Born in Florence in 1934, he began to frequent a old Art Atelier  during the school holidays when he was not yet 15 years old. In this historical Florentine atelier, he became exposed for the first time to different printing systems and his deep interest for reproduction techniques was born. This was destined to strengthen from year to year and to which he always dedicated his time with great enthusiasm and energy. Absorbed by his passion for this, following the second year of high school, he chose to abandon school to work full time in a graphic art workshop where they produced printing plates for various printing systems. The photo-mechanics department fascinated him and put him in contact with a world that for him was almost magic, as it still used the same procedures invented nearly a century before, and that for many years had not undergone further progress; progress that in only a few years was to arrive all together, completely revolutionizing the system for print reproduction. The new system required new knowledge for the preparation of the printing plates, and the young Fallani, working in the field at this time of great change, passed from photo-mechanic experience to chrome research for printing plates.

In November 1959 he was called to Venice and employed as the technical director of a graphic art establishment. Venice became his city. Here in what was from the 3rd to the 6th century, considered to be the European capital for graphic art and printing, the printer-artist Fiorenzo Fallani found the centuries-old traditions to inspire himself. Those prestigious ateliers that were known and appreciated by artists worldwide formed for him the roots to which he could immerse his always fertile and innovative research in the field of print techniques in this sector.

In 1968 he opened his screen printing laboratory and started to enter into contact with the Venetian artistic world.

In 1970 he was called by Prof. Umbro Apollonio, the director of the XXXV Venice International Art Biennale to fulfill the role as technical director of the Experimental Laboratory installed in the Italian Pavilion where he remained for the duration of the event. From that moment his laboratory was to be frequented by national and international artists such as Emilio Vedova, Giuseppe Santomaso, Gianni Dova, Mario Schifano, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Salvatore Fiume, Aligi Sassu, Renato Guttuso, Carlo Guarlenti, Virgilio Guidi, Bruno Saetti, Mauro Reggiani, Mimmo Rotella, Hans Ricter, Max Bill, Joe Tilson, Alice Aycock, Janez Bernik, Joze Ciuha, Hsiao Chin, Harold Stivenson, Leonardo Cremonini  etc.

In 1978 he was given the teaching position for screen printing at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (Venice Academy of Fine Arts), where he taught until 1992.

From 1997 to 2011 he has realized 20 expositions with seminars in the following cities: Messina – National Museum, Dakar (Senegal) – Cultural Centre Leopold Sengor, Messina – Regional Museum, Sumy (Ukraine) – University Graphic Arts Gallery, Warsaw (Poland) –  Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Kracow (Poland) – University Design Dipartiment, Sumy (Ukrain) – Art Museum, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Cankarjev Dom Cultural Center, Athens (Greece) – Italian Institute of Culture, Venezia – Galleria del Cavallino, Accra (Gana) – Nazional Museum, Oslo (Norway) – Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos (Nigeria) – Italiano Cultural Institute, Work Shop for two days at the University, Trieste – Studio Tommaseo, , Marseilles (France) Italiano Cultural Institute, Brunico, Civic Design Museum, Bled (Slovenia), Jjoze Ciuha Foundation, Oderzo (Treviso) Cà Lozzio Cultural Association event “Omaggio a Virgilio Guidi” (Tribute to Virgilio Guidi), Guatemala City (Guatemala) – Italiano Cultural Institute, Venezia – Arkè Gallery  “The screen-printing of Fiorenzo Fallani, Sassari – “Dal Figurativo alla Figurazione 1970-2010” (From the Figurative to the Figuration 1970-2010).

In December the Ljubljana International Design Center dedicated to him an anthology exhibition at the Tivoli Gallery, displaying a collection of 75 works by the same number of Italian and foreign artists who had worked at his laboratory. At the same time, at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, Fallani held an seminar open to Slovenian Artists where he illustrated his ideas and his experience of an innovative, experimental screen-printing.

“....the artist has found an extraordinary incentive provided by the discovery of a procedure, screen-printing, that he has experimented with and substantially mutated with the contribution of an admirable technique, that is, of Fiorenzo Fallani, a prophetic creator as he was for the graphic designer Bauhaus Karl Zambitzer, and one that is outside of every reproductive and mechanical routine....” (Carlo Ragghianti)

“Fiorenzo Fallani can take merit for having transformed screen-printing from an instrument of pure reproduction to a refined and innovative technique with the artist able to create works with chromatic, plastic and even tactile effects” (Toni Toniato.)

Up to the present day at his laboratory, Fallani has collaborated with 193 artists for a total of 1016 subjects.

In 1997 he published the catalogue “Screen-printing of Fiorenzo Fallani” with the name of the artists, in alphabetical order, with all of the photos of the subjects and relative technical sheets.

All of the designs produced are preserved in his archive and supplied with technical sheets.

 

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