Gianfranco Chiavacci Biography

A self-taught and innovative Tuscan artist, Gianfranco Chiavacci (1936-2011) was born in Pistoia, near Florence, where he lived and worked for all his life. Surrounded by exceptional artistic circles around Milan and Florence such as Fiamma Vigo's Galleria Numero, notorious for its unmatched flavor for the avant-garde and kinetic, abstract and geometric art Chiavacci began his career as a painter in the 1950's.

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In 1962, after taking a programming course on IBM's first computers, Chiavacci's curiosity in this new form of language sparked. With aspects of optical and kinetic art, he began with making two and three-di- mensional paintings experimenting with different materials creating geometric figures and forms, all the while never using the computer, but the binary logic* that is inherent to it. Over the years, Chiavacci sought to decode this language by applying it in his paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures. This discovery of the binary language, drove him to experiment and develop an almost obsessive aesthetic in his work. He was absorbed in the middle of two important Italian movements of the 1960s, Arte Program- mata** and Arte Povera, which inspired him to create a style of his own.

Gianfranco Chiavacci was committed to exploring the continuous deconstruction of form followed by a reconstruction of a unique aesthetic. Tirelessly inventive and driven by an insatiable curiosity, he devel- oped, over the course of his fifty-yearlong career, a poetically experimental artistry that deviated from the conventional rules of creation. His incredibly diverse and abundant production can be considered a study of abstraction. By intersecting the experiences of technology with the expression of abstract art, Chiavacci was captivated by the idea of exploring an origin and rebuilding it into an artwork.

In the 1970's, Chiavacci extended his experimentations into photography and used the medium as a tool of investigation. By separating himself from the common use of the camera, he researched, recorded and repeated the movements and effects of objects in space and time. During this time, he developed his most extensive series Ricerce fotografice (Photographic Researches), a body of work representing the purest form of abstraction. Through his systematic mannerisms, Chiavacci created an aesthetic of information.

Chiavacci's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around Italy since 1967. In 2015, a joint exhibition with French artist François Morellet, founding member of op-kinetic art research group G.R.A.V., was curated by Italian art galleries Artforms and Die Mauer. The title of this exhibition Chiavacci | Morellet, rigorosi, rigolards...was conceived as a dialogue between these two polymorphic artists.

Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is the exclusive representative of the Estate of Gianfranco Chiavacci in United States and South America, and has organized in Fall 2018, a retrospective titled "Works 1957-2005", his first survey exhibition in the United States.

Text courtesy Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.

Gianfranco Chiavacci Featured Artworks

GF0379 by Gianfranco Chiavacci contemporary artwork sculpture
Gianfranco Chiavacci GF0379, 1971 Blue enameled wood on an aluminium binary curve paint background
19.6 x 25.5 inches
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GF1771 by Gianfranco Chiavacci contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Gianfranco Chiavacci GF1771, 2003 Acrylic on vinyl and canvas
60 x 60 cm
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GF0296 by Gianfranco Chiavacci contemporary artwork sculpture
Gianfranco Chiavacci GF0296, 1969 Acrylique on wood
18 x 30.25 inches
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