Emanuele Becheri (Prato, 1973) has always been interested in drawing, which he has studied in different languages - experiences of with drawing in total darkness, then through photography, video and music, and finally through sculpture and terracotta. The relationship between drawing and sculpture is not a concept but, according to Becheri, a reverberation. There is a resonant relationship - which we feel mainly in the terracotta, a tension in the gesture, a vibration of the line, a complicity where certain details in the drawing resonate in the sculpture just as certain details in the sculpture resonate in the drawing.

It would be misleading to see it as a reminiscence of the work of the old masters. If you ask him about a dialogue that he might have with the great masters in his sculpture, Becheri answers: "In 2016, in the group exhibition The Lasting at the Galleria Nazionale di Roma, I found myself with one of my works (Shining, 2007, luminescent smudges of snails on a black background) next to Impression de Boulevard and Ecce Puer by Medardo Rosso. That was the first spark. And later, in the exhibition De Scultura, curated by Saretto Cincinelli, at Casa Masaccio (2018), I showed my terracottas for the first time, creating a tête-à-tête with what was beginning to interest me more and more closely; a game of glances, revisions, tracking, the unique and rare possibility of seeing my works several times in rooms strictly intended and shared with old masters, imagining to find roots that only the real presence of the sculptures, in that shared space, could reveal."

The Museo Novecento in Florence devoted a solo exhibition to him in 2020, Sculture e disegni, curated by the critics Sergio Risaliti and Saretto Cincinelli - an important catalogue was published in 2022 by Novecento éditions. His most recent group exhibitions include Ragione e Sentimento in 2019 at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, curated by Chiara Stefani and Massimo Mininni, and Video from the Collection of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte e Moderna e Contemporanea in 2018 at the E.M.S.T National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, and De scultura Casa Masaccio Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno.

Emanuele Becheri Figura 2020. Terracotta and manganese oxide powder.35 x 28 x 22 cm
Emanuele Becheri     Figura 2020. Terre cuite. 29 x 22 x 16 cm
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