Franco Monari


b. 1981, Italy

info@francomonari.com 


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Franco Monari was born in Italy in 1981 where he currently lives and works.

Born to a Polish mother and an Italian father, he spent long periods of childhood and adolescence in the communist period of Poland, establishing a strong emotional bond with the city of Wrocław. He began to take an interest in art during his compulsory school years, first painting, then photographing. The years spent in a gray and poor Poland, subjected to Soviet influence, and the readings undertaken during the adolescent years, certainly influenced the development in Monari of a nostalgic and decadent sensibility, an attraction for concrete and ruins , a predilection towards the "ugly" rather than the "beautiful".

In his work Monari treats questions concerning time passing and memory, and he combines photography, painting and objects, creating a work intensely personal and biographical. He has published in 2008 “Memore”, his first photography book. 

Finalist in several competitions (Terna Prize 03, Yicca 2014) in 2016 he is one of the winners of Confini_14, in 2017 he won the Nocivelli Prize and in 2018 he is finalist in the Premio Fabbri. His works have been exhibited in several galleries in Italy and abroad, among which: Agorà Gallery (New York, 2010), Polifemo Fotografia (Milano, 2016), Officine Fotografiche Roma (2017), Spazio Contemporanea (Brescia, 2018) and Paratissima15 (Turin, 2019)


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awards

2018   Finalist “Premio Fabbri”
2017   Nominee Award “Photogrvphy Award”
2017   Absolute Winner and First Place Photography Prize “Premio Nocivelli”
2017   Finalist “stART/Call For Art” open call
2017   Finalist “Streamers” open call
2016   Winner “Confini14”
2016   Shortlisted “Premio Celeste”
2015   Finalist “DESERTING REALITY” open call
2015   Finalist “PREMIO CASCELLA” (Photography Cat.)
2014   Finalist “YICCA 2014”
2014   Shortlisted “PREMIO CELESTE” (Digital Photography Category)
2013   Finalist “THE SEA IS MY LAND (Artists from Mediterraneam)” Photography Prize
2011   Shortlisted “PREMIO CELESTE” (Digital Photography Cat.)
2010   Finalist “Premio Terna 03”
2010   3rd place Photography Prize “IL VENTRE DELLA VILLA”
2010   Selected in the “CHELSEA FINE ART COMPETITION”
2009   Selected for “Jpeggy Telecom Italia”
2009   First Place Award “Tapirulan” 


solo exhibitions (selected)

2020  

Detriti / E le città saranno ripopolate e le rovine riscostruite, curated by Spela Zidar, SACI Studio Arts College International, Firenze / Italy   [due to coronavirus the exhibition has been cancelled]


2018  

Il cielo non importa, curated by Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz, Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia / Italy (catalogue)

Amor loci, curated by Cristina Muccioli, Galleria ArteSì, Modena / Italy



group exhibitions (selected)

2020  

Per quanto tempo è per sempre, curated by Leonardo Moretti and Spela Zidar, Officina Giovani - Celle Frigorifero, Prato / Italy


2019  

Ars Gratia Artis, Galleria ArteSì, Modena / Italy

Collateral Beauty, Paratissima 15 Art Fair - N.I.C.E, Ex Accademia Artiglieria, Torino / Italy (catalogue)

Photographie Contemporaine Italienneet Bien Plus Encore, Voies Off: Arles, curated by di Luciano Corvaglia, (temporary) Tevere Art Gallery, Arles / France

Il mostro #12, curated by Luciano Corvaglia, Tevere Art Gallery, Roma / Italy (catalogue)


2018  

Premio Francesco Fabbri - Mostra finalisti, curated by Carlo Sala, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo / Italy (catalogue)

Poetiche a confronto: vincitori 2017 Premio Nocivelli, Palazzo Martinengo, Brescia / Italy (catalogue)

Decennale Premio Nocivelli, Spazio Mo.Ca, Brescia / Italy


2017  

Premio Nocivelli - Opere vincitrici, Accademia di Belle Arti “Santa Giulia”, Brescia / Italy

Confini_14, Galleria Sikanie, Catania / Italy

Premio Nocivelli - Esposizione finalisti, Chiesa della Disciplina, Verolanuova / Italy (catalogue)

In/Arte - Obiettivo fotografia, Villa Genesio, San Polo d'Enza / Italy

Confini_14, Galleria L’Impronta, Cosenza / Italy

Topoi, L’Appartamento, Firenze / Italy

The Image of the Savage, LoosenArt - Millepiani, Roma / Italy

Streamers, curated by Irene Alison, Officine Fotografiche, Roma / Italy (catalogue)

Confini_14, Circolo Fincantieri-Wärtsilä, Sala Mostre Fenice, Trieste / Italy

Confini_14, Galleria VisionQuest, Genova / Italy

Confini_14, Galleria Tibaldi Arte Contemporanea, Roma / Italy


2016  

Confini_14, Polifemo Fotografia - La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano / Italy


2015  

Deserting Reality, Ex Bazzi, Polo dell’Arte di Ventura, Milano / Italy


2014  

Yicca 2014, LIL Lugano Innovation Lab, Botti Buildings, Lugano / Switzerland

Artshot, Centro Culturale Sant’Agostino, Crema / Italy


2010  

Turin Photo Festival, ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Torino / Italy

25th Chelsea Int. Fine Art Competition Exhibition, Agorà Gallery, New York / USA



Publications



monographs

2018   “Il cielo non importa”, Franco Monari, Silvana Editoriale (isbn 978-88-943813-0-6)
2008   “Memore”, Franco Monari, Mucchi Editore (isbn 978-88-7000-500-4)


books and catalogues (selected)

●  “Il Mostro #12”, exhibition catalogue, pp.55-55 (2019)
●  “Premio Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee 2018”, exhibition catalogue, p.41 (Zel Edizioni, 2018)
●  “Premio Nocivelli: dieci anni del concorso per la promozione dell’arte contemporanea in Italia”, exhibition catalogue (2018)
●  “Premio Nocivelli 2017”, contest and exhibition catalogue (2017)
●  “Streamers”, exhibition broadsheet catalogue (2017)
●  “Premio Cascella 2015 - La Cura (fotografia)”, exhibition catalogue (2015)
●  “Yicca 2014”, exhibition catalogue, pp. 12-13 (2014)
●  “Environmental Protection and Mountains”, P.Quillacq and M.Onida, cover (Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, 2011)
●  “Le stanze del sale”, Patrizia Dughero, cover + pp.7,10,28,52,69 (Le voci della luna, 2010)
●  “Premio Terna 03 | Visione: origine e potere / Energia attraverso le generazioni”, pp. 146-147 (Silvana Editoriale, 2010)
●  “Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition” catalogue, p.13 (Agora Gallery, 2010)
●  “Bunker”, Aa.Vv., p.66 (ed. Tapirulan, 2009)
●  “Foto_01” catalogue, pp. 10-11 (ed. Tapirulan, 2009)
●  “Il tempo scorre nella fabbrica ritrovata”, G.Oliva, E.Pignotti (XY Editore, 2009)
●  “La villa e il giardino dei Sorra”, P.Bergonzini, S.Cavicchioli, A.Di Paolo, p.42 (2008)


web, magazines and blogs (selected)

●  “Franco Monari”, Blur Magazine (issue 61 - June/July 2018)
●  “Magnitudo”, Phases Magazine (week 21- 2018)
●  Group exhibition on F-Stop Magazine - Issue N°88 (April-May 2018)
●  “The sky doesn't matter / Il cielo non importa”,Latent Image Magazine - Issue N°12 (November 2017)
●  “Guest Room: Images Vevey”, Der Greif (October 2017)
●  “Il cielo non importa: Franco Monari osserva il paesaggio terremotato”, Artwort (September 2017)
●  “Guest Room: Hester Keijser”, Der Greif (July 2017)
●  “Franco Monari”, Float Magazine (February 2017)
●  “E poi verrà la nebbia / And then will come the fog”, Latent Image Magazine - Issue N°8 (May 2016)
●  “Série « And Then Will Come The Fog » De Franco Monari”, Plateform Magazine - Issue N°88 (May 2016)
●  “Franco Monari”, New Landscape Photography (24-03-2016)
●  “E poi verrà la nebbia”, ArtAbout (19-02-2016)
●  “And then will come the fog”, Posi+Tive Magazine (10-02-2016)
●  Group exhibition on F-Stop Magazine - Issue N°72 (August-September 2015)
●  Urbanautica Open Call: Sport (February 2013)
●  “Franco Monari - Hardcore vending machines”, CFYE (13-12-2011)
●  “New Prehistories / Nuove Preistorie”, Audis (November 2011)
●  “Franco Monari”, Troppo Tardi (31-10-2010)
●  “7am | Franco Monari”, FrizziFrizzi (29-10-2010)
●  “Franco Monari”, The Velvet Cell - Issue N°5 (October 2010)
●  “Vis-à-vis #19: Franco Monari”, Art-Rehab (12-01-2010)
●  “Franco Monari”, (Not) Common People (09-01-2010)
●  “Franco Monari - Memorabilia: Industrial”, Slightly Lucid (07-01-2010)
●  “Intervista con... Franco Monari”, Posi+Tive Magazine Italy (05-01-2010)
●  “Interview Franco Monari”, Ilovethatphoto Magazine (01-12-2009)



download detailed CV  (updated September 2020)