Silvio Cattani

Blu | 2011 | Acrylic and Paper on Panel | 154 x 104 cm

Giallo | 2011 | Acrylic and Paper on Panel | 154 x 104 cm

Rosso scuro | 2011 | Acrylic and Paper on Panel | 154 x 104 cm




Born in Trento, Italy

Graduated from Istituto Statale d’Arte, Urbino, and Accademia di Belle Arti, Venice, Italy

Einzelausstellungen/Solo Exhibitions (Auswahl/Selection)


LEE galerie BERLIN, Germany


The Italian Pavilion Turin, 54th International Art Exhibition, Art Biennale, Venice, Italy
OLTRE LAGUNA, Palazzo Ferro Fini, Venice, Italy


Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, USA
Italian Cultural Institute, Washington, USA
Kunsthalle. White Box, Munich, Germany
Maschio Angioino, Naples, Italy


Festival dei 2Mondi, Spoleto, Italy


Bocca Bookshop, Milan, Italy
NUMBERS (installation), Art Fair, Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Villa Pisani, Venice, Italy
Studio 53 Gallery, Rovereto, Italy
The Queen’s Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
Theater of Italian Creativity, Gallery at 545 W 22nd Street, New York, USA


Foundation Sparkasse, Rheda Wiedensbrueck, Germany
Galerie Jesse, Bielefeld, Germany
Internationales SonnenForum, RWE Foundation, Dortmund, Germany
Studio 53 Gallery, Rovereto, Italy

Öffentliche Arbeiten/Public Works

Stained glass windows for the Oncological Center, S. Chiara Hospital, Trient, Italy
Mosaic decoration for the Rest Home, Avio, Trient, Italy
Stained glass windows for Guardia di Finanza Headquarters, Ancona, Italy
Mosaics for the Public Hospital, Ala, Italy
Stained glass windows for the Rest Home, Mezzocorona, Italy
Exterior mosaics for the State Jail, Perugia, Italy
Steel and Glass Sculptures for the School of Engineering, Università di Trento, Trient, Italy
Steel and glass works for Provincia di Trento, Via Acconcio offices, Trient, Italy
Stained glass windows, Cassa Rurale Bank, Rovereto, Italy
Mosaics and ceramics for the new Law Court building, Frosinone, Italy
Mosaics and ceramics for the Headquarters of the Polizia di Stato, Rome, Italy


G. Belli, L. Serravalli, Cattani, Giongo, Vitturini, exh. cat.(MART/Archivio del ‘900, Rovereto(TN), 1989), Rovereto (TN) 1989.

G. Belli, L. Serravalli, Cattani, exh. cat. (Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, 1989), Trento 1989.

L. Lambertini, Silvio Cattani, exh. cat. (Galleria Sindoni, Asiago, 1995), Rovereto (TN) 1995.

I. Bartsch, B. Bandini, Silvio Cattani. Blaue Meditationen, exh. cat.(Museum am Ostwall,Dortmund, 1995), Faenza 1995.

AA.VV., Silvio Cattani. Mescolanze, exh. cat. (Assozation Bergmann, Fellbach, 1998), Fellbach 1998.

G. Belli, Smarrirsi nel colore, Trento 2001.

M. Scudiero (a cura di), Arte trentina del ‘900. 1950-1975, exh. cat.(Palazzo Trentini, Trento,2001), Trento 2001.

AA.VV., Situazioni. Trentino Arte 2003, exh. cat. (MART, Rovereto (TN), 2003), Milano 2003.

L. Lambertini, I colori della pietra, Rovereto (TN) 2005.

AA.VV., Silvio Cattani. Che forma ha il mondo, exh. cat. (Studio 53 Arte, Rovereto (TN), 2007), Rovereto (TN) 2007.

L. Lambertini, Silvio Cattani. Meteore, exh. cat. (Libreria Bocca, Milan, 2008), Rovereto(TN) 2008.

About His Work

"The starting point is completely mental, as is the arrival point, and is the result of the inner dynamic of symbols and colours, from which, consequently, sorcery conjures up poetic proposals and sublimated allusions, enough to provoke and awaken the fantasy and imagination. From here, a trip into the unconscious introduces us to the core of the mystery of time, nature and human experiences. There is a reason why in most of Cattani’s works, alongside the various ogival forms of several paintings, different archetypes are depicted and expressed through an abstract and calibrated synthesis".

(Text by Luigi Lambertini 2004)

"In Cattani’s works the graphic sign operates on the surface, depositing on it forms born from dreams, from dream anxiety that leads to consciousness, the archetypal images of life, hidden in the distinct magma of pulses".

(Gabriella Belli, 2001)

"Rules do not exist in Cattani’s works and forms do not always obey the logic of a civilized imaginary because they take shape in ways that are constantly different and contrary".

(Ingo Bartsch, 2006)