Francesco Fedeli


Francesco Fedeli was born on the 17th October in Milan, Italy.
From an early age Francesco showed talent and a strong passion for the figurative arts. At the age of 15 he attended the studio of Pasquale Bossi and Mario Broggi atelier.
He became the assistant to the well known fresco painter Carlo Cocquio, learning techniques which would became fundamental in the development of his painting skills. He then went on to attend Milan’s Accademia di Brera, becoming the student of Umberto Lilloni.
Francesco was invited to display 4 pieces of his work at a collective exhibition at the Regia Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. This marked the start of his life long career in the arts.
Galleria Piccola Mostra held an exhibition displaying over 60 of Francesco’s paintings. The first time an exhibition had been dedicated entirely to his own work.
Being a prolific painter of the Milan art scene, he was regularly invited to display his work at some notable exhibitions, including amongst others; the Mostra sociale d’autunno, Mostra del Sindacato interprovinciale Belle Arti in Milan at Palazzo della Permanente, Premio Bergamo, Mostra Nazionale del paesaggio italiano. As well as several important exhibitions of his own.
With the outbreak of war in Europe, Francesco was conscripted into the army, like many other young Italian men. Recognized for his talents as an artist, he was sent soon put to work documenting in canvas the harsh realities of war.
In 1942 his war paintings were exhibited at the “Artisti italiani in armi”, organized by Stato Maggiore and prestigiously opened by King Victor Emmanuel III. The exhibition then went on tour to be displayed in Rome (at Palazzo delle Esposizioni), Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest and then on to Sofia.
Later that year, Francesco was sent to the Russian front continuing his work as a painter correspondent for the Italian Army. After his return home in 1943, Francesco become more well known to the public eye, after as series of his war sketches were published by the major Italian newspapers in 1944.
Francesco then went on to display his war sketches at Galleria Paganora, not anticipating his collection would be bought by 3 influential collectors of the time.
Francesco directed painting and composition at Scuola Superiore d’Arte of Castello di Milano. During this time he met his student Lucia Omera, soon to be wife, and mother of their 3 children Lidia, Iris and Giorgio.
His time spent at Scuola Superiore d’Arte, allowed him to explore further the direction of his creativity, laying the foundations for his own unique style on the canvas.
His work is exhibited in Milan at Palazzo della Permanente, the XXII Biennale Nazionale d’Arte (he will also take part to 1963 eand 1967 editions), and at Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica at the I Mostra Regionale dell’Unione Sindacale Artisti Italiani Belle Arti. With his personal exhibition in 1962 at the Galleria Schettini in Milan, he adheres to the International Movement of informal painting. He relocates with his wife Lucia Omeri in Castelletto Ticino, on the Lago Maggiore.
He displays at Palazzo Reale during the Seconda Mostra Regionale Lom- barda and III Mostra d’arte contemporanea and at Palazzo della Perma- nente during the XXIII Biennale Nazionale d’Arte. At the same time, he hold personal exhibitions in Sesto Calende, Riva del Garda, Como, Novara and Gallarate.
He takes part to several collective exhibitions, among others Premio Suzzara, Biennale di Bolzano (displaying for the second time), IV Mostra d’arte contemporanea in Milan, IX Premi Internacional Dibuix Joan Mirò (in Barcelona). He gets awarded with the gold medal at VI Premio Città di Saronno.
He displays in several personal and collective art exhibitions and in 1976, after a long partnership with director Franco Zeffirelli, he is responsible for the pictorial direction for the movie “Gesù di Nazareth”. He also collaborates with director Bertolucci for the movie “Novecento) and with architect Mongiardino.
He displays in some collective exhibitions and holds ten individual ones: among others the anthological one (with Raffaele De Grada introduction) at Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Gallarate in 1980 and the personal one at Galleria d’arte Lo Spazio in Brescia in 1981
Galleria Ponte Rosso in Milan guests two personal exhibitions of Francesco Fedeli in 1982 and 1986. The display of 1986 is accompanied with the publishing of an art monograph of Fedeli presented by Filippo Abbiati. Galleria Ponte Rosso also hosts the artist in 3 other exhibitions.
He holds a comprehensive anthological exhibition at the Comune di Sesto Calende and takes part in Milan to two different collective displays.
He exhibits at Galleria Ponte Rosso and in Sesto Calende at Palazzo Comunale. After attending the opening of this very last exhibition, he goes under surgery for a standard operation (cataract): unfortunately he will return home blind

Dies in Varese the 26 th of January at the age of 87.