A musician as well as a visual artist, from his debut in the early ‘60s Guarneri focused on a radically visual investigation built around the idea that mark, color and light constitute the intrinsic essence of a painting. The works selected for the exhibition document the formidable stylistic integrity of an author who has devoted his whole trajectory to a continuous variation on a theme.
An independent figure as much as a precursor of the international contemporary artistic research which blossomed through the ‘60s, Guarneri concentrated his study on the essential aspects of painting, liberating it from any representational concern and descriptive temptation, yet eschewing the conceptual dogma at the core of minimalism in favour of a lyrical abstraction.
He starts with his first solo exhibition at The Hague in 1960. He takes part in the Venice Biennale in 1966 and the exhibition “Weiss auf Weiss” at Bern Kunstalle; he participated in the Biennial of Paris in 1967 in the “New Artists” section, an exhibition that in 1997 is featured at the Kunsthalle of Cologne “Abstrakte Kunst Italiens ‘60/’90”. In 2004 he was included in “Mostra Antologica” in Palazzo Pitti in Florence. In 2007 he is featured in “Pittura Analitica anni ‘70” at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan. He has taught painting in Carrara, Bari, Florence and the Venice Academy of Art. In 2017 he is included in the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale ‘Viva Arte Viva’.