Fabrizio Fontana is an italian artist who creates beautiful, very eclectic pop/dada flavored art.
Despite the incessant and almost obsessive reference to the game, the art of Fontana is not that playful, and the ludic part of his works is often limited to its formal aspect.
Of course, Fontana “plays”. Borrowing from his childhood comics and cartoons characters in pieces such as “Goodbye Kitty” and “Mangia Libri di Cibernetica”. Playfully profaning sacred icons, statues and figurines of saints in others such as in “Fred & Niko”. Alluding to famous works of art or artists such as in “G15”, or quoting songs and anagramming product brands such as in “RedInk”.
Often using puns, toys and colourful plastic. But the real operation accomplished by the artist is to meticulously and expertly amalgamate all these ingredients. Then with the help of rough woods, glossy resins, transparent plexiglas and even light, to turn them into his singular language objectively speaking of loneliness, monotony, war, consumerism, alienation and death. The result is impressive and diverse. An eclectic and incredibly enjoyable artistic production. The works range from prints to paintings, from ready made to shadow boxes, from sculptures to installations. In his art the game called “jioko” by Fontana is always the protagonist. A stratagem to allow the artist to highlight that unfortunately nowadays, there is very little to joke about.
2017, ‘THE NATURE OF MY GAME’ Curated by Nico Carone, MostArt Centre, London, (UK)
2017, ‘PROBABILMENTE DIO E’ UNA DONNA’ Curated by Noemi Pittaluga, Galleria Gallerati, Roma, (IT)
2017, ‘WAR IS NEVER THE SOLUTION’ (+ S.Masciullo) Curated by Giovanni Matteo, Cutrofiano, (IT)
2016, ‘G16 (PUNTATA ZERO)’ Curated by Gigi Rigliaco, P.Art, Palazzo della Cultura, Galatina LE, (IT)
2015, ‘DAMIANO & Co Ltd.’ – Fridartcafé, Ostuni BR, (IT)
2014, ‘FONTANAF, IO, TE E PUCCIA’ – Art and Ars Gallery, Galatina LE (IT)
2014, ‘TETRIS’ – Spazio Purgatorio, Ostuni BR (IT)
2014, ‘JIOKI LOSCHI’ (+ P.Loschi) – Dacia Gallery, New York City (USA)
2014, ‘JIOKI LOSCHI Preview’ (+ P.Loschi) – Art and Ars Gallery, Galatina LE (IT)
2014, ‘IL FAUT JOUER POUR DEVENIR SÉRIEUX’ – MonteolivetoGallery, Nice (FR)
2014, ‘FACCIO LA MIA MINCHIA A PEZZI E LA VENDO ALL’ASTA’ (feat M. Manieri) – Fondo Verri, Lecce (IT)
2013, ‘LA PROSSIMA VOLTA DEVO STARE PIU’ ATTENTO’ – G Lab, Campi Salentina (IT)
2013, ‘UN ANALGESICO PER L’EMICRANIA, UNA COPPIA DI DADI E LE MIE PANTOFOLE BLU SONO TUTTO CIO’ DI CUI ADESSO HO BISOGNO’ – P.Art, Palazzo della Cultura, Galatina LE (IT)
2010, ‘CHE IL JIOKO SIA CON TE’ – Officine Cantelmo, Lecce (IT)
2009, ‘RED-INK’ – Art and Ars Gallery, Galatina LE (IT)
2008, ‘IL PAESE DEI BALOCCHI’ – Galleria Gallerati, Roma (IT)
2008, ‘JIOKONDE IN SCHLAFANZUG VS ECO-INVADERS’ – Galleria Kud Laterna, Cromali (SLO)
2008, ‘NE LJUBIJO VSI JIOKONDE, AMPAK VSI BI JO RADI IMELI’ – Palazzo Kongresni, Ljubljana (SLO)
2007, ‘JIOKA COME PUOI’ – Palazzo Micheli, Galatina LE (IT)
2006, ‘LES JEUX SONT FAITS’ – libreria Kube, Gallipoli LE (IT)
2006, ‘D’OPPIO JIOKO’, Raggio Verde, Lecce (IT)
2000, ‘GENTE COMUNE CON UN CERCHIO ALLA TESTA’ – libreria Camera A Sud, Brindisi (IT)
1994, ‘DISORDINE SOCIALE ORGANIZZATO’ – Arcinova, San Pietro Vernotico BR (IT)