PainterBorn : 1951. Milan, Italy
"Since the 1980s, the artistic studies of Rainer have been focused on redefining the concept of form (everything that has a defined appearance and a precise visual connotation). Rainer's studies and reflection led him to develop an "informal-figurative" style; abandoning the rigor of "pure" abstraction, considerably widening his concept of art and his scope of artistic focus, while simultaneously removing barriers presented by different interpretations and categories of expression."
"Marked by the fluidity of pictorial gesture in Europe and America, and the strong tendency towards the transfiguration of reality, Rainer's art, with its informal-figurative style, explores the freedom of art: tangles of marks, tracks, instinctive brushstrokes and dripping paints (used to fill blank spaces in his paintings) are included in his technique". "The active and expressive energy in his art is driven by creative impulse.
In Rainer's work, we can identify two main influences: the gestural, exemplified by the work of the American Painter, Jackson Pollock; and the material, mainly from Europe (Dubuffet, Tapies and Burri). Within his movement however, we also see influences of Spatialism's Lucio Fontana; as well as signs of Capogrossi."
"In Italy, the exploration of informal-figurative painting have evolved with the exploration by Rainer of matter and space. Contrary to Emilio Vedova, for whom the most important element is the force of the gesture (spilling of colour on canvas), Rainer prefers materials usually unrelated to painting, focusing on the relationship between the canvas and the space that surrounds. Where Burri used as raw material pictorial elements (bags, plastic, metal and wood); Rainer tries, instead, to go beyond the two-dimensional limits of the canvas, combining within his space the physical and the conceptual, whilst including empty space, allowing the material to express itself through his own projections."
Raimondo Nerve (in art - RAINER) was born in the city of Milan in 1951. After long years living in Lombardy, Rainer moved to a small town in the region of Emilia Romagna, in the province of Bologna. Rainer is self-taught and has exhibited in many galleries that bring together the works of international contemporary artists, receiving acclaim from critics and the public alike.
The Exhibition of Paris, held in 2010, honored him as The Best Emerging Artist.