When observing the light-flooded canvases of Raffaele Minotto we have mixed feelings, as if time, frozen by the pictorial gesture, actually continues to flow, making us understand that life is there, even if the actors are elsewhere. An alienating but fascinating feeling, combined with the sumptuous beauty of the interiors of Palazzo Buzzaccarini in Padua, where the artist had the chance to spend time when he was a child. Minotto’s interiors are the result of a meticulous preparatory drawings, covered with colour and “finished” with a chromatic dust that gives the effect of light that filters through the windows of the rooms.
Raffaele Minotto was born in Padua in 1969. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts’ painting class in Venice, where he graduated in 1991. In 1995 he held his first solo exhibition at the Centro di Storia del Costume “Ieri Attualità” in Padua and from this moment began to exhibit his works. The intense work carried out in the following years is well documented in the exhibition Via Euganea (Padua, 2003) directed by G. Segato. In more recent times, in 2009, Minotto’s paintings were selected for Contemplazioni: an extensive exhibition produced by A. Agazzani which offered, at the Sismondo Castle in Rimini, an incisive point of view on Italian painting. In 2011 he was chosen by V. Sgarbi to represent his region in the setting of the 54th Venice Biennale - Veneto Region Section. Minotto’s works are mentioned in the volumes La pittura nel Veneto - Il Novecento (Mondadori Electa, 2006) and La Pittura nel Veneto - Dizionario degli Artisti (Mondadori Electa, 2009). He lives and works in Padua.