcerieri del Sant’Uffizio, Spoleto

“Cadencias, Figuras del arte italiano de los anos 90“, Museo de arte contemporaneo, Caracas, (VENEZUELA)

“Estecne“, Palua Escala, Valencia, (SPAIN)

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