The painter, Professor Raffaele Tarpani, the world of art in mourning, died
“What terrible news today is the loss of the great artist, Raffaele Tarpani. A sensitive soul, always ready for solidarity, so much in favor of Jonathan’s house here in November 2015, inauguration of the house thanks Raffaele, may you rest in peace among your splendid colors ». These are the words of the painter, professor Rosella Aristei who had, for some time, established artistic and collaborative relationships with Raffale.
“I only learned now, dear friend, I have no words, my heart tightens, you always came to the pharmacy just to talk, we talked until the day before yesterday – he writes Laura Ciacci -. I am happy because I know that you have lived your life to the full, between sufferings and joys. I will look at you through your paintings, wherever you are you will remain in my heart, dear confidant friend … I will miss you Hi Raffaele Tarpani, I want to remember you like this, proud happy, obviously you were an artist in everything ».
Upon learning of the death of the well-known painter Raffaele Tarpani, the Mayor of Bastia Umbra expresses his heartfelt condolences to the family on behalf of the Municipal Administration and the Bastiola community. “With Tarpani one of the most famous figures in the Umbrian artistic panorama is leaving and who has made an important contribution, over time, also to our country. One could not fail to appreciate his love for art and the promotion of solidarity initiatives in favor of the community and those most in need with a great spirit of generosity ”.
BIOGRAPHY – Born in Perugia in 1949. He studied and lived in Umbria, he graduated from the Bernardino di Betto Art Institute in Perugia in 1966, qualified to teach. He began his artistic activity in 1962 by participating in various regional and national exhibitions, obtaining prizes and recognitions as a true performer of contemporary art. In autumn 1968 he set up his first personal exhibition in Perugia, obtaining positive acclaim from critics and the public.
The following year he is present with a solo show in Spoleto as part of the XII edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi. In 1971 she confirmed herself as one of the most interesting promises in the Italian art scene, exhibiting at the Barbaroux Gallery in Milan. In 1972 he was back in Perugia with a solo show and was invited to be part of cultural institutions such as the Accademia dei Cinquecento and the Accademia Tiberina. After a phase of research and reflections on his expressive methods, he accepted an invitation to participate in a group show at the Salone delle Nazioni in Paris in 1982. The following year, he was invited to Mugnano, where he painted an appreciated mural. At the same time he keeps a personal one.
In 1985 he repainted a Madonna with Child and angels inside the church of Trebbio di Pila. In this period he experimented with other expressive forms, preferring old woods as supports for a material of synthetically eloquent colors and images, testifying an inexhaustible creative vein. Subsequently his research, always in the field of experimentation, starting from the informal lesson, combined with the irreducible vocation to preserve an iconocity imprint, moves to exalt the material, such as jute and paper to get to the fusion of plastic. After a national selection he is among the twenty artists invited to the VII edition of the “Painters in limelight” event in Nardò (Le), at the end of which he received the honor of “Master of the brush”. The following year, he returns to the week of color in Marina di Ravenna where he participates in six competitions, obtaining the awards in four competitions including the “Gold Palette”. In 1991 at the XXVII edition of August Corcianese, he idealized and created a performance in favor of UNICEF.
In that year he was invited to Mugnano to set up the official exhibition of the event “In… contriamoci” thus inheriting the baton from well-known painters. He also creates a mural in Bagnaia, below an arched architectural structure, in front of the town church. In 1992 he organized several exhibitions, including three personal ones. In April in Santa Maria degli Angeli, then in Talla (Ar) where at the invitation of the Pro Loco, another personal exhibition opens in the local elementary school. In December it is presented to the public of Bastia Umbra, in the S. Croce exhibition hall, with the patronage of the Councilorship for Culture of the Municipality. In 1993 the artist’s expressive research was clarified, rediscovering those themes that had always fascinated him such as the landscape, thus abandoning abstract material research. In September, as part of the review of the festivals in S. Sisto di Perugia, he made a panel later offered at auction, the proceeds of which were donated to the association “
“Committee for life. At the end of that year, he sets up a solo exhibition at the cultural club “Insula Romana” in Bastia Umbra, proposing himself again in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with new works, once again demonstrating his technical expertise and affection for those constant themes in his production, such as the Umbrian landscape, female nudes and experiments on ceramics.
In the early nineties he was struggling with the fresco technique. He creates a mural in the Mikiflowers club in Bastia Umbra; a wooden work in favor of the Pro Loco of Mugnano in memory of a dear colleague who died; then he decorates the hall of a private house in Pila and sets up two personal exhibitions in Mugnano. In 1995 he created the Palio on the occasion of the Feast of San Michele Arcangelo patron saint of Bastia Umbra which, excluding an easy pictorial narration, is characterized by a compositional virtuosity with skilful chromatic contrasts that effectively emphasize the religious meanings. There are various works carried out to contribute to charity auctions, in addition to those also mentioned in Foligno, Bastia, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Perugia etc. In 1997 in the S. Croce exhibition hall in Bastia Umbra, with the presentation of the art critic dott. Massimo Duranti, is proposed to the public again, with a monograph that contains significant works from 1968 to 1997.
Forty works that have retraced and illustrated the path followed by the artist in almost forty years of activity. In 1997 he created a personal exhibition in Valtopina (Umbria) at the Pro Loco headquarters and participated, winning, in the competition of Trevi (Umbria) for the realization of the painting “Palio dei Terzieri”. In 1998 he realizes two personal exhibitions respectively in Assisi hall “Via del corso” and in Bastia Umbra on the occasion of the “Expo gift” (international exhibition of gift items). In 2000 he made three personal exhibitions: in Assisi in the “Locanda degli Artisti”, in the Palazzo di Assisi in the “Sala del Castello” and in Bastia Umbra on the occasion of the “
“. In 2002 he was present in Todi, at the former church of Santi Filippo and Giacomo, with an important solo exhibition, always followed in the same year in Bastia Umbra by the event “Arte in vetrina”, an experience repeated, also in 2003. promoter of two important collectives linked to the “éART” Group and both accompanied by important catalogs: the first is in Bettona and the second, entitled “… .. & markings”, in Rome at the Oratory of S. Francesco Saverio. 2004 is an important year, in fact in San Sano (SI) he is awarded the “Golden Frog” and during the year he is the protagonist of three significant solo shows, in Ospedalicchio at the “Olivera Inn”; in Trevi at “Il Frantoio” and in Spello at the “Hotel Altavilla”.
In 2005 he participated in “In Chartis Mevaniae”, before a
and then in Perugia at the CERP. In 2006 and 2007 he is the protagonist once again in Mugnano with a personal exhibition for the event “In … contriamoci” and between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, on the anniversary of his 44 years of painting, he holds a splendid exhibition at the Logge di Braccio in Perugia in the presence of regional authorities and the best of Umbrian critics. Also in 2006 he is the author of the “Palio della Quintanella” in Scafali (PG) and of the “Plate of Sant’Antonio” for the homonymous event in Santa Maria degli Angeli; again in the same year he was the protagonist of a solo show in Amelia, Palazzo Petrignani, entitled “Afternoon with Rossini”.
Again in 2007 he was invited to Rodi Garganico to exhibit with 24 other artists selected nationally, as well as joining the group of 30 artists hosted by the Alkaest Association of Città di Castello for a collective exhibition; also in this year he is coordinator of the “Via Crucis” in Spello where he too participates, together with 13 other artists selected by him, with a significant work. Between the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008 he exhibited in Spello at the Palazzo Comunale, always with the intervention of authorities and well-known critics. In 2008 he is the author of the manifesto for the 25th anniversary of “I Vinarelli” in Torgiano, an event in which he has always constantly participated; also in 2008 he participates in the significant exhibition, of which he is also a selector of the participating painters, dedicated to the 700th anniversary of the death of Santa Chiara da Montefalco and entitled “Homage to Clare” which takes place at the Augustinian Monastery, on this occasion the Municipality di Montefalco acquires the work. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 he is still invited to Nardò (LE) at the “Painters in Ribalta” event where 20 selected artists from all over Italy exhibit.
In March 2008 he exhibited a
at the “Chiesa S.Maria” in Piazza del Comune, in the same year he sets up a personal exhibition in Foligno at the “Piazzetta S. Vito”, subsequently he is present with a series of recent works in the premises of the “GARGOTTA” pub pizzeria in Bastia Umbra. In 2009 he created a personal exhibition in the premises of the BNL of S. Maria degli Angeli on the occasion of the days of Telethon. In 2010 he exhibited his works in the local “Pizzidea” of Bastia Umbra. In the same year he is also present in Assisi at the “Camping Internazionale Assisi”. In August he exhibits in Torgiano in the exhibition hall of the “Lungarotti Foundation”. From December until the end of January 2011 he is part of the “10 Artists at Court” at Palazzo della Corgna in Castiglione del Lago – Pg.
In April 2011 he inaugurated in Perugia at the “S. Maria della Misericordia ”a personal exhibition entitled“ Heaven ”. 2012 is the year in which he celebrates his 50 years of artistic activity, on the occasion of this event, he realizes various personal exhibitions, starting from Perugia “Sala Cannoniera –
“, In April opens in Torgiano” Palazzo Malizia “, subsequently in May inaugurates in Castiglione del Lago -” Palazzo della Corgna “, in August it crosses over into Tuscany at the” Museum of the Madonna del Parto di Piero della Francesca “in Monterchi – Ar, then in December, and sets up the exhibition in the “Exhibition Hall of the Benedictine Monastery” of Bastia Umbra – Pg. In the same year he created the X station of the “Via Crucis” for the Church of the Madonna del Rosario in Agello – Pg, in December he joined the initiative of the municipality of Città della Pieve “Vetrine d’Autore”.
In 2013 he inaugurates a personal exhibition in Città della Pieve “Palazzo della Corgna” and then returns to Tuscany in May in Cortona at “Palazzo Casali – MAEC Museum” He is the animator and coordinator of the “éART” Group. He is the creator of the “50 meters of… Solidarity” event which for years has led to Bastia Umbra, Trevi, Spello, Assisi, Perugia, Foligno and S. Maria degli Angeli. Since 1991 he has been present with an atelier in Bastia Umbra, where he lives and works. He teaches in various painting courses in Umbria. His works are present in private and public art collections in Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Germany, Great Britain, France, Denmark, California, Australia and India (“Gandhi” Museum).
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