Alberto Zamboni was born in 1971 in Bologna, where he continues to live and work today. Born into a respected family of artists, his creative inheritance was further nurtured by the vibrant artistic environment of his home city – the birthplace of Annibale, Agostino Carracci and Giorgio Morandi. As well as the countless artists who have lived and worked in Bologna over the centuries, Zamboni’s work is buoyed by references to history’s most innovative practitioners.
The skilful juxtaposition of light and shadow in Zamboni’s creations is reminiscent of Whistler’s hazy views of the river Thames and the nocturnal seascapes of Turner. Yet literature also plays a pivotal role in Zamboni’s creative process - especially authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville and George Simenon. Zamboni is fascinated by tales of adventure and the great unknown, and strives to capture this sense of odyssey within his misty landscapes. The current body of works is a summa of his inspirations. Uninterested in the representation of reality per se; the human figure becomes the pretext to create an oneiric depiction of reality, imagined through the prism of his remembrances. Zamboni tackles the canvas with a simple yet subtle technique; the canvas is applied directly with layers of oil, which is then carefully diluted. The subjects are lightly traced on the canvas, conferring a distinctive non-finito touch, further enhanced by the lack of a final varnish.
Zamboni has participated in a number of international art fairs and competitions, such as the prestigious Premio Cairo and the 2011 Venice Biennale. His paintings, aside from being privately collected, feature in some of the most prominent Italian corporate collections including Unicredit Bank.