Born in 1964, Andrea Benetti created and drew up the 'Manifesto of Neo-Cave Art' presented at the 53rd Venice Biennale, in the pavilion called 'Nature and Dreams', located at the Ca 'Foscari University. Conceptually, the Manifesto is inspired by the genesis of art. In his works, Andrea Benetti cites, transfigures, plays, reinvents concepts and forms of Cave painting, creating an ideal bridge between the genesis of art and its contemporaneity. He has collaborated and still collaborates to the realization of projects with various Italian and foreign universities, including the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Bologna, Ferrara, Roma Tre, Lecce, Bergamo, Bari. These universities have carried out research on his art. Benetti's works are present in collections all over the world. In addition to the museums of contemporary art in Italy and abroad and prestigious private collections, including the United Nations, his works are present in the Quirinale (seat of the President of the Italian Republic), in the Italian Parliament, in the Vatican, in various Embassies. For this reason, he was received at the Quirinale (seat of the President of the Italian Republic), in the Chamber of Deputies (the Italian Parliament) and in the Vatican, where he met Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. There are dozens of university professors and important art critics who have written about Benetti's art and have participated in the projects that the Italian painter has created. For many years the entry “Andrea Benetti” has been present in many encyclopedias, including the Treccani (the most important Italian encyclopedia), the WikiArt encyclopedia (the most important online art encyclopedia) and is present on Wikipedia, translated into thirty languages. In 2020, Benetti was awarded the 49th “Nettuno d'Oro” award, the longest-running and most prestigious annual artistic award in the city of Bologna.
MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS
United Nations Art Collection ∙ New York, U.S.A.
Vatican Art Collection ∙ Vatican, Italy
Virginia Commonwealth University ∙ Richmond, U.S.A.
MACIA ∙ Italian Contemporary Art Museum in America ∙ San Jose, Costa Rica
Argentine Ministry of Justice and Human Rights ∙ Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rinaldi-Paladino Art Museum Foundation ∙ Lugano, Switzerland
Copelouzos Family Art Museum Collection ∙ Athens, Greece
Italian Embassy in China ∙ Beijing, China
Italian Embassy in New Zealand ∙ Wellington, New Zealand
Quirinale Art Collection ∙ Italian Presidency of the Republic ∙ Roma, Italy
Montecitorio Palace ∙ Italian Parliament ∙ Chamber Of Deputies ∙ Roma, Italy
Mambo ∙ Museum of Modern Art Bologna ∙ Bologna, Italy
Museion ∙ Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano ∙ Bolzano, Italy
CAMeC ∙ Center of Modern and Contemporary Art ∙ La Spezia, Italy
Osvaldo Licini Contemporary Art Museum ∙ Ascoli Piceno, Italy
University of Ferrara Art Collection ∙ Ferrara, Italy
University of Bari Art Collection ∙ Bari, Italy
MuMi ∙ Michetti Museum ∙ Francavilla al Mare, Italy
U.N.E.S.C.O. Art Collection ∙ Bologna, Italy
Municipality of Lecce Art Collection ∙ Lecce, Italy
Amedeo Modigliani Museum ∙ Follonica, Italy
ARTinGENIO Museum ∙ Pisa, Italia
Silvestro Lega Museum ∙ Modigliana, Italy
Speleological Museum 'Franco Anelli' ∙ Grotte di Castellana, Italy
Contemporary Art Museum ∙ Logudoro Meilogu Foundation ∙ Banari, Italy
Facchini Collection ∙ La Fenice et des Artistes ∙ Venice, Italy
He creates to remind us that the style of figurative painting, symbolism and abstract art was invented, at least in its embryonic stage, by primitive man in the caves of prehistory. Some of the colourful geometric shapes found in rock paintings, symbols developed and codified by Professor André Leroi Gourhan, are reworked, transformed, idealised, dreamt up, reinvented in the works of Andrea Benetti, who wishes to pay due homage to the true roots of abstract art and to those who invented it.