Stefano Favaretto was born in Merano in 1969. His passion for photography led him right from the age of 15 to study photographic techniques and experiment with them. After his studies in human sciences, he worked for many years as a psychologist and psychotherapist, which certainly contributed to his personal growth as an artist and photographer always intent to capture human emotions in his pictures. This was how his artistic focus developed: observe and capture the human and spiritual essence behind a picture, in order to stimulate the observer to reflect and get in touch with his or her own emotions and interior life. His passion for photography and human narratives also spurred him to travel throughout the different continents. These journeys broadened his cultural knowledge and awareness, contributing to the evolution of his artistic work. A typical feature of Favaretto’s work is the use of elements taken from psychotherapy, such as metaphors and symbols and to photograph the real characters of local legends and tales.
For Favaretto, a picture has to trigger emotions, and does this in a circular process that involves the observer as well as the work of art itself. It is the observer who projects his or her own meanings and interpretations onto the picture, making it his or her own. Only in this way a photograph can be considered successful. Stefano Favaretto is without doubt a creative, original artist who transforms photography into a sublime form of art, dedicating the uttermost attention and sensitivity even to the smallest details.
"PHOTOGRAPHING THE INVISIVILE"
Favaretto 's artistic research aims to investigate in a profound and systematic way the existence of an indispensable union between a so - called "invisible or invisible" universe made of energies, frequencies, vibrations, particular figures apparently not perceivable at all to the human eye and what instead represents the visible or more material world. You could also define the attempt to demonstrate the famous union between God understood as the energetic whole and nature, soul and cosmos and not physical matter, trying to remove that veil that has not always allowed us to see what is behind the matter and always around us in a single macrocosm. His attempt is to break down the boundaries between physical and non-physical by going deeper into human spirituality understood as the overcoming of the tangible matter towards something invisible from which life originates or from which the purpose of existing comes.
His deep research investigates elements that have always been the bridge between the two supposed universes (physical and not physical). One of these elements is that of the myth intended as a tool to arrive at a greater understanding of what surrounds us. Through the narration of myth we connect real or really existed elements to surreal or fantastic elements that have been deposited in the collective unconscious for centuries and not for this reason considered not existing (think of the myth of Christmas or angels). In the myth according to Favaretto precious information is deposited on the rites, traditions and beliefs of a people, often dictated by a particular observation of reality. Exploring this mythical reality we can succeed in grasping or demonstrating that the human being has always tried to "go beyond" and to be able to confirm the existence of a universe we do not see.
Favaretto tries to immortalise a reality that is there before our eyes, makes it emerge in the open and through the mirroring reveals it to the world in its entirety and form. This is how incredible figures emerge, sometimes scary because unknown to us and sometimes very similar to those described in mythological local and popular narratives.
The use of materials on which to print such as rock, marble and wood is used to bring the viewer a continuity in the research and to maintain the physical-non-physical duality in the conceptual uniqueness. In the work printed on precious materials, the importance of nature as an engine of humanity and as a container of human existence is deliberately highlighted.
2013 publication of the book “Weil ich dich mag”, edited by Athesia Bolzano
2013 group exhibition Krakov Betel Club
2014 Espace gallery Bolzano solo exhibition “Colpo d´occhio” curated from Pietro Marangoni
2014 Miners’ museum, Monteneve Ridanna solo exhibition “Una miniera di emozioni”
2014 International Biennale of art , Asolo
2014 Marbles week Carrara
2014 Castiglione del Terziere Solo exhibition "La quinta stagione" curated from Raffaella Paoletti (art historian)
2014 Sunset Beach Cinquale Solo exhibition
2014 Carrara Morelli Marmi
Solo exhibition “Scolpire il marmo con la fotografia” curated from Luisa Passeggia
2015 Palazzo Ducale Massa, Solo exhibition presented from FIDAPA WPA Massa and curated from Claudio Giumelli (art ctitic), Luisa Passeggia (art historian), Corrado Lattanzi ( historian), Alessio Zoppi (historian)
2015 Galleria Farini Bologna curated from Roberto Dudine
2015 Photissima Art Fair Venice
2015 Romart Biennale Roma
2015 Gala de l' Art Montecarlo
2015 United Factories biennale Milano curated from Paolo feroce
2015 50x50x50 Art Südtirol Fortezza curated from Hartig Thaler
2015 Shanghai Mei-bo art museum
2015 Florence biennale
2015 Viareggio Principe di Piemonte presented from Giorgio Grasso (curator of the 54 Biennale of Venice)
2015 New York Nina Torres gallery Spanish society gallery curated from Nina Torres
2015 Singapur Bank fair Nina Torres gallery Pan pacific curated from Nina Torres
2015 Savona Villa Cambiaso Solo exhibition presented from Giorgio Grasso (curator of the 54 Biennale of Venice)
2015 Triennale Ferrara
curated from Primaluce Gallery
2015 Satura Gallery Genova
2015 International contemporary art expo Trezzo sull' Adda
curated from Giorgio Grasso (curator of the 54 Biennale of Venice) and Mattea Micello
2016 Miit museum Turin
2016 J W Marriot Venice Fondazione Mazzoleni
2016 International Biennale of the Dolomites curated from Giorgio Grasso and Mattea Micello
2106 Triennale of Verona
curated from Paolo Levi
2016 Project "Utopia" curated from Fondazione musei trentini
2016 Project Interpoma international apple fair
2017 Rovereto solo exhibition "Angel' touch"
2017 Zurich Tonart gallery "Touched"
2017 Museo Villa Mazzucchelli Fondazione Mazzoleni
2017 Brixen 50x50x50 Art Southtyrol Hofburg
2017 Kölner- Messe art fair
2018 Hall of fame - photographing the invisible of the most famous people of South Tyrol - Tourist board Bolzano
2018 Yelets (russia) State University IA Bunin
2018 Shangai Meboi art museum
2018 Museo accademia etrusca Cortona (maec) project etruscany wine
2019 Museo Diocesano Terni
2019 Artour-o Firenze
2019 Cortina Grandhotel Miramonti
2019 Rome Villa Giulia etruscan museum
2020 La Ruotellina cortina d' Ampezzo
2014 Special mention as one of the best artists of the Biennale internazionale d’arte, Asolo
2d place Gala de l´Art Monte Carlo
Juliet Art Magazine february 2015
La Repubblica january 2015
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”