Franco Bonetti
painter, theatre design


Italian artist Franco Bonetti embodies the artful life.

Born in Florence , Italy in 1958, Bonetti is an acclaimed contemporary painter who frequently collaborates with renowned directors and designers to create dramatic stage sets and scenery.

Working primarily with oil on canvas, Bonetti creates large-scale abstract works with enigmatic vibrations of color and shapes. Infusing art with literature, Bonetti's work boldly emerges as an unusual blend of accessible complexity.

Formally trained at the G. Chierici Art Institute in Reggio Emilia, Bonetti has worked with the Teatro Municipale where he collaborated with an array of respected directors and designers, including Sandro Sequi, Luca Ronconi, Rouben TerAntunian, Kvetoslav Bubenik, Pierre Simonini, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Wolf Siegfried and Ludovico Parenti.

He has designed scenes and costumes for numerous plays, including "Scheletro d'amore" and "Barbara dei Bassi."

Recently, his work at the Museo del Canopo, in the monumental Villa Adriana ( Rome ) was met with great acclaim. There he exhibited a series of works entitled "Segrete Memorie," inspired by the "The Memoirs of Hadrian," a classic novel by Marguerite Yourcenar.