Piero Leonardi was born in Monterotondo (Rome) in 1957 and has lived in the tuscany countryside since 2020.
Since 1981 he senses the value of a against the tide photography and undertakes its own path of experimental imprint following assiduous conversations Tazio Secchiaroli, Italian reporter and photographer of the movie scene of Federico Fellini’s films.
His artistic beginnings saw him involved in a collaboration with the sculptors Attardi, Manzù, Martinez and Berrocal, whose works he documented and interpreted, showing a personal interest in the investigation of matter and plastic form.
In the following years he combines an intense activity of writing and editorial collaboration with a conceptual photographic research.
He arrives to theorize the founding principles of an epistemology of the photographic operation: Calligrafia Fotografica®, Stile di Vista®, and “Fotografia Percettiva” on which, in 2006, he designs and activates a didactic format.
He teaches as a freelance lecturer to share his ideas and guide his students to the elaboration of a personal visual writing.
The Herbert Hoover School of Maryland (USA) has included him in a list of photographers to study for those who want to pursue creative photography.
He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad and is the author of several publications, not only photographic.
He has collaborated with the Italian magazines Fotografare and Fotocine80 and with the American webmagazine ApogeePhoto.
Graduated in industrial technical expert, mechanics specialization.
Advanced course on photography light.
Advanced course on portrait.
STUDIES AND CONFERENCES
I begin an experimental phase on the relationship between Photography and Sculpture, through a series of collaborations with sculptors: Giacomo Manzù, Ugo Attardi, Carmelo Martines, Miguel Ortiz Berrocal. The aim is to tell, through the photographic image, the inspirational thrust that gave life to the photographed sculpture.
I approach digital through the activity of advertising photographer, experimenting with this new technology in still life photography.
I begin a more speculative and systematic technical-artistic approach: photographing not only the matter but the perceptions that arise between the photographer and the matter.
I give this type of research the name of: “The soul of things”.
The new epistemological approach of creative photography also evolves into an innovative didactic format entitled: Photographic Calligraphy.
The aim of the course is to use technical knowledge not as a means to document reality but to represent our emotional perception of reality.
Teacher of Visual Calligraphy
2010 – 2011
I integrate the studies on Visual Calligraphy with the concepts of Perceptual Photography and Sight Style.
Conference to present the concepts of Visual Calligraphy, Perceptual Photography and Sight Style at the Auditorium of Il Sole24h in Milan.
Conference on Light and Photography on the occasion of the International Day of Light, National Research Center C.N.R. Rome, Italy.
“Noi piccoli migranti” – Vivaci Pensieri Publishing. Patronage of the Province of Rome.
“Festival del Tulipano” – Vivaci Pensieri Publishing. Patronage of the Province of Rome.
“Pepperlife” – Photographic book with poems by Mauro Felici. Vivaci Pensieri Publishing.
“Papalea” – Vivaci Pensieri Publishing.
President of the jury for the International Award “L’Albero Andronico“
Editor for the USA web magazine “ApogeePhoto“
Editor for the Italian magazine “Fotografare“
President of the jury for the Back Stage competition held within the event “Arte Accessibile Milano“
Editor for the Italian magazine “Fotocine80“
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
Visual Calligraphy – MADXI Museum of Contemporary Art, Latina – Italy
Off – Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa Fl – USA
Visual Calligraphy – Secolo Art Gallery, Dubai – E.A.
Golden Brush Award – First prize in the photography section, Dubai – E.A.
Visual Calligraphy – RomArt, Rome – Italy
Visual Calligraphy – Atelier Paola Romano Gallery, Monterotondo, Rome – Italy
Visual Calligraphy – Spazio Farini Gallery, Milan – Italy
Visual Calligraphy – Mia Fair, Milan – Italy
Color on the Rock – VII° Salon D’Arts Atlantic, Space Encan, La Rochelle – France
Color on the Rock – Quantum Leap Gallery, Rome – Italy
Color on the Rock – Il Borgo Gallery, Milan – Italy
Color on the Rock – Salon International D’Arts Platique, Beziers – France
Color on the Rock – La Colorida Gallery, Lisbona – Portugal
Rome Page – Rome Fair, Rome – Italy
Butterflowers – Il Borgo Gallery, Milan – Italy
Butterflowers – Shongzhuan International Festival of Art and Culture, Beijing – China
Forma e Materia – Il Borgo Gallery, Milan – Italy
Urban Photography – Linea D’Arte Gallery, Naples – Italy
The Other Doll – Firmian Building, Cavalese, Trento – Italy
Pepperlife – Grafica Campioli Gallery Monterotondo, Rome- Italy
Butterflowers – Fotografica II, Marcotulli Building, Rieti – Italy
Butterflowers – “Dall’Emozione all’Immagine”, award, Torretta Valadier, Rome – Italy
Butterflowers – Torretta Valadier, Rome – Italy
Color on the Rock – Grafica Campioli Gallery Monterotondo, Rome- Italy
Pepperlife – San Filippo Church, Carmagnola, Turin – Italy
Multipli – Grafica Campioli Gallery Monterotondo, Rome- Italy
Dettagli – Grafica Campioli Gallery Monterotondo, Rome- Italy
Sculture Vive – Grafica Campioli Gallery Monterotondo, Rome- Italy
Irpinia – Grafica Campioli Gallery Monterotondo, Rome- Italy