Armando Dolcini

The artist from Brescia who made figurative and literary art his 'Dolcinian' philosophy of life

Biography

Armando Dolcini was born in 1955 in Lumezzane, a small town in the province of Brescia, in the north of Italy. His parents, both practicing Catholics, were originally from the Sabbia Valley, a valley situated at the foot of the Alps, west of Lake Garda. At the age of just 13 Dolcini came to the decision that he no longer wanted to go to school as he disliked the teaching methods there. He subsequently dropped out of school and got a job a in a factory.

Working in a factory at such a tender age was a big culture shock for him and it had an enormous impact on his development. He was thrown into an adult world that was both harsh and intense, where he had to fight to discover his own identity, as he still wasn’t sure about it. He worked hard, not only in his new job, but also in his quest to realise his dreams and ambitions. He was striving to not become overwhelmed by what he perceived as a purely materialistic way of life. Then, after a period of about five years of feeling insecure, tormented, and completely unsatisfied with his life, in a moment of clarity, he discovered his true inner self.

In 1973, while reading a passage written by Mark the Evangelist, in a book from the East, Dolcini saw a sign. This sign, a sign of destiny, led him on an inspired journey of discovery. A new, existential approach to life which started out as a simple research into spirituality, by studying the history of religion and practicing yoga, and which eventually branched out to encompass the study of philosophy and in particular the metaphysical evolution of man.

Abandoning the old and now insignificant concept of monotheism, an ideological characteristic of Catholicism, he decided to adopt an idealistic concept which was in no way connected to religious sectarianism, something that he recognised in his vision and perception of God, in His innermost self both monistic and pantheistic.

This change in spirituality coincided with him discovering his natural artistic abilities and he began to produce works of art even though he was still working hard in the factory. Self-taught, he recognised that he was skilled in fine arts and in literature and thus dedicated himself to both with great passion. He subsequently perfectioned his technique and the introspective aspects of his work while continuing on his spiritual journey. It didn’t take long before his work was being recognised for its unique style which eventually became known as “Dolcinian”. In his paintings and sculptures he adopts two different methods of communication that he calls “Superficial” and “Profound”. He employs many different techniques and uses many different materials making reference, as required, to the most wide-ranging and suitable artistic trends, both modern and classical, or in some cases combining both, in this way making his works unique and very personal.

…as I feel that the East is in my soul, this spirit allows me to carry on without being dragged down into the frenetic and materialistic life of the western world. In turn, the hustle and bustle of modern life allows me to be extremely active as a worker, without running the risk of getting bogged down in philosophical thoughts and concepts.”

I am like a bridge that has its foundations in the East and in the West, and if anyone would like to get to know me better all they need to do is cross the bridge from one end to the other.”

Sculpture

In sculpture, as with any other form of art, what makes a difference is the thought process. If you take this into consideration both classical and modern sculpture have their limits, whereas symbolic sculpture can be “spatial”, in that it gives rise to a series of references to other meanings that in turn intensify its field of existence. It is often the case that inspiration for a sculpture is conditioned or rather it is the material or the raw form that you see before you that gives you suggestions. In other cases, however, the creative process comes from a preconceived idea; in this way the artist finds himself looking to work with a block that has already been prepared for that purpose. Sculpture, though, is much more than that and requires certain other qualities, such as the physical strength and the ability to spontaneously see the work in three dimensions. Dolcini relies on inspiration as well as the various subject matters that are close to his heart for his sculptures in all their differing forms.

VASE OF ROSES

SAINT ROCCO'S DOG

SAINT FRANCIS

LOTUS FLOWER

LION HEAD

EAGLE HEAD

A LITTLE LIFE IN A TRUNK

The Rock Climber

Dolcinian Amphora

Avatar

Indian Chief

dante

eva

Flower of Temptation

Garuda

My Seal

The King of the Earth

Vishnu

INRI

khrisna

Man Burns

Lion (Sphinx)

Our Lady of the Chestnut

Our Lady of the Snow

nativity

Black Bear

Poseidon

The Holi graal

sri narayana

Superficial Art

The works that Armando Dolcini classifies as “Superficial Art” are pieces that cannot be placed together with his other “Profound” works as they have not been conceived in the same artistic and expressive style; a symbolic and metaphysical style. In this collection there are landscape paintings, still life paintings and portraits of people and animals, all done with varying techniques. The thing that separates these works from the works in his “Profound” collection is not the technique being used but the language and message being portrayed.

THE HOLY FAMILY

THE BLUE ON THE LAKE

SUNRISE OVER THE POPPIES

ONE MEETING, ONE PATH

MICHELANGELO

LAST DINNER

FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS

BIRCH FOREST

Wave Against Rock

Annunciation

Buddha

Gothic Cloister

African Elephant in the Savanna

Between dream and desire

Cat at window

The smile of nature

Jesus on the Cross

herman hesse

The Holy Family

Lion

Madonna of the Chair

Still Life with Cat and Landscape

Still life with Vase of Flowers

Nebula

Maternal Grandfather

Paternal Grandfather

Self-portrait with reviews

Medieval St. Francis Bridge

Mahatma Gandhi

Sri Yuketswar

White Tiger

Sunset After the Storm

Vases with Bowl

Profound Art

In Armando Dolcini’s personal definitions of Superficial and Profound Art, what he describes as Profound Art is a style that can be traced back to a symbolic and metaphysical movement. It is an attempt to describe feelings and particular moments from a spiritualistic and materialistic life, sometimes from his own experiences and sometimes from the environment in which the artist lives. They are very personal artistic expressions in which the artist attempts to “materialize” his rational or irrational thoughts, his own unique interpretation. They are like impulses that emerge both from the form and from the symbolic contents of the work itself.

WHITE WINGS

THE SOUL SAVER

THE PERFECT COUPLE


THE EYE SEES THE EYE LETS SEE

SENILITY

REMEMBERING SAINT FRANCIS

MEDITATION

ALL THAT A MAN IMAGINE IS ALL THAT HE IS

The motionless soul

Adoration

The Tree of Life

anno domini

Ancient Reminiscences

Harmony

Dinner with Friends in Costume

I Leave the Scene

The Three Ephemeral Loves

Drama

Rivers Always Flow Between Two Shores

Gene

My Seal

The Mark of Cain

The Temple and the Cathedral

The Factory

The Lioness of Italy

Christ Light

The Hand and the Fist

Unstill Life

Under the sign of the lion

The Throne of God

The Journey

Il dio papista

La mia coscienza

Design

In addition to symbolic art, over the years, Dolcini has dedicated his time to creating other works that can best be described as “design” pieces. The artist has dedicated himself to creating these unique pieces while putting in the same amount of love and creative energy. This collection consists of various hand crafted pieces that range from pieces of furniture, small tables, console tables, rooms and fireplaces, to collection pieces such as knives and walking sticks.
In his time working for a local firm Dolcini designed a range of household objects that he proposed they could produce; objects such as knife block sets and barbecues. This was followed by a project that he organized with a pizzeria, in which he designed cutting boards with detachable sauce pots. Even though he found immediate success with these various projects he subsequently abandoned them to pursue a more spiritual artistic direction.

Collector canes

OWL

PENGUIN

Clothes-stand

Clothes-stand

Clothes-stand

Collector canes

Collector cane

Collector canes

Collector canes

Letter Box

Knife block

Collector knives

Fireplace table on castors

Wenge wood console

Wenge wood console

Wenge wood console

Wenge wood console

Pair of lions

Bookstand

Cherry wood incense stick holder

Cherry wood ashtray

Collector knives

Nutcracker and champagne bottle opener

Bottle-shaped cutting board

Folding cutting board

Wenge wood pentagonal table with inset hand-worked glass draughtboard

Beech wood cutting board for pizza

Writing

This is the story of Zora and Dušan, mother and son of Serbian nationality. He is a violin player, she is a sort of seer, but in her native country she was seen more as a sorceress. Local rumors said that she had poisoned her husband, furthermore it was rumored that she had later also had carnal relations with her son when she was a minor, but for once those rumors were true. She therefore decided with Dušan, now eighteen years old, to sell the house and leave. In their long wanderings, twelve years later, they arrive in Italy, in Castelfreddo, a beautiful village in Trentino and a tourist destination. The son is a good street violinist. In that village, however, they are treated like outcasts, so they have a difficult life. The first turning point, however, begins with meeting Giovanni, a woodcutter who rents them an old house in the woods. Then Dušan meets Benedetta, daughter of Mario, a restaurateur who despises him, but soon the two of them fall in love but, what will involve them most, will be precisely after Viktor, a Russian oligarch who, passing by, hears the young man playing violinist and makes him an unexpected and tempting proposal, so much so that he then feels he has to ask his mother for advice, who tells him that she has already seen him in a dreamlike dream, but without seeing the end, while she was already living her own life with John.
On cover: Hoonym painting 'The travel'
Genre: Novel
Pages: 272.

This third title completes the trilogy which began with Sulle ali di stelle and Oltre l’acqua e il fuoco. Having used his powers for good, Ermanno is definitively released from prison by the judge whom he cured, although it was not his intention to trade his gift in this way. After a final visit to the places where he grew up and the site of dramatic events, he says a heart-rending farewell to Amanda and leaves her a tangible sign, then returns to India to continue his spiritual quest. Following some tragic occurrences in which he is unable to intervene or assist, new opportunities arise among his loved ones for romance and for work. Meanwhile, Amanda becomes a famous fashion designer, achieving her long-held dream. Franco, recently released from prison, deliberately and successfully follows Ermanno's example, and his dedication brings unexpected surprises. But only one of the characters will be tortured to the last by a love which is craved yet painful.
On cover: 'The perfect couple'
Genre: Novel
Pages: 322.

The ideal follow-up of 'On the wings of stars', "Beyond the water and the fire" still holds for Ermanno's protagonist who, after acquiring the knowledge of his self and with it of the taumaturgical powers through his Guru, is deliberately stopped In India after years of investigation by Berio investigator to make him condemn and punish the death penalty for murder. Ermanno, escorted by the same detective and two other agents, with a special flight brought back to Italy and finally sent to jail. The reasons that have pushed Ermanno to make that decision are mainly two: to expiate his karma by paying the penalty he would have paid and to compensate for those people who in his youth had damaged by vandalism as an accomplice. He is also driven by the desire to see his beloved Amanda, even knowing that he is already happily married, although he still remains in the same depths of his heart ...
On cover: 'Eva'
Genre: Novel
Pages: 332.

The story of thirteen-year-old Ermanno, a boy who for five years remains under the thumb of Giovanni, an adult with a diabolic nature. Giovanni initially enters the life of this young man in an almost heroic fashion, rescuing him from a beating. He soon discovers that Ermanno is good-natured and comes from a wealthy family, and he slowly weaves his web around him, so as to have him forever his prisoner. Giovanni then starts putting Ermanno in situations at first embarrassing, as in sexual ones, then more and more dangerous ones and punishable by law; from vandalism to prostitution, ending with drugs. He blackmails Ermanno from the beginning with very compromising photos; one day, Ermanno can't bear it any more, rebels and accidentally kills Giovanni. Freed at last from his tormentor, now, however, starts the agony and fear of being discovered by detectives. In his distress, he finds Amanda, a hermaphrodite secretly in love with him; she helps him get out of it and becomes therefore suspected herself. In a series of complex and unlikely events, Ermanno will then find both his own spiritual essence and true love.
The cover features a detail of his painting.
Genre: Novel
Pages: 310.

Francesco is the main character in the novel and, in terms of originality and his concept of life, identifies himself as a descendant of Cain, who he believes was portrayed in Genesis in an incorrect, biased way.
In this case, though, the difference is that he does not kill anyone. Instead, he slowly strangles the concepts that the Church, through its ministers and their demagoguery, has always disseminated from its founding to the present day.
He leads a seemingly normal family life and works in an engineering company. But he combines his daily life with a multi-faceted artistic activity and all his extravagant ideas as he tries to achieve his own model of life, consisting of his actual spiritual experiences and universal metaphysical concepts.
Throughout the thrilling experience of transgression, eroticism, sentimentality and extreme spirituality, the main character touches the deepest spiritual aspects to satisfy not only his soul's yearning but also the minor needs of living through the passions of the primary senses and material pleasures, thus expressing his ideal of life.
The cover features the paintings “Sacro e profano” (Sacred and profane) and "The papist god".
Genre: Biographic Novel
Pages: 868.

It is the poignant story of two lovers who, despite the considerable age difference, develop feelings for each other and find an unlikely love. Susy starts to have these feelings as a girl when she gets to know Sebastiano as a family friend; she feels a love for him that cannot be interpreted with reason. He loves her like a daughter, with a sincere, almost fatherly attachment. They see each other again after fifteen years when she returns from America and goes to see him in Speranza, where they were both born, where he still lives and works as a bookseller and artist, despite being excluded from social life by the villagers for his anti-clerical and political ideas. He is married, but does not have a peaceful married life with Clara. They are on two different tracks and the return of Susy, a young woman now, gives the wife the opportunity to intensify, with her increasingly frequent presence, the hostility of the religious authority, the citizens and the mayor appointed by the Fascist regime. But all this resistance only increases and gives a purpose to their deepest and purest extreme love for each other.
Cover: the painting “Control of the Masses”..
Genre: Novel
Pages: 228.

People, society, culture and institutions are like the ground where the “tree” does not follow the slope but in which it plunges its roots to grow straight up towards the sky.
“....I made the association between arts, imagery and linguistics in this book in order to be more clear and expressive towards others”.

Cover: the painting“Growing Towards the Sky
Compilation Of Figurative Art And Linguistics
Pages: 80.

The seven episodes narrated are, in their own way, independent, although each one reflects the author’s style, even when he takes on the female roles. He develops the message he wants to communicate in its entirety, starting with the first story, in which he traces the highest spiritual level of man, which exceeds even that of the gods; then in the allegorical discussion between peace and war through the dialogue between two women; later on in the enchanted dream of a child; in the following one with the universal event of the great Swordsman; then an erotic and violent experience, the first desired and the second suffered, by a young adolescent.Completely different, on the other hand, the dialogue between a prelate, a knight and a libertine, as they got to know one another during a long journey with an odd vagabond. And, finally, the summary of a life lived, and in part romanticised by the author, in a factory, narrated through the words spoken by animals in the symbolic roles of the owner and the workers, without, however, deviating from the reality of those places of collective labour.

On the cover book: the painting entitled 'Il Mio Sigillo'
Genre: Collection
Pages: 214.

Aphorisms

  • Man is not the director of his life, but an actor playing for a Higher Director.
  • Destiny does not end with the body, but continues until it is completed.
  • True art, however expressed, should reach the heart and awaken the feelings of the soul, or even just surprise it, both in men of surface and men of depth.
  • The most important journey of our life begins inside us.
  • Life is like a book, each day that passes is a page read.
  • Religions are made for souls, not for the spirit.
  • For a love to last forever, it must last a short time.
  • Genius does not come from genes, but from its own nature.
  • In this life even someone that gives you a punch can lend you a hand.
  • Life starts over again every time you survive a sorrow.
  • Everything a man imagines is all that he is.
  • The flower of temptation lasts a lifetime and then dies, but passion and desire without an effort never die.
  • Habit, later, always turns into vice.
  • Being of the same blood does not mean being of the same heart.
  • The eye sees, the eye lets see.
  • Ecology and progress, faith and science, are closely related to each other, but man has separated them out of ignorance.
  • A work of art made out of matter serves no other purpose than to secure the thought that created it.
  • Behind a successful man, there is always the work of many people.
  • Behind everyday life yearns the immortal soul.

Events

  • 2023 - Publication of the book 'Il viaggio'
  • 2018 - Publication of the book 'Sulle orme del divenire'
  • 2017 - Publication of the book 'Oltre l'acqua e il fuoco'
  • 2016 - Publication of the book 'On the wings of stars'
  • 2015 - Solo exhibition, "La Torre", Pezzaze (BS)
  • 2015 - Publication of the book 'Le sette direzioni'
  • 2014 - Third reprint, reviewed and extended, of the book “Crescere verso il cielo”
  • 2014 - Second reprint of the book “Un paese tanto amato”
  • 2013 - Publication of book “La luce di Caino”
  • 2013 - Solo exhibition, Exhibition Hall, "Agriturismo Al Poggio", Ome (BS)
  • 2012 - Inauguration of the event realized with the sculpture “The Rock Climber", carved in a rock wall at Alone di Casto (BS)
  • 2007 - Solo exhibition, Exhibition Hall, Cortine di Nave (BS)
  • 2006 - Solo exhibition, Sala Alberina, Concesio (BS)
  • 2000 - Solo exhibition, Ristorante Teatro Vittoriale, Montichiari (BS)
  • 2000 - Group exhibition, ANA Hall, Saviore dell'Adamello (BS)
  • 1999 - Solo exhibition, Spazio Culturale Bengodi, Mazzano (BS)
  • 1998 - Meeting con self-taught writers, Conference Hall, Town Library, Lumezzane (BS)
  • 1997 - Solo exhibition “Across the River and Into the Trees”, Art exhibition space, Concesio (BS)
  • 1996 - Solo exhibition, Yellow Room of Palazzo Corso, Carpi (MO)
  • 1996 - Publication of book “The Circle of Life”
  • 1994 - Solo exhibition, Ristorante Antiche Mura, Brescia
  • 1994 - Solo exhibition, Culture Hall, Casto (BS)
  • 1993 - Solo exhibition, Vecchio Mulino, Bienno (BS)
  • 1992 - Solo exhibition, Chiesa S. Pietro dei Disciplini, Sale Marasino (BS)
  • 1991 - Publication of book “Tales and Stories”
  • 1991 - Solo exhibition, Annual Fair, Sale Marasino (BS)
  • 1990 - Solo exhibition, Battistero Pieve, Lumezzane (BS)
  • 1989 - Solo exhibition, Auditorium, Marcheno (BS)
  • 1989 - Solo exhibition, Town Library, Carpenedolo (BS)
  • 1989 - Solo exhibition, Culture Hall, Sarezzo (BS)
  • 1988 - Publication of book “Growing Towards the Sky”, compilation of paintings, sculptures and poems
  • 1987 - Solo exhibition, Torre Avogadro, Lumezzane (BS)
  • 1986 - Solo exhibition, Abba Gallery, Brescia
  • 1986 - Publication of book “A Country So Loved”
  • 1982 - Together with some friends and sponsored by the Municipality, Dolcini creates the association “Amici dell’arte” [Friends of Art] in Lumezzane, working hard for himself and for the movement and participating together in a number of group exhibitions. After 4 years he decides to continue by himself
  • 1980 - He begins his spiritual quest through symbolic painting

Reviews

Review of the book On the Wings of Star

Review of the book The light of Cain

Review of the book The light of Cain

Publication and review of my sculpture The Rock Climber

A sculpture for Enrico

Publication and review of my sculpture Our Lady of the Chestnut

Publication and review of my painting The Lioness of Italy

An entire page summarizing 35 years of artistic work and spiritual quest

The Secrets of the “Dolcini Code” … from Dolcini’s explanation: «I was thinking of using my friends’ faces for my painting based on Leonardo’s Last Supper, but all of them refused, as if they were afraid to appear, even though I told them that I would change the title and the concept».A. Seneci

Concesio, Vernissage for Dolcini Exhibition.
Sala Alberina, in Via Mattei, is the venue for an exhibition of paintings (in various techniques and materials), sculptures (in wood and marble) and books by the eclectic artist Armando Dolcini, now living in the town of Concesio.S. Botta

Contemporary artists of Brescia

A Museum-Bar in the Bassa, Named After the Vittoriale […] the brand new, original venue is hosting the works of the pantheistic Dolcini, whose creations offer the demanding and thoughtful audience ''mute and blind symbols, to communicate with people who speak and see only through their hearts''.F.d.c.

'Behind everyday life yearns the immortal soul' F.d.c.

Di là dal fiume e tra gli alberi The art exhibition space, in collaboration with the Municipality of Concesio and the Department of Culture, is hosting a solo exhibition dedicated to Dolcini, with “figures and forms of self”, a description that summarizes a complex and wide variety of works that include writings, visual and three-dimensional material, all oriented towards a single purpose: personal research and concrete manifestations..R. Bianchi

CastoOur Lady of the Chestnut

The Exhibitions in the Yellow Room. The Yellow Room of Palazzo Corso in Carpi welcomes two artists from Brescia, teacher and pupil, two personalities with different temperaments and cultural histories. Dolcini, a multi-talented artist full of humanity, has accompanied his apprentice in this exhibition of different perspectives that are however united heart.R. Pelloni

In Prayer at Our Lady of the Chestnut. Armando’s parents, the custodian of the small site where the sculpture stands, say laughing: «Even though it doesn’t weep, it still attracts a lot of people». Word of mouth has carried the sculpture’s name well beyond the borders of Valle Sabbia.A. Seneci

A Bridge Between East and West. Casto is hosting a solo exhibition of artist Armando Dolcini, from Lumezzane, who is especially known here for his sculptures, in particular “Our Lady of the Chestnut”, which has been attracting many visitors. M. Pasotti

Our Lady of the Chestnut Inaugurated in Casto. Armando Dolcini’s work “Our Lady of the Chestnut”, carved out of a tree that is still rooted to the ground, was inaugurated at Scavicchie di Casto with the blessing of the parish priest Father Diego, as requested by Dolcini’s parents.M. Pasotti

Seven Stories About the East. Armando Dolcini, the versatile artist from Lumezzane, has now had his third book published. Dolcini is also a lover of yoga, a practice that introduced him to Eastern philosophy, which has become a lantern for his personal journey through art. A. SeneciA. Seneci

With an Eye to the East. His belief in man stands tall and straight, even though its roots are in the ground, but only because of the need to acquire knowledge; this is perfectly represented in the symbolic painting “Growing Towards the Sky”, in which Dolcini expresses his innermost self, the only and true purpose of his personal and interpersonal life.A. Seneci

Torre Avogadro “Little Big Moments of Reflection”. […] taken from one of his thoughts: «When I’m working on a project I’m always looking forward to seeing it finished. But when it is finished, I find that my expectancy has dissolved, and is soon replaced by another one that becomes a new starting point. This happens with every project I work on, as if each time I were taking one more step towards a spiritual ascent». A. Seneci

Contemporary Art and Humanities. The Abba Gallery in Brescia is hosting Dolcini’s first important solo exhibition and at the same time promoting his first book, a novel entitled “A Country So Loved”. Answering the publisher’s questions in the interview, the artist himself becomes the animator and popularizer of his manifold visual and literary creations. A. Marcianò

A Country So Loved. Five questions for Armando Dolcini

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