Gianfranco Zappettini (1939)

Gianfranco Zappettini is one of the major exponents of Pittura Analitica, which is linked to the analysis on mediums and pictorial processes.

In 1962 he attended the architect Konrad Wachsmann’s studio, who influenced his painting in the sense of a structural research, with the german painter Winfred Gaul. In the meantime he spent his time in Germany and Netherlands: in 1971 he joined the exhibition “Arte concreta” at Westfälischer Kunstverein di Münster, curated by Klaus Honnef, with Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Bruno Munari, Mario Nigro, Mario Radice, Manlio Rho; he also exhibited in the major shows which displayed the main artistic tendencies of those years.


His “white” paintings are created from a canvas painted with black and then with white acrylic and quartz pownder until the black painting is completely covered. Superfici analitiche were exhibited from 1973 in collective and solo shows all over Europe; his personal exhibitions, dedicated from public and private spaces in almost fifty years of activity, include the one at Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, 1975), Internationaal Cultureel Centrum (Anversa, 1978), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce (Genova, 1997). Zappettini recently focused on the metaphisical value of warp and weft.


He lives and works in Chiavari.

Superficie analitica n. 310, 1974
Superficie analitica n. 310, 1974

Superficie analitica n. 310, 1974
Superficie analitica n. 310, 1974


Superficie analitica n. 310


mixed media on canvas

40x40 cm


Provenance: Private collection, Bergamo, Italy.