Gianfranco Del Bove
I was born on November 27, 1956 in Rome. The first of three children, perhaps the fruit of that famous snowfall, from a family of peasant origins from a small town of the ciociaria, or rather from Alvito (FR). My father, a strong and tenacious man ready to get anything, my mother a good housewife and mother of a family, devoted to raising children. Ever since I was a child I have always been attracted by nature, places, monuments, and sunsets.
Perhaps the artistic side of my character, of my state of mind was already manifesting in me. At school I did not go very well, not because I was not intelligent …
I simply didn’t apply myself, except for the drawing, where even though I didn’t excel, I had a certain passion; I was very busy but this was not enough either. Since you could not go to school to study a single subject, the result was that in the second year of failing in middle school my father sent me to learn a trade … and then goodbye to drawing. Until after six years of work at the age of eighteen, I went to work in a barber shop in the meadows area, in Rome, which was frequented by great masters of painting, including Luigi Montanarini , < b> Sante Monachesi and Sandro Trotti .
I also participated in their exhibitions and the passion for art and the desire to start doing some pictorial work awoke in me.
Unfortunately the opportunities were few because of my work commitments and my private life. Until after about a year of marriage, at the age of twenty-six, I felt the need to convey my thoughts, my moods on paper and canvas, and so I carved out spaces to fulfill my wishes. In my work I used all kinds of coloring: pencils, pens, markers, wax, tempera, enamel, natural products, never inspired by any artist, even though I admire masterpieces.
In short, I tried to be myself, in my small way, in my own way of creating myself, putting all my passion and commitment, as indeed in everything I did in my life, always bearing in mind my technical limitations.