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Paolo Treni

Paolo Treni was born in 1981 on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. Now, he lives and works between Brescia and Milan.
In Milan, he graduated in Communications at Cattolica University and received a degree at Teatro Arsenale theatre school. His relation with Theater shaped his artistic research and gave him the opportunity to work in the Scenography Lab of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, applying to “set design” the artistic movement analysis method developed by the French Master.
The Lab is the place where his Art turns from project into real practical process. Treni is aware that it’s up to the artist managing that sort of alchemy which transforms the plexiglas surface, through lasers, enamels, pigments and varnishes, in the perfect support for embracing his dreamlike world.
Plexiglas become a medium, able to catch light energy, and then radiate it in a changing chromatic spectrum, generating emotional resonance between colours variation, due to the changing brightness in space, and shades aroused in the observers emotions. In a dynamic of attraction-repulsion, spectators are led to explore each artwork nature and effect, moving along the wall in search of the focal point in which colours turn on and composition come to life. “Le Chasseur de Lumieres” is an important project and milestone achieved in his eclectic career, exhibited in September 2013 in Paris, in the prestigious context of the Maison & Objet fair. He’s given the graphic design for two prototypes of heated towel rails made of backlit glass. Noticed by architects and interior designers, he began various cooperations, which led him to acquire the commission of several artworks made of plexiglas, that are inserted, in 2014, in private Milanese collections.
Thanks to AISTHESIS. At the root of sensations, exhibition visited in 2014 at Villa Panza in Biumo, he found out the main value of interaction with customers. In this case, site-specific installations by Robert Irwin and James Turrel, Masters in perception and installation Art, were significant.
The relation with customers became essential in his creative process. People “perception” leads him imagining congruent shapes and colours, with both human soul and collector living place, so designing a sort of architectural portrait, set like a precious stone. His artworks, whether made by a single support or complex installations, re-shape the environment, creating new balance. It’s about artworks going beyond aesthetic beauty and formal elegance, releasing a pulsating energy that turns on when it gets in touch with the shining microclimate of space in which they are placed, highlighting the customer personality and his intention to exist and imagine.
In 2015, thanks to this modus operandi, he gained the commission of Afflatus Caelestis, which takes part of the Countess Dania Zani Barranco collection, together with artworks of important Masters, such as Tilson, Chagall, Picasso.
In 2017 he had the honor of receiving the Premio Montale Fuori di Casa Award, in theArt category. The award is assigned in memory of the Italian Nobel Laureate Eugenio Montale, thanks to his ability in combining aesthetic research, art and poetry.
In 2018 he set up his first public solo exhibition at Fortezza Firmafede in Sarzana (Sp), curated by Ivan Quaroni and titled “Simulacra”.
The work “CPH4”, one of his “Simulacri di Luce”, is acquired in the Collection of Human Relations by Baroness Lucrezia De Domizio Durini at Palazzo Durini in Bolognano (Pe).
In September 2018 he is the youngest artist to become part of the permanent collection of the Park Museum – International Center of Outdoor Sculpture in Portofino, chaired by Daniele Crippa and curated by Serena Mormino, alongside the works of the greatest artists of the Modern and Contemporary Art.

Paolo Treni

Paolo Treni was born in 1981 on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. Now, he lives and works between Brescia and Milan.
In Milan, he graduated in Communications at Cattolica University and received a degree at Teatro Arsenale theatre school. His relation with Theater shaped his artistic research and gave him the opportunity to work in the Scenography Lab of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, applying to “set design” the artistic movement analysis method developed by the French Master.
The Lab is the place where his Art turns from project into real practical process. Treni is aware that it’s up to the artist managing that sort of alchemy which transforms the plexiglas surface, through lasers, enamels, pigments and varnishes, in the perfect support for embracing his dreamlike world.
Plexiglas become a medium, able to catch light energy, and then radiate it in a changing chromatic spectrum, generating emotional resonance between colours variation, due to the changing brightness in space, and shades aroused in the observers emotions. In a dynamic of attraction-repulsion, spectators are led to explore each artwork nature and effect, moving along the wall in search of the focal point in which colours turn on and composition come to life. “Le Chasseur de Lumieres” is an important project and milestone achieved in his eclectic career, exhibited in September 2013 in Paris, in the prestigious context of the Maison & Objet fair. He’s given the graphic design for two prototypes of heated towel rails made of backlit glass. Noticed by architects and interior designers, he began various cooperations, which led him to acquire the commission of several artworks made of plexiglas, that are inserted, in 2014, in private Milanese collections.
Thanks to AISTHESIS. At the root of sensations, exhibition visited in 2014 at Villa Panza in Biumo, he found out the main value of interaction with customers. In this case, site-specific installations by Robert Irwin and James Turrel, Masters in perception and installation Art, were significant.
The relation with customers became essential in his creative process. People “perception” leads him imagining congruent shapes and colours, with both human soul and collector living place, so designing a sort of architectural portrait, set like a precious stone. His artworks, whether made by a single support or complex installations, re-shape the environment, creating new balance. It’s about artworks going beyond aesthetic beauty and formal elegance, releasing a pulsating energy that turns on when it gets in touch with the shining microclimate of space in which they are placed, highlighting the customer personality and his intention to exist and imagine.
In 2015, thanks to this modus operandi, he gained the commission of Afflatus Caelestis, which takes part of the Countess Dania Zani Barranco collection, together with artworks of important Masters, such as Tilson, Chagall, Picasso.
In 2017 he had the honor of receiving the Premio Montale Fuori di Casa Award, in theArt category. The award is assigned in memory of the Italian Nobel Laureate Eugenio Montale, thanks to his ability in combining aesthetic research, art and poetry.
In 2018 he set up his first public solo exhibition at Fortezza Firmafede in Sarzana (Sp), curated by Ivan Quaroni and titled “Simulacra”.
The work “CPH4”, one of his “Simulacri di Luce”, is acquired in the Collection of Human Relations by Baroness Lucrezia De Domizio Durini at Palazzo Durini in Bolognano (Pe).
In September 2018 he is the youngest artist to become part of the permanent collection of the Park Museum – International Center of Outdoor Sculpture in Portofino, chaired by Daniele Crippa and curated by Serena Mormino, alongside the works of the greatest artists of the Modern and Contemporary Art.

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Paolo Treni’s Artist Statement

Rarely, I remember my dreams. Maybe, that’s why I always wanted to create artworks that were made of oneiric matter. Thanks to Jacques Lecoq Theatre, I learnt that there is a specific tempo, a space, a rhythm and, especially, a light wich is exactly right for each colour. The theatrical neutral mask instilled in me a “conditioning free” approach to the Arts, with which I started an inner analysis for finding out that abstract dimension made up of spaces, lights, colours, materials, sounds which have been laid down in me by various experiences and sensations, by everything I’ve seen, heard, touched, tasted. All of a sudden, this dimension flows into the area of collective imagination, it moves suspended on the brink between dream and reality: this is the source of my  creative process.
When I ride my bike I feel free to think of Art. I try to seize an apical moment in the perception of the outside world,  then I augment and suspend it, in a timeless moment.
And for that moment, it’s all there.  There’s nothing else. I can feel – sublime – the poetry carved in the colour plasticity.
When I start drawing, I never know what I will paint. I stay focused, I draw on my emotional memory (I do an emotional recall),  and I go with the flow. I let my emotions and images emerge, evoked by an encounter, a space, a person…
I indulge the dialogue between conscious and unconscious in search of synthesis. When the artwork is “open” to various interpretations, it means that I’ve already finished: I feel that no key is needed to cross the threshold;  going beyond the plexiglas surface and perceiving colours variation is enough.
In my laboratory, I use lasers, enamels, pigments and varnishes in subsequent stratifications, to impress into plexiglas that intangible atmosphere I felt, thanks to light reflection and refraction.
I’m interested in creating a viewing experience for observers. The one  which  takes shape by the interaction between their gaze and my installations, showing how my composition comes to life and colours transform  in front of them, as light varies in the space .
Anyway, mine is just a point of view. I try to enrich it through the perceptive alternation and simultaneity, arousing free interpretations that may come from people and focusing on the basic relation between light-colour-human eye, which runs all vision mechanisms.

EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS
by Adriana Beverini – President of Premio Montale Fuori di Casa Award

Paolo Treni artworks, realised with lasers, enamels and varnishes applied in subsequent stratifications on plexiglas support, deal with the material transcription of dreams, live thanks to light reflection and refraction.
Treni succeeds in harnessing the vital atmosphere, that comes from the surrounding environment, into plexiglas, by ensuring that this material catches the light intensity and then radiates it in a changing chromatic spectrum.
Thanks to an admirable compositional balance, an ongoing harmony among contrasting elements, this artist can establish a deep emotional and empathic resonance with observers.
Gradually, P. Treni’s work evolution combines two-dimensional production to wall installations in bigger dimension that dialogue with space, until well-rounded installations.
From his first artworks designed on black background, with strong chromatic contrasts having holographic reminiscences, he passes to an investigation on colour-shape relation linked to space: topics in his artworks represent both technological fragmentation and current explosive technological revolution, as well as artworks focused on fluids world visually interpret the concept of a liquid post-baumanian modernity. His “Nuvole”, for example, maintaining the reflection and refraction effects, peculiar to the living magmatic matter, evokes, in the observers, the child imaginative potential in front of the eternal clouds generation play. In “Goccia d’Abisso” he moves to the tridimensional installation and the light-colour-shape relation is enriched by the shadows projected from each panel. This one, in turn, relates to lights and colours, arising or hiding new shades, according to the point of view or movement of observers in space.

Presentation video of Paolo Treni’s exhibition at Fortezza Firmafede (IT) curated by Ivan Quaroni

PAOLO-TRENI-TRAILER-SIMULACRA from PAOLO TRENI on Vimeo.

Exhibition List (Selection)

 

Exhibition List (selection)

Awards

2017 Winner of the “Premio Montale Fuori di Casa” Award, in the Art category. The award is assigned in memory of the Italian Nobel Laureate Eugenio Montale, thanks to his ability in combining aesthetic research, art and poetry.

COLLECTIONS

Public

2018, September 29th, Paolo Treni is the youngest artist to become part of the permanent collection of the Park Museum – International Center of Outdoor Sculpture in Portofino, chaired by Daniele Crippa and curated by Serena Mormino.

Private of note:

2018 The work “CPH4” ( “Simulacri di Luce” Series) is acquired in the Collection of Human Relations by Baroness Lucrezia De Domizio Durini at Palazzo Durini in Bolognano (Pe).

Solo Exhibitions:

2018 Simulacra, Paolo Treni public solo show at Fortezza Firmafede, Sarzana (Sp)- Mudef Museum, 10th-21st March

Group Exhibitions:

2013 “Le Chasseur de Lumieres”, Maison & Objet fair, Paris, 6th-10th September

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