"My first approach to painting was prompted by the beauty of women. I embraced beauty as Renaissance painting had embraced it, in the portraits of noble women of the period"
After a brief stay in Parma, Roberto Panichi moved to Versilia and then to Florence where graduated in 1960 in Classical Literature from Florence University. He became a well-known historian and art theoretician and taught at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence and Macerata. During the 70s he drew up the Manifesto of Formal Symbolic Expressionism. He has published several books.
He has held an extensive range of solo exhibitions: Galleria d'Arte Internazionale (GAI), Florence 1969; Galleria Michelangelo, Florence 1973; Palazzo Corsini, Florence 1975, 1986; Italian Institute for Culture, Amsterdam 1976; Galleria Spinetti, Florence 1976, 1983; Galerie Apart, Hilversum 1976 and Amsterdam 1977; Bottega di Cimabue, Florence 1977; Galerie Felix, Maastricht 1978; Van Wanig Galerie, Rotterdam 1979, 1984; Galerie d'Egelantier, Amsterdam 1980; Centro Culturale Il Punto, Florence 1981; La Nuova Papessa, Rome 1982; La Spirale, Prato 1982, 1989; Fine Arts Service Center, Los Angeles 1984; Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence 1984; Sala della Provincia, Florence 1984; Galerie Steiger, Moers 1984; Bucheinband und Rahmen, Aachen 1984; Tholen, Bergen 1984; Hansen Galleries, Chicago 1985; The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs 1986; Museo delle Avanguardie, Rocca d'Angera 1986; Vallombrosa Abbey 1987; Villa Arrivabene, Florence 1988; Sala d'Armi de' Buondelmonti, Impruneta 1990; Circolo degli Artisti, Arezzo 1990; Galleria Valiani, Pistoia 1990, 1993, 1998; Castello Carlo V, Lecce 1992; S. Giorgieto Cultural Centre, Verona 1994; Spazio Cultura, Cortina 1995, 2000; Castello dei Conti Guidi, Poppi, Arezzo 1997; Fondazione Nazionale Collodi, Pescia, Pistoia 1999; Convention Center, Miami Beach 2000; "Ciò che resta dell'avvenire" 2002; Sala d'Arme, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence 2009.
He has taken part in many group exhibitions in Italy, Europe and the United States, including: Alexander of Florence Gallery, Carmel; "L'incarnazione del colore e la scrittura della luce" 2007, Museo, Villa San Carlo Borromeo; "Treasures of Italy" 2007, Exhibition Gallery, Chongqing, China.
Among his public works, of note are: Chiesa dei SS. Gervasio e Protasio, Florence; Benedictine Abbey of Cerreto, Lodi; Archbishop’s Palace, Florence; Royal Castle in Warsaw; Warsaw and Cracow Museums; Casa Pandolfi, Florence; Provincial Tourist Board; Fondazione Artisti per Monte Senario; The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs; Palagio Fiorentino, Stia, Arezzo; University of Urbino; Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; Museo Sacrario di Sant'Anna, Stazzema. He has exhibited his works in several solo exhibitions in the Apuan-Versilia area: Galleria d'Arte Cavour, Forte dei Marmi 1975; Hotel Versilia, Forte dei Marmi 1976, 1977; Villa Franca, Marina di Massa 1984; L. Russo Cultural Centre, Pietrasanta 1995.
The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from the Artist's website www.robertopanichi.com