Ivan De Menis

Ivan De Menis born at Treviso on 12 june 1973,
Studied in the Graphic Arts section of the “Bruno Munari” State College of Art
in the Italian town of Vittorio Veneto and attained a diploma in Painting from the Venice Accademy
of Fine Arts in 1997.
He lives and works in Treviso.

Ivan De Menis

Ivan De Menis born at Treviso on 12 june 1973,
Studied in the Graphic Arts section of the “Bruno Munari” State College of Art
in the Italian town of Vittorio Veneto and attained a diploma in Painting from the Venice Accademy
of Fine Arts in 1997.
He lives and works in Treviso.

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“Only colour and planes can give us the silent quiet of the spirit”
Roberto Longhi


This quotation, originally referred to the so-called “colorismo veneto” (Veneto’s colour painting), seems perfectly suitable for Ivan De Menis, whose poetics can be read in the light of some approaches which are deeply rooted in his painting practice and which De Menis seems to summarize in a personal and modern way.
The exquisitely chromatic character of De Menis’s artwork recalls the colorist tradition of Veneto’s tonal painting. Perhaps thanks to his geographical origins, the artist is naturally familiar with that “practice of painting with colors only” that originated in the Venetian area (Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Tiziano) and influenced a relevant part of the European painting since the 16th century by proposing a new model for the reproduction of natural appearances.
In this tradition color becomes light and key element for the definition of shape, which focuses on the graphic representation of chromatic variations in relation with the variations in light intensity, aiming at the unity and fusion of local fields of color in a dominant tonal scheme.
At the same time, De Menis brings back another great tradition, which is abstraction: on the one hand, the “lyrical” abstraction, mainly European, because of his warm tone in painting, deeply connected with the question of vision, in search of the tactile effect of color, experienced in its own independent expressiveness and sensuality; on the other hand, the most radical abstraction, also called “post-pictorial” or “analytic” abstraction, of American origin.
In fact, De Menis’s artwork shows that the semantic thinning goes at the same pace of the need to build the painting message on more controlled and systematic foundations: the stress is all on the “vision”, the artist’s starting point for the development of an intimate relationship between work of art and space. The painting converses with its support, mainly wooden, without hiding it; rather, the painting allows the wood’s thickness and roughness to be clearly visible and perceivable in its material presence.
On these surfaces (but we should rather say “on these volumes”), De Menis works the pictorial matter through the stratification of enamel layers, the thickening of resins and the combination of pigments with foreign elements, such as bubble wrap and polystyrene.
In some of his paintings the artist allows us to glimpse the temporal sequence of the painting process in the tones, in the chromatic transitions, in the colour dropping and in the transparency of glazing.
Some other times he seems to be freezing the pictorial matter with a glossy, shimmering result: in this case the chromatic surface fixes synchronically the temporal sequence of the painting process in an instant of eternity,
condensed in the color gleam.
Thus, we are in front of the pictorial act, understood mainly as chromatic investigation, but also as experimentation of the connection between pigment, surface and matter. It is meant as a thorough and reflective discipline, based on technique and on the sound knowledge of mixtures, complex color reactions and light variations. Painting becomes therefore the subject matter of de Menis’s research and, at the same time, the instrument through which the artist performs the analysis of the object, i.e. the work of art.
The work of art, in its being tangible and physically present, is a proposition that states both a sculptural and conceptual dimension of painting; the picture does not refer to anything beyond itself and the artist does not give the colour any metaphoric or allusive function.
The pictorial field, also endowed with the same objective presence, acts as a powerful expansive and dynamic force. This is where the transformation can take place: the work of art becomes a kind of
“bright monad”, a chromatic, resonant, lyrical key, with a compositional lyricism that is enhanced by the disposition and installation of the works in the surrounding space.

Vittoria Broggini

Exhibitions List

Solo exibitions
2019 “Overlays” Galerie Maximilian Hutz, Hard Austria
2018 “Riflessi” Sharevolution, Genova
2018 “Tempi A- Strat(T)i, 56 Figino Serenza (CO)
2018 “soloshow” Art Karlsruhe_ ArToxin Gallery, Munchen
2018 “Solo Show” Arte Fiera Bologna, Project B
2016 “Ivan De Menis” Morotti Arte Contemporanea, Varese
2016 “Dialoghi” C2 contemporanea, Firenze
2016 “Contaminazioni” Kunstlerhaus, Klagenfurt
2015 “Compressioni” Project B Gallery, Milan
2015 “Residence” Galerie RX, Ivry Sur Seine
2015 “Solo Show” Arte Fiera Bologna- Morotti Arte Contemporanea, Bologna
2014 “Invisibili Tracce” Casa Cima, Conegliano
2014 “Materie Evanescenti” Studio Vanna Casati, Bergamo
2014 “Views 2.0” Galerie Hebert, Paris
2013 “Views” Galerie Bartoli, Marsiglia
2013 San Gregorio Art Gallery, Venezia
2012 “Ivan De Menis”Galerie Hebert, Paris
2011 “Proteggere il tempo”, San Gregorio Art Gallery, Venezia
2010 “Tracciati”, Art Way Gallery, Treviso

Group exibitions
2019 “Smaii World” Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne
2019 “Breathe” Museum St Wendel, Wendel
2019 Heidelberg Kunstverein, Heidelberg
2019 “Superfici eloquenti” Nuova Galleria Morone, Milano
2019 “Cabinets de Curiosites//Wunderkammer” LE6b, Saint Denis
2019 “The World of Icons” Voloshyn Gallery, Kiev
2018 “Icons/icon Essencie” KNO Bulgakov Museum, Kiev
2018 “MiArt” Project B, Milan
2018 “absolute” Boeker contemporary, Hidelberg
2017 “Oorverdovende Stilte- De Halle, Geel” Art Center Hugo Voeten, Herentals. Belgium
2017 “Palinsesti” Galleria Sharevolution Arte Contemporanea, Genova
2017 “Ivan De Menis/Mario Palli” Artoxin Gallery, Munchen
2017 “Heimat.Domovina.Patria” Kro Art Contemporary, Wien
2017 “Chronos- le stanze del contemporaneo” palazzo Botti/palazzo Colleoni BG
2017 “MiArt” Project B, Milan
2016 “:COLORE” LABS gallery, Bologna
2016 “Project B10” Project B, Milano
2016 “De Leur Temps 5” – I.A.C. Institut d’Art Contemporain, Lion
2014 “Acqua” Kro Art Contemporary, Wien
2014 “Art Verona” Morotti Arte Contemporanea, Verona
2014 “Racconti brevi” Morotti Arte Contemporanea, Varese
2013 “OLTRE otto artisti al di là dell’apparenza” Rocca San Giorgio, Orzinuovi Brescia
2012 “Emergenze del sentire” villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo TV
2012 “OLTRE otto artisti al di là dell’apparenza” Sala Manzù, Bergamo
2010 “Ricognizione sulla nuova arte in Veneto” Studio Bazzini Arte Contemporanea, Milano
2009 “Tra segno e Materia”,Galleria d’arte 911, La Spezia
2008 “Petali rossi”, Galleria ZeroUno, Barletta, Bari
2008 “Dentro e fuori una cornice”, Galleria ZeroUno, Barletta, Bari
2008 Casa du Brasil, Madrid
2008 “Cristalli di Rocca”, Galleria civica di Palazzo Borgatta Rocca Grimalda, Alessandria
2008 Espace Miromesnil, Paris
1997 Villa Moretti, Casaleggio, Novara
1996 “Nuove figure”, San Gregorio Art Gallery, Venezia

Public spaces, museums and Foundations
IAC institut d’art contemporain Villeurbbanne/ Lion, France
BAG Bocconi Art Gallery, Milano, Italy
ART CENTER HUGO VOETEN, Herentals, Belgium

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