Claudio Sacchi painting

Paintings by Claudio Sacchi

Claudio Sacchi was born in Pesaro, Italy, on 19 December 1953. He attended the Art School in Urbino, and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Major influences in his artistic education were his encounters with Pietro Annigoni in 1973 and with Enrico Del Bono in 1977, and his friendship with both artists.

Since 1977 his work has been included in the archive of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, in the section on twentieth-century Italian art. In 1979 he collaborated with a Research Centre working on Mario Donizetti’s artistic techniques, in Bergamo. He participates at a first exhibition in 1968 at Raffaello’s House in Urbino and has his first one-man exhibition in 1977 in Florence. Through the years he had exhibitions in most major Italian cities as well as in many foreign countries.

After living abroad for extended periods of time he moves to Florence, where he delivers an intense production as portraitist and works for various Italian galleries. In 2014 he is rewarded with the Italian Republic President’s Gold Medal during the 41° edition of the Sulmona Prize. In the last three years he has frescoed, in various churches, over 500 square metres of walls and ceilings, depicting more than 200 characters. His art is based on excellent graphic skills, long practised and evolved from the glories of renaissance painting. At present he lives in Sansepolcro, Tuscany.

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