Paolo Canetti

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About Paolo Canetti

Canetti's first solo exhibition was held at the Isola Gallery Milan, 1967. These works were a departure from those of a youthful impressionistic period when Paolo had worked with other young Milanese artists, known as the Group of Ten. The next few years marked an interesting period of research and a foray into analytical cubism inspired by contacts with the Japanese painter and sculptor, Azuma. An exhibition of these works was held at the Gallery Cannocchiale.

From 1968 profound social changes began to take place throughout Italy. Canetti, always an attentive observer, pictorially recording these events in his work. Paintings from this period portray the increasing industrialisation of the workplace and countryside. They feature machines, factories and workers, often capturing a sense of conflict. After 1970 Canetti began to travel and exhibit throughout Italy. He chose to spend much of his time in the South studying agriculture and peasant life which gradually featured more strongly in his work. These earlier paintings, sometimes in watercolour, can be seen as a forerunner of the distinctive style that developed over the next thirty years.

His paintings from the the mid 1980s are of fishermen, flower gatherers, shopkeepers in Tuscan and Southern Italian landscapes. While his subject matter is of the ordinary Canetti's solid, monumental figures are often portrayed against a cubist backdrop. The palette also, is unique. Canetti's mastery sees his finished works resonating with bright uplifting colour, toned to create a softer, chalky effect. For over 20 years, Paolo Canetti has been represented exclusively in the Southern hemisphere by International Art Centre.