(Florence, Italy, 1970)
- His works have been shown in pretigious public institutions, in Italy and abroad
- His works are in national and international private collections
- Has received awards
«The link between nature and mode of representation is scrupulously magnified in every compositional detail. The outcome is a poetic composition… The clarity and individual definition of composition features mixed objects such fruit, flowers, jars, bottles, musical instruments, views and landscapes. All of which are executed in perfect colour and harmony and display the virtuosity of Mario’s ability as a modern master» (Luciano Cassara)
Mario Minarini was born in Florence on the 16th May 1970. He began his artistic formation in the art of goldsmithery at the Florence Institute of Art where he graduated in 1989. An ancient tradition in Florence, goldsmithery has been a crucial part of the artistic education of painters and sculptors; For centuries young artists have been studying in the workshops, where they developed the art of drawing and composition. Sandro Botticelli, the great Renaissance master, is a clear example: he got the first artistic education in a goldsmith’s workshop, as many other artists.
The goldsmith’s eye for detail we find in Minarini’s landscapes and still life compositions extends into his play with light, darkness, and reflection. The intimate relationship he cultivated with nature as a young boy experiencing life in the countryside is manifested in his characteristic Tuscan sceneries, often dedicated to this region’s hidden natural patrimony, realized en plein air. Forever inspired by the Macchiaioli movement he prefers to work with oil paint. Mario also uses the spatula and specific oil painting techniques that help liven the colors naturally, bring forth the crudity of the material, and create movement.
Minarini studied oil painting and figurative nude drawing techniques at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, with Sandra Batoni and Alessandro Berti, and perfected his techniques while frequenting the G.Mazzon group with the late Osvaldo Curandai.
In 2008 he was awarded the “Fiorino d’Argento”, a prestigious award given by the Florence City Hall, for his work “Mannequin Man”. Minarini holds personal exhibitions in some of the most important museums and cultural venues in Italy, England and Mexico, not to mention his works can also be found in private collections around the globe. He adores poetry, which is mirrored in his creations, especially his small-scale compositions: miniature poetic statements without words. His expression is founded on classical aesthetics, choosing to highlight the beauty that so often goes dismissed in simple, everyday objects and locations, all the while drawing attention to the contradictory duality of light and darkness that blends into daily life by bringing into focus the contrast between light and shadow present in every subject.
Palagio di Parte Guelfa in Florence with the theme “Inside the painter’s atelier”
Art Galery “L’indicibile” in Florence, with the title “Animanimali” (“The soul of animals”)
Art Galery Benvenuti in Florence, the title “Paths”
Art Galery Benvenuti in Florence, the title “The art of marveling”
Hotel Mediterraneo with the association “Art and Psychology”, curator Professor Stefano De Rosa, “Dialogue with painting”
Council Hall of the Town of Fiesole, “ Figurative paths”, curator Silvia La Rossa
Art Galery Ponte Vecchio in Florence “ Paths” curator Silvia La Rossa
Palazzo Panciatichi, Tuscany Regional Council, “Passion”, curator Giampiero Iacopini
Sala Del Basolato, Fiesole Town Hall, “The art of marveling”
Lewis Elton Gallery, Guildford, England “A Florentine Painter”, curator Silvia La Rossa
Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in the space of museum Province of Florence, “A Guide to the Soul Places”, with the support of the Municipality of Fiesole, the Music Academy of Florence and the Ponte Vecchio Art Gallery of Florence.
Palazzo Medici Riccardi Limonaia “Florentine Signs” with the support of the Tuscany Regional Council, the Metropolitan City, the Music Academy of Florence, and the Ponte Vecchio Art Gallery of Florence, curators Giampiero Iacopini and Silvia La Rossa.
Stamperia d’Arte Edi Grafica, via San Niccolò in Florence “Remembering Tamara” with the support of the Tuscany Regional Council, the Music Academy of Florence and Ponte Vecchio Art Gallery of Florence, curators Giampiero Iacopini and Silvia La Rossa.
Galeria del Centro Cultural Universitario “ La Garza “ Pachuca Città Del Messico.
Exhibition at the Bongiovanni Galery in Bologna, with the title “The master and the pupil”, with Osvaldo Curandai painter
International Museum of Music in Bologna, with the title “I live for her”. In that occasion Minarini offers a painting to the Museum
He paints the “Palio”, the trophy for the “Giostra della Stella”, a tourney in Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
He partecipate for the exhibition in Palazzo Panciatichi (seat of the Tuscany Regional Council) in the occasion of 500th aniversary of Amerigo Vespucci’s death
Homage to Ernesto Balducci, Historical Archive of Florence, Giampiero Iacopini
“Four painters for a landscape”, Archeological Civic Museum of Fiesole “Mario Minarini’s painting compared with Sergio Scatizzi master””
Homage to Vasco Pratolini in Palazzo Panciatichi (seat of the Tuscany Regional Council)
Il Capricorno Art Gallery in Vigevano, “Comparison of two artists”
Fiorino d’Argento per l’opera “Manichino”
Piazza Santo Spirito, 2019
cm 50x70, Original oil painting on wood
Il mercato in Santo Spirito, 2019
cm 40x50, Original oil painting on wood
Interno con manichino, 2008
cm 100x70, Original oil painting on wood
Borgo S. Sepolcro. Le mura antiche, 2017
cm 30x20, Original oil painting on wood
Composizione con violino, 2012
cm 30x42, Original oil painting on wood