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Renato Meneghetti


Renato Meneghetti

Born Rosà, Vicenza, Italy in 1947

Renato Meneghetti began to paint when he was really young (Lavandaia, 1954); particularly noteworthy are his first works "Monotipi", 1964 and "Affreschi su tavola", 1965 presented in the sixties by Carlo Munari, and the important cycle "Fagocitatrici" in the 1968, presented by Lucio Fontana. Even though Meneghetti always preferred painting, he will also dedicated himself to other forms of expression: Music, Multimedia, Installations, Scenography, Photography Architecture, Design, Sculpture.

There are countless sculptures the artist has created for public spaces in various Italian cities. "Meneghetti's sculpture may seem inspired by primitive art, but in these works there is Meneghetti's ability to recycle radiography in creative terms, making it three-dimensional..."
(A. Bonito Oliva, 2006).

Since 1979 an unprecedented research in the use of the most advanced technologies of virtual reproduction of bodies and objects has led him to create the "X-Ray" cycle of which G. Dorfles (2000) wrote: "... Meneghetti's radiographs are the only new fact intervened in Italian art in the last twenty years ... it is necessary to recognize that he was undoubtedly among the firsts - and perhaps the first ever - to understand the aesthetic as well as scientific interest of this medium; and above all to identify the profound meaning of such use ... "
For over 30 years his style has influenced young artists: there are dozens of followers of his "Looking inside to See beyond" movement who have ventured into the use of radiography with more or less interesting artistic results.

Radiography and painting make us perceive the message that evokes light as power and energy even more concretely in the "Grandi Maestri" cycle, in which Meneghetti from 2000 has applied the "fiction" of the radiographic technique to the pictorial subjects of the great Masters of the past, creating a sort of " imaginary museum" in which the artworks are enhanced by a duplicity, which can come from Klimt, Picasso, Dalì, Leonardo, etc., while the radiographic lens is all of his own creating a wise "reductio ad unum". A research developed "looking inside" an infinite number of masterpieces of all times from Caravaggio, Giotto, Mantegna, Perugino, Michelangelo, to Van Gogh and Magritte.