Walter Valentini | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books


"Sono fermamente convinto che anche con la geometria si può fare della poesia."

(Walter Valentini)



Walter Valentini (Pergola, 22 October 1928) is an Italian painter, sculptor and engraver, internationally recognized in the field of graphics and engraving. He is a master of techniques such as etching, aquatint, drypoint, multi-colored lithography, chalcography.

As an artist he established himself in the eighties with a series of abstract works on wood and paper, all characterized by a precise sense of geometry, proportions and rhythm.

Valentini's geometric imagery reflects the influences of the Russian avant-gardes of the twentieth century (Constructivism) and, marginally, of the architecture painted by de Chirico in the metaphysical period, but is based above all on the sense of harmony and proportion investigated by the Italian artists of the fifteenth century: De pictura, De re aedificatoria, De statue by Leon Battista Alberti, De prospectiva pingendi by Piero della Francesca and De divina proportione by Luca Pacioli are treated on the perspective and on the golden rule that will guide all of Valentini's research on space, forms and their balance.

Astronomy and cosmography will also be important sources of inspiration for Valentini. His approach to architecture and celestial mechanics is mathematical and rigorous, but not without his poetry. Shy and distant from schools, currents and artistic groups, he declares his admiration for the works of Paul Klee, Fausto Melotti and Osvaldo Licini; he will cultivate the friendship of artists such as Luigi Veronesi, Emilio Scanavino and Hans Richter.

He teaches art of engraving at the "New Academy of Fine Arts" in Milan, of which he was also director, from 1983 to 1985.