Gianfranco Baruchello was born in Livorno in 1924. Throughout his artistic career he explored several media, from painting to drawing, photography, video, theatre and performances. In 1973, the artist founded an agricultural company, Agricola Cornelia S.p.A a political happening aiming to explore the relationships between the value of the artistic and the agricultural product and to investigate the concept of work and how the economical laws regulate it.
His paintings and drawings are fragmented in series of small elements, almost miniatures, connected one another to form a non-linear narrative. Naïve and ermetic at the same time, the canvases are mostly large blank surfaces punctuated with visual annotations and short texts, montages which explore processes and map ideas.
Little galaxies of painted episodes are extrapolated from different realities, from history, natural processes, contemporary events and onirical visions and placed in relationship one another to form unpredictable patterns.
The artist imagines and designs what he defines as “small systems” created in order to contrast the big systems of idealogy and politics.
(in Italian) Interview with Gianfranco Barruchello on Flashart
(in Italian) Introduzione a Baruchello (an article by Tommaso Tini, on DATA #14)
Gianfranco Baruchello. Certain Ideas (an exhibition at ZKM)