Felgueiras - April 20 and 21, 2017

Two years after his debut Francesco Zavattari returns to Portugal, this time for a journey where the artist combines his communicative professional skills with his artistic activity. So, on April 20 and 21, he will be at Felgueira’sHighschool, for the opening of "POLIEDRO" exhibition, where, in addition to the installation with the same name, two important series will be presented, "AMBIDEXTER: THE EVOLUTION OF SPACE-TIME"(2014) and " MY ART IS FEMALE"(2015), but also for a Masterclass and a Workshop of his latest educational project, COLOUR STATE OF MIND.

The place that will host these activities is a unique place: an Art Gallery within a School, which is also a contemporary architecture building, with an aesthetics marked by concrete, metal and glass.A combination of elements suitable for the coexistence of an exhibition and activitiesthat could fill this grey, imposing, almost imperturbable space with colour.

Pedro Araújo, director of the ESF for fifteen years, says: "It is with great pleasure that GaleriaPisoDois in Felgueiras informs that it will receive, from April 21, an exhibition by the Italian artist Francesco Zavattari, which will be visible until the end of May, with free entrance, between 08.00 and 23.00, on every working day.
Galeria Piso Dois, a brand of Felgueiras Highschool, has been developing in recent years an intense work of dissemination of local and national artists, having chosen the work of Francesco Zavattari for the Gallery’s first international exhibition. The Gallery has a record, in three years, of almost thirty temporary exhibitions. All these exhibitions were seen by more than a thousand people, a fact that can’t be said about most of the exhibitions that occur outside Porto and Lisbon. Galeria Piso Dois has already exhibited photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, caricatures and many themed exhibitions, such as the production of footwear in Felgueiras, which gave rise to the permanent exhibition of the Gallery.
In a county where the investment of the local authority in culture is very fragile and where Galeria Piso Dois is the only space with regular exhibitions, it’s very relevant that those who live in Felgueiras be given the opportunity to appreciate the creations of an avant-garde international artist, who has tried processes very innovatively and have resulted in very different and interesting works."

This journey in Felgueiras reveals, in fact, the polyhedral essence of Francesco Zavattari. Along with the exhibition, the artist will hold a masterclass and a workshop dedicated to the study, development and application of colour, a research that has been carried out over the last three years through the INVELIGHT project. The goal is to provide students with a comprehensive view of colour and its several applications as well as providing them with knowledge and interpretation tools that can enhance their creativity, in their studies and in their future professional lives.
In Italy, artist’s birthplace, the premiere of this project was held at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce, in January, and the workshop was sponsored by CROMOLOGY ITALIA, offering dozens of litters of colours.

In Portugal, this session has the exclusive sponsorship of Robbialac, a brand that belongs to the group Cromology, one of the world leaders in the area of "Paints". Founded in 1931, TintasRobbialac develops its activity in four main business areas: Decorative Paints, Thermal Insulation, Protection and Maintenance and Automotive Refinishing. Its operations comprise a factory, a warehouse in Lisbon and a vast distribution network, with more than 1,500 sales outlets, which includes an integrated network of 60 own stores and around 100 exclusive resellers. With a turnover of 41 million euros, in 2016, Robbialac develops its operation with around 300 employees.
The association of a partner / market leader, national and international, whose area of ​​intervention is developed in COR, particularly in paints, the basic material of the entire creative process of the artist, seems natural. Robbialac, through its "Corporate and Social Responsibility Policy", also provides the arrival of the COLOR STATE OF MIND project in Portugal, challenging students to "get their hands dirty" and create their personalized and original palette! As in Lecce, one expects a surprising result: hundreds of new colours created using the combination of emotion and technique, which will later be processed and made available on
FrancescoZavattari, artistand designer, deals daily with issues related to communication, its power and also its weaknesses. Combining the artistic and professional characteristics, Francesco assumes art to the service of the education, a piece that he considers essential in the social development.

Events Details:
Francesco Zavattari
Poliedro + Ambidexter + My Art is Female
Curatorship: Cláudia Almeida
Technical Director: Ana Paula Costa

Vernissage: 21 de abrilàs 21 horas 
From April 21st to 31st of May, 2017
Galeria Piso Dois
Escola Secundária de Felgueiras
Av. Dr. Manuel de Faria e Sousa, 4610-178 Felgueiras

Free Admission
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 8h to 23h.  


Felgueiras Highschool
Masterclass: April 20, 10h30 – 12h30
Workshop: April 21, 10h30 – 12h30 
Project Manager: Cláudia Almeida
Project Assistant: Ana Paula Costa
Sponsor: Robbialac

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