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Alfredo Rapetti Mogol, breaks down a sentence, often elementary (alphabetical) which causes in the observer an initial sense of estrangement. There are those who at first glance are satisfied, and instead, those who try to decrypt this simple enigma which, once solved, leaves something to the observer. This creates a synergy, which makes the viewer to become partially part of the work. Even through the use of color, such as white, beige and very light blues, there is a desire to convey a peaceful, polite, never provocative message; which, however, always needs a minimum of participation from the side of the viewer. According to the artist, in fact, contemporary art always requires a moment of attention. Rapetti is one of the most recognized lyricists in Italy, the skill in the art of composition has been a family gift for generations. His familiarity with words is therefore proven and transversal in music as well as in painting.

Alfredo Rapetti Mogol

Alfredo Rapetti Mogol was born in Milan in 1961. His artistic education is influenced by the family atmosphere, where music, literature and poetry have been the most important inspiration for generations. He is grandson and son of art: his grandfather, Mariano, was the lyricist of songs such as Vecchio Scarpone and Le colline sono in fiore, while his father Giulio, aka Mogol, also a lyricist, became famous thanks to the artistic partnership with Lucio Battisti. At a very young age, his maternal grandfather introduced him to the artistic environment in Milan. His training at the School of Comics in Milan, his collaborations in the publishing field and his experiments in painting are destined to converge, in 1996, in the studio of the artists Algardi and Arlati, with whom Rapetti shares much of his pictorial research. For four intense years, he worked in the atelier in Via Nota Rapetti, coming to develop the need to combine his two greatest passions: writing and painting. He adopts the particular stitching technique, through which painting merges with writing and words begin to be marked on his canvases. Between the end of the nineties until today, his exhibition activity is truly remarkable. Many the remarkable venues as the Permanente Museum in 2020 in Milan, and the Salon d’Automne Paris. In 2004 Espace Charenton. In 2006 the Mosca Mar’s contemporary art museum, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the Riga Foreign Art Museum and the Grand Palais in Paris. Among the solo shows, the Galleria d’Oro in Rome in 2003 and the KPMG Foundation in Berlin in the same year. In 2004 the Maretti Art Monaco Gallery in Montecarlo and Villa Olmo in Como. In 2005 and 2006 the Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula. In 2010, with the De Chirico Foundation, he exhibited in three prestigious US museums and universities and held a solo show at the Mudima Foundation in Milan. In 2004 he joined the international group “Signes and Traces” founded by Riccardo Licata; he received the Etoile prize for painting of the Province of Rome. His work involves and arouses interests and debates, from Duccio Trombadori to Gianluca Ranzi, from Luciano Caprile to Maurizio Vanni. The most attentive critics have been able to read in Alfredo Rapetti a constant tension towards a research between East and West, prayer and mantra, poetry and prose. In 2007 he joined the 52nd Venice Biennale in the Syrian Arab Republic Pavilion with the exhibition “Sulle vie di Damasco”. The list of Rapetti's exhibitions in the following years was very long. Between 2017 and 2018 he exhibited at the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art in Varese and in Spain in Marbella and Malaga in two prestigious solo shows. In 2019 he was invited to participate in the First Milan Biennale.

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