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Velda Ponti, It's not What It Seems, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 170 x 160 cm

Velda Ponti, It's not What It Seems, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 170 x 160 cm

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Unique artwork, a painting created by the painter Velda Ponti (1934-2020).

Velda Ponti was born in 1934 in Faenza, Emilia Romagna, Italy.
She has been a careful observer of the beauties of nature since she was a child, she has always placed herself in front of them in a contemplative albeit critical way, driven by the desire to interpret it.

While still a child she suffered the violent impressions of the war at the end of which, at the age of just 14, she enrolled in the painting and sculpture school of Francesco Nonni to learn the techniques, mainly pictorial, which would serve her to express the anguish and violence in her "naturalistic" cycle that will continue for several years, from the metamorphosis of vegetables into terrifying animals, to the enlargement of details that lead to a brutal, almost hopeless gigantism.

From the 1950s you began to attend major exhibitions: the Venice Biennale, the Rome Quadrennial, etc.
She is impressed by the works of Pollock, Wols, Appel, De Kooning, Vedova and Fontana and she juxtaposes them with her previous landmarks, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Bosch and Michelangelo.
In the same period she met the Faentines Angelo Biancini, Carlo Zauli, Giovanni Romagnoli; although they are contrasting with each other, from each she draws stimuli for composition, formal elegance and chromaticism.

In 1964 she married the sculptor and ceramist Walter Bartoli and in 1968 she moved to Brisighella.
Also in 1968 she met Sergio Vacchi and Mattia Moreni and the latter was her most important encounter for her pictorial training that was taking shape.

Her first significant pictorial cycle dates back to 1969-1973.
Her original inspiration is linked to expressionism and the conception of a natural and spontaneous art: later she gradually abandons the expressionist influence, without losing the pleasure for colors, simplicity and irony.

In 1977 she met Franco Gentilini, in whose dream world she recognized herself.
From increasingly frequent encounters with Mattia Moreni she draws stimuli and in '83 she begins a continuous collaboration which she interrupts in November 1985, due to differences in a tense cultural setting, that of Velda Ponti, increasingly in search of her own identity.

Among her direct interlocutors: Mattia Moreni and the Cobra group of Karel Appel and Asger Jorn.
In over fifty years of painting she went through different periods: such as "Landscapes", "Portraits", "Dolls".
With the cycle "Maybe They are Lips" (2000) the image of her approaches the human physiognomy and in "Blankets" (2001-2002) the images are discovered and new forms such as butterflies and faces begin to be read.

From 2003 to 2005, Velda Ponti's research continued with the cycles "Flowers for a Flag", "Better the Dolls", "Nameless Beings".
She began her exhibition career in 1957 and since then she exhibited uninterruptedly especially in Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Rome and Madrid.

Present at the main national collectives, there are numerous personal exhibitions dedicated to her.
The main ones in Cesena in 1988 curated by Marisa Zattini and in Rome in 1999 with the presentation of Alberto Fiz.

Calo Polgrossi curated "The Race of Heroes" in Brisighella in 2009 and in 2015 in Bagnacavallo, while Giuseppe Masetti and Daniele Serafini curated "Desert Flowers" in Lugo di Romagna in 2011.
Velda Ponti passed away on 22 December 2020, at the age of 86, in Brisighella.

The artwork includes the authentication by the heirs and our certificate of authenticity, complete with photo, description, year and size.


Author: Velda Ponti

Title: It's not What It Seems

Year: 2008

Medium/material: Acrylic on canvas

Size in cm: 170 x 160

Signatures, trademarks, origins: Hand-signed on the back

Item condition: Very Good

Ref no. A1177


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