Elena Bertoni and Simone Romano, both from Livorno, have been working together under the pseudonym Anonymous Art since 2000. Their research concerns the stylistic elements of esoteric and folkloristic architecture, and the distortions of legends and popular tales.
The background plays a fundamental role, with its intrusive neutrality helping to concentrate on the Symbol. Artworks by Anonymous Art push the observer to the remote depths of man's deepest-rooted philosophical dilemma. The main roles are given to two opposite characters, a clear allusion to the duplicity of the soul and the contrast between Good and Evil.
Painter and sculptor Antonio Vinciguerra was born in Livorno in 1937 and showed his talent for drawing from a very young age. Although he did not attend art school, he continued to nurture his love of art and finally dedicated himself entirely to painting in 1970. He was greatly influenced by Livornese artist Giovanni March whom he met in 1965, while a meeting with Pablo Picasso in 1959 played an important part in his artistic development.
Daniele Caluri is a Livornese cartoonist (b. Livorno 1971) who started working with the satirical publication Il Vernacoliere at the age of 14.
He went on to create comic strips such as Fava di Lesso (1993), Nedo (1996) and Luana la Bebisitter (1998) before joining forces with Emiliano Pagani to create the popular Don Zauker comic strip series which appeared regularly in Il Vernacoliere until 2011.
Diego Piccaluga was born in Genoa on Christmas Eve 1955 under the sign of Capricorn. Until recently he lived in Livorno but just over a year ago moved to the village of Parlascio in the municipality of Casciana Terme, Province of Pisa.
Diego has been working in the arts for about 20 years, passing from the recycling of objects to contemporary painting using x-ray sheets. He is currently working with digital photography.
Dino Danti was born in Livorno in 1973. Although the subjects he paints - fishing boats in the port, crowded market places, views of Livorno's historic areas - are all traditionally and typically represented in local artists' work, Danti does so with a new and original perspective. The cliché images become something that is strongly personal, transforming themselves in the eyes of the viewer through the artist's energetic strokes. Landscapes are destructured, becoming a chromatic maze of bright colours and shapes, and taking on a contemporary feel that distinguishes Danti's work.
Fabio Mattolini was born in Livorno in 1966 and began painting and drawing at the age of 10 when he followed a course held by Gio’ di Batte, a local artist known for his still life painting. He continued to study under Di Batte until enrolling at the Libera Accademia Trossi-Uberti in Livorno in 1988. He later obtained diplomas in Creative Art at the Istituto d’Arte of Lucca and in Painting at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts in 1992 under Gianfranco Notargiacomo (painter and important exponent of the Italian Informale movement.
Federico Bocci was born in 1974 in Livorno where he currently lives.
In the 1980s he was a regular visitor of the world's antiques markets following his family looking for art&design pieces, in the 90s - while studying - he started his career as art trader.
This unique school of life proved to be the best way to get to know people and market dynamics. At the dawn of the new millennium the family business started to focus on contemporary interior decor, so he visited the most important trade fairs to select arts&crafts to be presented along with their antiques, anticipating the concept store trend.
Francesco Baronti was born in Livorno in 1973 from Italian-Puertorican parents, but spent several years of his early childhood in Somaliland, Africa, a period which greatly influenced him. He started painting at the age of 20 and has developed his own individual style thanks to this multi-cultural background. In 1995 Francesco was encouraged by artist Franco Sumberaz to enrol at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts.
Francesco Ermini was born in Livorno in 1980. After classical studies, he enrolled to study law at Pisa University. During university he began to attend Luca Bellandi's art school where he learnt the basics of drawing and painting. This apprenticeship lasted until 2005 when Francesco started a personal walkabout which took him to various places worldwide for both study and work. In 2005 he moved to Oviedo, Spain, then in 2007 returned briefly to Italy to finish his law degree. In 2008 he went to the USA where he lived and worked first in New York, then in Houston, Texas.
Born in Livorno in 1963, Gabriele Casarosa is a self taught contemporary artist who began painting in 1998. His travelling experiences throughout the world have greatly influenced his works of contemporary art. The rules of drawing that Casarosa learned during his engineering studies are broken or bent in his artwork in order to give greater emphasis to details of particular interest. It is more important to establish a rhythm of narration or to evoke a personal mood that is in some way connected to the place represented in the painting.