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Artist Bruno Brunoni was born and lives in the small market town of Vicchio di Mugello near Florence.

Initially, the artist had no formal training and exhibited his first works in various exhibitions and shows in and around Florentine province. In 1998 he won first prize in the extemporary art show “Adriano Cecioni”, Vaglia (Florence).

In 1999 he joined the “Bottega d’Arte il Canto” in Borgo san Lorenzo where he remained until 2004. Work experience in the “Bottega” concentrated mainly on the traditional painting and decorative techniques of the Florentine Renaissance workshops. And while Brunoni was in the Bottega he began studying drawing with maestro Massimo Callossi. In 2003 the artist presented his first personal art exhibition at the “Il Canto” art gallery in Borgo san Lorenzo.

Noted works in this period include: “In Ricordo dei martiri di Padulivo” 2004 – a painting which recalls the massacre of the inhabitants of the small village near Vicchio, during Nazi occupation in July 1944.

Up until this period the artist’s works had mainly treated still life subjects and landscapes. However from this moment onwards Brunoni became increasingly more interested in figure drawing and portrait work which eventually would lead him to execute paintings of the highest form in Italian Art – Sacred Art.

Some of these works include: “San Giuseppe con Bambino” which hangs now in the small church of Arliano in Borgo san Lorenzo, and “San Sebastiano” which was inaugurated on the saint’s day in the parish church of San Giovanni Battista in Vicchio.

In 2006 Brunoni was commissioned by the museum of “Museo dei Sogni e della Memoria” of Feltre (BL) to paint a work inspired by the theme “The hands of Don Lorenzo Milani”. The work now hangs in the museum in Feltre.

Still in connection and in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the death of the priest Don Milani” the artist was commissioned by the Commune of Vicchio to paint a large image of the priest, which today hangs in the church in Barbiana.

Continuing his studies and work with Sacred Art Brunoni has painted various works for the art project “I Percorsi d’Arte” in and around the Vicchio area in recent years. Works include: “Il Sant’Antonio Abate” – in the church of Arliano, “La Vocazione del Beato Angelico” for the birth place of the artist – friar, in Vicchio. This cycle of intense research into the spirit of Sacred Art concluded in 2007 with a personal exhibition of the artist’s works entitled “L’uomo nel Sacro” (Man in the Sacred) held in the Museum of Beato Angelico and the house of B Cellini, Vicchio di Mugello.

Among the various commissions and personal exhibitions held since 1994, the artist has also received numerous awards and special mentions in various competitions – the more recent being the jury award at the Premio Agazzi 2008 at Presezzo in Bergamo.

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