Giuseppe Salvatori / Runa

June 18th – July 30th, 2005
Opening: Saturday June 18th, 2005, 7.30 pm

Giuseppe Salvatori was born in Rome,where he livesand works,in 1955.One of the most relevant spokespersons of the movement called “Nuova Figurazione” in the 80’s, he participated in the show “I Nuovi Nuovi” curated by Renato Barilli at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna of Bologna. He also exhibited at the Ankara Biennal in 1986 and the Venice Biennale in 1990. His works have been exhibited in the context of numerous historical exhibitions held in Austria, Germany, United States and Russia, when he came up with several screen adaptations for the theatre and a cycle of decorations for the cinema of Nanni Moretti, the “Nuovo Sacher”. In 1998 he participated in the convention exhibit “Opera e identità” curated by Bruno Corà at the Museo Pecci of Prato.

The artistic research of Salvatori is comprised of a formal synthesis that blends figure and abstraction, simplicity of the lines and symbolic purport. His works are “figurative” inventions featured by subtle and calligraphic balances underlined by some sort of private cartography intersected with places and things formerly imagined or seen, connections, and memories turned into cryptic ideograms meant to reveal a research focused on signs. The motifs, deduced from reality, lose their tactile qualities to split into color and form, because they have been «reduced to their outlines, arranged on the surface through the use of a symmetric module, axial or radial, and rendered through uniform layers of color by taking on a two-dimensional perspective». (Lorella Scacco). Their new matter is the consistency of tempera, along with color intended as an intervention of the artist and its interpretation. The effect rendered through tempera often tends to remain contained within the broken monochromatic qualities of an unprecedented relationship established between opaque and shiny areas to highlight the inevitability of the dichotomy between figure and background. The artist has gathered various clues while investigating the cultural audacity of experimenting with the different possibilities that involve sign and color, besides the tendencies of abstraction and symbolism. Particularly significant is the echo of surrealist painting in the free combination of motifs and images as well as in the suggestions related to color. The intrinsic value of Salvatori’s work resides mainly in the refined graphic element that arises from his luminescent thick backgrounds.

In Salerno the artist, who is from Rome, will present sixteen works focused on what has been his creative path from 1997 to 2005