Marica Fasoli (Bussolengo (VR) 1977 - )


Marica Fasoli was born in Bussolengo (Verona) in 1977. After obtaining the diploma of Master of Art at the Verona State Art School in 1995, sect. Accademia, in 1997 specializes in Conservation and Maintenance of artistic artifacts on wood and canvas with honors at the Santa Paola institutes of Mantua.
In 2006 he specialized in Artistic Anatomy at the "Cignaroli" Academy in Verona where, from the 2016/2017 academic year, he was a lecturer in the free course of hyper-realistic painting.
In the first few years after graduation, he matured a considerable experience in the restoration of ancient paintings, leading her to further refine her painting technique: among the main paintings of the school of Titian, paintings by Jacopo Bassano and Cignaroli, as well as school frescoes Giottesca damaged by the earthquake in the Basilica of Santa Chiara in Assisi.
Since 2002 he gradually abandoned the activity of restorer, devoting himself more and more to the main passion, painting, and measuring himself above all with reproductions of the masterpieces of the past, also obtaining numerous certificates of esteem and recognition in the local press.
Since 2006 he has embarked on an autonomous path that leads him to concentrate his expressiveness and artistic research in the hyper-realistic figurative context.
Since 2016, his inexperienced experimentation has led her to detach herself from a figurative and didactic representation of reality to focus her research on a process of creation / destruction focused on the manual construction, in many cases decidedly complex and laborious, of origami, they which, after being made, are "deconstructed".

The original and elaborate architecture, made up of a complex and laborious manual construction of folds, which characterizes origami is deconstructed by Marica Fasoli: the artist, after having made them, unfolds the paper on a two-dimensional surface, underlining with touches of painting the intricate lattice of lines and angles, the morphology of the texture of lights and shadows, defined by the chiaroscuro reflections of the reliefs, created by the folds of this oriental practice of delicate refinement.
Or reproduces the plastic and three-dimensional consistency of the origami in its shape in the texture of signs, structural and compositional lines that the bending has left imprinted on the now relaxed paper, painting them in oil on canvas, with a calligraphic and descriptive technical virtuosity in the rendering of phenomenal reality that derives from its specialization in Artistic Anatomy and from the experience in the restoration of ancient paintings, among which the frescoes of the Giotto school damaged by the earthquake in the Basilica of Santa Chiara in Assisi.
Origami is a metaphor, in Japanese culture, of the perennial regeneration of the life cycle in nature, as well as of the process of artistic creation, as well as being considered a benevolent practice, source of prosperity and joy.
Overcoming the purely formal and aesthetic aspect of the didactic reproduction of reality, of the hyperrealistic mimesis that characterized his early works, as a natural evolution of his pictorial experience in conservation and restoration, the artist's works are loaded with profound suggestions, unveiling, in the realistic representation of the linear plot produced by the folds on the paper, also the existential implications of his soul, his inner construction that is substantiated in an accidental geometry, dictated by the pleats and perennially suspended between mimesis and abstraction; a geometry that, sometimes, the artist loves to liven up, surmounting it with linear
sequences of marked chromatic shades, in order to underline the optical dynamism of the surface.
The structuring of the linear segments is developed proportionally, according to the logic of the progression of numbers in the Fibonacci sequence, which progressively approaches the Fidia constant, the golden section or divine proportion, whose mathematical-geometrical properties also characterize many existing configurations in nature.
Here then the abstraction of Marica Fasoli does not proceed to the schematic reduction of reality to a synthetic composition of forms, but prefers, using mimesis as a means of pictorial rendering, to focus on a detail of reality, analyzing it analytically, almost didactically and extrapolating it from the network of relationships that it maintains with the surrounding environment.
The artist suddenly brings him to an elucidating evidence, the cloak of an "aura", clearly defining a structured composition on the infinite spatial constructions created by chance from the paper of the origami stretched or painted, pattern of extraordinary plastic volumetry, composed of intertwining lines, marked by the always different hand pressure on the pleating, thickened by the depth of the incisions, left by the energy impressed by the hand to the strength of the paper.
The paper then becomes a sort of geographic map where the traces of the folding process that has undergone transformation into origami unfold and are defined, as well as the physiognomic features of a face, the wrinkles, the thickening of the skin are evidence of the lived life from a man.
But the origami of the artist is deconstructed, unfolded, the process of his birth is rewound backwards to reveal his purest essence, his soul, as well as the infinite perpetuation of the cycle of life and death. As the artist himself says: "... paper, with its extreme fragility and complexity, represents the end of things, aimed at a continuous rebirth."

Often his origami "had" the shape of animals, to evoke the cranes folded by Sadako in Japanese legend, become a symbol of immortality ... and the headlines remind him to the viewer: Donkey, Crane, Unicorn, Dog, Lemur, Nautilus, Basset hound, Angel...
The vital process of perennial regeneration of the shape and the experience of the paper leads us to think that in his soul there is a divine spark, that which the Greeks called Psyché, grafted into a body (Soma) that, permeated by it, by the breath of life generated by a divine or supernatural entity, it turns into pneumatikon spiritual matter, that is, the paper by Marica Fasoli, evocative, in its plots, of inifinite suggestions.
The artist has always been interested in the ripples and crumplings of paper as raw material, even the fabrics of clothes that evoke the presence of a body within them (invisible people), but above all of the paper as an envelope of "other", pervaded by the energy of the content and characterized, animated by its memory.
In fact, before devoting himself to origami, the artist aimed at the realistic rendering of the wood grain, the porosity of the cardboard boxes, the surface of the packs (3D boxes) as the primary interface of an object with the world.
With origami his hyperrealism contaminated by pop ideas has finally reached its full maturation, becoming the main means of a process of conceptualization, of profound reflection on the instruments of artistic research, capable of unsuspected metamorphosis, as, indeed, the paper, from always used as a simple two-dimensional support for printing, writing or drawing.
Marica Fasoli has finally managed to open it to a more profound dimension. Text by Guendalina Belli, Ivan Quaroni and Luca Beatrice

Solo exhibitions
Aurea, curated by Ivan Quaroni, Zanini Contemporary Gallery, San Benedetto Po, Mantova (cat.)

Aurea, curated by Ivan Quaroni, Ca 'la Ghironda Modern Art Museum, Zola Predosa, Bologna (cat.)

Marica Fasoli / Andrea Giovannini, curated by Andrea Malaman, Castel San Zeno, Montagnana, Padova
Flashback !, curated by Alessandra Redaelli, Galleria Punto sull'Arte, Varese, (cat.)

2 Anime. Everything is illuminated, by Alberto D'Atanasio, AlbornoZ, Spoleto, Perugia
Essence and Presence, by Alberto D'Atanasio, Zanini Contemporary Gallery, San Benedetto Po, Mantova

2 Anime, by Alberto D'Atanasio, Museum of Santa Giulia, Brescia, (cat.)
3Dpinti - Message in a box, by Luca Beatrice, Museo Fondazione Luciana Matalon, Milan, (cat.)

Group exhibitions
Ada Zanon and the teachers of the Cignaroli Academy, Museo Miniscalchi Erizzo, Verona
Hit Parade Top Biennal Selected Paratissima 2016/17, MAUTO National Automobile Museum, Turin
GrandArt Modern & Contemporary Fine Art Fair, The Mall, Milan, Colossi Contemporary Art
Arte Fiera Padova, Colossi Contemporary Art
Cadmium Free Painting the Future, Lefranc & Bourgeois Stand, Paratissima XIII, Turin
Arte Fiera Forlì, Zanini Contemporary Gallery
ArtVerona, Colossi Contemporary Art
Artists 4 Elephant, curated by Gabriele Buratti, Toni Benetton Museum, Mogliano Veneto
ParmaArtFair, Colossi Contemporary Art Artefiera Montichiari, Colossi Contemporary Art
Poetics in comparison - Nocivelli Award 2016, curated by Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz, Palazzo Martinengo, Brescia
ExpoArte, curated by Vincenzo Scardigno, Casa Cava, Matera / Sala dei Templari, Molfetta
Summer Show, curated by Luca Cinquetti, Arena Studio d'Arte, Verona
14 in Villa Crespi at Ronchi, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni and Alessia Formaggio, Vigevano (in partnership with Sotheby's)
Artists 4 Whale, curated by Gabriele Buratti, Forte Santa Tecla, Sanremo / Galata Museo del Mare, Genoa
Binary 18 #Stayhumanart, curated by Roberta Di Chiara, Palazzo della Penna, Perugia
Art against corruption, edited by Giuseppe Frangi, Casa Testori, Novate Milanese ArtQuake CentroItalia Final Auction, SetUp Art Fair Bus Station, Bologna
Ave Crux, curated by Angelo Zanella, L'Arsenale Foundation, Iseo
Arte Fiera Cremona, Art Gallery L'Incontro (Chiari)

Small is beautiful, curated by Erika Lacava, Zoia Gallery of Contemporary Art, Milan
IX Biennale Giovani, curated by Gianfranco Ferlisi, MAM Museo Alto Mantovano, Gazoldo degli Ippoliti, (cat.)
Classic contemporary. 5 Years, curated by Alessandra Redaelli, Galleria Punto sull'Arte, Varese, (cat.)
Mutabilia. The eternal becoming, edited by Valeria Serafini and Eloisa Tolu, Paratissima / New Independent Curatorial Experience, Torino Esposizioni (cat.)
ArtQuake CentroItalia, Museum of the City of Rimini / New Wing, Rimini, (cat.) 2nd Biennial of Salerno, invited artists section, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, (cat.) Nocivelli Award, Church of Discipline, Verolanuova (Bs)
<20 15 × 15/20 × 20, by Alessandra Redaelli, Galleria Punto sull'Arte, Varese, (cat.) EXPO ARTE, curated by Vincenzo Scardigno, Palazzo Bellini, Oleggio
Artists 4Rhino, Castello Sforzesco, Vigevano, (cat.)
Solemn exhibition of Sacred art in the contemporary world, curated by Francesco Martani, Ca 'la Ghironda - Modern Art Museum, Zola Predosa (Bo) - Monastic Refectory, San Benedetto Po (Mn), (cat.)
BINARIO 18 #stayhumanart, curated by Roberta Di Chiara, Palazzo Barolo, Turin, (cat.)
GAM, curated by Gianfranco Ferlisi and Vincenzo Denti, Casa del Mantegna, Mantova, (cat.)
Arte Fiera Genova, Galleria Punto sull'Arte, (cat.)
15th National City of Novara Prize, Palazzo Renzo Piano, Novara

BAF Bergamo Arte Fiera, Galleria Punto sull'Arte, (cat.)
Map of the new art - Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice,
Matilde di Canossa: image of a contemporary woman, Refettorio Monastico, San Benedetto Po
Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection: Praestigium Italia, curated by Luca Beatrice, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin, (cat.)
Artists 4 rhino, Civic Museum of Natural History, Genoa, (cat.)
Zanini Arte 1914-2014. One hundred years between art and passion, curated by Franco Negri, Zanini Contemporary Gallery, San Benedetto Po (Mn)
Arte Fiera Padova, Giorgio Ghelfi Art Gallery, (cat.)

Feminine, plural. The look on the world. The spaces of the dream, curated by Alessandra Redaelli, Palazzo Pirola, Gorgonzola (Mi)
International Biennial of Contemporary Art - Section invited artists, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, (cat.)
Polirone place of peace. The testimony of the artists, edited by Roberto Pedrazzoli, Refettorio Monastico, San Benedetto Po (Mn)
Art in therapy Thirty-three artist's diagnosis, edited by Alberto D'Atanasio and Nazzareno Miele, 57th Festival of the 2 Worlds, Church of Sant'Agata, Spoleto (Pg)
Feminine Plural. The view of the world, edited by Alessandra Redaelli, Galleria Biffi Arte, Piacenza, (cat.)
Aliens, curated by Frattura Scomposta Contemporary Art Magazine, Casa dell'Ariosto, Ferrara, (cat.)
Lost Souls Lost Souls, by Alberto D'Atanasio, Rocca Paolina Exhibition Center, Perugia, (cat.)

A rose petal not to forget, San Matteo degli Armeni Library, Perugia / Roberta Lanzino Foundation, Cosenza
13th National Art Prize Città di Novara - Section of invited artists, curated by Vincenzo Scardigno, Palazzo Renzo Piano, Novara, (cat.)
Culture + Legality Freedom, the Art against Mafia, edited by Roberta Di Chiara, Castle of Monte Sant'Angelo, Foggia, (cat.)
In Chartis Mevaniae, edited by Alberto D'Atanasio, Wikiarte Gallery, Bologna
Art in therapy - thirty-three artist's diagnosis, by Nazzareno Miele and Alberto D'Atanasio, Spoleto (Pg), National Archaeological Museum
ComeTe Stelle, curated by Alberto D'Atanasio, Church of Santa Maria Laurentia, Bevagna (Pg)
Muse, edited by Alberto D'Atanasio, San Gimignano (SI), Galleria Gagliardi Arte Contemporanea, (cat.)
Brancaleone award from Norcia. Myth, History and Fantasy, edited by Alberto D'Atanasio, Valentina Orlando and Deborah Petroni, Norcia (Pg), Auditorium of San Francesco
In Chartis Mevaniae, curated by Alberto D'Atanasio, Church of Santa Maria Laurentia, Bevagna (Pg)

Culture + Legality Freedom, the Art against Mafia, by Roberta Di Chiara, Basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore, Naples, (cat.)
Artquake 2.0 Christmas 2012, by Alberto Agazzani, Spazio ART'E ', Reggio Emilia
WASTE was once the refusal, by Cristiana Cattaneo and Paolo Lesino, Spazio Montana, Milan, (cat.)
Fender Rewind, curated by Luca Beatrice, International Museum of Music, Bologna, (cat.)
Culture + Legality Freedom, art against the mafia, by Roberta Dichiara, National Central Library, Rome, (cat.)
AEmilia Artquake - The art of solidarity, by Alberto Agazzani, Space of the Cloisters of San Domenico, Reggio Emilia
STILLNESS, A new realism by Italian artists, edited by Elizabeth Lau, State of the Arts Gallery, Hong Kong, (cat.)
Agora di ConSenso, Mgr. Bruno Fasani interviews Marica Fasoli live from the Biblioteca Capitolare (Telepace), Verona
Cum Corde, edited by Fausto Moreschi and Carmela Perucchetti, San Zenone all'Arco, Brescia, (cat.)

54th Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, Finissage, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Sala Nervi, Turin
Culture + Legality Freedom, art against the mafia, by Roberta Dichiara, Museum of Natural Sciences, Turin, (cat.)
Art Award 2011, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan
Young Artists 2011 - Pisanello Award, SpazioArte Pisanello, Verona, (cat.)
54th Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, Veneto Region, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Villa Contarini, Piazzola sul Brenta (Padua), (cat.)
Ceres 4 Art / Mtv Award, curated by Luca Beatrice and Valentina Pesati, Lanificio Factory (Rome), Mambo Villa delle Rose (Bologna), Museo Pecci (Prato), (cat.)
The myth of the true - Situation, edited by Giacomo Maria Prati and Paolo Lesino, Spazio Guicciardini, Milan / Palazzo Guidobono, Tortona, (cat.)
Finis Valtellinae? Valtellina's identities in contemporary art, curated by Giacomo Maria Prati and Paolo Lesino, Palazzo Pretorio, Sondrio, (cat.)

Imagine Art at the Fair, Reggio Emilia, Galleria Gagliardi Arte Contemporanea, (cat.)
The Glocal Rookie of the year, curated by Valerio Dehò, KunstArt / Artefiera, Bolzano, (cat.)
ACQUISITIONS 2010 - Project of public acquisitions of the Maccagno Museum, curated by Claudio Rizzi, Parisi-Valle Civic Museum, Maccagno

The colors of autumn, curated by Daniela Savarese, Galleria Colibrì Arte, Rome
Dentro, curated by Alberto Agazzani, Gagliardi Contemporary Art Gallery, San Gimignano, (cat.)
Contemplations: beauty and tradition of the New in contemporary Italian painting, curated by Alberto Agazzani, Castel Sismondo and Palazzo del Podestà, Rimini, (cat.)

The suspended instant, curated by Daniela Meli, Center for Contemporary Art RiElaborando, Arezzo
The imagery of Romeo and Juliet, curated by Vera Meneguzzo, Sala Renato Birolli, Verona, (cat.)
Presences, curated by Paola Artoni, Galleria Errepi Arte, Mantova, (cat.)
Giovani in Arte 2008, Sala Renato Birolli, Verona, organized by the Culture Commission of the Municipality of Verona
Re: public. Refuses !, curated by Ibrida Associazione Momos and the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Bacini dell'Arsenale, Venezia
1st International Barberart Prize, curated by Domenico Alfredo Pasolino, Foro Boario, Nizza Monferrato (Asti), (cat.)
Show winners Premio Città di Novara 2007, curated by Vincenzo Scardigno, Barriera Albertina, Novara

150th anniversary SBAV, Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, (cat.)
The colors of the speed, by the Nonsoloarte Franco Bombana Foundation, Tazio Nuvolari Museum, Mantua
7th National Prize for painting and sculpture Città di Novara, curated by Art Action and Municipality of Novara, Salone Arengo del Broletto, Novara, (cat.)
Policromia e Scultura, curated by Rosa Businaro Felletti, Church of S. Maria in Chiavica, Verona
Experience the Casa In Fiera, Squassabia stand, Verona Fair
Art in Villa, Villa Balladoro, Povegliano (Verona), organized by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Povegliano

She has also participated in numerous national and international competitions, obtaining prizes and awards. Among the main ones:

absolute winner Lefranc & Bourgeois Award

Winner of the 'Hit Parade' section nominated among the 15 best artists of Paratissima XII
'Coppa Luigi' winner at the Nocivelli Award

Special mention at the 'Brancaleone da Norcia Award. Myth, history and fantasy

Finalist for the Arte Mondadori Prize
Winner of the 'Fondazione Toniolo' Prize organized by the Toniolo Foundation, Spazioarte Pisanello, Verona
Finalist for the Ceres Prize 4 Art - Mtv 2010 - semifinalist at the Arte Mondadori Prize

Selected for the contest "The Glocal Rookie of the year", curated by Valerio Dehò, KunstArt / Arte Fiera, Bolzano

Reported among the top ten artists participating in the international competition 'The imaginary of Juliet and Romeo' - jury presided over by Prof. Vittorino Andreoli
Finalist at the 1st International Award 'Barberart - Suggestions Rosso Rubino' organized by Associazione Culturale, curated by Domenico Alfredo Pasolino

2nd classified section painting of young people on the occasion of the '7th National Prize of Painting and Sculpture Città di Novara', at the Salone Arengo del Broletto in Novara
finalist of the 'Young Artists 2007' international competition organized by the SBAV of Verona - Examining Committee chaired by the Director of Palazzo Forti Prof. Giorgio Cortenova
Special prize section painting in the competition 'The colors of speed - tribute to Tazio Nuvolari' organized by the Franco Bombana Foundation - Guidizzolo (Mn)
1st Prize at the "Colors of Verona" pictorial competition organized by the Giorgio Zanotto Foundation - Banco Popolare of Verona

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