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Francesco Cima

Biography

Francesco Cima (b. 1990, Pietrasanta) graduated in visual arts at Academy of fine arts in Venice in 2019. He currently lives and works in Venice. Since 2015, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Italy and abroad. The many exhibition spaces he's showed his works in include: galleria A+A, Venice (2015); Tulla culture center, Tirana (2017); Marselleria, Milan (2017); Monitor Gallery, Rome (2018); Spazio Buonasera, Turin (2018); Museo Santa Mar. della Scala, Siena (2018); Spazio Ferramenta, Turin (2018); Giudecca Art District, Venice (2019); Galleria Massimodeluca, Venice Mestre (2019); infine, Spazio Punch, Venice (2020). In 2017 his works were present at the Parallel Vienna art fair, in 2019 at Art Zagreb and Art Verona. In 2020 he completed a residency program at Palazzo Monti (Brescia), and then participated in the group show "Hyperbole" curated by Domenico De Chirico at Galleria Nicola Pedana di Caserta in 2021.

The attention to detail, as well as the instinctive ability to connect seemingly distant physical and temporal spaces are some of the peculiarities that characterize Francesco Cima’s paintings. After relentless experimentation, landscape has become his favoured genre. In Cima’s landscapes the human figure rarely appears, offering greater space to other living species, or alternatively to treasured objects of his imagination. Through thinly painted brushstrokes, Cima does not simply render views, but vast territories where infinitely many dimensions can find refuge, pushing the material confines of the oil painting beyond the imaginable. Although the topographical richness of Versilia (north-western Tuscany) remains one of the main sources of inspiration for the artist, a territory rich with sea, hills and mountains, there is no lack of vast deserts, Venice cityscapes, and other mysterious lands in his paintings. The main file rouge in his works is the presence of a crepuscular light that softly embraces the majority of his settings, echoing the emotional reverberations of Romanticism, to which Cima feels strongly indebted to.

Solo Exhibitions

Chi Semina Vento | Florence, 2023

Lardra Terra | Los Angeles, 2023

Group Exhibitions

Waking Life | New York, 2023

Palai | Lecce, 2023

Works

CIMA.24.2023
Dark Souls, 2023, Oil on canvas, 70 7/8 x 55 1/8 in 180 x 140 cm
CIMA.34.2023
Margherite, 2023, Oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 19 11/16 in 40 x 50 cm
CIMA.32.2023
Nuvolo d'oro, 2023, Oil on canvas, 70 7/8 x 55 1/8 in 180 x 140 cm
CIMA.26.2023
Chi Semina Vento, 2023, Oil on canvas, 55 1/8 x 70 7/8 in 140 x 180 cm