Leopoldo Terreni

Leopoldo Terreni

Leopoldo Terreni was born in 1951 in Terricciola, in the province of Pisa. He attended art school, but left his studies early, intolerant of any discipline. In ’68 he decided to get to know the great artists of the past, left for Paris, and then stayed for a short period in Liguria. Back home, he meets and hangs out with the painter Pier Orlando Martini, very good with the spatula and wall decoration. Terreni abandons the post-Macchiaiola and hyper-realist experience, it is the period of surreal paintings. He paints, travels, draws, and visits galleries, modern art museums, and biennials. Meanwhile, in the early eighties his painting transformed, and Pirotalco was born, the pointed character who still characterizes all of his work today.

Since 1977 he has proposed personal exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions. Among these we highlight the exhibition at the Sala Comunale of Montopoli Valdarno (Pi) in 1985, the one at the Lochner atelier in Hamburg in 1989, at Palazzo Lanfranchi in Pisa in 1990, at the De Florio gallery in Rome in 1993, at the Brockmann Galerie in Düsseldorf in 1996 and, again in Düsseldorf, Terreni exhibited at the Doris Atelier in 1997. In 2000 the artist was on display at the Salon de Arte de la Casa Amarilla in Santa Cruz De Tenerife (Spain). The anthology at the Giraldi Gallery in Livorno dates back to 2007. Among his latest exhibitions, we remember: 2008 collective “Why not me?”, Villa Valdisonsi, Crespina (Pi); the 2009 collective exhibition “A thousand artists in the Palace”, Palazzo Arese Borromeo, Cesano Maderno (Milan); 2009 collective exhibition “VedoQuadro”, Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull’Arno (Pi) and at the Accademia dei Ravvivati in Piombino (Li); 2009 solo exhibition “The certainty of doubt – artistic journey 1997/2009”, Torre degli Upezzinghi, Calcinaia (Pi); 2009 “The awareness of ambiguity”, Castello dei Vicari, Lari (Pi); collective 2009 “Incontri”, Camuglianonumerodieci, Ponsacco (Pi); 2009 collective “The Wall, twenty years later. Almost like Dumas”, Castello dei Vicari, Lari (Pi); 2010 collective “The cherry, fruit of art”, Castello dei Vicari, Lari (Pi); 2011 solo exhibition “Thirty thirty paintings”, Saletta in via Valtriani, Pontedera; 2012 collective “This is my river”, Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull’Arno (Pi). Between 2010 and 2011 he was one of the protagonists of the traveling collective exhibition “50 Tuscan painters for 50 Tuscan Singers” in 12 locations in Tuscany (Palagio di Parte Guelfa, Florence; Pinacoteca Comunale, Palazzo Minucci Solaini, Volterra; Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce Sull’ Arno; San Giorgio Library, Pistoia; Palazzo Casali, Cortona; Villa Caruso Bellosguardo, Lastra a Signa; Renessans Art Gallery, Florence; Hotel Tower Plaza, Pisa; West Florence Hotel, Campi Bisenzio; Grand Hotel La Pace, Montecatini; Archaeological Museum and Gallery of the Roman Theater, Fiesole; Palazzo Appiani, Piombino). In 2013 the solo exhibition at the Otello Cirri Art Center in Pontedera (Pi) was entitled “The Certainty of Doubt”. During the exhibition, Tommaso Cavallini’s short film on the artist’s life is presented, a film whose title, inspired by the color of his canvases, is “Blue as around the stars”. In 2015 he exhibited in Milan at the cultural center “I Chiostri dell’Umanitaria”. Franz Arrighini, Nicola Belcari, Carl Joseph Brockmann, Francesca Barberi, Massimo Carboni, Dino Carlesi, Pier Marco De Santi, Gianni Di Giovanni, Anna Iozzino, Dietmar Lochner, Giovanni Lombardi, Filippo Lotti, Alberto Mugnaini, Africano Paffi, Nicola Nuti, Carlo Rossi, Pier Marco De Santi, Pierluigi Macchioni Gotti, and Stefano Busellato are some of the authors who have written about his work. Nicola Nuti says of Terreni: «Leopoldo Terreni’s page represents an intimate connection between figuration and the outcome of the abstract experiences of the last sixty years. Moreover, Terreni was formed when in Italy the parable of an action exhibited as avant-garde (but in reality latecomer) had already been vented, both in the abstract and in the neorealist environment, and the artists had begun to revisit their attentions in a less drastic, more nuanced and ultimately more lyrical way. In his works of the last decade, the individual and dreamlike character that arises from the relationship between the abstract layout and the persistence of figurative elements is in fact very evident.

In essence, the author works on the fusion of the abstract image with the metric of his own intuition of “reality”, of space, of “landscape”: reality and landscape understood in allegorical terms and free from any traditional conjunction. A narrative through symbols that develops according to a mechanism that you would say is associative, like in dreams.” For about 20 years he collaborated with the satirical magazine Il Vernacoliere. He lives and works in his hometown.