Francesco Capello was born in Chivasso (TO) on 11 February, 1944. After the maturità artistica (Advanced Level or high school graduation, with specialization in Art), he graduated at the Academy of Belles Arts in Turin, where he gained a diploma and was awarded the prize reserved for the best students. From 1970 to1973 he was a teacher of ‘Painting Disciplines’ at the Artistic High School “Arturo Martini” in Savona and, until 1994, at the Primo Liceo Artistico (Primo Artistic High School) in Turin.
He was always interested in the painting of images and after various explorations in the figurative field, in the early seventies he completely rethought his realistic technique, in order to make his treatment of subjects related to contemporary society more penetrating. In this decade he unconsciously developed his work in the direction of American Hyper-realism.
His first solo show was in 1967 at the Galleria Civica Palazzo Centori, Vercelli, after which numerous one-man and collective exhibitions made him known in Italy and abroad. After a series of prestigious exhibitions in the United States and Europe, in 1999 he held a one-man show in the Hall of the Columns in the Valentino Castle in Turin, at one time the royal residence and now the seat of the Faculty of Architecture. In 2002 he exhibited in Munich, in the famous halls of the Metropole Palace in an exhibition organized by the Rotary Club and under the patronage of the Hereditary Prince of Munich. In the same year a work by Capello was selected for the project “Luci d’Artista, ManifesTO”, an exhibition conceived by the City of Turin, under the artistic supervision of the Gallery of Modern Art and the Castle of Rivoli, in which huge photographs of the chosen works were displayed throughout the city of Turin.
In 2004 the city of Chivasso dedicated to him a retrospective exhibition in the public area of the Palazzo Einaudi, personally introduced by the famous art critic Vittorio Sgarbi. Negli anni successivi oltre ad esporre in prestigiose gallerie italiane tra cui la Galleria Marieschi di Milano e la Galleria 44 di Torino, ha lavorato in particolar modo negli Stati Uniti collaborando con la “Gallery Biba” di Palm Beach che lo ha presentato nel 2009 e negli anni successivi alla fiera “Art Fire Palm Beach 3” e “Scope Basel”di Miami. Ha esposto alla “Bernarducci Meisel Gallery” di New York che lo ha presentato alla mostra collettiva “Summer sweet 2010”. Negli ultimi tempi, oltre ad aver partecipato a prestigiose mostre pubbliche in Spagnia e in altri paesi europei ed americani, ha lavorato quasi esclusivamente su commissione sia in Italia che all'estero. Recentemente una sua opera è in esposizione permanente al Museu Europeu d’art Modern MEAM di Barcellona – Spagna.
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