ArtVerona 2022

ArtVerona 2022

Preview by invitation: October 13th (6-9 pm) 
Main Section
Pad.12 – H7 

Bea Bonafini 
Andrea Martinucci
Serena Vestrucci

On the occasion of ArtVerona 2022, Renata Fabbri is pleased to present the researches of the represented artists Bea Bonafini (Bonn,1990), Andrea Martinucci (Rome, 1991) and Serena Vestrucci (Milan, 1986). Conceived as a triple solo show, the project collects a selection of new pictorial and sculptural works that generate a dynamic exchange of different languages and expressive means.

Drawing from the compositional and iconographic research defining the artist’s pictorial education, Bea Bonafini’s research develops transversally, ranging from heterogeneous mediums, languages and bodies. Adopting materials that are intrinsically bound to the body and to the subject’s intimate sphere, the artist translates her pictorial register into an environmental dimension, combining seductive installations with objects and chameleon sculptural configurations. Bonafini’s works are made up of fabrics, carpets and other materials which project the observer into a comfortable space: a place that embodies the sacral and familiar domestic dimensions, creating a physical and spiritual encounter with the artwork. Overlapping ancient and modern art history, fluid identities, religion and craftsmanship, the artist explores new ways to put the observer at the centre of the work both physically and psychologically, questioning the artwork’s ability to be tangible and intimate and its capacity to create new mythologies and material possibilities.

Andrea Martinucci’s artist process revolves around assemblies and intricate pictorial layers able to generate rarefied and surreal settings. Through process of laceration, fragmentation and recomposition of the image, the artist creates metaphorical non-linear narrations that include humor, the absurd, and poetry to explore issues such as amnesia, traumatic experiences and processes of sublimation. In the attempt to hypothesize “other” forms and dimensions of existence, Martinucci’s questions the ordinary nature of the surrounding reality, welcoming through the pictorial medium everything that is by chance and unknown. Rubber gloves, chairs, shoes, vegetal elements – the debris of a society that is inexorably and rapidly moving towards its collapse – are the subjects of the artist’s works. Taking inspiration from reminiscences that emerge as free associations, Martinucci invites the spectators to explore undefined and suspended worlds: new spaces in which to cultivate a greater awareness of their interior Selves.

Delving into the interstice of everyday experience and taking inspiration from unexpected encounters with common objects, Serena Vestrucci’s works question and manipulate the ordinary through the use of multiple artistic processes and linguistic paradoxes, aimed at surprising and triggering short-circuits. Drawn to objects, situations, images and material belonging to everyday life, the artist makes them the main subject and material of the artistic experience. Modified and translated into fields of actions different from their original ones, Vestrucci focuses on the latter, changing their perception and filling them with new meanings through instantaneous and illusory poetics, slightly visible and apparently simple. The resulting works, in their visual immediacy and intriguing formal directness, subvert the perception of the artwork, modifying the semantic value and, at the same time, inviting us to rethink the way we observe and interpret what surrounds us. Invested with a subtle irony towards the contemporary, Serena Vestrucci’s works dig into the obviousness of small things, giving voice to what is often hidden, forgotten or put aside. Through a naive and playful language, which is at the same time blunt and provocative, Vestrucci raises the misconception as the necessity for more careful and deep understanding of reality.


Bea Bonafini (1990, Bonn, Germany) lives and works between London and Rome. In 2014 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art and in 2016 a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Solo/two person exhibitions include: Unearthly, Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg (2022); Animals of Your Lip, Bosse & Baum, London (2022); A Monstrous Fruit, Setareh, Berlin (2022); Ghosts for a Post-modern Tale, LAAA, Mexico City (2022); Full Moon (Empty Stomach), Renata Fabbri, Milano (2021); Sfiorare Fantasmi, Eduardo Secci, Florence (2021); Twin Waves, Operativa, Rome (2020); Chimère, Chloe Salgado, Paris (2019); Talk to the Hand, Bosse & Baum, London (2019); Ogni Pensiero vola, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2018); Shed Shreds. Lychee One Gallery, London (2018); Dovetail’s Nest. Zabludowicz Collection, Invites, London (2017); A World of One’s Own. Fieldworkds Gallery, London (2017). The artist has participated in numerous residencies: Alkinois art residency, Athens (2022); TAC art residency, Tuscany (2022); Palazzo Monti, Brescia (2021); Rosa Lee Travel Grant, British School at Rome (2020); Abbey Scholarship, British School at Rome (2019-2020); La Berlugane-Maleki Residency and Commission Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France (2019); Platform Southwark Studio Residency, London (2018), Fibra Residency, Colombia (2018), Fieldworks Studio Residency, London (2017), Villa Lena, Italy (2016) and The Beekeepers Residency, Portugal (2015).

Andrea Martinucci (b. 1991, Rome, IT) is a visual artist who lives and works between Milan and Rome. His work has been exhibited in institutional and experimental spaces such as Institut Français – Palazzo delle Stelline (Milan IT, 2016); IIC Los Angeles (Los Angeles USA, 2022); Mattatoio (Rome IT, 2016); Palazzo Reale (Milan IT, 2019); Tang Contemporary Art (Hong Kong CN, 2020); FuturDome (Milan IT, 2017); Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome IT, 2012); VUNU Gallery (Kosice SK, 2020); ZETA Contemporary Art Center (Tirana AL, 2021); Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Croce (Genoa IT, 2012); Museum of Art and Archaeology of Maremma (Grosseto IT, 2017); Fondazione Pastificio Cerere (Rome IT, 2012) and In De Ruimte Space (Gent BE, 2019). In 2020 he was among the winners of Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere (MAECI-DGSP/MiC-DGCC), with Turbomondi (Melodia), a video installation destined for the Public Collection of Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, Rome, IT. He took part in several projects, among which: Tonight we are young – New Italian Art, Triennale (Milan IT, 2022); Fenomeno Pasquarosa, La Fondazione – Nicola Del Roscio Foundation (Rome IT, 2020); MANIFesta – Iniziative di II, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (Rome IT, 2021); Rereading the Archive, ICA Foundation (Milan, IT 2022) and SPRINT, O’ Space (Milan IT, 2017).

Serena Vestrucci (Milan, 1986). After a Bachelor’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, she moved to Venice, where in 2011 she won the residency–study at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. Here she attended the IUAV University and in 2013 she obtained a Master’s degree in Visual Arts. Serena Vestrucci has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at numerous Italian institutions including: Renata Fabbri Gallery, Milan (2021); FuoriCampo Gallery, Siena (2018); G.A.M Gallery of Modern Art, Verona (2017); Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas, Palermo (2017); Marsèlleria Permanent Exhibition, Milan (2016); Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, Genoa (2015); Ottozoo Gallery, Milan (2013). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions, such as Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warsaw, Poland (2022); Made in Cloister Foundation, Naples, Italy (2022); Imago Mundi Foundation, Treviso, Italy (2021); Pastificio Cerere Foundation, Rome, Italy (2020); Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, Genoa, Italy (2020 and 2015); Palazzo Del Medico, Carrara, Italy (2020); Michetti Foundation Museum, Francavilla al mare, Chieti, Italy (2020); Casa Testori, Novate Milanese, Italy (2019); Blitz, Valletta, Republic of Malta (2019); Italian Cultural Institute, New York, USA (2018); Italian Cultural Institute, London, UK (2018); Santa Maria della Scala Museum, Siena, Italy (2018); Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (2017 and 2015); Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy (2017, 2012 and 2010); FRISE Künstlerhaus, Hamburg, Germany (2014); Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy (2014); Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin, Italy (2014); G.A.M Gallery of Modern Art, Milan, Italy (2012); Venetian Institute of Sciences, Humanities and Arts, Venice, Italy (2012); Stedelijk Museum, ‘S–Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (2011). In 2017 she won the 18th edition of Premio Cairo and she was selected by the City of Milan to create a permanent work in the frame of the public art commission ArtLine Milano.