I was born in Milan in 1986 and studied chemistry at Milan University. I later worked as a mathematics and physics teacher in high school and as a private teacher. I live and work in Luino, a small city in the north of Italy, close to the Swiss border.
I have always been passionate about art and art history, and I used to draw all the time as a child, but I took a long break from art until 2015, when I started using drawing and painting as an outlet for my emotions, and my artistic journey began. Discovering art as an alternative and more effective way to say what’s on my mind.
At the beginning, I started working mostly in graphite and charcoal, but I soon moved to oil painting in 2016. A strong sensitivity to turpentine and other solvents forced me into searching for an alternative. At first, I started working in watercolour, a medium which I immediately loved and I have never stopped working in since.
I tried soft pastels for the first time in 2017, and I quickly developed a strong bond with the medium, which has eventually become my favourite one.
My portraits and landscapes, mostly in pastel and watercolour, reflect my scientific background, displaying my keen attention to detail while trying to maintain sensitivity in the way I portray my subjects. In my paintings, I often try to convey a sense of ambivalence, peace and sadness, beauty and caducity, life and death. My aim for the future is to keep exploring this kind of ambivalence and make people reflect over the frailty of our lives. ~ Francesco Galmarini
“Daydreaming” Pastels on paper, 50×70 cm.
“Daydream” Pastels on paper, 50×70 cm.
“Loneliness” Oil on linen, 60×40 cm.
“Rose” Pastels on Pastelmat 50×50 cm.
“The darkness inside” Self-portrait, Graphite and charcoal on paper.
“Alone in the woods” Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico HP Traditional White paper, 55,5×40,5 cm.
“Caducity of time” Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico HP Extra White paper. 58×49 cm.
“Don’t forget us” Pastel on paper mounted on museum board. 25×20 cm.