Francesco Vaccarone was born in La Spezia on 4th Oct 1940. He began painting at a very early age under the guidance of G.U. Caselli and G. Bellani, at the same time pursuing classical and philosophical studies.
From 1957 to 1964 he presented his first solo shows and took part in numerous collective shows in many Italian towns. The creative language of this first period was figurative and greatly influenced by German Expressionism.
From 1965 to 1969 he had a second studio in Genoa where he carried out research on visual languages and was in close contact with poets (Gruppo 63) and artists from the Italian experimental avant-garde (“Trerosso” from Genoa, “’70” from Florence, “LineaSud” from Naples), with whom he organized conferences and exhibitions.
In 1970 he moved his second studio to Rome, where he perfected his knowledge of chalcography techniques, making many etchings. He associated with artists such as Marini, Gentilini, Raphael Mafai, Zancanaro, Guttuso, V. Tavernari, Fieschi.
In 1973 the first monograph dedicated to his work was published by the Macchi Gallery of Pisa, with a preface by the art historian Enzo Carli and the poet Dino Carlesi. Numerous exhibitions were held of his work in Italy and Switzerland, and he received prestigious awards. Giochi di gabbiani all’alba: 1974-75
In 1976 and until 1990 he moved his second studio to Milan. The relationship with corporeality, physical, psychological and historical space were the new main conceptual focuses of his work in these years, as Madeleine Guignard clearly perceived in her catalogue presentation for the exhibition which the University of Clermont Ferrand dedicated to him in February 1976.
In 1977, the publishers Edi/Albra of Turin published a new monograph on his work entitled “Eclisse” (“Eclipse”) edited by Franco Solmi, director of the Modern Art Gallery of Bologna. In this period (1977-1990) shows of his work were held in museums, universities and private galleries in Italy in: Monza, Venice, Milan, Ferrara, Gallarate, Bergamo, La Spezia, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Turin, Lerici, Florence, Pisa, San Marino, Massa, Piombino, Viterbo; and abroad in: Stockholm (where he opened a new studio) Cardiff, Helsinki, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Forssa, Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Seloncourt, Reykjavik.
In 1986 a new book about his work edited by Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, director of the International University of Art in Florence, entitled “Francesco Vaccarone, omaggio al Golfo dei Poeti” (“Francesco Vaccarone, homage to the Gulf of the Poets)” was published, and in the same year he was invited with three large works to the IXth National Quadriennale in Rome, in the historical section “Emerging trends in Italian Art from 1950 to 1980”.
In 1988 he received the “Do Forni” international award for graphic art in Venice and the Murano award.
Volo di gabbiani all’alba: 1973
In 1990 a large anthological exhibition of his work was held at Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara and a new monograph was published for the occasion, entitled “From dawn to dusk”, by Michèle Lavallée, director of the Strasbourg Museums, and Enzo Di Marino, director of the International Graphic Art Centre in Venice. Exhibitions were subsequently held in Venice, La Spezia, Busto Arsizio, Ischia, Vasto, Cracow, Rome, Civitanova Marche.