Biography

ANDREA PRANDI

Born in 1979 in San Giovanni Lupatoto, in the province of Verona, he earned his science high school diploma and then began his artistic training at the Accademia di Belle Arti G.B. Cignaroli in Verona, where he concentrated on painting, decoration and anatomy. He then continued his artistic studies for many years in the studio of Prof. Giorgio Scarato, an academic at the Cignaroli and an illustrator of international renown. This experience with his mentor enabled him to master painting on canvas and taught him the secrets of illustration and comic strips.

With a great passion for screenplay and directing, he attended numerous specialisation courses, including the Blue Shuttle Masterclass, where he was able to learn the secrets and techniques of the greatest talents in animation cinema.

In the early years of his work, he concentrated on the theme of memory, with the aim of seizing the moment in its emotional essence, creating works in which canvases, frames and three-dimensional inserts blended together to form original artistic compositions. As the offspring of an encounter between art and science, his subsequent creations were a profound, introspective analysis of the secrets of the cosmos, giving rise to the Mysteries of the Universe (I Misteri dell’Universo) series. Though made with different techniques and media, each work talks the same profound language, tracing a chronological path from the origin of the cosmos to the metaphysical concept of the afterlife.

The art of Andrea Prandi ranges freely from canvas painting to illustration, through to photography and digital art, screenplay and film direction. In his most recent production, The Four Seasons of the Soul (Le Quattro Stagioni dell’Anima), the artist combines video art and photography to tell the evolutionary story of the soul as it changes over time in its constant search for itself.

Since 2011, he has taken part in several exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including in London, Miami and Barcelona. In 2015 he was invited by the City of Bolzano to put on a solo exhibition in the Planetarium Südtirol Alto Adige and, in November of the same year, he opened his own Atelier in Verona with a solo exhibition entitled Over the Border.

In 2015, he won second prize in the Lorenzo il Magnifico Digital Art Award at the tenth edition of the Florence Biennale with his Panspermia, the outcome of 3600 underwater photographs. The installation was accompanied by a short feature directed by himself to convey his own concept of the creative process, and represented a dreamlike vision of the Oort Cloud in which sleeping human bodies float around the solar system like comets, ready to bring the seed of life to Earth.

In early 2016 he was invited to exhibit in the Sale del Bramante in Rome, at the Galleria Farini Concept in Bologna, at the Art Nordic Exhibition in Copenhagen, and at the Fondazione Mazzoleni in the JW Marriot Resort in Venice on the occasion of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

In October 2016 he was selected for the international exhibition of contemporary art at the Mediolanum Art Gallery, in the presence of Prof. Vittorio Sgarbi, and the following month he took part as a finalist in the Premio Arte at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. During the same period he also took part in the L’Eternità nell’Arte exhibition directed by Prof. Puntelli and held in the Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy: the event included the presentation of the Catalogo dell’Arte Moderna Italiana Nr. 52 – Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori, which also includes works by the Verona-born artist.

The year ended with his victorious 2016 Best Artist Award at the Cerere space in Rome designed by the Arte Musei Roma organisation.

In 2017, the artist presented his solo exhibition at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona with the work “The maze of dreams” developing an immersive installation capable of involving the spectator completely. During the spring, Andrea Prandi participated to the Bologna Expo and to the third edition of the Triennale di Arti Visive in Rome.

In 2017 Andrea Prandi took part in the Expo in Bologna and, in March and April, he was at the third edition of the Triennale di Arti Visive in Rome, which was opened by Prof. Daniele Radini Tedeschi and Prof. Achille Bonito Oliva under the title Aeterna. At the Vittoriano and at the Palazzo Velli he showed two works from his wide-ranging new The Four Seasons of the Soul project. This project has also made Andrea Prandi a top name at international events, such as Artexpo in New York with the Galleria Wikiarte of Bologna. The artist has continued his The Four Seasons of the Soul series with an ambitious project that combines video art with a complex film installation called The Blossoming Soul (L’Anima in Fiore), which was presented on 12 May on the occasion of the 57th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale, in the Guatemala National Pavilion. The show was curated by Prof. Daniele Radini Tedeschi, who invited Andrea Prandi, as an international artist, to interpret La Marge – the margin, the theme of the artistic festival – with his installation.

In october Andrea Prandi took part in the “Infinity: quando l’arte dialoga con medicina e scienza” project, with a display at the Palazzo Ducale di Sabbioneta, in the province of Mantua.

He also hold an exhibition at the Pall Mall Gallery in London on the occasion of Frieze London 2017, and in the Sebastian Art Gallery in Dubrovnik.

In the same month he received, at the XI Biennale Internazionale d’Arte di Firenze, the special mention, from president of  committee Pasquale Celona, for his last project “Flowers of  The Earth”.

The year ends with the Milanese fairs GrandArt and Milan Sculpture and with his solo exhibition at the Wikiarte Gallery in Bologna. At the beginning of 2018 during the Fuorisalone del Mobile – Milan Design Week 2018, the company CreativeLive and Andrea Prandi present at the MADE4ART space, nearby the Tortona area, the project “Metamorphosis”, an innovative proposal where contemporary art meets design blending the artistic inspiration of the versatile Veronese artist with the interior design.

The year continues with the show “Le Scelte di Puntelli Tour” curated by Prof. Giammarco Puntelli who invited the artist to exhibit his works of art in the Church of Santa Maria dei Laici (Gubbio), a historical and cultural place dating back to the Fourteenth century.

From May to June, some of his works of art belonging to the “Space Compositions” and “Moments of Light” series are exhibited at the Fineco Center in Asti in the group art show “Oltre la tela .. l’Uomo” curated by Galleria Alfieri and presented by Dr. Carlo Motta, Head of the Editorial Giorgio Mondadori.

His market quotations are published on the “Catalogo dell’Arte Moderna Italiana” Nr. 52-53, where his name is classified in the “IS” cathegory, as an artist reported by the sector critics, with international geographic extension.