Davide Tonato is an italian painter, born in 1959. After the diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona he started the career of graphic. In the same time he teached artistic techniques. At the end of 1980’s Tonato left the graphic to following his pictorial and philosophical inspirations. The interest for esoterical symbolism of every culture (ancient and modern) guided him to eclectic realizations, where magic simbols are hidden into the artwork structures.
It is necessary to know that one of the characteristic of Tonato’s work is the attention to technique and material details, according to traditional principles of perspective painting. So, his artworks are “naturally” optical illusions, or trompe l’oeil. This genre, that from the Renaissance and Baroque period has continued to be renovated till today, in the Tonato’s interpretation engage esoterical significations. In this sense, the most important works are “Labyrinths”, a series of great oil on canvas realized with anamorphic principles; but the same prospectic artifice appears in a lot of other recent paintings.
Tonato held personal or collective exhibits in other prestigious places, as Visconti Castle in Belgioioso (1988), Ateneo San Basso in Venice (1989), Archaeological Museum in Bologna (1994), Sant’Angelo Castle in Rome (1994), Castle of Gallipoli (1995), Corni-Agazzotti Palace in Modena (2008).
His Artworks are reviewed on art magazines, used as Covers for books and musical cd.
Two series are published as Tarot decks: Tree of Life Tarot by Fratelli Fabbri Editori and Lo Scarabeo, and Venice Tarot by Dal Negro.