Upcoming Show: Lumiere

Oriel Kooywood Gallery, 8 Museum Place, Cardiff

12th September, 2019

Francisco Centofanti has been creating the Lumiere series over the past year. Inspired largely by Welsh landscape and seascapes, he's been exploring new techniques in oil, using cold wax and egg tempera, creating his own paint mixed with plaster.

Spending a lot of time sketching outside, Centofanti later carried his ideas into the studio - blending realism with memory and imagination to produce a more dream-like feel. The theme is light - often direct sunlight - and Centofanti is interested in how the power of light charges over and interacts with the landscape, and is a theme which he says is, "...an endless challenge and fascination". 

"Francisco Centofanti is a fabulous artist. I particularly love his landscape paintings - he captures light and colours brilliantly." Roger Daltrey CBE


2017 – First Prize, Glynn Vivian Open Exhibition, Swansea 

2006 - Royal Society of Oil Painters,Winsor & Newton Young Artists 3rd Prize, London 

2003 - Carroll Foundation Award for Best Portrait (of Sir Wilfred Thesiger), Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London.


 From the time I left Florence in 1999 I have been drawing and painting practically non-stop, constantly searching and exploring different mediums and subjects, trying to fuse the old and the new to come up with a visual language that will speak to people in modern times and will bring joy, wonder and a sense of the great mystery."

Solo Exhibitions 

2014 ‘I Dreamt in the City’ – Exhibiton of Art Prints, Vyner Studios, 1 Vyner Street 

2008 ‘Twilight to Midnight’ - Beauxs Arts Gallery, Bath, UK 

2003 ‘Interiors’ - Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, U.K. 

1999 ‘Degree Show’ - Gallery Fourty Seven, Bloomsbury, London, UK.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Swansea Open, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea 

2017 ‘Mirondela Dels Arts, Pezenas, France 

2012  FAA Alumni Show, Florence, Italy 

2010 FAA Alumni Show, Florence, Italy 

2008 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Finalist, London 

2004 ‘I Dreamt in the City’ Mall Galleries, London 

2003 Royal Society of Oil Painters, Windsor & Newton Young Artists Finalist, London 

2003 Beaux Arts Gallery, “Group show” – Bath, UK 

2003 Century Gallery, “FAA Show” Virginia, USA 

2003 Guggleton Farm Arts Project, “Portrait show”, Dorset, UK 

2003 Fairfax Gallery – “Six of the best”, Tunbridge Wells, UK. 

2003 Royal Society of Portrait Painters –see Awards-,  London. 

2002 Royal Society of Oil Painters, Windsor & Newton Young Artists Finalist, London 

2002 Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 

2002 Laing Art Competition, Mall Galleries, London. 

2000 BP Portrait Award, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland. 

2000 BP Portrait Award Finalist, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK. 

1999 Florence Academy, Florence, Italy, Final year show.