Marco Fantini

Marco Fantini embodies the quintessence of the inspirational artist for us.

A visionary, a fantasist who’s art can be extremely direct and striking but also quite complex, painful to interpret. His paintings have been used as a cover for the Apparel B-Day 10 double vinyl and celebratory book and, other than being immensely grateful to him, we’re sure that such a body of work wouldn’t have been so successful without the help of his art.

For all these reasons we’re overjoyed to present you his page on the Apparel Wall. Thanks Marco.

Marco Fantini was born in 1965 in Vicenza, Italy.

In 1983 he attended the Faculty of Architecture at University of Venice following Italo Zannier’s photography courses among others. Influenced by Diane Arbus’ works he started a personal research concentrating on themes of diversity and alienation.

In 1989 Marco Fantini traveled to Mexico where he spent 2 years working in Enrique Norten’s architectural studio, and studying Mexican muralist painting.

His first oil paintings date back to this period. In the lastest years he has worked also in video installation and sculpture projects. Lives and works between Vietnam and Italy.



Museo Eremitani, Padova. “A rivedere le stelle”. (group show)


Galleria D’Arte Contemporanea Osvaldo Licini, Ascoli Piceno,(Italy), “Sono 2”, curated by Giuseppe Frangi (one man show)


Galerie Da-End, Cabinet Da-End 08, Parigi (Francia) — Paolo Maria Deanesy Gallery, Trento (Italy), / SPAZIO KN, Trento, “Concerto Campestre (o interrotto)” curated by Federico Mazzonelli (One man Show)


Museo di Lissone, Milano (Italy), “HB” , curated by Alberto Zanchetta & Federico Mazzonelli (one man show) Galleria Poggiali, Pietrasanta (Italy) HB/Release (one man show) Spazio Bigli, Milano (Italy), “Zone”, curated by Marco Meneguzzo Teatro dell’Elfo, Milano (Italy), FACE2FACE Marco Fantini + Augusto Perez, curated by Flavio Arensi


National Gallery Of Arts, premio Mulliqi, “Talking about” Prishtina (Kosowo), curated by Artan Shabani — Riccardo Costantini Art Gallery, Torino (Italy), “COI-NOR” (One man show)


Palazzo Giacomelli, Treviso (Italy), “Dante e L’arte Contemporanea” curated by Mario Dal Re


Tirana National Gallery, Tirana (Albany), “Neomigieniane “, curated by Krenar Zejno


The Promenade Gallery, Vlore (Albany), “Personal Issues”, curated by Fani Zguru (one man show) Daily Lazy Projects, Athens (Grece), “Hosted in Athens” (Greece) Galleria Rubin, Milano (Italy), ”Cranioscopia”, curated by Alberto Zanchetta


54 Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione del Veneto, Villa Contarini , Piazzola sul Brenta (Italy) — Giardino Storico di Palazzo Soranzo Cappello, Venezia (Italy) “Un giardino Incantato”, (Biennale di Venezia, side event) , curated by Elisabeth Sarah Gluckstein — Museo di Castel Sant’Elmo, Napoli (Italy) “Antilogia” curated by Marco Vallora, texts by marco vallora, Federico Mazzonelli, Stephen Danzig, Massimo Recalcati (one man Show)


The promenade Gallery, Vlore (Albany), “The Berlin Wall” , curated by artan Shabani — Ospedale degli Innocenti , Firenze (Italy), “T.R.I.P. To Heaven”, curated by Marichiara Valacchi


ZAIM Art Center, YoKohama (Japan), YoKohama International New media Festival “The Vernacular Terrain”, curtesy of IDA Projects, Fondazione Dynamo, Limestre, S.marcello Pistoiese (Italy) “Dynamo Art Factory” — Museo della ceramica di Cerreto Sannita (BE) (Italy), “Il Diavolo e l’Acqua Santa”, curated by Ivan Quadroni — Ab23 chiesa dei Santi Ambrogio e Bellino, Vicenza (Italy), “Welcome Home”, curated by Stefania Portinari — Promenade Gallery, Vlona (Albany), “Exquisite Creatures” — Galleria San Salvatore, Modena (Italy), “Il ritmo delle ossessioni”, curated by Ivan Quaroni — Marco Maria Deanesi, Rovereto (Italy), “Italian Contemporary Painting(s) “ACT 1”, curated by Alberto Zanchetta


Castello Visconteo, Legnano (Italy), 2000/2008 Arte a Legnano, Idee per una Pinacoteca, curated by Flavio Arensi “TIFF ’08, — Tirana Film Festival”, Tirana, Albania (Videoanimation) — Trento (Italy), “Out Of Order”, Manifesta — side event -, curated by Federico Mazzonelli — LAB 610 XL Comune di sovramonte(BL),(Italy), “Il Diavolo Di Giorgio”, curated by Viviana Siviero e Alberto Zanchetta — MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto, Rovereto, (Italy) ”Auguri ad Arte”


QUT, Brisban (Australia), Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing (China), “The Vernacular Terrain”, IDAProjects , curated by Steve Danzig — Galleria San Lorenzo, Milano (Italy) “Segni”, curated by Mimmo Di Marzio — Caserma De Cristoforis, Como (Italy), “Allarmi 3, il nuovo contingente”, curated by Cecilia Antolini, Alberto Zanchetta, Ivan Quaroni, Alessandro Trabucco — Galleria S.Salvatore, Modena (Italy), “EST MODUS IN REBUS”, curated by Ivan Quaroni


Andrea Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza (Italy), “Lapsus” texts by Alberto Zanchetta, Marco Vallora, Marco Fantini, Stefania Portinari, Giovanni Frangi (one man show) — Teatro India, Roma (Italy), “La Sagra del signore della nave”, 18 proposte per il manifesto dello spettacolo diretto da Vincenzo Pirrotta, text by Alessandro Mendini (one man show)


Palazzo Forti, Verona, (Italy) “L’infinito dentro lo sguardo.Una collezione permanente.” curated by Giorgio Cortenova — Galleria Il Castello, Trento, (Italy), “Marco Fantini”, texts by Marco Vallora, Marco Fantini, Ivan Quaroni, Massimo Recalcati (one man show) — Palazzo della pretura, Sassoferrato, Ancona (Italy), “Premio Giacomelli”, curated by Mauro Corradini — Palazzo Pretorio,Certaldo (Italy), “Seven,Everything Goes To Hell”, curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga — Castello di Casalgrande, Sassuolo (Italy), “Superplastica, sculture del disequilibrio”, curated by Ivan Quaroni — Centrale Taccani, Trezzo d’Adda,(Italy), “Memoria Contemporanea”, curated by Mariachiara Valacchi — Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia (Italy), “The face of Madness”, curated by Alessandro Parmigiani


MACI, Museo d’arte contemporanea di Isernia,(Italy), “L’arte in Testa”, curated by Luca Beatrice Basilica Palladiana, — Vicenza (Italy), “Borsa Valori”, curated by Stefania Portinari — Castello Malaspina, Massa (Italy), “Viaggio In Italia”, curated by Alessandro Romanini — Teatro India, Roma (Italy), “Marco Fantini”, curated by Luca Beatrice (one man show)- Mart, Rovereto (Italy), “Auguri ad Arte”- Castel Sant’Angelo, Roma (Italy), “InTransito”, curated by Andrea Bezzicchieri


Antonio Battaglia Arte Conteporanea, Milano (Italy), “Ex Cursus”, texts by Alessandro Mendini e Alessandro Riva (one man show)


Palazzo Leone da Perego, Legnano (Italy), “Giovanni Testori, Un Ritratto” curated by Flavio Arensi — Galerie Beukers, Rotterdam (Netherlands) “Acqua”, curated by Marco Vallora 2001 — Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Firenze (Italy), “Genesi Di Un Quadro” curated by Alberto Fiz (one man show) — Galleria Il Castello, Trento (Italy), “Genesi Di Un Quadro” (one man show) — Miart, Milano (Italy), Amedeo Porro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (one man show)


Amedeo Porro Arte Contemporanea, Vicenza (Italy), “Marco Fantini, Opere Recenti”, texts by Marco Vallora, Emilio Tadini (one man show) — Palazzo Sarcinelli, Conegliano Veneto, Treviso (Italy), “Una Donazione Per Un Nuovo Museo” curated by Marco Goldin


Casa dei Carraresi,Treviso, (Italy), “PItture-Il sentimento e la forma” curated by Marco Goldin


Galleria Daniele Romere, Malo, Vicenza (Italy) — Mother Jones institute of S. Francisco, (USA) ”Grant for social photography” (selectioned to represent Italy)


Accademia Carrara di Bergamo (Italy), “Omaggio a Lanfranco Colombo per i 25 anni di attività della galleria Kodak 1992 — Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia,(Italy), “Giovane Fotografia Nel Veneto”, curated by Italo Zannier 1988 — Centro Civico della Giudecca, Venezia,(Italy), “Oltre Il Canale” (one man show)

“Marco Fantini offers an alternate view on paranoia that does not rely on the viewer’s unconscious projection of experience. He suggests it is generated by the artist’s wilful submission to the associative power of the psyche. Paranoid and suspicious about his own conscious state of reality, Fantini plays the artist as illusionist, charlatan and trickster, challenging a literal reading of his work within conventional psychoanalysis. In the artworks of Fantini, representational images engaged through the mediums of painting and moving image and often have more than one dominant interpretation.”

Stephen Danzig

Apparel Music ‘Birthday 10’ by Marco Fantini

In the special occasion of our 10th birthday we wanted to make something to create something really memorable, bringing together in two vinyl some of the most in uential artists who took part in the making of our history and some new ones, yet prominent and successful, to the family.

A very special and important mention for the artist and friend of the AM’s clan Marco Fantini who blessed us with the chance of choosing amongst some of his stunning artworks for the covers of the record. Each production, indeed, has a different and dedicated piece that reflects the mood of the track. Thanks Marco for having such an important role in this creative process!

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