Mario, Costanza, their city 22 Novembre 2012 – Posted in: . ENGLISH TEXT

The preface of Leonardo Castellucci in Mario Donizetti, a biography.

Mario Donizetti and Costanza Andreucci. Then their Bergamo. The place they first met and where they have spent their entire lives. Young, in fact very young, they bound themselves forever without making any promises to each other, but making an effort to find similarities that seem to be the only key to a relationship that can withstand the test of time and difficulties of life. He begins painting her image seeking in her a model of ideal beauty, she, flattered and coherent, accepts the challenge, admires his talent, in fact extols it without relinquishing a piece of advice, at times a criticism. Together, this is how they bind themselves in a rare union, in a connected but not dependent relationship, on a journey of existence that originates from a common feeling.
Mario Donizetti’s first artistic endeavours are very precocious, followed by important exhibitions, then, with his dialectic temperament which is critical, at times genuinely controversial, he enters the Italian cultural debate with a magazine that he will, for years, use as a means of comparison and contradiction of contemporary artistic beliefs. And with him, Costanza will be subtle and be his resolute organizer. Then comes the international prestige, the famous portraits of famous people which will appear four times as covers of Time magazine, an appreciation by those who take no interest in the latest artistic styles, but an admiration that manifests itself by means of international collecting thus confirming its value. There is also his courageous stance regarding the theoretical philosophy applied to art. To his art. Therefore, there are once again new critical debates, controversies, reactions, and decisive stances taken for and against his theories.
At the core, or better yet, at the source of this life in intense pursuit of self, is God’s sentiment. A sentiment that is so strong to the point of impelling him to pursue his own personal apologetics to be expressed through the gift that he received from Above, that of the ability to paint. Because we believe that before every critical evaluation there must be the presupposition of his obstinate vocation of considering himself a researcher of a perfection that is not of this life, because here even that which is beautiful, even his indestructible love for Costanza, even his all-absorbing dedication to art, will never be even remotely similar to the absolute beauty that is within each and every one of us and which we struggle to find in our lives.
With premises such as these, the author Iacopo Di Bugno accepted the difficult task of writing the biography of a complex artist and of a gentle and independent man who is celebrating his first 80 years of life incarnate. And, he has fulfilled this task with an able and delicate pen, telling Donizetti’s human and artistic vicissitudes with the narrative stride of a clear and objective chronicle within a feature that does not conceal an almost disciple-like admiration.