Walter Valentini

17. 6.-30. 9. 1989

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC)

Walter Valentini, The City of the Sun, 1986, etching and aquatint; recipient of the International Jury Prize, 17th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 1987.

The exhibition included fifteen prints made between 1984 and 1988. Painter, sculptor and printmaker Walter Valentini is an important representative of Italian lyrical abstraction. His graphic work is also internationally known. He is versed in a great number of graphic techniques and has authored a series of artist’s books. His work is characterised by a precise sense for geometry, proportion and rhythm. His commitment to the Renaissance tradition of perspective and the golden section guides him in his explorations of space, forms and their balance. Important sources of his inspiration are architecture, astronomy and cosmography. At the time he received an award at the 17th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, the predominant colour of his works was white, intensified to the extreme. Valentini’s most known print series are The City of the Sun, Ideal City and Measures of the Sky.