He started painting at the age of 18 with Casorati in Turin. In 1929 he
made his debut in Casorati’s school and the same year held his first
personal exhibition at the Galleria Milano in Milan.
Biennial and Quadrennial Exhibitions
In 1930 he presented his pictures at the Venice Biennial Exhibition, and
was invited again in 1932 –1934 - 1936 and 1948. In 1935 he was invited
to show his works at the Rome Quadrennial Exhibition and this invitation
was repeated in 1939 – 1943 and 1948.
In 1940 he was present at the Bergamo Award. However, Bonfantini’s
activities that started up with an immediate and secure success were
interrupted for several reasons : due to military service, conspiracy,
imprisonment and the war he was forced to remain away from his painting.
When finally he was able to take up his art again, he closed himself in
the shadow of his studio to compose his still life paintings with the
usual subjects and renewed his walks in the Novara countryside, looking
for that farm, those peasants, that stable, those trees which were so
familiar to him.
Most important personal exhibitions:
Among his many personal exhibitions:
1945: Bottega d’arte, Novara
1947: Libreria del Bosco. Turin
1947: Galleria Milione, Milan
1969: Galleria Vinciana, Milan
1962: Personal Exhibition – Piemonte Artistico e Culturale, Turin
1963: Galleria Gissi, Turin
1967: Nuova Pesa, Rome
1974: Galleria il Vicolo, Genoa
1975: Galleria Niccoli, Pescara and Parma
1978: Galleria L’Incontro, Borgomanero
1980: Galleria Lo Scudo, Verona
1981: Studio d’Arte Le immagine, Turin
1983: Galleria casa dell’Arte, Sasso Marconi
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