oil on canvas
45 × 36 cm

About the artist

On crucial ten years from 1975 to 1985 Valentini is recognised as one of the most important living ceramic sculptors. In the late 1950s one of his collaborations was with Lucio Fontana on the monumental Melandri Tomb in Faenza, he won the Faenza Award in 1956, 1961 and 1977, the prize of the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts in 1958 – this was the period in which he moved among a large and lively intellectual circle, from Tancredi to Scanavino, from Arnaldo and Giò Pomodoro to Sottsass. His breakthrough in Milan came in 1976 with the memorable one-man show of paintings and sculptures in Carla Pellegrini’s Galleria Milano.His approach to material, colour and figure immediately marked him out as unique in the contemporary debate. His learned and wise approach, combined with the dry potency of his sculptural visions, had no parallel among them.The early 1980s witnessed a series of one-man shows in major galleries: Babel in Heilbronn in 1981, Vera Biondi in Florence and Galerie -e in Munich in 1982, the Venice Biennale, and a participation in ‘La sovrana inattualità’ in the Museum des XX. Jahrhunderts in Vienna. In 1984 he had a large-scale one-man show in the Padiglione d’arte contemporanea in Milan (his Cratere entered the permanent collections of the Milanese Civico Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Palazzo Reale), shows in the Museu de Ceràmica in Barcelona and once again in Galerie -e in Munich. In 1985 he was represented in the Galleria San Luca in Bologna. He died unexpectedly on 5 December 1985.