Fabrizio Corneli was born in 1958 in Florence.
He studied at the Academy of fine Arts in Florence and at the DAMS in Bologna.
In 1979 he participated to his first solo exhibition “Le Alternative del Nuovo” at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome with light and shadow artworks, elements that continued to feature throughout his career. During the 80s he realized many personal and collective exhibitions, especially in Italy, in cities like Rome, Padua, Florence, Milan, Bologna and Treviso.
In the early 90s, he took part in several solo exhibitions abroad, in Comar, Paris and Caracas. In 1993 he moved to Germany, where he created his first large scale solar installation “Augenblick” in the centre of the city. In 1998 he completed the second permanent installation “Meridiana” for the Gori collection – Fattoria di Celle in Santomato (Pistoia).
In 2000 he held his first solo exhibition in Kobe, Japan, a country where he returned to display on several occasions in the years that followed, like the solo exhibitions in Sapporo, Kobe, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2001 and at the Yokohama Portside Gallery in 2003. In 2007 he created the big solar installation “Duetto”, set up on the external wall of the Sannomya Tower in the centre of Kobe.
Beside exhibiting in Japan, Corneli has displayed his artworks in important solo and collective shows both in museums and private galleries. Particularly notable were the exhibitions in Rome, Barcellona, Berlin, Bologna, Naples, Paris, Bruxelles, Valencia, Basel, Bonn, Calcutta, Bangkok.
In 2005, he inaugurated his solo exhibition “MICAT IN VERTICE” , held at the Villa Medicea La Magia in Quarrata (Pistoia), occasion for which he created a piece on the external facade that reproduced the title of the show itself. In 2006 he realized the permanent installation “Grande Volante III” in the district of Anderlecht in Bruxelles, his first public artwork that materializes images through the usage of both artificial and solar light.
In 2010 he exhibited in Korea at the Seoul National University Museum of Art and at the fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan. In 2012 he displayed at the Archaölogishes Museum Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
In 2015 he put together a permanent public installation, ”1 x l’altro” in L’Aquila, and a personal exhibition titled “Casting Light” at the Sharjah Art Museum in occasion of the 18th Islamic Art festival in the Emirates, followed by the personals “Luce fra Luci, dal Museo della città”, a solo show at the Museo della Città in Rimini, and the one at the Italian Cultural Centre in Madrid. In 2018, he displayed the artwork “Respiro” at the Reggia di Caserta and, in the same year he held a double personal together with artist Michelangelo Bastiani titled “The luminous substance of the intangible” at Aria Art Gallery Istanbul.
From the outset Fabrizio Corneli upsets the presumed reliability of eyewitness testimony with minimal structures capable of generating striking plays of shadows and lights that, observed from precise angles or at certain times of the day -in the case of the artworks done for the exterior-, are transformed into images. These visions, suspended like mirages always on the verge of disappearing, substitute the sensitive body of the work with an immaterial emanation that represents its most authentic essence, subverting the usual hierarchy between reality and illusion. Although what is concrete and tangible, the meticulous carvings on copper, steel and aluminum plates placed inside or near the light sources that produce the images, at first sight does not seem to relate to what is perceived at the sensory level. The effectiveness of the work derives precisely from this discrete hardware matrix, created through sophisticated mathematical and scientific competences that allows its perceptual functioning.