Carlo Berte

Carlo Bertè

born 1939 in Piacenza, Italy

Carlo Bertè’s paintings are based on old used canvases. The drying process make blemishes appear in his overpainting, which he then partly recreates like a restorer or trys to re-integrate to the picture. In doing so Bertè creates deserted sceneries inspired by the theme of the disaster. It is the result of both his specific artistic process and his interest in the nocturnal scenes, dreamscapes and enigmatic, burning ruins of the fantastic architecture made by Monsù Desiderio. This Baroque painter was rediscovered in Gustav René Hocke groundbreaking book about mannerism in 1957.

Born in Piacenza in 1939, Bertè first attended a private art high school, before joining Mauro Regianni at the Brera Academy of Art. During his time in London and Paris (1975-80) Carlo Bertè maintained contact with numerous artists and intellectuals, including art historian Patrick Waldberg, painter André Masson, and the writer Italo Calvino. Carlo Bertè lives and works in Milan. To this day, he had more than 60 solo exhibitions throughout Europe, Japan and Dubai. Several of his works are part of the collection of the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Museum in Piacenza.

2016
Sormani Library, Milano (Italy)

2015
Officina delle Arti – Piacenza (Italy)

2014
Galleria L’Arte – Cremona (Italy)

2013
Civil Museum Palazzo Farnese, Piacenza  (Italy)

2012
Italian Institute of Culture, San Francisco (USA)

2010
La Hune Brenner Gallery, Paris (France)

2007
LPS Gallery, Latina  (Italy)

2005
La Hune Brenner Gallery, Paris (France)

2004
Castello della Lucertola, Apricale (Italy)

Artworks