The work of Calzolari is the must unusual and least repetitive to be found in the artistic panorama of the last fifty years; in fact, art for this artist is a place of transformation that avails itself of ephemeral and precarious materials. Up until 1972, he used salts, ices, animals and vegetables. In the following decade his attention became focused on "performance" and used elements of architecture, dance, theater, cinema, with references to literature and music. At the end of this phase, in 1979, painting gained upper hand over other media. Big oils on canvas, overlapped using different tools, represent a demanding search of the sublime that remains today the central point of his work.
LUCIA CHIRIBOGA - Born in Quito, Ecuador
Today she is the director of that city’s Visual Center Workshop for Photographic and Communications Research a private foundation dedicated to the research, cataloguing and analysis of early Ecuadorian photography. Chiriboga is a sociologist, a photographer and a researcher on the history of photography.
SALVATORE GARAU – Born in Sardinia Italy 1953
Salvatore Garau was born in Santa Giusta, Sardinia in 1953. He lives and works in Milan and Sardinia. Artist of the interior landscape, he uses a flowing style of shapeless and obscure forms. His paintings are characterized by the use of monochromatic black that evokes a dark, turbulent atmosphere. The paint is applied in thick and thin menacing masses. The pervading movement erases the borders of the landscape, conveying an unsettling feeling and making the canvas come alive despite its paradoxically unreal quality.
LUIGI MAINOLFI – Born in Rotondi Italy 1948
Luigi Mainolfi was born in Rotondi (Valle Caudina), Italy in 1948. After graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Naples, he moved to Turin. In 1970, ”Arte Povera”, the most innovative artistic movement in Italy, began and Mainolfi’s work became centered on the analysis of his own body and on gestures, using performance as a vehicle of expression. The 1980's were marked by radical changes in his artistic thinking. Mainolfi manifested a coherent personal style that involved sculpture made from nature’s materials -- clay, chalk, and volcanic rock -- as well as cast bronze. The artist aims to recast the act of making sculpture, using the earth’s “origins” as a starting point. Through his sculpture, Mainolfi mixed elements of past popular culture with the memory of his own artistic identity. Always in the ’80 it participates in the Biennale exhibition of Sao Paulo (1981), it exposes to “Forche Caudine” in to the XL Biennale in Venice and to it “Documenta 7” of Kassel, (1982), it participates in the Biennale de Paris (1982) with “Le basi del cielo” (1981-82) and to the Biennale in Venice (1986) with the bronze “Trionfo” (Elefantessa, 1982). In the ‘90 he continues the research through the shapes, the body and on the skin. In 2001 the artist is select as representative of Italy for an exchange between our country and Japan. It lands to the Museum of Contemporary art of Sapporo and there it realizes for the park "Mainolfi swims in the water of Hokkaido" and "Columns of Sapporo."
MARTIN MALONEY - Born in London, 1961
Martin Maloney is one of the emergent artists that has contributed to the creation a new tendency in the British art. With a rare ability to blend crudeness and beauty, Maloney focuses his art, creating images that are both comic and serious at the same time, a reflection and evocation of his perception of the world. Through the expression of his art subjects, Maloney reveals an acute and disarming capacity to scowl at everyday life. Gazing at his images is both a pleasant and scheming experience in the world of the contemporary art. Martin Maloney is not only an artist, but also a major contributor to international art magazines, such as Artforum and Flash Art. In the mid 90s, he even ran his own gallery, Lost in Space, from his South London flat. Maloney's works have been exhibited regularly throughout Europe and have been featured in such major exhibitions as 'Sensation' at the Royal Academy of Arts - which toured to Germany and New York - and in both 'New Neurotic Realism' and 'New Labour' at the Saatchi Gallery, and 'Die Young Stay Pretty' at London's ICA, for which he is also the curator.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 2000 'Conversation Pieces', Claudia Gian Ferrari Art Contemporaneo, Milan, 1998 'Domestic Arrangements', Johnen & Schottle, 1998 'Genre Paintings', Robert Prime, London, 1997 'Portraits', Habitat Kings Road, London, 1996
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 'New Labour', Saatchi Gallery, London, 2001 'Die Young Stay Pretty', ICA, London, 1998 'Sensation', Royal Academy of Arts, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, 1997 'Die Yuppie Scum', Karsten Schubert, London, 1995 'White Trash', Lost in Space, London, 1995
GIUSEPPE MARANIELLO - Born in Napoli Italy 1945
Giuseppe Maraniello is an Italian artist who lives and works in Milan and in Europe. Through a varied and multiform search, that foresees the cohabitation of the most disparate precious and poor materials; warm woods, resins and waxes and cold metals, the artist exalts the value of the opposite, which is his recurrent motive and his point of departure for the attainment of a perfect artistic equilibrium. The choice to present painting and sculpture in this show is in fact inspired by the apparent distance between these two disciplines. Maraniello proposes an art that mirrors the silent searching of the soul. In these works, he balances on the thin line of demarcation between appearance and truth, between the concrete physicality of the art and the most impalpable spirituality.
RAINER FETTING - Wilhelmshaven German, born in 1949
Major figure of the German new expressionists, the new wild ones. In his wild paintings, Fetting uses bright colors and rapid brushstrokes. He chooses as his main subject matter, the nightlife and the big city. Interested in the human condition, he often depicts the vulnerability of the individual in a senseless and hostile environment. This artist uses various techniques and his other topics include nature, landscape and self-portraiture. Since the eighties his interests have focused mainly on photography.
GIUSEPPE SANTOMASO b. 1907, Venice; d. 1990, Venice
Giuseppe Santomaso was born in Venice on September 26, 1907. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti there from 1932 to 1934. In 1938 he began his work in graphics, a medium that continued to interest him. In 1939 the artist traveled to Paris on the occasion of his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Rive Gauche. Santomaso participated in the Quadriennale of Rome in 1943 and executed illustrations for Paul Eluard’s Grand Air in 1945. In 1946 he was a founding member of the antifascist artists’ organization Nuova Secessione Artistica Italiana—Fronte Nuovo delle Arti in Venice. Since 1948 Santomaso has participated often in the Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Prize of the Municipality of Venice in 1948 and First Prize for Italian Painting in 1954. He received the Graziano Prize from the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan in 1956 and the Marzotto Prize at the Mostra internazionale di pittura contemporanea in Valdagno in 1958, among other awards. Santomaso taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice from 1957 to 1975. His first exhibition in the United States was held at the Grace Borgenicht Gallery in New York in 1957. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam gave the artist a solo exhibition in 1960. In 1961 he participated in the São Paulo Bienal and he traveled to Brazil the following year. A Santomaso retrospective toured from the Kunstverein in Hamburg to the Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin and the Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund in 1965–66. He contributed lithographs to On Angle, a book of Ezra Pound’s poetry published in 1971. His work appeared in the International Engraving Biennial in Cracow in 1972 and 1978. Solo exhibitions of his work were presented in 1979 by the Fondacio Joan Miró in Barcelona and the Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst in Munich. The Borgenicht Gallery organized a Santomaso show for the spring of 1983. Santomaso died on May 23, 1990, in Venice.
BIANCA SFORNI - Born in Milan, Italy 1963
Bianca Sforni, an Italian artist who lives and works in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, uses the photographic medium to investigate aspects of nature, and pigment with an innovative precision seemingly bent on rendering their very biological composition: her flowers are analyzed and transformed as details of them are blown up; cities are observed through a sustained gaze that takes in their metropolitan palpitations. In a series dedicated to exotic dancers the focus remains on color which in these unprecedented prints takes on a life of its own, floating as though in relief above the very surface of the paper. The photographic subject is, to Bianca Sforni, almost a pretext for a study of form and emotion for which she uses rarefied printing techniques she developed over the years working with laboratories and technicians both in France and the United States. It is these very procedures that turn her photography into a far from superficial and at times uncanny reading of the subjects represented, conferring on the final images an idea of space and depth that are absolutely extraordinary.
JOYCE ELLEN WEINSTEN - Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY moved to the Washington, DC area in 1988.
"Beginning with photographed images, spurred by the visibly perceptible and implied layers of history, I have created this body of work. Penetrating layers of historical reality, distortion of reality, memory, collective memory, and how ones mind plays tricks with “truth” were facilitating ideas. Based on my travels to Israel and Eastern Europe, I have been involved in documenting, writing, drawing, and collecting images to incorporate into the work. As a secular Jewish American, I relate the work to a heritage from which I have been hitherto removed."