Biography

Sopraffazione 1983, oil on canvas, 153x145, detail
Sopraffazione 1983, oil on canvas, 153x145, detail

Massimo Marchesotti was born on June 1st 1935. He began, very young, his music studies and he graduated at the Conservatorio di Musica in Milan. Even though he’s been spending his life as a professional painter, the music remains his bigger and still actual passion, both as ethnic-musical researcher and as director of a folk choral group. In 1960 he began to lay out his works in collective exhibitions, and since 1969 he’s been organising personal exhibitions that allowed him to receive the most significant national and international honours. In 1970 he started a cooperation in the ambit of the exhibitions with the Galleria dello Scudo in Verona, that is still going on. During that period, Marchesotti performed some works (in which he utilised, with good results, the compass of the famous Bonnard) that, afterwards, get linked in a growth of vegetation Kokoschka’s style. In 1971 he was awarded with the gold medal by the President of the Italian Chamber (the painting is still in Montecitorio) at the Concorso Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea MTI71. Once that kind of production was over, even if never completely abandoned, Marchesotti presented a new approach of in-deep examination of the man’s condition in the ambit of the modern society. This aspect is still the most important within his works. He started a conspicuous drawing activity, a hard research on the human figure and an unmerciful representation of subjects that, somehow, he nails on the painting with an overstated and visionary evidence. The figures’ lengthening and wriggling (that remind, for certain aspects, of Soutine and Varlin) become more than ever a desperate and cruel mix of colour, sense of flame and the matter’s flowing to spirituality. In 1986 C.O.N.I. assigned Marchesotti the task to organise the artistic meeting “45 Pittori illustrano lo sport” that took place in the Foro Italico in Rome. In this occasion he cooperated with the painters Ennio Calabria, Franco Angeli and Titina Maselli. He made an exhibition in Berlin with the Bergfelde Group, with whom he improved the techniques of engraving. He met Gabriele Mucchi and joined his “cultural mondays”. Mucchi reviewed some of Marchesotti’s works. In Saint Paul de Vence, Marchesotti met the historian of art Andrè Verdet and, in that occasion, he painted some portraits of him. The encounter with the writer Luigi Santucci, allowed Marchesotti to illustrate one of his stories. Marchesotti also started a musical collaboration with the composers Bruno Bettinelli and Luciano Chailly. In 50 years of works, Marchesotti held exhibitions in Milano, Verona, Vicenza, Siena, Padova, Bologna, Barcellona, Lisbona, Berlino, Trento, Merano, New York, Francia, Roma, Vienna, Venezia, Catania, Danimarca, Australia (Sydney) and also was invited to exhibit in the main events of visual art in Italy and abroad. Being a tireless and curious traveller, he visited great part of Europe, America, Canada and Africa, but attracted to the light of the nordic countries, since 20 years he’s been spending long periods on the west coast of the Jutland doing an in-deep examination of the landscape that allows him to realise intense oil paintings, wash paintings and draws. In this ambit some Danish galleries are interested in his work, and show his paintings. In 2005 the municipality of Milan awarded him with the Benemerenza Civica di Sant’Ambrogio due to his long artistic career both in the figurative art and in the music field. His works are part of several public and private collections.