Bertozzi & Casoni: surrealism and formal hyperrealism
Bertozzi & Casoni was founded in 1980 in Imola by Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni. From their early studies at the Ceramic Art Institute of Faenza their interests gravitated towards a dialogue between the great traditions in art and their original vocation for experimenting with sculpture.
They work with many different ceramic materials, using both tradition and experimentation in a continuous attempt to free themselves from conventionality and cultural stereotypes connected to ceramics and to the so-called applied arts.
Between compositional surrealism and formal hyperrealism, Bertozzi & Casoni have dedicated years to examining the refuses of contemporary society, including those cultural and artistic, characterized by a never-ending alternation between descents into decay and revivals of survivors, abstraction and representation, history and contemporaneity, fantastic imagination and technical precision.
In 2004 the artists were invited to exhibit at the Tate Liverpool and at the XIV Quadriennale of Rome. In 2007, they held a solo show at Ca’ Pesaro, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Venezia, and in 2008 at the Castello Sforzesco of Milan and the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche di Faenza. Their work was featured in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2011.
Images courtesy of Bertozzi & Casoni