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Alberto Chiancone

1904-1988

Alberto Chiancone was born in Porto Santo Stefano the 1904 from neapolitan parents. He moved with his family to Naples, where he followed art studies at the Royal Institute of Art.

He graduated in the section Pictorial Decoration and at the course of Graphic Arts in 1923. In this same Institute he teaches since 1932, in a first moment as lecturer, decoration’s assistant of Pietro Barilla, then, as Professor of Decorative Painting until 1976.

In 1920 he exposes at a young art’s exhibition of neapolitan artists and between 1923 and 1927 participates at the International Biennial Exhibition of Decorative Arts of Monza with several works presented by the Royal Institute of Art in Naples and several art exhibitions, often resulting in the list of winners. In 1928 Chiancone takes part to the group of “gli Ostinati”, sponsored by Balestrieri, with Barillà, Brancaccio, Girosi and Viti. The group meets at the Café Tripoli (setting of several initiatives, debates and discussions), in Piazza del Plebiscito. The pull of Ostinati does a lot for the transformation of the cultural and artistic Neapolitan world, fixed on landscapes paintings and figurative works. In the 1929 he participates at the first Fascist Union’s Show of Campania and at the International Expo of Barcelona. In this way begins his intense period of exhibitions at the most important art events in Naples, Italy and abroad. He took part to several Venice Biennale editions, the last in 1948 and at some Rome’s Quadrenniale, at the International Exhibition of Paris of 1937 and at many exhibitions of Italian art abroad. In 1935 signes a Manifesto, which express the main principles of the young neapolitans avant-garde painters. In 1949 he is present at the II National exhibition of Contemporary Art in Milan. Chiancone dies in Naples in 1988.

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