Gabriele started painting at the age of 15 and after being schooled first as a primary school teacher, at the age of 20 he went to Art school.
Since he moved to Cataluña, in 1986, he has dedicated himself fully to painting. Many artists have influenced his work, starting with artists he discovered at a young age, like Klee, Matisse and Picasso. During his studies he was captured by artists like Bacon, Tàpies and the American Abstract Expressionists, and more recently by his contemporaries, like Sicilia and Juan Uslé.
Gabriele doesn´t like the word inspiration when talking about how he creates, but he prefers to talk about reflections and ideas, feelings, emotions and concepts. Furthermore, he believes strongly that his art is part of his identity and that every experience feeds his work.
Gabriele had his first exposition in 1992, when he participated in the first edition of the Swiss-French biennale. After that, many shows have followed in Switzerland and Spain. His work is part of important collections.
Signature: Yes, at the back
Image rights: Gabriele Fettolini / PontArte