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Alberto Balletti

"In my impressions, body's physical part is crushed from outside, the etched sign becomes the nestled content, in a cry slow as a noise."


Notes of biography

Alberto Balletti was born in Trevise (Italie) in 1968. He first graduates from the National Artistic High School in Trevise in 1986. Later in 1996, he gets his degree at the Art Institute in Guidizzolo (Mantoue) in the Decoration section. In addition, he has two masters, one in Painting from the Brera Fine Arts Academy (Milano) in 1990 and one in Visual Arts Project and Production (CLASAV) from The Architecture Academic Institute in Venezzia (IUAV) in 2003. Since 1990, he is etcher, photographer and movie maker describing himself as an …. amphibian artist. He shares his life and work between the Lake of Garde and Venezzia.
Since 1996, Alberto Balletti teaches etching in the Fine Arts Academies of Roma, Sassari, Napoli, Venezzia, Catana and Foggia. In 2007, he gets tenure and becomes professor at the Venezzia Academy where is in charge of the Graphic Art Section -Etching Techniques. He teaches both Calcography Etching Techniques and Art Book Publishing classes.
Between 1992 and 2004, he exhibits as a duo known as Balletti & Mercandilli (Alberto Balletti and Mauro Mercandelli), in the nineties, the pair will collaborate with major research of contemporary art galleries, among them Il Ponte Contemporanea in Roma, Fossati & The Box in Turino and Neon in Bologna. In particular, he is part of the « XII Quadriennal National Art of Roma, Italy 1950-1990 » in 1996.
His ongoing artistic activity brings him to get involved in many other experiences. In 2000, he joins the Italy-United States International Exchange Workshop organized byt the atlantic Center for Florida Arts. In 2004 he works with the Portesio Cultural Group Foundation in charge of organizing events linked to graphic arts. In 2008, Alberto Balletti is among the founders of the Permanent Collection of Graphic Art B.Z. of Portesio -S. Felice del Benaco – Brescia.
In 2011, Bolletti is a resident for three months at the Center for Original Etching in Shenzhen – China. Two years later as part of the Erasmus Program, he teaches etching classes at the Fine Arts Academy in Madrid University. Later, he joins different judjing panels for international etching Biennals (Uzice in Serbia, Verone, Sofia, Cremona, etc).
In 2015, Alberto Balletti creates, with Marina Guarneri, a visible magazine on Web. « Venezia Art Magazine ».
Balletti's line is particulary strong, sharp, energetic, vigorous, quick, and incisive, his etching compositions are often dyptics leading largely beyond what they seem to represent. The « image » seen imprints lastingly in one's soul. As written by Cinzia Bigliosi : « He still speaks the universal language of poets ».
Extremely active since the early 90s, Alberto Balletti has been represented in many collective exhibitions related to etching, in Italy and abroad. Part of his works belong to important official collections in Italy but also in China, Roumania, Serbia, Canada, Poland and Spain.

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Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

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To read about the artist :
  • Alberto Balletti in Cat. Qui e (non) altrove, Venise, 2012
  • Alberto Balletti in Catalogue de la 4ème Triennale de Bangkok, Thaïlande, 2015
  • Alberto Balletti in Catalogue de l'exposition Graphics de Cracovie en 2015
  • Alberto Balletti in Cat. de la VIIIème Biennale de gravures de Crémone, 2015
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