MONDAY



But if the light falls, my heart remains there, If there is a thought that turns it on is to look for Monday...

Lucio Dalla, Lunedì

Since May 2015 every Monday I publish on my website (and share on my social) one of my artwork or anything that struck me: a reading, a song, an unexpected meeting. Why on Monday? Because on Monday all starts again, for better or for worse, like it or not, but it's better that way! Up with Monday, and with the life that comes to you anyway.

Francesco Zavatta - Artist, Painter Milan

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6 April 2020
Piazzale Loreto 112x140cm, tecnica mista su carta 2012

Monday 6th April 2020 – Loreto Square Milano

In these days seeing empty cities is truly surreal and at the same time suggestive. Therefore, I fished out of my archive one of the very first works that I did just arrived in Milan in 2012. In this work on paper (112x140cm) Piazzale Loreto is depicted as seems to me today. I still remember well the feelings with which I painted it: I was very angry because I couldn’t understand how to portray the city of Milan. It was […]
30 March 2020
2020-Darsena-nuova-130x190cm-olio-su-tela

Monday 30th March 2020 – New Dock

This large format (130x190cm) painting represents a glimpse of the new part of the dock of the Rimini pier. Inside the water you can see the poles on which the ropes of the boats are attached. I am struck by the two ropes that cross the first floor, where there is the pole richest in matter. I hope you will be able to see it live because the photo does not render: it is a presence that gives security with […]
23 March 2020
2020-Duomo-115x200cm-olio-su-tela

Monday 23rd March 2020 – To Milan – Hymn with sax and painting

What can art do in this time of lockdown? A lot of company – I replied! And I feel the urge inside me to show something that can warm the heart! In the wake of this feeling, was born this hymn to Milan with the saxophone (thanks to Corrado), on the notes of the famous song O mia bela Madunina. It is a gift for everyone, if you like it, share it with your friends and colleagues. The painting represented […]
16 March 2020
2020-Darsena-50x100cm-olio-su-tela

Monday 16th March 2020 – Wet Dock

In these weeks I’m painting with the desire to give you something that can illuminate these strange days, where everything has stopped for the coronavirus. I paint what most excites me, and starting from this feeling I launched myself into this oil on canvas. I depicted the two lighthouses of the Rimini dock which have a precise meaning for me, that is the dialogue between the old and the new lighthouse, which greet each other as they wave the boats […]
9 March 2020
2020-Airport-50x40cm-olio-su-tela

Monday 9th March 2020 – Airport

In this tricky historical moment that we are living in Italy, my work is helping me not to run away from reality but rather it forces me to look at it more! I was surprised when was born this work from the Airport series, that sky so gray and the shades of overseas so veiled that create a light effect that crosses the runway of the planes, giving it as a caress. That vertical yellow line gives me a sense […]
2 March 2020
2020-Malpensa-120x140cm-olio-su-tela

Monday 2nd March 2020 – Malpensa

This painting on Malpensa airport took me some time before finishing it, about a month. The runway with the yellow line and the sky were already there, but I understood that it could not have ended like this, the presence of the airport structure was missing, which now gives a precise location to this place. These essential lines help me a lot to concentrate on the composition of the painting and to give me more freedom in the drafting of […]
24 February 2020
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Monday 24th February 2020 – Fragile Dock

I read this article in Corriere della Sera by Beppe Severgnini entitled: Coronavirus our fragility and it reminded me one of my recent work that I made about the poles of the Rimini dock. I was struck by a passage in the article in which he says: “who knows if we will learn something from what is happening. For example, if we remember that we are fragile …” I found that fragile in this painting in those two ropes that […]
17 February 2020
Duomo Milano 42x52cm olio su tela

Monday 17th February 2020 – Milan Cathedral

Sometimes it happens to paint with my eyes closed, because I am so inside what I am painting that I close my eyes and throw the liquid color into the canvas, and that is a very nice feeling! It happened in this Milan Cathedral, in the lower part, where I let the color in the fast gestures of yellow, ocher and blue transform into a form that starts from a randomness but which in reality proves to be very vital […]