Alfonso Mangone

Courtesy of the Artist

150X100cm. Acrylic and tempera paint. Courtesy of the Artist

Fernando Alfonso Mangone was born in 1958 in Altavilla Silentina, in Italy, where he spent his childhood in the care of his paternal grandmother and the small village community in which life beats in the rhythms and activities of a peasant society still archaic. Teenager reveals a precocious interest and full of natural talent for the language of the visual arts, so it begins to get passionate to art history ricopiandone browsing old books and illustrations. At the end of high school he enrolled in art school where his natural inclination begins to consolidate in a more articulated and articulated artistic training. Admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, he moved in 1977 to the Academy of Fine Arts of Catanzaro where he attended the painting course of prof. Gianni Pisani. The following year, revealing an early propensity to nomadism, he moved to Florence and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, following the course of painting professor Gustavo Giulietti and the diploma in the academic year 1980/1981, magna cum laude. The stay in the cradle of Renaissance art becomes the privileged occasion of his exceptional artistic training that develops and enriches the daily use of pictorial and architectural works of the great Florentine masters. The stay in Florence and in the immediate vicinity (Chianti, San Casciano, Montespertoli) lasts until 1989 and marked his debut in the activity of a painter in a cultural and artistic center of the most animated and representative at European level in those years. In the decade from 1978 to 1989 cultivates his artistic commitment between Florence and Rome establishing cooperative relationships with many intellectuals, artists, art critics and gallery owners Italians and foreigners including: Renzo Raugei, Alvaro Bracaloni, Aldo Braibanti, Krista von Baum, Felicitas Pallat, Ferruccio Massimi and others. In the same years Mangone start an intense exhibition in galleries and public spaces domestic and international. The framework for its youth training would, however, be incomplete if you do not remember of those years his interest in rock music that becomes user and who pay particular attention thanks to the daily attendance at local events and rock concerts, both in Italy Abroad, representing the best level of aggregation of youth culture in the seventies and in future ones. In 1989 he moved to Holland. From an idea of ​​Aldo Braibanti and in collaboration with Ferruccio Massimi based in Groningen the “Ganesha Gallery”. Soon, however, the business experience you close the vocation of painting starts to manifest itself vigorously and lead the artist in a new phase of frenetic creative and exhibition in several Dutch cities such as The Hague, Amsterdam, Groningen. Of note, among others, it is the series of exhibitions held at the Italian Cultural Institute of Amsterdam, between 1992 and 1993, by Aldo Braibanti and Barbara Tosi. Once again, as had already happened in Italy, the many artistic experiences, performances and collaborations of those years led him to weave working relationships and friendships with artists and intellectuals who should remember what Helen and Hille van deer Veene, Elsa van der Kieji, Peter R. van Helde, Jeltina Schoenmaker, Marco Silvani, Jose Arcarese, Jan Eleveld, Sabine Munzebrock.
In the Dutch period which lasts until 1995, also he realizes numerous murals in public and private spaces such as subways, theaters, nightclubs, parks. Among other interventions we are commissioned to “Stad – Kunst”, Greenpeace, Amnesty International and a number of theatrical and musical groups. In 1995 he moved to Berlin where he continued his intense pictorial and artistic. These years of stray dogs and wild life, but rich in research and testing, end the following year, 1996, with a return to Mediterranean roots. Return to Italy and even more in his native Altavilla, marks the beginning of a new phase of study and experimentation that focuses on two main themes: the city, theme dear to him and always present in his works from the beginning youth and the Florentine period, and then the urban landscape in its various connotations and the review of the greek myth; from vase painting, at the time of Italian heritage and culture and legends of the Magna Grecia. The two issues, which are still widely represented in the painting of Alfonso Mangone, develop in parallel directions, but also create frequent opportunities of overlapping and intertwining of vision and contribute greatly to determine the sign and the size at times dreamlike. In this period (1997 – 2000) Mangone starts an intense collaboration with the multinational Heineken – Italy making a limited set of glasses for the Stella Artois depicting views of Brussels and other Belgian cities and a collection of oil paintings and art Mixed entered the premises “Heineken Green Stage”. In more recent years, Fernando Alfonso Mangone deepens its search path pictorial performing various solo and group exhibitions in Milan, Venice, Paestum, Salerno, Positano, Groningen, Rome, Turin and Naples. In July 2013, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Rome he was personally involved in remembrance activities that were celebrated in the complex of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Rome thanks to the “Silhouettes”, born in 2007, under the patronage of Unicef and supported by PrinceArt in collaboration with the foundation “Don Luigi di Liegro”. During the commemorative event that was celebrated in the presence of Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Diocese of Rome, the artist donated to Pope Francis, receiving public thanksgiving and praise, a portrait titled “The passage “depicting images of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.


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