Claudio Malacarne was born in Mantua (Italy) in 1956. From his earliest works of art, drawing appears as a privileged field of action and reflection: immense, independent and complementary at the same time to the pictorial practice. It is an uninterrupted laboratory, a continuous diary, where an inner need is satisfied, the existential urge to possess reality through the image that recreates it.

From the oil paintings of the 1980s, one perceives the post-impressionist lesson of Gauguin and Van Gogh, Bonnard and Matisse, with a pictorial matter in full sunlight: in shades so subtly colored, so much so that they are not even legible as such, in the fluorescent and opalescent flash of the light bulbs lit in his “enchanted gardens” that illuminate the whole landscape.

After discovering the Spanish realism of Joaquín Sorolla, his inquisitive eye, the color detective of the Fauves, becomes, in the last decade, the acerbic and bitter artist of “bathers” and “bathers”.

Malacarne concentrates on the physical aspect of the human figure immersed in the water of a swimming pool, becoming at first the realist of a modern life examined with a blowtorch of vitriol, then transforming himself – he, ironic and skeptical thief of portraits and animals put on the same level by a shared and insuppressible materiality – into a kind of lost visionary, in spite of himself. 

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