Biography and artistic personality: Angelo Marchetti was born on January 10th, 1930, in Milan, Italy (but only a day later he was registered at the city’s registry office).
Alternating his work as a painter with that as sculptor and etcher, Angelo Marchetti created a peculiar expressive language in which it is hard to disentangle the subdued drawing style from the plastic and chromatic components.
In the exaggerated, deliberately deformed, irregular character of his figures it is easy to perceive a multitude of stimuli in which exuberance and instinct assert themselves at very step, almost to testify to the psychological turmoil which continuously grabs the human being wandering – spinte vel sponte – under the impenetrable veil of his existence.
"My intention" – says the Milanese artist – "is to search, search, and continue to search for the logical reason for which I am in the condition and position of human being. To move outside myself by some means, in my case the figurative image, and at the same time to evaluate the positive gifts and the negative stimuli on my intimate character – positive, as a recognition that I truly feel them as such; negative, in all their acceptation."
A diarchic component seems to be ever present in the works of the artist who speaks of incessant struggles between hedonism and suffering, good and Evil, Ormudz and Ahriman, which (we must unfortunately agree) are the irrepressible heritage of the existential burden that we carry within us. The logic that Marchetti puts forward with a convincing argument seems all the more valid if we realize that he speaks without leaning on the support of any academic education, but only on a personal and continuous empiric stratification which he has gained through his work, more laborious and suffered than any regular course.
Thought on art. “Art is the essence of life itself” Thought on life. “Life is awareness - knowledge intended to grasp the most important aspects of existence itself”.
Documentation from reviewer. “Angelo Marchetti’s art appears simple and complex at the same time.
The Milanese artist, who always attributed little importance to gallery exhibitions because of his reserved temperament, is finally putting on display a valid overview of his latest artistic production.
This exhibition can be considered an anthology, for all his previous productions are distributed among a large number of collectors. Angelo Marchetti is well known to the public and he is surrounded by a wide range of professionals and amateur estimators. Angelo Marchetti’s pictorial technique is strikingly simple: faint colors, without consistency nor thickness. Every work is conceived as a large-scale creation that gives prominence to the sculptural structures and the perspective audacity born out of expressive eagerness, without any composition study nor preliminary sketches, in the impressionist way. Brush-strokes always have a dramatic touch.
Errors, even if evident and easily corrigible, are never corrected so as to make more penetrating the pictorial theme that the artist has long pondered”.