Agostino Goldani

Agostino Goldani was born at Verolanuova (Brescia) on November 6th, 1915.
The youngest of five brothers, he was born seven months after his sister Rosa’s death. Desperate because of her nine years old daughter’s loss, his mother nicknamed him “Roso”. Agostino went to school just until elementary school. The family was so poor that at eighteen years old he went as volunteer for the war in Libya (Africa) with two of his brothers. Since 1937 he had been working to the steelworks of Tempini di Brescia, and there, he had been involved in an aerial bombardment that put him in such a deep emotional crisis that he was unable to keep on working because he could not stay in a close place. In 1940 he met Dionisia Bandera and they got married after three years. Unfortunately they had four children that died when they were born. For three years he had been trying to commerce wine but the progressive somatic diseases obliged him to abandon all work activities and to leave the few social relationship he had. His wife was compelled to work for the family survival. In 1970 the couple moved to Remedello (Brescia). Goldani died on October 30th, 1977 in a psychiatric hospital in Brescia (the only one hospitalization). Just few months after his death a medicine student, Sergio Perini, met this self-educated artist’s incredible work by chance. Perini dedicated his university degree to the author contributing to the evaluation (posthumous) of the artist.

Solo exhibitions

1979  Brescia – Galleria dell’Incisione
1981  Mantova – Galleria La Torre
1993  Brescia – Galleria dell’Incisione
1999  Bruxelles (B) – Centre de Recherche et de Diffusion Art en Marge (edited by Françoise Henrion)
2009  Carpenedolo (Brescia) – Palazzo Laffranchi

Group Exhibitions

1997  Palermo – Galleria Bianca dei Cantieri alla Zisa – Exhibition “Arte necessaria” (edited by Alessandra Ottieri)
2003  Milano – Finarte Semenzato – Exhibition “Outsider Art in Italia” (edited by Bianca Tosatti)
2006  Bergamo – Palazzo della Ragione – Exhibition “Oltre la Ragione” (edited by Bianca Tosatti)
2007  Monaco – Salle d’Expo du Quai Antoine – Exhibition “Beautes Insensées” (edited by Bianca Tosatti)
2007  Lucca – Palazzo Ducale – Exhibition “Io è un altro” (edited by Bianca Tosatti)
2008  Carpi (Modena) – Ex Cappellificio Lugli e Rossi – Exhibition “Stupefatti di spazio” (edited by Bianca Tosatti)

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