Curriculum Vitae for Bruno Pasqualini, Artist in Northcote, Victoria

  • Born in Bologna, Italy, 1942.
  • 1964-1967 – Diploma of Art, Painting Major, The Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna, Italy.
  • 1965-66 – Exhibited in Bologna and Venice.
  • Travelled mid- to late-60s through Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Arrived in Australia in 1970. Lived in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
  • 1976-1979 – Bachelor of Education, The University of Melbourne.

About Bruno Pasqualini

Bruno Pasqualini started his career in Italy, travelled halfway around the world in the sixties and settled in Australia in the seventies. His painterly work of pure abstraction is full-on and uncompromising, while retaining the colourist’s concern with poetic statements within the realm of personal vision. A keen practitioner of the photographic medium and a teacher of media as well as art, Bruno’s awareness and interactive relationship with technology is percolated through the sensitivity of the painter’s palette.

Bruno’s abstraction reflects the desire of romanticism to explore the realms of nature and the emotions. His paintings begin at the point of gesture and intuition rather than from an idea. The spontaneous act of painting leads beyond the physicality of the paint itself, beyond rational thinking.

While much of Bruno’s work seems nonfigurative, it is hugely human in its tone and appearance. His work is simultaneously abstract and representational, symbolic and figurative.

Presently Bruno travels extensively to the outback regions of Australia in an attempt to understand the essence of this land, bring the experiences back to the studio and develop a body of work that incorporates his European roots with an understanding of this land.

It has been said by many great artists that the best teacher is nature. Without the need to do figurative work, nature has much to teach us. It is quite astonishing how the original inhabitants of this land can dwell in extreme abstraction while being connected to the land in their quest for survival. The land is their Mother, every rock and animal have such a realistic and symbolic truthfulness that figurative representation would be a banal mode of expression.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 Floating Worlds, The Clocktower, Moonee Ponds, Victoria,
  • 2014 Chinese Whispers, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora.
  • 2013 Recent Paintings, Art At St Francis, Melbourne
  • 2013 Starry Night, bsg, 322 Brunswick St. Fitzroy
  • 2007 Tall Grass, paintings, bsg, 322 Brunswick St. Fitzroy
  • 2002 Recent paintings, Goya galleries, 85e Queensbridge St. Southbank, Melbourne.
  • 2000 From Black Sun to Venus, Goya galleries, 31 La Trobe St. Melbourne.
  • 1998 Public Office, 100 Adderley St. West Melbourne.
  • 1997 Grand Central Art, Selected New Work and Retrospective, 550 Bourke St. Melbourne.
  • 1994 Black Rain, an Exhibition of recent paintings, Roar-2-Studios, Brunswick St. Fitzroy.
  • 1993 No Vacancy, Interactive Painting, Upper Level Windows, City Square, Melbourne.
  • 1991 Cloud Poems, an exhibition of paintings and installation at No Vacancy 185 Collins St. Melbourne.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015 Urban Materiality & The Yellow Opus, bsg, Brunswick St Fitzroy.
  • 2015 Wild Horses, Hogan Gallery, 310 Smith St Collingwood.
  • 2015 New Surrealism, bsg, Brunswick St Fitzroy.
  • 2014 Aural Landscapes, bsg Brunswick St Fitzroy.
  • 2014 Body Sex,bsg, 322 Brunswick St. Fitzroy.
  • 2014 Urban Art 14: Movement in the City,bsg, Fitzroy.
  • 2009 Time Flies, 69 Smith St Gallery Fitzroy
  • 2007 Body Show, bsg,322 Brunswick St. Fitzroy
  • 2006 Body Show, Brunswick St. Gallery, 2/322 Brunswick St. Fitzroy.
  • 2000 QUATTRO, Chiara Goya Gallery, 95 Victoria St. Fitzroy.
  • 1999 Roar Studios, Members’ Show.
  • 1996 Fifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne.
  • 1995 Fringe Salon, George Ballroom, St. Kilda.
  • 1994 Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne.
  • 1993 No Vacancy, Program Launch Group Show at the ArtsVictoriaFoyerGallery. Melbourne.
  • St. Kilda Visual Arts Festival, Linden Gallery, St. Kilda.
  • 1980 Innocence And Aspirations, Gryphon Gallery, The University of Melbourne.
  • 1978 100 Years of The Nude, Church St. Photographic Centre, Richmond.
  • 1966 Bendini, Calzolari, Mazzoli, Ovan, Pasqualini, Sala Degli Specchi, Ca’Giustinian, Venezia, Italy.
  • 1965 Calzolari, Mazzoli, Ovan, Pasqualini, Studio Bentivoglio, Bologna, Italy.
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