Andrea Martinelli

Andrea Martinelli

Andrea Martinelli was born in Prato on 12 March 1965, city ​​where he currently lives and works.

After graduating from the Porta Romana Art Institute in Florence, in 1988 wins the Tito Conti award, thanks to which the Academy of Drawing Arts of Florence assigns him as a scholarship an atelier in Piazza Donatello for a duration of five years. In this period he gives life to a series of works entitled “Senesceze”, that attract the attention of the art critic and historian Giovanni Testori.

Between 1992 and the following year, therefore, impressive portraits of the elderly and of grandfather Dino were born, in which the artist concentrates with singular skill in the merciless and obsessive definition of somatic features.

In these works the strong attention for drawing emerges, a technique that over the years acquires a predominant interest in his research. From 1993 undertakes an important exhibition activity, among which we remember the personal exhibitions in Strasbourg at the European Parliament, at the Frissiras Museum in Athens, allo Scheringa Museum in Amsterdam, at the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen in Germany, at the Fondation Rustin in Antwerp and at the Museo della Permanente in Milan.

In 2003 is in the 2011 is present at the International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Always in 2011, the Italian Pavilion, directed by Vittorio Sgarbi, promotes a solo exhibition at the Pecci Museum in Milan on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The 2018 it is the year of two major events. In March, an anthology of his works is inaugurated at the Ducal Palace of Urbino by Vittorio Sgarbi entitled “The shadow, the eyes and the night”. On the other hand, the personal exhibition is inaugurated in July “Look at me and I'll tell you who you are” at the Refectory of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, curated by Elisabetta Sgarbi on the occasion of the Milanesiana.

In 2019 a great anthology was held at the Giorgio Conti Foundation (Palazzo Cucchiari) of Carrara, “Andrea Martinelli. Stories of men and shadows. Works 1999-2019”, curated by Massimo Bertozzi and Antonio Natali. From 2014 Martinelli is a member of the Academy of Arts and Design in Florence.


The endless face oil on panel 110x110 cm
La Mousmé (studio) pencil and watercolor on paper 40x30 cm - 2020
61 La ragazza di Arles tempera, matita e pastello su carta cm 180x120 - 2020
The girl from Arles, pencil and pastel tempera on paper 180x120 cm - 2020
Agostina and the shadows tempera, pencil and pastel on framed paper 180x120 cm - 2020
Agostina and the shadows (studio 2nd version) pencil and watercolor on paper 40x30 cm - 2020
The peasant woman from Neunen 2 (studio n. 2) pencil and watercolor on paper 40x27 cm - 2020
Augustine (studio) pencil and tempera on paper 40x27 cm - 2020
MARTI0001 The man with the scarf (Ezio) mixed technique on canvas 88x59 cm - 2001
MARTI0024 The face of Agnese mixed media on cardboard 104x72 cm - 2001
MARTI0025 Agnes and the city dream mixed media on cardboard 104x72 cm - 2001
MARTI0006 Simone in piedi (studio) tecnica mista su tela cm 71x25 - 2002
MARTI0006 Simone standing (studio) mixed media on canvas 71x25 cm - 2002
MARTI0026 Simone nell'ombra pastello su carta cm 70x50 - 2001
MARTI0026 Simone in the pastel shade on 70 cm paper - 2001
MARTI0027 L'urlo del filosofo tecnica mista su carta cm 32x23 - 2005
MARTI0027 The scream of the philosopher mixed technique on paper 32x23 cm - 2005

Exhibitions of the artist in the gallery