Bruno Ceccobelli

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Bruno Ceccobelli
Bruno Ceccobelli.jpg
Ceccobelli in 1998
Born (1952-09-02)2 September 1952
Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy
Nationality Italian
Known for Painting, sculpture
Movement Scuola di San Lorenzo or Nuova Scuola Romana

Bruno Ceccobelli (born 2 September 1952) is an Italian painter and sculptor. He currently resides and works in Todi, Italy.[1] Ceccobelli was one of the six artists of the Nuova Scuola Romana or Scuola di San Lorenzo, an artistic movement that grew out of the Arte Povera and Transavanguardia movements of the latter twentieth century.[2]


He wrote: "I do not want to be a market-fan artist, but to belong to all times, and this is why I believe in a foreseeing art, not just historical or literary or sociological or stylistic. I believe in a symbolic art, capable to offer a message and to pacify the world".[3] In 1975, he first took part in a group exhibition in the Town Hall of Albach, Austria, and, two years later, he had his first solo exhibition at the Alternative Space Gallery in Rome, where he exhibited works of conceptual art. He also participated in two group exhibitions at La Stanza, an independent space self-managed by young artists.

In the early 1980s, Ceccobelli and other artists settled in the former Pastificio Cerere, a large abandoned industrial space located in the San Lorenzo quarter in Rome. The group, known as the New Roman School or San Lorenzo Workshop,[4] included Piero Pizzi Cannella, Marco Tirelli, Giuseppe Gallo, Gianni Dessì, Nunzio Di Stefano and Domenico Bianchi. The Italian art critic Achille Bonito Oliva wrote that these artists were "all bearers of individual poetics and all streams towards a common aesthetic mentality and a moral vision of art".[5]

In the following years he had a number of international exhibitions: in 1979, at the Festival of Italian Culture in Belgrade and, subsequently, group exhibitions in France, Germany, and Croatia. At Yvon Lambert in Paris he exhibited Morpheus.[6]

Artista Re (1987), paper on wood, graphite and wax, 160 x 205 cm

The 1990s started with exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Canada and Italy. In 1994 he was invited to give a training course at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Artes in Senegal, an experience that would leave a deep influence in his life.[7]

Leda (2000), travertine

Also in 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MaRT) of Rovereto presented the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the Officina San Lorenzo, which traced the history of that group. The exhibition catalogue, was published by Silvana Editorale and edited by Daniela Lancioni.[8]


Ceccobelli's writings have been collected into four books:

  • L'arte del possibile reale, ed. by L. Marucci, Stamperia dell'Arancio, Grottammare-Ascoli Piceno 1994;
  • Color Bellezza, ed. by N. Micieli, Il Grandevetro-Jaca Book, Pisa 2002;
  • Tempo senza tempo della pittura, De Luca Editori d'Arte, Roma 2005;
  • Gratiaplena. Economia della grazia, ed. by M. Bastianelli, Effe Fabrizio Fabbri Editore, Perugia 2008, 2011.

Museums and private collections[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography". Bruno Ceccobelli. Archived from the original on 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Gramiccia, Roberto (2005). La nuova scuola romana. I sei di via degli Ausoni. Rome: Editori Riuniti. pp. 67–68. 
  3. ^ Lottini, Otello (2003). Classico eclettico. Rome: Il Cigno. p. 54. 
  4. ^ Gigliotti, Guglielmo (2011). Sei storie romane. Rome: Edizioni Carte Segrete. p. 19. 
  5. ^ Bonito Oliva, Achille (2009). Stati di grazia nella Scuola di San Lorenzo. Milan: Silvana Editoriale. p. 13. 
  6. ^ Lancioni, Daniela (2009). Gli artisti di San Lorenzo. Milan: Silvana Editoriale. p. 33. 
  7. ^ Ceccobelli, Bruno (2003). Color Bellezza. Milan: Jaca Book. 
  8. ^ Lancioni, Daniela (2009). Italia Contemporanea. Officina San Lorenzo. Milan: Silvana Editoriale. 
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  21. ^ work: "Feuchter Hirsch, 1985"
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Further reading[edit]

  • O. Celestino, 11 Storie. Pastificio Cerere andata e ritorno, Carlo Cambi Editore, Poggibonsi 2007.
  • D. Lancioni (a cura), Italia Contemporanea. Officina San Lorenzo, texts by G. Belli, A. Bonito Oliva, D. Lancioni, F. Bacci, N. De Pisapia and M. De Pilati. With a bibliographical apparatus by P. Bonani; catalogue of the exhibition at the Museum Mart in Rovereto, from 16 May to 27 September 2009; Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2009.
  • D. Guzzi, Sul filo della memoria, ENPALS-Editori Laterza, Bari 2010.
  • G. Gigliotti, Sei storie. Tirelli, Pizzi Cannella, Ceccobelli, Nunzio, Gallo, Dessì, Edizioni Carte Segrete, Rome 2011.

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