Biography of Franco Brighenti

I paint for self-taught passion. I deliberately chose a quick way to express myself, first of all because I feel it (my working life has always been punctuated by tagging and by intense working rhythms, (see work in the factory.) And I could not do otherwise because I realized that I paint with my heart and I do not use techniques that are too precise and elaborate that would take months to make a painting, unnerving and making me want to pass. (Today, these techniques are well replaced by photography, (not by chance ).
This speed of mine allows me to pursue the "examined fact", along the historical time path in which it took place, to reach it, to study it, to represent it and to overcome it, then passing to other events.
Mine is like a journey by car through time, I see places, I relive events, I meet and I know characters protagonists of history and after having gathered like a sponge an infinity of sensations, emotions, impressions, fears, joy, etc. I translate it all into watercolors, becoming a witness to the relived facts thus enriching the spirit.
I also think that a true artist should know, just like a thermometer, read the "temperature" of the social, moods, motivations, emotions, sufferings, joy, despair, love, hate and translate them on canvas to testify in a very personal but real, events and facts that touch us by involving us in spite of ourselves.
In other words, immerse yourself in reality, live it on your skin and reinterpret it on the canvas.
A little 'how good actors do in the recitation of a part.
Otherwise I could not impose the demanding and ambitious idea shown below.
I am currently working on a project that I have been planning for years and that thanks to the fact of being retired I can finally realize.
Right Line or Director: To represent the most significant moments that characterized the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Segment: The choice of a fact. Example The First World War.
Points: Enter into the fact and see to capture and represent the most salient moments that have characterized it, this through a research and a historical study also conducted with modern means "Internet".
To understand each other, the single watercolor. It goes without saying that the more points I can grasp and paint, the more the fact is known and deepened.
Just like the "Pixels": The more pixels make up the image and the image is clearer and clearer.
More points are known of a segment and the segment is more defined and known.
Opera: set of photographs of appropriately cut watercolors that reconstruct the fact as a "puzzle".
Working minimally on three directions: event, places, protagonists. The specific term is "Collage".
I chose watercolor for various reasons: costs, speed, dimensions. At the end of my work, but no one prevents me from making a parenthesis, I want to do something about oil painting technique that I love very much.
Another element that from now on will characterize my works, will be the ancient Roman coin with the effigy of the God Giano "bifronte"; who has a look at the past and one at the future.
It can also be considered a gateway from one era to another. It also has the value of my signature.
The coin always requires me to look for a consideration for the fact examined, or a comparison in the present time.
Therefore, the picture, (lately I find a good capacity for containment, about 45-50 watercolors, in canvas 100 x 100 cm), consists of two distinct parts and divided exactly in half by the coin.
It happened to me with the use of 70 x 100 cm canvases to insert half the coin on the right side, and complete the work using another 70 x 100 cm canvas and place the other half of the coin on the left side.
Concluding the work remains divided in half and the assembly is obtained by placing side by side the two canvases. Also the two halves of the coins are flanked and they recompose the whole coin.
One after the other, flanking them, respecting the chronology of the facts, it is composed as in a "puzzle" the history of a century.
In the end, I sense that I will have to recompose the century with paintings that group the story and the events of twenty-five years in twenty-five years.
It takes four every century. It is a "Pantagruelico" work. In fact, I work from five to six hours a day and to finish the first twenty-five years of the twentieth century I still miss about ten works of 100 x 100 cm.
I predict that it will take me eighteen months every twenty-five years.
Concluding it takes six years only for the twentieth century. Each 100 x 100 cm canvas commits me approximately 100 hours.
As for pictorial techniques, often to interpret the facts in a new and personal way, I avail myself of the "symbolism" "Pittografismi", "improntismo" techniques I experienced a few years ago and visible and well described on my website www.artepluri. it