Sandro Bracchitta (born 1966, Ragusa).

Biography

Sandro Bracchitta studied in Florence where he attended the Course of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, getting his degree in 1990; in the same year he began working as a painter and engraver.
His first solo exhibition took place in 1991 at Palazzo Datini in Prato, Italy.
In 1992 he was awarded a scholarship to specialise at “Il Bisonte”, the School of Graphic Arts in Florence, and in 1993 he worked as an assistant of Maestro Viggiano, in the same school. In the same year he began to exhibit his works in several art exhibitions.
In 1994 he was invited to take part in the 'World Triennial Engraving Exhibition' in Chamalières (France), and in the same year he won the '14 th edition of Mini Print International', in Cadaqués (Spain).
From 1994 to 1997 he was invited to several outstanding national and international exhibitions such as the '21 st and 22 nd International Biennial Graphics Exhibition' in Lubiana (Slovenia), The International Award in Graphics Arts in Biella (Italy), the Ibiza Biennial in Spain, the Cracow Triennial Engraving Exhibition in Poland, the Stedeliske Museum of Sint Niklaas, Belgium, as well as the International Graphics Exhibition in Bitola (Macedonia), Kharkiu (Russia), Uzice (Croatia), Györ and Budapest (Hungary).
He was also invited – as the only Italian representative – to take part in the '4 th Sapporo International Biennial' in Japan, in the 'Triennial Graphics Exhibition' in Tallin (Estonia) and in the 'Beijing Ex Libris International Show' in the People’s Republic of China, and to the 54th Venice Biennale.
On several occasions he exhibited with the “Gruppo di Scicli”, a group of important and renowned Sicilian artists.
Currently, he is professor of engraving at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo. He lives and works in Ragusa.

Prizes

1994

  • 14th Mini Print International, Taller Galleria Fort, Cadaquès, Spain.

1997

  • 2 nd National Prize of Engraving “Fabio Bertoni” ( first prize), Fermignano (Ps), Italy.

1998

  • Grand Prix, International Mini Print Finland, Lahti Art Museum, Finland.

2001

  • International Triennial of Engraving, Kanagawa, Japan.

2001

  • Prix of the Municipal Museum of Györ, Hungary.

2007

  • Grand Prix, Biennial international of Print, Acqui Terme. Italy.
  • Grand Prix, Ural Print Triennial, Russia.
  • Grand Prix Leonardo Sciascia “Amateur d’Estampes” ,Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy.

2009

  • Grand Prix, 2 nd International Triennial Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Internazionale D’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois- Rivières, Quèbec, Canada. ( Purchase Prize)

2011

  • 16th Space International Print Biennial Biennial, Seoul, Korea (Purchase Prize).

2015

  • “Giuseppe Maestri” Prize, Museo Civico delle Cappuccine, Bagnacavallo (Ra), Italy.

Bibliography

  • B. Kovi, Sandro Bracchitta. Metafora e geografia del silenzio,(exhibition catalogue, Dvori trg Galerja, Ljubljana, November 1997), Barone&Bella, Ragusa 1997 (pp. 8-9).
  • O. Fazzina, Dentro la materia, in Sandro Bracchitta. Opere. (exhibition catalogue, Galleria degli Archi, Comiso, 14 February-1 March 1998), Edizioni Salarchi immagini, Comiso, 1998 (pp.7-8)
  • N. Micieli, Un atlante dei luoghi della rigenerazione, in N. Micieli, Sandro Bracchitta. Incisioni, 1996-2000 (exhibition catalogue , Galleria degli Archi, Comiso, 24 September-19 October 2000; Galleria Bottega d'Arte, AcquiTerme, 7-28 October 2000; Visconti Fine Art, Kolizej, Ljubljana, 15 January-15 February 2001), Edizioni Salarchi immagini, Comiso, 2000.
  • M. Goldin (edited by), Per amore. Quindici anni di scelte a Palazzo Sarcinelli (exhibition catalogue, Palazzo Sarcinelli, Galleria Comunale,Conegliano, 19 October-8 December 2002), Linea d'ombra Libri, Cornuda , 2002.
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  • J.P. Rouge, Sandro Bracchitta, in J.P. Rouge (edited by), Wegimont Culture. Bracchitta, De Bolle, Deconick, Viollet-Le- Duck (exhibition catalogue, Galerie de Wegimont, Liege, September, 2004), n.197, Philippe Delate, Liege, 2004 (pp. 2-3).
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