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Fabrizio Moretti

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His story

Fabrizio Moretti was born in Prato on December 6, 1976, to Alfredo, a respected antique dealer, and Kathleen Simonis.

Affected by Little's syndrome, which impairs his ability to walk correctly, at the age of seven, upon a doctor's suggestion, he starts practising horse riding as therapy. He develops a passion for the sport, seeing it not as an obligation but as a genuine interest, and over the years, he competes and becomes a professional show jumping rider, eventually securing a seventh place in the Italian YR I-grade championships. The following year, Fabrizio earned his II-grade license, allowing him to participate in some international competitions.

His father, Alfredo, to whom Fabrizio was deeply attached, always supports and follows him throughout this journey.

Through these small achievements in sports, Fabrizio realises how much horses can help less fortunate people and boost their self-confidence, just as it had done for him.

From that moment, the idea of giving back to society the fortune he had received through horses takes root in his mind, and he promises himself that if he ever can afford it, he will establish a centre for hippotherapy accessible to all.

According to Fabrizio, the most beautiful thing in life is to dream, and giving dreams to those who have not been so fortunate is a tremendous luxury.

Through horses, people with physical and psychological disabilities will experience the extraordinary sensation of freedom.

Fortunately, life has been generous to Fabrizio, and thanks to his art dealing business, the Fabrizio Moretti Foundation was established in 2009, with the constant support of his father Alfredo, who is particularly sensitive to the needs of disabled individuals benefiting from hippotherapy.

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His father Alfredo, to whom Fabrizio was very close, always followed and supported him on this path.

 

Thanks to these small consecrations in sport, Fabrizio realised how much the horse could help less fortunate people, and how much it could give them self-confidence, as it had given him.

 

From that moment on, the desire to give back to society the good fortune he had had thanks to the horse springs up in his head, and he promises himself that if one day he can afford it, he will found a hippotherapy centre open to all.

 

According to Fabrizio, the most beautiful thing in life is to dream, and to be able to give dreams to those who have not had much luck, is a great luxury.

 

Through the horse, people with psychophysical handicaps will experience the extraordinary feeling of freedom. The hope, for Fabrizio, is that the horse can give all disabled people the strength to react and find a reason to live.

 

Fortunately, life has been generous with Fabrizio, and thanks to his activity as an art dealer, in 2009, the Fabrizio Moretti Foundation project was born, again with the support of his father Alfredo, who is very sensitive to disabled people practising hippotherapy.

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Fabrizio Moretti with his father, Alfredo

Honours

Education
and career

Fabrizio Moretti attended the Francesco Cicognini Classical High School in Prato and continued his studies at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Florence, where he graduated.

Thanks to his father's trust, who retired from business in 1993, he opened the Moretti Gallery in Florence in 1999 when he was just 22 years old.

Located in the heart of the ancient city, between Palazzo Strozzi and Santa Maria Novella, the Moretti Gallery opened its doors to the public of prominent public and private collectors on September 26, 1999, with the inauguration of the exhibition "From Bernardo Daddi to Giorgio Vasari," immediately gaining recognition for its specialization in early Italian and Tuscan painting.

In January 2005, Moretti Fine Art was established, becoming a true reference point in central London for all collectors of ancient paintings from the 14th to the 18th century, offering a discreet and exclusive approach. Following the Florentine and London experiences, a new exhibition space was opened in June 2017 in the Principality of Monaco, aspiring to become a preferred venue for Monaco's cultural life and the most exclusive international collecting.

Over the years, Fabrizio has participated in prestigious antique events in Europe and the United States, including TEFAF (Maastricht, New York), Frieze Masters (London), the Biennale at Palazzo Corsini (Florence), the Biennale des Antiquaires (Paris), and some fairs in Monte Carlo.

He has had the fortune and honor of selling to some of the world's greatest museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Louvre, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Gallery in London, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

In 2019, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - Villa Sauber dedicated an exhibition to Fabrizio's personal collection: "Step by Step. Un regard sur la collection d'un marchand d'art".

Through Sotheby's, he organized two auctions in New York: "Selected Renaissance and Mannerist Works of Art Assembled by Fabrizio Moretti," held on January 25, 2015, and the "Moretti + Moretti In Passing" auction on December 18, 2019, which contributed to the establishment of the foundation bearing his name.

Since 2014, he has been the Secretary-General of the Biennale dell'Antiquariato at Palazzo Corsini in Florence, the most important art market exhibition in the world.

Since 2016, he has been a member of the Paintings Council at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Throughout the years, Fabrizio has been actively involved in philanthropic activities, enabling the publication of monographs of Italian painters and creating scholarships for students and scholars at the Universities of Florence and Bologna, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, the Fondazione Federico Zeri, and the Fondazione Roberto Longhi. Additionally, he has sponsored important exhibitions at significant museum institutions, such as the National Gallery in London.

Today, Moretti Fine Art has headquarters in London, Monte Carlo, and Paris.

In his free time, Fabrizio Moretti ventures into the entertainment world, providing commentary on the most relevant events in the international art market. From January 2006 to September 2008, he personally hosted the art segment "Masterpieces" on Sky Class CNBC.

From 2007 to 2009, together with Romano Battaglia, he curated the Sunday editions of the "Caffè della Versiliana," an activity that continues to this day, with interventions on art and culture.

From 2006 to 2009, he was a regular cast member of "Markette," contributing with his historical-artistic insights. Furthermore, alongside Piero Chiambretti, from 2009 to 2012, he appeared numerous times on the show "Chiambretti Night" on Italia 1. He continues to be a guest on various national television programs, where he is invited to speak on topics related to culture and art.

Institutional activities

2007 - 2017
Member of the Executive Committee of TEFAF - The European Art Fair in Maastricht

2009 - Present
President of the Fabrizio Moretti Foundation in Prato

2012 - 2017
Member of the Executive Committee of Frieze Masters in London

2013 - 2015
Vice President of the Association of Italian Antiquarians

2013 - 2015
Member of the Board of Directors of the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation of Prato

2014 - Present
Secretary General of the Biennale dell'Antiquariato at Palazzo Corsini in Florence

2016 - Present
Member of the Paintings Council of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles

2019 - Present
Representative of the City of Florence in the Scientific Committee of the Uffizi Galleries

2019 - Present
Member of the Honorary Committee of the Fratini Foundation ONLUS

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