Enrico Lombardi, painter and writer, was born in Meldola in the province of Forlì (Italy) in 1958. For over fourty years he has been showing intensively both in Italy and abroad, an activity which has always gone hand in hand with his endless reflection on the philosophy of the visual language. After attending the School of Visual Arts in Bologna he has taken part to many group shows among which the “First Mediterranean Biennial” in Barcelona, Spain and the “Young Biennial” in Bologna in 1985; twice to the “Premio Campigna/Campigna Award” in S. Sofia, Italy in 1987 and 1990; “Pitture. Il sentimento e la forma/Paintings. Shape and sentiment)” in Treviso and Bologna in 1996; the “Prima Biennale della figurazione fantastica e meravigliosa/First Biennial of the fantasy and wonder figuration) inside the chambers of the Castle in Poppi, Tuscany in 1997; “Sui Generis” at the P.A.C. in Milan in 2000; “Figure del ‘900 (2)”/Figures from the XX Century (2)in Bologna in 2001; “Urban landscape” at the Carousel du Louvre in Paris in 2005. Many are also his one-man shows, three of them at the “Forni Gallery” in Bologna and Milan (2000-2002-2006); two monographic shows, one at the Wimmer Gallery in Montpellier, France (1999) and the second at the “Galleria delle Arti” in Bologna (1997); “Distances” in Apt (2004); “L’oro della memoria/The gold of memory” at the Art Bank in London (2005). The art critic Alessandro Riva has invited him to take part to the art group “Italian Factory” for the “New Italian Figuration” and he has been part of it since 2004. With this project he has shown his work in the shows “The new Italian art scene” at the Taipei Museum of Art in 2007; “New figuration … to be continued” at the Borroni Foundation and “Rumors” at the Arsenal in Turin both in 2008 and “No Landscape” at the Bandera Foundation in 2009. The second volume of “I Quaderni di Italian Factory/The notebooks of Italian Factory” edited by Charta called “Voci nel buio/Voices in the dark” came out in 2006 containing a brand new story by the writer Edoardo Albinati. In 2007, along with his one-man show at the Museum of Art in Forlì, a monographic book published by Electa both in Italian and English came out. The book called “Il Grido Silenzioso/The Silent Cry” was curated by the philosopher Rocco Ronchi with whom he has been collaborating and been friend for many years. In 2007 the art critic Vittorio Sgarbi invited him to the show “Arte Italiana 1968-2007. Pittura/Italian Art 1968-2007. Painting” to remark his constant presence on the new Italian art scene. His work is also present in many Museum collections, such as the Museums in Conegliano, Ravenna, Forlì, Bagnacavallo and Davis Museum in Barcellona. His work has been reviewed over the years in main Italian art magazines and several among the most important Italian critics and writers have dedicated time over time extensive essays to his work (Marco Goldin, Michele Loffredo, Nicola Micieli, Claudio Spadoni, Marco Di Capua, Alessandro Riva, Vittorio Sgarbi, Chiara Canali). Extremely rich is also his collaboration with poets and philosophers with the result of several texts for the purpose of reading and interpreting his art (Rocco Ronchi, Fulvio Abbate, Umberto Fiori, Silvia Lagorio, Federico Leoni, Edoardo Albinati, Antonella Anedda, Carlo Sini). A selection of his theoretical writings has been published in the book “Al limite del mondo, Filosofia, estetica, psicopatologia/To the limit of the world, Philosophy, aesthetics, psycho-pathology” curated by Federico Leoni and Mauro Maldonato (Dedalo Edition 2002) as well as in many of his monographic catalogues.In the fall of 2009 the art critic Marco Goldin invited him to the show on the new italian painting “Pittura d'Italia” (Italy's painting) exhibited in Rimini along with the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Show “Italia dipinta” (Painted Italy) at the IULM University in Milan, curated by his students and attested by a Catalogue edited by Silvana Editoriale. Towards the end of 2009 a one-man show “Il tempo dell'ombra” (The shadow time) curated by Chiara Canali and presented by the poet Antonella Anedda took place in Ravenna with the support of the Ravenna Culture Council and the Museum of Art. A new collaboration with the Blackheath Gallery in London has been operative since 2010. In the year 2011 he was invited to the 3th Edition of the "Maretti Award. Valerio Riva memorial" held in the prestigious halls of the Pecci Musuem in Prato Italy and to the 54th Venice Biennial (International Art Exhibition), chosen by the Italian philosopher Carlo Sini, at the Arsenal Corderie in Venice. In the Fall 2011 he organized and installed his own one-man show "The patience of the shadow" presented by Carlo Sini and sponsored by the Municipal Musuems at the Church of the Pio Suffragio in Bagnacavallo, near Ravenna". In the year 2012 the show "La pazienza dell'ombra" ( The patience of the shadow") was taken to several cities in Italy (S.Angelo Gallery-Biella; Baccaro art Gallery-Pagani) and a major one-man show by the title "Autoritratti del tempo" ("Time self-portrait") curated by Capit Ravenna (Italy) was organized in Marina di Ravenna near the city of Ravenna. During the same year the artist started a collaboration with the Gallery Nuovospazio Artecontemporanea in Piacenza with a one-man show "Bassa marea" ("Low tide") with written contributions by Ruggero Pierantoni and the poet Matteo Zattoni. In the spring of 2013 he curated, together with his fellow artist Giorgio Tonelli, a two-men anthological exhibition at the 'Museo della Città of Rimini'. They also curated along with the show titled "OUTDATED" a bilingual book, published by Damiani, where the two artists have written an analytical mission statement where they have radically taken their distances from the contemporay art world. In the same year he took part to the group show "Crossover" a selection of Italian and Chinese artists curated by Alessandro Riva and Ji Shaofeng shown at the Arsenal during the 55th Venice Biennal. In 2014 the art critic Marco Goldin invited him to exhibit his work in the show “Around Vermeer. Faces, objects and light” an homage to the great Dutch master, a remarkable exhibition at the Palazzo Fava in Bologna that opened on February 8th, 2014 which hosted “Girl with a Pearl Earring” among other masterpieces from the Mauritshuis Museum. In March 2014 the Pescherie in Lugo in the province of Ravenna hosted his one-man show called “Spiritual Exercises” curated by the poet Daniele Serafini, Director of the Baracca Museum. In the Fall 2014 the "Catania Art Gallery" has hosted a one-man show called "Ombre" (Shadows) from a selection of works from 2009 to 2014, presented by Arnaldo Romano Brizzi and he is invited to the Group Show "Arte dal vero. Aspects of figurative art in Romagna from 1900 onwards" curated by Franco Bertoni and Andrea Emiliani. The year 2015 started with a new installation of his one-man show "Esercizi spirituali" (Spiritual exercises) at the Casa Ariosto Museum in Ferrara, with the addition of 10 new paintings, upon the invitation of Angelo Andreotti, Director of the Scientific-Hystorical and Ancient Art Museums in Ferrara. In the Spring 2015 he took part to the show "Pittura Italiana", a group show at the Catania Art Gallery curated by Arnaldo Romani Brizzi. The Accademia degli Imperfetti, marking its 30th anniversary, together with the City of Meldola-Cultural Council, organized for the Spring of 2016 a one-man show called "The Kingdom" at the Michelacci Gallery in Meldola, with a written contribution by philosopher Federico Leoni. During the Summer of 2016 he took part in the Contemporary Art Exhibition "Oltre la visione" (Beyond the vision), curated by Massimo Scaringella held at the Castello di Milazzo in Sicily (Italy) and was chosen by Vittorio Sgarbi to represent the region of Emilia - Romagna at the "Pio Alferano Award 2016. Genius Loci", which is held every year in Castellabate near Amalfi. In late 2016 he was invited to two major national shows: "7" curated by Marcello Panascia and Laura Cavallaro, in the gorgeous halls of Palazzo Corvaja in the city of Taormina, and "Ode alla Pittura" (An Ode to Painting), curated by Marco Goldin who reinstalled, in the recently renewed halls of the Museum of Conegliano Veneto, the collection of contemporary art of the Museum itself. At the beginning of 2017, the Gallery Il Ponte 04 in Pieve di Cento, will open the new year with a small antological show of his works from 2010 to 2017 called "Linee d'ombra" (Shadow Lines).
In the Spring of the same year, Mr. Diego Galizzi, Director of the "Cappuccine City Museum " in Bagnacavallo, rearranged the entire permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Section, including, thus, two major works by Lombardi and, during the Fall, he participated in the major group show "50", with which the "Forni Gallery" from Bologna celebrated the gallery's 50th anniversary.
At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, he took part in the show "Five", a large group show organized for the celebration of the fifth business year of the Catania Art Gallery. In the Spring of 2018 he will participate in three major events; "Esercizi dello sguardo.Arte contemporanea in Romagna", curated by Franco Bertoni, in four different locations: Forlì, Cesena, Brisighella and Argenta; Cantiere disegno.Third edition of Rimini Drawing Biennial and, finally, the most important event, his one-man show "Acheropita", at the Cappuccine City Museum in Bagnacavallo, curated by the director of the Museum Diego Galizzi with essays by Rocco Ronchi, Tommaso Evangelista and Marcello Panascia.