Guglielmo Botter

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I am an Italian-American citizen born on June 27th, 1966 in Treviso, Italy.


I began drawing with an ink pen when I was only 5 years old when my father brought home a rapidograph, commonly used by architects at that time, and I never stopped to use it.

From the beginning I drew very quickly and directly using only the “china” and have never relied on pencil and eraser in my drawings.


My favorite subject was the urban landscape and in few years I won most of the painting competitions dedicated to children of my age. My first solo exhibit, “Forty Drawings of an Eleven Year Old Boy” was held in 1977 in Treviso. The critics predicted a successful career for me, and since then, I have been collaborating with editors and authors on projects.


At the age of only 13 years, I realized my most important childhood success when I was ranked first among 350,000 participants at the National Drawing Competition in Rome for my sketch of Treviso, which became an official stamp of Italian Post (November 30th, 1980). Later that year, the Municipality of Treviso, in recognition of this success, invited me to exhibit my latest drawings of Treviso alongside those of my great-grandfather, Girolamo Botter, an artist who used the same technique a hundred years before. My family is important in the art field because for three generations, since 1890, Girolamo, Mario and Memi Botter (my father), saved and restored frescoes in the region of Veneto.


I decided to follow my family’s artistic heritage in a different branch by becoming an architect and in 1993, graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura (IUAV) in Venice.

Although I continued drawing while working as an architect, also because of the new tools, such as computers and CAD, I reserved this passion only for my free time and vacations. During my travels in Europe and America I was in the habit of taking my sketchbook with me and capturing my pictures of the most beautiful places I happened to visit.


After drawing my hometown for decades, in 1997, I decided to sketch it from a bird’s eye view. In those last years of the Millennium there was still no Google Map, so to understand the city’s shape from above, I had to climb the towers of the churches to take pictures and make sketches. No one had attempted to draw the city with a view of this complex since 1813. After three and a half months of challenging work, the perspective map of Treviso was introduced to the Press on November 30th.


From 2002 to 2004 I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Architecture (Architectural Design Course 1, Prof. Arch.Claudio Panerari) and from 2006 to 2008, Professor of Techniques of Drawings and Surveying at the International University of Art at the Giudecca Island, Venice.

As a result of the economic crisis in Italy, I have rediscovered the pleasure of drawing, and that has now replaced my previous employment. My drawing skill has become my profession and now I am working in the United States of America where my art has been well-received.


In 2012 I decided to return to the U.S. where my mother, who was a painter, lived in the 50’s and 60’s. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I found the right place to continue my career in the field of art.


On January 2013 I exhibited for the first time in the United States at GalleriE-Chiz in Shadyside, a prominent gallery in the city.


In my drawings of the “Steel City” I combine the Italian aesthetic background with a family history rooted in the U.S. to envision the American urban landscape. I like the contrast between modern and historic buildings, and my signature style in black and white helps to blend the details of the contemporary era that many other would omit from their own works

My drawings and my story have been featured often on local and national magazines and my initial sketches of Pittsburgh were published on the cover of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.


Early in 2014, I was selected as Special Recognition Artist by Light Space & Time Online Gallery (Jupiter, FL) for the “City Scape 2014” International Online Art Exhibition and on June I was Finalist at the “Richeson 75 International” in Kimberly, WI where I exhibited in the Jack Richeson School of Art Gallery. In August, I participated in a group show at the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center at the Chautauqua Insitution in Chautauqua, NY and in a solo show at The Old Village’s Museum in West Overton, Pa.

On December 7th the NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) in Washington, DC, named me as one of their “Italian-A-Day” honorees for my recent art activity and success in the US.


On April 2015, I was selected again as “Special Recognition Artist by Light Space & Time Online Gallery (Jupiter, FL) for the “City Scape 2015” International Online Art Exhibition, this time for a drawing of my hometown Treviso.

After 4 years sketching architectures in Pittsburgh, I decided to expand my interest to other cities, starting in summer 2015 with Richmond, the Capital of Virginia. The Virginia Fine Arts Museum’s gift shop was the first to sell my  artwork of the city in form of postcards and prints. Other shops, galleries and hotels were added soon.

From September 4th, to October 2nd, 2015, the Brezier Gallery (1616 W. Main Street, Richmond), exhibited my original drawings of Richmond.


Given the good results of previous years, in Spring 2016 I participated again at the International Art Competition on the theme "Cityscapes" (urban landscape) organized by the Virtual Gallery "Light Space and Time". With a view of Pittsburgh I was ranked in the Special Merit Artists category, that, for the quality of the work could have access to the top category, one of the top 10!

In July, I have been ranked on the 3rd place in the category "Drawing" at the regional competition "Art in the Riverwalk" in New Castle, PA - Hoyt's Museum of Art.

Over the summer, I spent in the US, I added Norfolk, VA to the cities portrayed by my ink drawings.

Participant at the 6th edition of "pencils in transit" Spazio Candiani, Mestre VE.

Selected in November as an "invited artist" at the 17th edition of the international collective exhibition "Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage", Clermont-Ferrand - France.

In December I received a "Honorable Mention" at the online International Competition "Black and White Fine Art and Photography" by the Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery in Newkirk, Oklahoma.


From January 25th to February 11th 2017 two of my works have been selected and exhibited at the collective art exhibition "Torino European Capital of Tourism 2017", MIIT Museum, Turin.

On February 1st I have been re-awarded in the category "Special Merit Artist" from the virtual gallery "Light Space and Time" Jupiter, FL at the 7th edition of "Cityscapes" with "Pittsburgh: Andy Warhol Bridge" sketch.

Invited as “artist in residence” I exhibited for the first time in Germany at the Rathaus Gallery in Burghausen, from March 31st to April 25th.

“Honorable Mention”: on June 1st the Jury of the Fusion Art’s 2nd Annual "Cityscapes" International Online Juried Art Competition has awarded my design “Pittsburgh, PA: Andy Warhol Bridge” among the many finalists who came to the concluding stage of the competition (Palm Spring, CA).

 

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