Alfonso Borghi was born in 1944 in the town of Campegine di Reggio Emilia.
He approaches painting at the age of 18, has the opportunity to exhibit his works for the first time, thanks to the intercession of a collector. He leaves for a short trip to Paris. From this stay follows a passionate research, which will turn towards Expressionism after his return to Italy, thanks also to the lucky meeting with George Pielmann , a pupil of Kokoschka .
His being expressionist is underlined by an original attitude, in which the approach with the canvas is free from ideological constraints.
Futurism, Surrealism, Morandian figurativism, are only the foundations of an artistic poetics that combines experience and research in original works, far from the formal impositions of a certain painting.
Borghi uses color as the center of gravity of his artistic experience. The material then completes the work. He thus creates a solid balance, a Yin and yang of lights and shadows of matter and spirit, in which different elements chase each other to merge in an always original chromatic harmony.
His works travel to major European and American cities. It’s the 70s: Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, Paris, NewYork, Los Angeles. Since the 1980s, a succession of exhibitions and important events punctuate the artistic activity of the master. Not just painting though. He also dedicates himself to plastic art, giving a three-dimensional sense to those works that already live on canvas. He works glass, ceramics, but he also devotes himself to sculpture. In 2005, the Palazzo di Giustizia in Milan commissioned three works from him that go alongside a prestigious picture gallery, together with De Chirico, Carrà, Sironi. In 2010 he was present in Milan at the San Carlo Gallery, with the exhibition The Fall of the Rebel Angels. In 2011 his homeland, to which the master is sentimentally and artistically linked, dedicates a series of exhibitions to him: Correggio, Guastalla, Parma, Reggio Emilia, but not before having presented the Recent Works exhibition in San Francisco. In 2012 two more important appointments: in Turin with the Quadri_cromia di bianco e materia exhibition and in Beirut in Lebanon at the Les plumes Gallery. In May 2013 Palazzo Carandini in Modena hosted the exhibition entitled Suite Modena. Summer 2013, on the other hand, opened with a large exhibition in Beijing in the 751 D Park Events space. In September in the prestigious Chiostro del Bramante in Rome, the exhibition The advent of matter. In 2014 three important appointments: in June at the Museoteatro della Commenda di Prè in Genoa, with the Alchimie della reality exhibition, the same exhibition in August Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, November at the Rocca Paolina Exhibition Center in Perugia with material sounds. 2015 first appointment in Milan at Palazzo Giuriconsulti, then in October, again in Milan at Galleria San Carlo, with a solo exhibition The painting sublime food of the soul. 2016 Casa del Mantegna Mantua, personal exhibition L’Olimpo della materia. April Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, celebrates 50 years of the Miura with the Speed and Color exhibition,
in September at the Scaligero Castle in Malcesine, personal I quattro quartetti.
In March 2017 at the Polironiano Monastic Refectory in San Benedetto Po Mantova, the solo exhibition Sulle Ali dello Spirito opens, followed by the Zanini Arte Gallery. In September at the Biffi gallery in Piacenza, a personal exhibition of painting as poetry.
In December 2018 Borghi presents in his atelier the first volume of the General Catalog (Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori) edited by Giovanni Faccenda; the same month the exhibition was inaugurated and the volume Borghi Anthology was presented, in Correggio, in the exhibition gallery of Palazzo dei Principi.
In August 2019 in the Church of Purgatory in Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, solo show Inside solemn silences.
In 2020 at the Doge’s Palace Stables in Castelnovo né Monti, Reggio Emilia, Invocazioni solo show.
Retracing the long journey of Alfonso Borghi is like crossing time and history from 1965 to the present day. Time is the essence of the idea contained today in the material of Alfonso Borghi; his works are the expression of a liberating visual story of emotions and feelings, a combination of physical and ideal, formal and chromatic elements, closely connected to the artistic history of a territory, the one in which Borghi was born and raised, as a painter and as a man, but that time has opened to the vision of the world.
Thanks to a long exhibition activity and constant artistic experimentation, Borghi has been able to wisely combine the importance for the homeland with international experiences. Today his works find space in public and private collections and in Italian and European museums.