Investigating the relationship between time and memory, Alessandro Tofanelli creates metaphysical landscape in the form of traditional oil painting. Combining memories of forgotten places in Tuscany and his poetic imagination, Tofanelli uses fine brush strokes to create his intricate landscapes and waterscapes that combine both architecture and nature.
The act of painting by Alessandro Tofanelli is the age-old mastery of technique; all these factors together commune with a modern interpretation which is born of today, of the instantaneousness of a forgotten memory, isolated, silent, free. It is precisely silence, be cause his paintings are not merely to be seen but also to be listened: a silence of what is immobile, slowly built up by colour, of what is so loved as to be unapproachable, sacred, not of this world. His poetic imagination find its place, drawn into a rigorous balance of form and at the same time imaginative. His paintings are "landscape portraits" not portraits in the literal sense, but images characterised by an infinite number of physiognomic variations, by theatrical lighting specific for that artificial scene, conducted by a skilful director and the result of a unique intellectual operation. Portraits of non-existent landscape, fruit of stratification of images dear to the artist, images composed of memories, elaborated again by the art of memory. Tofanelli is a romantic who takes his time. His brush strokes accentuate each blade of grass, each branch of a tree, each flower in a meadow in way that is a soft and mottled. It is as if he caressing the nature he loves with complete tenderness. This quality is revealed in a multitude of ways, where he sees beauty in the simple, elegance of nature. His paintings inspire a feeling of tranquillity and us can only observe, with discretion, the details and "listen to" that spontaneous and slowly uncontainable creative force which characterizes each detail of the his paintings.
Alessandro Tofanelli was born in Viareggio in 1959. In 1977 he graduated from the Arts’ Institute in Lucca. In the same year he moved to Milan, where he attended the Brera Art Academy. Whilst he was in Milan Tofanelli collaborated as an illustrator for several magazins published by Rizzoli and Mondadori. In 1975 he won First Prize for his work about “La Resistenza”, which is exhibited at the Modern Art Gallery in Lucca, and Firts Prize in the International competition “Ina Touring” in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. In 1984 Tofanelli went on to win the much coveted “Giotto d’Oro” prize and in 1987 he won the “Best painter Under 35 Years of Age” prize. From 1977 to the present, Tofanelli’s paintings are in a number of prestigious public and private collections in Italy and abroad. Alessandro Tofanelli has always combined his painting with his work as a professional photographer, a videodocumentarist and a film maker. When asked about his painting, Tofanelli states that he wants to investigate the relationship between time and memory, and to properly do this he has chosen landscape, his favourite subject. Landscape, to him, is a previleged point of observation to contemplate the flow of time as well as to place memories of forgotten places and people whom he whishes to remember.
He has had many personal exhibitions in public spaces, foundations and museums in Italy in almost all the territory and abroad as: Mito Japan, Hong Kong, St. Petersburg and Moscow Russia, Munich Germany, Spring Lake New Jersey Usa, Singapore, New York USA, Londra UK, San Francisco California USA, Albemarle Carolina del Nord USA, Instabul Turkey, Sidney Australia, Strasbourg France, Barcellona Spagna,. Many art critics have written texts on his work, including: L. Alberti, Maria Teresa Leoni Zanobini, E. Aretini, Natale Emilio Baldaccini, Alessandro Romanini, Omero Biagioni, Gilberto Finzi, Giovanni Faccenda, Osvaldo Patani, Tommaso Paloscia, Umberto Baldini, Furio Colombo, Roberto Monti, B. Zancan, Valerio Grimaldi, Fortunato Bellonzi, Giuseppe Mascherpa, Pier Carlo Santini, Maia Teresa Filieri, R. Tabozzi, Mario Mazzocchi, Alessandra Bonomini, Silvano Ambrogi, B. Bancari, Simona Foà, Antonio Tabucchi, Nicola Micieli, Maria Teresa Filieri, Giorgia Calò, Giovanni Pieraccini, Alessandro Romanini, A. Mitrangelo, Francesca Centurione Scotto Boschieri, Antonella Serafini, N. Cobolli Gigli, Enzo Dall’Ara, Dino Carlesi, T. Conti, Mario Rocchi, Francesco Mozzetti, R. Del Beccaro, Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, David Himmelberger, S.I. Bartoli, A. Dragone, Paolo Levi, B. Modugno, Elena Ginannesca, Leo Strozzieri, John Ray Taylor, Pier Carlo Santini.