The print shop of the Busato family has been located in a building dating from the 16th century in the historic centre of Vicenza for over 70 years. Giancarlo Busato took up the baton of the workshop founded in 1946 by his grandfather Ottorino, who had worked for over twenty years in the most important printing establishments of the Veneto.
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His grandson shared the family passion and since 1996 has been producing prints by means of chalcography and lithography, using exclusively artisanal systems that have remained the same over time and passing his days in the company of presses, matrices, inks and paper. Over the years, almost nothing has changed in the works: the passage of time has been marked by the continual appearance of new generations of artists, from the great masters of the 20th century like Tono Zancanaro, Alberto Viani, Giulio Turcato, Gina Roma, Pier Arman, Augusto Murer, Neri Pozza, Renato Guttuso, Mino Maccari, Virgilio Guidi, Remo Brindisi and Ernesto Treccani, to mention just a few, to the illustrators of the present day. What makes the print shop unique is this special alchemy, a relationship of perfect understanding that is established between printer and artist in the realization of a work. But the master printer loves to share the emotion he experiences when lifting from the presses a sheet of paper that, depending on the technique chosen, will become a lithograph, engraving or woodcut: he calls himself a ‘roving printer’ as he is always on the move in search of new cultures, faces, stories and techniques, and to take the art print around the world with his characteristic enthusiasm.
He has been working for many years with the Cà Foscari University in Venice and with the Academies of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Ljubljana, Zwolle and Pula, as well as with the Italian Cultural Institutes in São Paulo, Sydney and Prague. And then there are the courses he has taught at academies in Trujillo (Peru), San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and Barboursville (USA). The master is happy to open the doors of the print shop to hold workshops, as well as to offer the space free of charge to stage exhibitions by young artists. He has always devoted himself to teaching in schools: every year over 1,000 pupils attend his lessons. Since 2007 the Stamperia d’Arte Busato has become a Bottega Storica of the City of Vicenza, and in 2016 it opened a branch in Turin.