Gianfranco Zappettini was born in Genoa in 1939. He currently lives and works in Chiavari.
In 1962 he held his first solo exhibition in Palazzetto Rosso in Genoa and he began working in the studio of the german architect Konrad Wachsmann, based in Zappettini’s home town. What Zappettini appreciates in Wachsmann’s tought is formal rigor and the interest in the relationship between tradition and innovation.
Together with the German painter Winfred Gaul, he experienced the artistic environment in Germany and Holland.
According to Zappettini, it is necessary to analyze all the technical elements of painitng (the surface, the color, the material, etc.) to respond to the need to rebuild the language of painting: the creative process becomes the key.
The series “quadri bianchi”, realized by the artist in 1973, grounded precisely on this theory.
Based on this, the Analytic Painting develops in 1974: a group of European artists, including Zappettini, underlying the significance of the creative process and the absence of traditional references, employing industrial materials.
He participated in the main exhibitions about Painting of that time: “Tempi di percezione” (Livorno, 1973), “Un futuro possibile. Nuova Pittura” (Ferrara, 1973), “Geplante Malerei” (Münster and Milan, 1974), “Analytische Malerei” (Düsseldorf, 1975), “Concerning Painting...” (various Dutch museums, 1975-1976). In 1977 he was invited to “documenta 6” in Kassel and in 1978 he took part in the exhibition “Abstraction Analytique” at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.