Alberto Balletti

Alberto Balletti was born in Treviso (Italy) in 1968. He is graduate at the National Artistic High School in Treviso in 1986. Later in 1996, he gets his degree at the Art Institute in Guidizzolo (Mantova) in the Decoration section. In addition, he has two masters, one in Painting from the Brera Fine Arts Academy (Milano) in 1990 and one in Visual Arts Project and Production (CLASAV) from The Architecture Academic Institute in Venezia (IUAV) in 2003. Since 1990, he is etcher, photographer and movie maker describing himself as an amphibian artist. He shares his life and work between the Lake of Garda and Milano. Since 1996, Balletti teaches etching in the Fine Arts Academies of Roma, Sassari, Napoli, Catania, Foggia, Venezia. In 2007, he gets tenure and becomes professor at the Venezia Academy where he teaches both Calcography Etching Techniques and Art Book Publishing classes. From 2016 teaches in Brera Fine Arts Academy (Milano). Between 1992 and 2004, young period of photo-digital research, he exhibits as a duo known as Balletti & Mercandilli (A. Balletti and Mauro Mercandelli), in the nineties, the pair will collaborate with major research of contemporary art galleries, among them Il Ponte Contemporanea in Roma, Fossati & The Box in Torino and Neon in Bologna. In particular, he is part of the «XII Quadriennal National Art of Roma, Italy 1950-1990» in 1996. His ongoing artistic activity brings him to get involved in many other experiences. In 2000, he joins the Italy-United States International Exchange Workshop organized by the Atlantic Center for Florida Arts. In 2004 he works with the Portesio Cultural Group Foundation in charge of organizing events linked to graphic arts. In 2008, he is among the founders of the Permanent Collection of Graphic Art B.Z. of Portesio, S. Felice del Benaco, Brescia. In 2011, Balletti is a resident for three months at the Center for Original Etching in Shenzhen, China. Two years later as part of the Erasmus Program, he teaches etching classes at the Fine Arts Academy in Madrid University. Later, he joins different jurying panels for international etching Biennals (Beograd and Užice in Serbia, Verona, Sofia, Cremona, Daugavpils etc). In 2015, Balletti creates, with Marina Guarneri, a visible magazine on Web: Venezia Art Magazine. Balletti’s line is particulary strong, sharp, energetic, vigorous, quick, and incisive, his etching compositions are often dyptics leading largely beyond what they seem to represent. The «image» seen imprints lastingly in one’s soul. As written by Cinzia Bigliosi: «He still speaks the universal language of poets». Extremely active since the early 90s, Balletti has been represented in many collective exhibitions related to etching and digital print, in Italy and abroad. Part of his works belong to important offcial collections in Italy but also international ones.

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