Architect, set designer and painter Claudio Monnini belongs to a family of artists. His father, Alvaro Monnini, signed the ''Manifesto dell'Astrattismo Classico'' (Classic Abstractism Manifest) and co-founded the florentine group ''Arte d'Oggi''(1947 - 1950). Claudio exhibited for the first time, aged 12, in 1977 at ''Centro le Mura'' in an exhibition curated by Luciano Consigli and participated very young to several issues of Humour Graphic. As a 'grown up' he mainly exhibited for friends and at their establishments outside the official art network. These have been locations devoted to excellent taste and culinary flavours (L'Uva Golosa and Antica Hostaria Ae Do Porte). He's now participating to several international exhibitions: Michetti Prize, Francavilla al mare (Ch); 'Vade retro.Arte e omosessualitą. Da von gloeden a Pierre et Gilles', first in Milan now in Florence, 'Nuovi pittori della realtą', in Milan, in the PAC (Contemporary Art Pavillon).
Over the years Claudio has been engaged in several portrait commissions. Verism, body language, intense expression, anatomic tension and painting matter are the non-variations of his poetic language. The body is the raw and sympathetic set where the mind is stirred, sending messages that the face tries to evade.
"Vade retro. Arte e omosessualitą " milano, palazzo della ragione, from 10th of july to 11th november 2007. Censored by mayor Letizia Moratti.
58° Premio Michetti "Nuovi Realismi", july 21 2007, sept 2nd Francavilla al Mare, Fondazione Michetti (ch) Italy
Brick Lane Gallery, London, "Restricted area - five bodies in 300x 150cm".
july 25-extended until august 6 2007.
'Nuovi pittori della realtą', in Milan, PAC (Contemporary Art Pavillon).12 oct-25 nov 2007
'Vade retro.Arte e omosessualitą. Da von gloeden a Pierre et Gilles', 26 oct 2007-6th jan2008, Florence,Palazzina Reale di S.Maria Novella
'Art terminal opening evening' milan, may 21th 2008