Vieri Vagnetti was born in Florence in 1939. After completing his classical education, he dedicated himself to painting. His formal art education was completed in Paris at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts. There he focused not only on the study of painting but also on art décor.
In 1959 Vagnetti was commissioned by Milan’s La Scala to design various sets for Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. A year later, at the age of twenty-one, he held his first one-man art show in Florence. This show was followed by a series of exhibitions throughout the world; for example, he exhibited in Milan, Rome, Venice, New York, Brussels, Paris and Tokyo.
Vagnetti traveled widely, especially between Japan and the United States. His first one-man show in Japan was held in 1966 in Tokyo, followed by a number of regular exhibits at the Universe Gallery of Tokyo – in 1968, 1969, 1972, 1976, and 1981. His first one-man show in New York opened at the Narisa de Re Gallery in 1970, followed by exhibits in various group shows throughout the country.
Vagnetti was honored in 1980 with a permanent exhibition of his works at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan. In that same year he was nomination permanent exhibiting member of the Salon d’Automne in Paris.
Vagnetti’s paintings invite the viewer to enter the world of the composition, a world that is both calming and intriguing. The choice of colors and the brushstrokes leave the images slightly blurred, out of focus, but seemingly peaceful and somewhat sensual. The paintings have an impressionistic feel to them, one that invites an internal reaction to an external reality, in other words, we know the reality that the painting reflect, but that reality is filtered by light, by color and by design into a perception that is internal.