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"A strange day"

Year: 1976
Medium:Oil on canvas
Status: A strange day
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Riccardo Benvenuti was born in Lucca in 1939. He graduated from the Passaglia Institute in Lucca and taught Drawing, Art History and Figurino in public schools in the province until 1985. He began his activity as a painter in 1958 exhibiting, for the first time, his works in a personal exhibition at the "Circolo Ufficiali" of Lucca. In 1974 for the 50th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini, at the request of the Puccini Foundation, he set up a series of exhibitions at the Lincoln Center Metropolitan in New York, Chicago and Madrid. During his career he collaborated with Salvador Dalì for the creation of the Medal of Wishes and later some of his posters appeared at some sporting events, including the World Boxing Championships, the World Football Championships, the Los Angeles Olympics and the Giro Ciclistico d'Italia. Since 1980 he has made alterations and painted murals in the church of Santa Rita in Margine Coperta near Montecatini Terme (Pistoia). In the early 90's he collaborated with the Einaudi publishing house for the realization of the illustrations of: Gnenco the pirate by Vincenzo Pardini. Commissioned by the Costa Crociere Company, between 2003 and 2004, he created impressive panels to furnish the largest cruise ships built in Italy: the Costa Fortuna and Costa Magica. In 2004 he was chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Italy in Portugal at the European Football Championship. Organizing a series of events entitled The Italy of culture enters the field and an exhibition with the theme The dream of football in the Casa Azzurri in Lisbon. In 2009 he painted the banner of the Palio della Balestra celebrated in Sansepolcro on 13 September, depicting the two allegories of the cities of Sansepolcro and Gubbio. For the centenary of the opera Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, he is staging an exhibition in the Cathedral Museum of Lucca under the patronage of the City and Province of Lucca. Subsequently, under the patronage of the Region of Tuscany, the same exhibition was exhibited at Palazzo Panciatichi in Florence in December 2004. In the same month, he produced the official portrait of Varenne, for the company SNAI spa, used in 2005 as the logo for the Agnano Grand Prix Lottery tickets. In recent years, he continues to work uninterruptedly not only in Lucca, his hometown, but also in Paris, Miami, New York and Los Angeles until 2018, when he died suddenly from an illness.

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