"Know yourself" ( Γνώθι σεαυτόν, Gnothi seauton )
.. was the phrase written on the pediment of the temple of Delphi in ancient Greece.
«Noli foras ire, in teipsum redi; in interiore homine habitat veritas; et si tuam naturam mutabilem inveneris, transcende et teipsum.»
"Do not go outside of yourself, but return to within yourself; truth dwells in the inner man; and if you find that your nature is changeable, transcend yourself".
-Aurelio Agostino d'Ippona, le Confessioni -
One night I was walking on a meadow near a convent. It was dark .... I stopped because I felt a presence. I stood still, almost without breathing. Suddenly a huge black spot, blacker than the night, appeared in front of me. Its hooves and Its neighing broke the silence. It passed me, running as fast as the wind. I felt for a moment that its soul had crossed mine.
I started painting horses in 2012, when I decided to abandon my rationality in painting and to follow only my feelings. The rooms with horses have taken shape by themselves, jumping from a deep hole, darkness of my mind ... The first picture was this: an aseptic, geometric room with a dark door from which a strange man with bloodless legs came out proudly , with a head and a horse-neck attached to the pelvis. In the second the horse had incorporated the man inside itself.
Then the horse became a kind of hypersensitive armor, a sort of Trojan horse, which I was
using to enter into my feelings and my memories. It was the probe with which I explored
myself .... a journey that started from the skin, from the surface of what I am. The horse,
through wounds, traumas, memories, went deep.
It walked through mental rooms, rooms of memory ... dark and claustrophobic places populated by ghosts of the past. Rooms where fear, anger and human attachments lived.
The wound plays an important role in my first production:
It is therefore an opening, a particularly fluid passage from an interior dimension to the external world; from being a negative symbol (sublimated image of a death drive) the wound takes on the contrary a creative value.
The rooms gradually open outwards. Windows and doors appear. No more dark openings leading to other rooms, but openings to the outside. Parts of heaven, and light enter the rooms, dissolving ghosts and personal memories. The rooms slowly collapse giving way to heaven.
The horse, the human, the natural elements merge together in creatures in constant evolution. They are the miracle of life and continuous transformation. The sky, silent spectator of this miracle, is where we come from and the matter from which we have been separated: we are made of the same substance of heaven and of the cosmos.
"An animal with higher intellect,
more noble, able - one to rule the rest:
such was the living thing the earth still lacked.
Then man was born. Either the Architect
of All, the author of the universe,
in order to beget a better world,
created man from seed divine - or else
Prometheus, son of Iapetus, made man
by mixing new-made earth with fresh rainwater
(for earth had only recently been set
apart from heaven, and the earth still kept
seeds of the sky - remains of their shared birth);
and when he fashioned man, his mold recalled
the masters of all things, the gods. And while
all other animals are bent, head down,
and fix their gaze upon the ground, to man
he gave a face that is held high; he had
man stand erect, his eyes upon the stars."
( Ovidio - The Metamorphoses -)
Born in Terni (Italy ) in 13/11/1982
Graduated in the Academy of Art in Rome in 2009
" 42 Contemporary Artists", Enter Art Foundation, Berlin, September 2018
"16 Contemporary Artists", Enter Art Foundation, Bonn, June 2018
"Lost", Enter Art Foundation, Berlin, December 2017
"Schattenkabinett", Galerie Supernova, Berlin, June 2017
"Wunderkammer", Galerie Supernova, April 2017
"NordArt" Prize, June-October 2016
"SternenloseNacht" Solo Exhibition, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, April 2016
"What a wonderful life" Group exhibition, Artdocks Gallery, Bremen, December 2015
"Aether", Group Exhibition, "Galerie im Park" Museum, March 22th -May 21th, Bremen, 2014 "Grand Opening", Group Exhibition, Artdocks Gallery, Bremen, December 2014
Finalist “ Basilio Cascella 2014 “ Prize; Group exhibition , Delizia Estenze del Verginese, Ferrara, 1 May / 16 June , 2014
“ADRENALINA-Premio Arte Contemporanea”, Group Exhibition, Macro Museum - la Pelanda, Rom, November 2012
“THE NEW TALENTS” , Group Exhibition, “Marchina Arte Contemporanea” Gallery , Brescia, April 2012
“EUROPEAN CREATIV CITY- CREATIV STADT WEIßENSEE”, Group Exhibition, Berlin, November 2011
“EUROPEAN CREATIV CITY- CREATIV STADT WEIßENSEE”, Group Exhibition, Berlin, November 2010
“MARCHINA ARTE CONTEMPORANEA GALLERY”, Group Exhibition, Brescia, June 2010
“CROMIE DI MARE CROMIE D'AMARE”, Solo Exhibition, “CORPO VIVO” cultural association, Ostia Lido Rom, April 2010
“G.R.A: Giovani Artisti Romani”, Group Exhibition “ PIETRO CANONICA MUSEUM”, Rom (Villa Borghese), Febbraio 2010
“ADRENALINA 1.1: L'Arte Emerge in Nuove Direzioni” Group Exhibition, SPAZIO OTTAGONI Gallery, Rom, December 2009
“SEGNI, PROGETTI E OSSERVAZIONI”, Group Exhibition, “Centro Per l'Incisione e la Grafica d'Arte”, Formello, May 2009
“PARC 08”, Group Exibition , “Walking Art Gallery”, Rom, May 2009