The Carlo Gajani Foundation is tasked with making available the artist’s paintings and photographic collections through exhibitions and the establishment of an archive. It also assists young artists in various ways, especially those working in the field of photography.
Biography Carlo Gajani was born in 1929 in Bazzano, on the outskirts of Bologna. He studied piano at the Bologna Conservatoire, while also pursuing classical studies. He subsequently enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bologna and practiced medicine for 15 years. In 1964 he was invited to show at the Venice Biennale; and again in 1972. That year he began teaching Artistic Anatomy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino, and then in Bologna, where he taught until his retirement in 1999.
He was one of the first artists in Italy to confront the problem of the relationship between portraiture and photography. From the 1980's onward he dropped painting in favor of photography, in portraiture, landscape and nude. He worked on the urban landscapes of North America. In Italy, he "explored" the Po valley in a patient, loving search for a world no longer in existence save in phantasy. In his own studio and at the Academy he pursued a twenty-year work of the “nude”, and the intriguing relationship between photographer and model.
Travel Gajani traveled to China, Australia and America returning with images and stories.
Books published include:
Il chiodo in testa La Nuova Foglio Editrice Macerata 1974
Ritratto, identità, maschera La Nuova Foglio Editrice Macerata 1976
La bottega dei mimi La Nuova Foglio Editrice Macerata 1977
Il posto delle fragole ZeLEdizioni Treviso 2013
Personal and Collectives Exhibitions between 1959 and 2015 there have been over 35 personal exhibits of Gajani’s works in Bologna, Florence, Naples, Milan, Rome, Paris and New York. A nearly equal number of collective exhibitions have also taken place in Europe and North America between 1962 and 1996.
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