Resident of Parma, Claudio Bernardi didn’t know the Langhe, the opportunity to explore them and be fascinated comes with MON. A more assiduous frequentation of the region and a constant look at its landscape led him to take up an old passion: painting. As a younger man he took part in and won several painting competitions, in particular of sacred art. As other street artists, they were called "Madonnari", because of the subjects they depicted, which were sacred images mainly illustrating the Virgin Mary . The passion for painting, however, did not prevail the one for architecture, which he has been practicing for many years now. As an old-school architect, he doesn’t use technical drawing programs, but relies exclusively on the freehand. Impressed by the scenario of the Langhe, he opened an artistic workshop. Since 2020, in fact, he has been focusing his works on representing the area using humble materials such as jute (previously used for coffee sacks), cardboard (used to be packing material) and wood (recycled from handmade works). Through them he reproduced the signs of the territory such as the roughness of the vine rows and the groves which characterize the Langhe landscape. This collection is a personal interpretation and an inner reading of the character, it is an abstract vision that starts from the figurative, which summarizes however the distinctive features of the landscape in symbols and signs.
Claudio Bernardi was born in Piadena (CR) in 1957. He graduated from the State Institute of Art in Parma and then from the University of Architecture in Venice. He works as an architect on his own and he collaborates with various studios, mainly dealing with the recovery of historic buildings for museum and exhibition purposes and partly residential. In 2019, struck by the beauty of the Langhe landscape, he began working on the theme of its representation and thus began the expressive research that is shown in the paintings of the "Langhe" series, where the particular coexistence of figuration and abstraction characterize the pictorial theme.