Francesco De Bernardi

Vimercate, 1995

Francesco De Bernardi

Vimercate, 1995

Francesco De Bernardi lives and works in Milan. His practice is rooted in the observation of everyday life, of common situations that provide the primary material the artist extrapolates in order to present it again, condensed into micro narratives or objects that evoke real life experience. His work is developed through the use of different media and materials, including texts, ceramics, artist draws mainly on his own background and autobiographical experiences, focusing in particular on the apparently banal and comical details of everyday life.

The scenes and characters taken from reality show their weaknesses and contradictions, their irresolute side, concerning their personality, crushed and fed by hyperquestioning, hypochondria and the consequent melancholy, which characterises the artist’s gaze and production.

The feeling of melancholy permeates De Bernardi’s installations which present a world in miniature as if observed from far away.

Selected solo and duo exhibitions

  • 2024

    Superb visibility all around, duo show, La Placette, Lausanne CH

  • 2023

    Getting attached to (…) is difficult (with a text by Iacopo Spini), Triangolo, Cremona

    Your ease doesn’t simplify things/your ease is not making it easier (curated by Camille Besson and Haydeé Marin-Lopez), Café des Glaces, Tonnerre, FR

  • 2022

    Il più bell’errore del mondo, duo show with Valentina Pini (curated by Gabriel Stoekli and Giacomo Galletti), Sonnestube, Lugano CH

  • 2020

    Domenica, duoshow show with Giovanna Belossi (proposed by Paul Paillet), Lokal-int, Biel/Bienne, CH

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2022

    Prison Break (curated by Hruze Gegi), Winterthur, CH

    The September Issues (curated by Mohamed Almusibli), Peres Project, Milan

    Break-In, Brescia (curated by Arnold Braho), The Adress gallery, Brescia 

  • 2021

    Adaptation I-Weary Friends, duoshow with Leonardo Pellicanò (curated by Stefania Carlotti and Margaux Dewarra) 13, Renens (Lausanne), CH

    Supporters (curated by Matteo De Nando), Palmanova 187, Milano 

    Lemaniana, Reflets d’autres scenes (curated by Andrea Bellini, Mohamed Almusibli, Jill Gasparina and Stéphanie Moisdon), Centre d’Art Contemporaine Geneve, CH

    Casette per Uccelli (curated by Margaux Dewarrat), Basecamp, Locarno CH

  • 2019

    Usefulless (curated by Mélanie Matranga and Clément Délepine), Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, FR 


2022 | Four pairs of shoes, wood, black paint | Variable dimensions

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.


2022 | Solid wood afromosia, speakers, electronic components, MP3, whistle in loop | 35 x 50 x 6 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.


2022 | Wood, fabric, wig, shirt, sunglasses, 3D print | 115 x 20 cm

All photo credits to Roberto Marossi.

Courtesy Peres Project.


2023 | Foam, wig, fabric, wire, clothing, 3D printing, wooden base | 148 x 121 x 121 cm

Photo courtesy Café des Glaces.

The dog Edi had when he was a boy (Gordon)

2023 | Fir wood, different fabrics, foam | 125 x 180 x 37 cm

Photo courtesy Café des Glaces.

All the insecurity OF EDI

2023 | Wood, camera lens, jute, fabric, lamps | 160 x 116 x 116 cm

Photo courtesy Café des Glaces.

Edi’s memory

2023 | Graphite on paper | 33,5 x 38 x 4 cm

Photo courtesy Café des Glaces.

Thinking about what made you feel good is comforting 1 – 2

2023 | Ink on paper | 49 x 40 x 4 cm each

Photo courtesy Café des Glaces.