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Tobia Ravà, born in Padua in 1959 but of Venetian origin, works in Venice and Mirano. He attended the International school of Graphics in Venice and Urbino and obtained a degree in Art Semiology at Bologna University, studying under Umberto Eco, Renato Barilli, Omar Calabrese and Flavio Caroli.
Since 1977 he has exhibited in both solo and collective exhibitions in Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Israel, Morocco, Russia, China and Japan. His works can be found in both private and public collections in Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Far East and Australia. He has been working with Jewish iconography since 1988. In 1993 he was promotor of the Triplani group which, starting from biplane semiology takes its name from the hypothesis of a third level of symbolic reading together with those of meaning and
signifier. In 1988 he was one of the founder members of Concerto d'Arte Contemporanea, a cultural association whose aim is to bring together artists with the same affinities in order to requalify mankind by creating harmony with the environment and enabling contemporary art to be aware of its relationship with history and the history of art, also through interaction with parks, villas, historical buildings and squares of art cities. Since 1999 variousuniversities and art high schools have invited him to give a series of lectures on his work and its relationship to Jewish culture, mathematical logic and contemporary art. Many people have written about him including Flavio Caroli, Caterina Limentani Virdis, Omar Calabrese, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Pierre Du Bois, Giorgio Pressburger, Nadine Shenkar, Arturo Schwarz and Francesco Poli.
Every pictorial or sculptural work by the artist Rava' is an attempt to build a device to make that "quantum" or frequency leap that allows me to revolutionize the known order of things and reposition the rudder towards a previously unthinkable route. Improving the world towards Tikkun Olam, that intellectual requalification of man that allows him to face the future while respecting his fellow humans, animals and nature. The artist is a spiritual operator and, when he forgets this, he forces humanity to take a step back, an involution. The artwork should always be the tip of the arrow to follow toward a wider intellectual depth of field.
- Prof. Gallo Mazzeo Francesco