# Gianfranco Asveri was born in Fiorenzuola d’Arda in 1948, lives and works at the Gasperini in the Piacenza hills in the company of his dogs. He did not attend academies or pursue other artistic studies but, after a difficult childhood and adolescence, in 1969 he began to paint, finding a reason for living in art. After an initial period in which he expressed himself with a traditional figurative language, since the eighties his painting has reached a more instinctive and personal gesture, rich in color and matter, close to the expressionism of Art Brut. Representative of a strongly instinctual and emotional painting style, Asveri attacks the surface with an overbearing and primitive gesture, which, however, allows it to coexist with other less perceptible expressive matrices, like the memory of artistic images. With a deep and vital inspiration, Asveri's painting comes from the observation of reality: the animals that the artist collects and cares for, with whom he lives and whom he loves above all else, to which he dedicates drawings, paintings and poems. The newspaper Sole24Ore recently reported him among the ten leading artists of the Italian art market. Critics such as Luca Beatrice have written about him, Paolo Blendinger, Beatrice Buscaroli, Luciano Caprile, Martina Corgnati, Maurizio Corgnati, Elda Fezzi, Stefano Fugazza, Flaminio Gualdoni, Elisabetta Longari, Lorenzo Kamel, Domenico Montalto, Nicoletta Pallini, Elena Pontiggia, Giovanni Quaglino, Alessandro Riva, Marco Rosci, Maurizio Sciaccalunga, Giorgio Severo, the poet Ferdinando Cogni, Ivana D'Agostino and Claudio Vela.
Exhibitions of the artist in the gallery