Pier Francesco Restelli

From the fascination of the impressionism a new life journey and an artistic path of research come to existence: the figure is the key element, and its dissolution and recreation lead to a new way of exploring and sensing the world.

In Restelli’s works the figure is, in any case, perceived as a resource even when the figure itself is absent. In fact, in the latest works, the focus shifts from one extreme, which succeeded in describing the moment of men, to a psychic and emotional research, whereby the boundary of the figure’s line may be read as a limit.

A new season takes shape to create a portrayal in which the figures mingle and evolve towards the lack of shape. Here is an art whereby drawing becomes line and the colour becomes sensation. Here is a painting that crystallises in a language that is itself ready to change again.


Pier Francesco Restelli was born on 26th May 1966 in Florence.

Between 1981 and 1982, he started attending his first artistic lessons in Florence, and he continued studying in Bologna from 1983 to 1985. In 1989 he moved to Paris, and this experience definitely influenced his painting. In Paris he was able to have a visual contact with all the French Impressionism movement of the 18th century. He identified himself in that particular way of expressing, in its typical colours and lights which, in fact, can be often found in his early works.

Between 1991 and 1993 he worked in Florence in his grandfather’s studio, Carioli Ulderigo, who was one of the most prestigious framers in Florence at that time. It was within this context that, with great freedom, he improved his freehand drawing techniques and he built the guidelines of his totally personal and unconventional distinctive line. 


His first personal exhibition, “The origin”, was held in Milan. At the Coppedè gallery of Rimini he presented “I blue Restelli” and he participated at collective shows and art fairs all around Italy.

In 2012 he exposed a personal exhibition, “My window”, in Montignoso’s Villa Schiff, supervised by Cinzia Compalati.

In 2013 he joined the Spoleto International Art fair supervised by Giammarco Puntelli.

In 2014 he participated to the “Imagine” project of the art critic Giammarco Puntelli which led him to present his works in Florence (Simboli Art Gllery), Milan (Biblioteca Umanistica Dell’Incoronata), Biella (Archivio Pria) and Assisi (Palazzo Bernabei).

In 2014 he was involved in the “North East Route” project with shows in Muggia (Modern Art museum Ugo Carra’) and Rovigo (Pescheria Nuova).

In 2015 he was selected to present his works at the display “Art and Time” at the official Artistic Expo 2015 event in Milan (Palazzo Giuri Consulti).


Le sette icone 7 2017
(30x100 cm)
in collaboration with morandi tappeti