Masterclass Livio Ceschin

Masterclass of Livio Ceschin.
Il Bisonte hosted an exhibition of Livio Ceschin prints few years ago, and another one soon, in the meantime we managed to lure him out of his mountains to come down here to hold a practical workshop. It will lead us to the use of his elective techniques (etching and drypoint), and to the discovery of his landscapes, of his poetry that he manages to find in the most humble ravines, of the lightest snow and the silence of the woods, of the trees.

Saturday 1 February 9.30 – 17
Sunday 2 February, 9.30 – 17

140 euros
120 for those who have already attended our Workshops or Masterclasses
100 euros for the students of the Fine Arts Academies
basic material included in the price

Il Bisonte Foundation Via San Niccolò 24 / rosso, Florence
T. 0552342585


Screen printing Workshop – 1 and 2 December

Screen printing workshop
1 and 2 December 2018
from 10.30am to 5pm
Everyone talks about it and you still do not understand how it works? It’s the right time to come to Il Bisonte and experience the thrill of sliding the squeegee on the frame!
Let’s prepare an acetate together: if you are confident creatives, you will draw directly of it, otherwise bring a file and we will print it together on the acetate sheet. Then we will teach you to spread the jelly on the frame, to impress the screens with your work and to print them. If time will be available we will introduce more colors.

120 euros
100 euros for those who have already attended our Masterclasses or Workshops and for the students of the Accademia delle Belle Arti.

Screen printing materials and some sheets of paper included (if you think you want to print several copies bring a few more sheets from home, and get even T-shirts, shoppers or other material if you want to use them).
For registration or more information write to: school@ilbisonte.it

A summer afternoon, twenty years with the Premio Sciascia amateur d’estampes

Florence, June 22nd, 6pm.
Il Bisonte Gallery
Via San Niccolò 24/red

On June 22nd at 6 pm, in Florence, opens the exhibition of the works of the “Leonardo Sciascia, amateur d’estampes” Prize. The event will take place at the historic gallery of tFondazione Il Bisonte for the Study of Graphic Arts, in via San Niccolò 24 red.

After the exhibition at the Museo della Carta and the Filigrana, in Fabriano, the Prize arrives in Florence, where the Foundation, the Bisonte, symbol of Italian and international printmaking, will be exhibited until September 14th.

There are twenty-nine prints taking part in the ninth edition (2018-2019) of the Sciascia Award, the Biennale of graphic art created by the initiative of the Friends of Leonardo Sciascia. An important event that calls for more and more artists and recalls one of the best writers of the twentieth century and a reference point for several generations.

Observing some of the works in competition in previous editions we note the massive participation of printmakers from all over the world, especially from Asia and Eastern Europe. Therefore works of different cultures that excite through technical skill.

Winner of the 2015-2016 edition is Keisei Kobayashi who, with the series Sunrises again – Illusional planet, brings the possibilities of printing on blocks of wood to new levels. Japanese Xylographer and professor emeritus at Tama Art University, has carried out an intense exhibition activity since 1978. Among the awards, the Grand Prize of the second Seoul International Miniature Print Biennale and the Bronze Prize of Beijiing’s first International Print Biennal.

Stanislaw Kluska is the winner of the seventh edition (2012-2013) of the “Leonardo Sciascia amateur d’estampes” Award, with the opera Peleton. Polish printmaker, painter, illustrator and poster designer, he holds personal exhibitions in several European countries and participates in international collective exhibitions, including the Biennale of Ljubljana, the International Print Biennale in Krakow and the International Award for Engraving in Biella.

The Florentine event will be opened by Simone Guaita, President of Bison, Cristina Giachi, Deputy Mayor and Assessor Education and Niccolò de Laurentiis, Secretary of the Friends of Sciascia. Following the speeches by Rodolfo Ceccotti, Didactic Director of Bisonte and Enrico Gatta, former editor of the culture section of «La Nazione». The meeting is closed by Francesco Izzo, promoter of the event and curator of the catalog.

The international and biennial prize “Leonardo Sciascia, amateur d’estampes”, born in 1998, was established by the Friends of Leonardo Sciascia and the Civic Collection of Prints Achille Bertarelli to remember the passion of the great master for the engraving of art, establishing itself as one of the most prestigious international events in graphic art in its intimate relationship with literature.


Norman Ackroyd, Great Britain
Thiago Arruda, Brasil
Devorah Boxer, France
Catalina Chervin, Argentina
Hélène Damville, France
Mehdi Darvishi, Iran
Peter De Koninck, Belgium
Oleh Denysenko, Ukraine
Elisabetta Diamanti, Italy
Gérard Diaz, France
Stuart Duffin, Great Britain
José Faria, Portugal
Pablo Flaiszman, France
Pascale Hémery, France
Irving Herrera, Mexico
Gabriel Kantor, Italy
Tiina Kivinen, Finland
Stefano Luciano, Italia
Vittorio Manno, Italy
Gino Renzo Merlina, Italy
Sayuri Nishimura, Japan
Masaki Nose, Japan
Sergio Saccomandi, Italy
Ari Sadik, Turkey
Marjan Seyedin, France
Aleksandr Steshenko, Russia
Toshinori Tanuma, Japan
Kouki Tsuritani, Japan
Art Werger, USA


Galleria della Fondazione Il Bisonte, via San Niccolò 24/rosso, Firenze.
orario: 9,00 – 13,00 e 15,00 – 19,00.
Sabato e domenica chiuso.
La mostra rimarrà aperta fino al 14 settembre 2018.
per informazioni
telefono: 055 2342585
email: gallery@ilbisonte.it


31 artists printmakers from Australia

Opening Thursday May 17th – 6.00pm
Il Bisonte Foundation – via San Niccolò, 24r – 50125 Florence
Next Thursday, an exhibition will be inaugurated at Bisonte, with 31 works by as many printmakers from the Firestation Print Studio, Melbourne, Australia.

It is another exhibition added to the group of those collective shows that we have organized with the clear will and the sincere desire to discover the art graphics of other parts of the world, to know who, with their our own language, tell a story different, in this specific case just from the other side of the world: Australia.

These exhibitions are born under the name of Print-link and unlike other group shows are characterized by a parallel exhibition of Il Bisonte artists organized by the institution that we host. So far we have had exhibitions at Il Bisonte with printmakers from England, Finland, Mexico and we plan to have them from Japan and Argentina.

It seems extraordinary that the thread that unites two so distant realities is the same that is traced on the matrices, whether they are made of metal, wood or stone and that printmaker lovers from two opposite sides of the globe they themselves in front of the same prints, speaking different languages ​​with their voices but the same one with their hands.
Il Bisonte Foundation Gallery, via San Niccolò 24 / rosso, Florence.
time: 9.00 – 13.00 and 15.00 – 19.00.
Saturday and Sunday closed.
The exhibition will remain open until June 15, 2018.
for information
telephone: 055 2342585
email: gallery@ilbisonte.it

Contemporary American Prints

Contemporary American Prints
Il Bisonte Gallery
San Niccolò 24/red
Firenze, Italia

Exhibition Free and Open to the Public: September 9-23, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, from 6-8pm
Gallery Talk with the Curator: Friday, September 9, from 7-8pm
Gallery hours: from monday to friday, 9am-1pm and 3-7pm.
saturday on appointment.
Contact: gallery@ilbisonte.it
Tel. 0039 (0)55 2342585

Featured Artists:
Miguel Aragon, Staten Island, New York
Emily Arthur, Madison, Wisconsin
Janet Ballweg, Bowling Green, Ohio
Michael Barnes, Saint Charles, Illinois
Josh Dannin, Manchester, New Hampshire
Andrew DeCaen, Denton, Texas
Jeffrey Dell, San Marcos, Texas,
Amze Emmons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lari Gibbons, Denton, TX
Karla Hackenmiller, Athens, Ohio
Nicole Hand, Murray, Kentucky
Melissa Harshman, Athens, Georgia
John Hitchcock, Madison, Wisconsin
Michael Krueger, Lawrence, Kansas
Carrie Lingscheit, Chicago, Illinois
Beauvais Lyons, Knoxville, Tennessee
Kathryn Maxwell, Tempe, Arizona
Phyllis McGibbon, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Yoonmi Nam, Lawrence, Kansas
Ashley Nason, Eaton, Colorado
Kathryn Polk, Tucson, Arizona,
Andrew Raftery, Providence, Rhode Island
Jason Scuilla, Manhattan, Kansas
Hyeyoung Shin, Kansas City, Missouri
Tanja Softic, Richmond, Virginia
Jon Swindler, Athens, Georgia
Erik Waterkotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
Art Werger, Athens, Ohio
Koichi Yamamoto, Knoxville, Tennessee
Rina Yoon, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Exhibition:
This exhibition features contemporary printmakers of the United States of America.
American artist, Andrew DeCaen has curated this exhibition as part of his Artist in Residency during the month of September at the Il Bisonte Foundation for Printmaking.
The exhibition includes a selection of artists hailing from a variety of geographic regions in the United States and representing the status of the contemporary research, aesthetics and technical diversity in printmaking. These artists work in modes from figuration, surrealist trajectories, image sampling, naturalistic documentation, and lyrical abstraction, exploring current issues including environmental concerns, urban development and blight, feminism, desensitization of modern violence, and interruptions of conventionally held truths. The exhibition demonstrates the vitality and diversity of contemporary printmaking with a wide variety of processes and techniques including: woodcut relief, letterpress relief, relief embossing, acid etching, electrolytic etching, aquatint, metal engraving, photo-intaglio, stone lithography, plate lithography, screen print, layered digital printing, and other delicate and complex techniques.

English Language Links:
Andrew DeCaen: www.andrewdecaen.com

Summer Course, new calendar

Is now possible to enroll to our Summer Course, it is possible to enroll to the longer version (two weeks, 40 hours) or to the intensive version (one week, 40 hours). The cost is 400 euros. materials are included

Here a link to the Summer Course web page

During the Chsitmas Holidays 2015 Il Bisonte will be closed during these days:
From the 24  of December to the 27 of December and
from the 31 December to the 6 of Jannuary

Hayk Grigoryan – Prints


Thursday 8 October,  will open the exhibition of the Armenian printmaker Hayk Grigoryan

Galleria Il Bisonte, Via San Niccolò, 24rosso, Firenze

The artist will atnd the opening

The exhibition will close on the 16 of November 2015
timetable: monday to friday 9/13 and 15/19
Saturday and Sunday the gallery is closed
Tel. 055 2342585 – email: gallery@ilbisonte.it – www.ilbisonte.it
… “The development of figurative topic in my works is extremely important, in fact, the genuine essence of the engravings is opened via them. My signs and symbols are born and ripen during the work on compositions, and frequently, they visit in dreams”.
Hayk Grigoryan

…Certainly, as a representative of a new and young generation of artists, Hayk Grigoryan contemplates about the destiny of art and understands the globalization as a great synthesis of various national and cultural traditions. On the other hand, however, he understands and carefully explores the tradition of the world art, particularly the world of graphics as an important search of the human nature in the course of his life. Consider the depth of his understanding and expression of human character. Here are some of them: “Noah”, “Trdat”, “Don Quixote”, and “Esse Homo”…
from the etx “Art as a Skill and Experience of the Skill as a Search for Inspiration”, by Ruben Angaladian, Art critic, philosopher

…From the earliest works of the artist elements of paradoxal connection of rationalism and freak of imagination, of strict scrupulous compositions and its free incompleteness, fragmentation and mysteriously made-up images are observed.

Hayk’s original engravings, their complicated metaphoric and symbolic nature, are similar to “non-decodable” alchemical figures which, basically, possessed independent character and did not act as direct illustrations to the text and were made only for ‘activation of imagination”. On the reference to alchemical “lexicon” unambiguously hint the wizard – old man, salamander-fire, the name of some graphic sheets – “Earth”, “Air”, “The Fifth Element” and so on…
from the text: “Beyond the Dream”, by Arthur Hakobyan, Artist, Doctor of Arts

…Grigoryan’s ex-libris deserve a high respect because beyond their precise graphic expression, they espress contents which are far away from the symbolism and the allegories of the bookplates we are used to. Grigoryan’s library marks emit wholly visual poetry. The artist conceives the creation of his bookplates in short series which complement each other and he enjoys giving them a title although they are meant for different possessors…
from the text: “Poet of the Sign”, by Prof. Francesc Orenes Navarro, Barcelona, Spain

We have uploaded the new call for the scholarship offered by Luisa Romagnoli Conti. It is the only scholarship designed just for international students. Have a look at it in the Scholarship section.

Il 1 settembre Il Bisonte ri-aprirà dopo la chiusura estiva. Occhi aperti su tutti i bandi di concorso per le borse di studio e sulla mostra “Paesaggi Ideali fra Italia e Cina” e ovviamente per il progetto “Giovani collezionisti di stampe d’arte”. Sarà un autunno indaffarato.