Since being featured in the 2003 Venice Biennale, Papetti emerged as one of the most important Italian painters today. Since 1995 he has been dividing his time between Milan and Paris.
Papetti is a self-taught artist. His most noticeable influences, include Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, and his most recognizable body of works is focused on industrial archaeology, portraits, and studies of nudes, frequently painted from a high-angle perspective.
he has been exhibiting since 1980. Recent museum exhibitions include the Galleria Comunale d'Arte in Cesena, Italy, and the Musei Civici di Villa Manzoni in Lecco, Italy. An exhibition of Papetti's work entitled "Moscow. Factories of Utopia" was held in the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow in 2012. The exhibition was inspired by images of the Soviet industrial era.
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