Zeefdruk - Gesigneerd - Zonder lijst - 2014
|Titel van kunstwerk:||Un amore da espugnare|
|Totale afmetingen (L/B/H in cm):||CM. 55X100|
|Verkocht met lijst:||Zonder lijst|
Pino Procopio was born in 1954 in Chiaravalle in Calabria. He already took delight in modelling clay when he was in kindergarten. In middle school, he created erotic drawings, for which he received many reproaches. He attended the artistic lyceum and then enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture of Rome, without neglecting his artistic activity. In the 1970s, during his walking through Rome, he started to frequent some galleries. His first exhibition was inaugurated in Rome at the art centre ‘La Bitta’ in 1980.
Follows a burgeoning career, full of production and exhibitions in Italy’s major cities. The artworks of Procopio express irony, sarcasm and even cynicism. His artistic expression is provocative, without preconceived notions, revelation of an intellectual tenuity. Now Procopio is recognised among the greatest masters of the Italian and international 1900.
As a draughtsman, painter and sculptor, Procopio has a strong and sharp irony. Just look at random drawings: watercolours, temperas, oils, bronzes to have immediate perception. Or just watch his women: Virginia, Ida, Sara, La donne di Malta, Vedove bianche, Promesse spose. But, although he may be cruel to them, he loves the women as Fellini did. Procopio stages a feast for the eyes, senses and fantasy. It is the world seen from an eccentric eye, fitted with a distorting lens, and returned by a humoral and capricious hand, with an effective and quick stroke, one and the other tending towards game, laughter, a bittersweet parody, cheerful, hilarious. Procopio’s first gift is the irony. In his case the humour is not the opposite of irony, but arises from the irony. The irony is a basic attitude, which also has a moral value, but is not connected so directly to the problem of good and evil. Between irony and humour our artist inserts a distorting glance, his caricatural inspiration, his expressive imagination. It is from here that arise laughter, comedy, and fun. Procopio has his own idea of irony: “the irony – he says – is effective when there is immediacy, and exasperating it becomes tiring. That's why I paint in one go. I have to finish a painting as soon as possible, before it finishes me.” The genesis of the painting of Procopio is found in Chiaravalle, where he spent the years of his childhood, and in Rome, where he matured his vocation for art. Some of the subjects on which Procopio practice his ironic talent, are the couple, the relationship between two people, the marriage, a relationship that is familiar to him since his stay in his native Calabria. Procopio says he’s not fond of satire, but this is not totally true. There is a lot of satire in his artworks and he spends his caricatural inspiration on everything and everyone: society, culture, history, and mythology. He knows well art history and does not hesitate to mock the sacred masters of the past, whether they are Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Antonello da Messina, as he does not hesitate to mock the gods or semi-gods of mythology. After graduating at the Artistic lyceum, Procopio attended the Faculty of Architecture. It would be only logical that Procopio, after graduation, entered in the studio of one of the masters then in vogue and started his career as an architect. Evidently his vocation was another. ''The painting is a destiny'', Matisse said. And he had started professionally his painting career, giving free rein to his talent as an ironic and caricatural draughtsman. ''It could only be so'' he comments. The drawing is his strength. Procopio is a lonely painter. ''It's true, I am a lonely painter, since 1984 I have been living in Giulianova almost in solitude. What do I do when I'm not working? I listen to the silence. I dream the picture I paint. If I hadn't done the painter, I would have done the carpenter. During winter a carpenter, during summer a fisherman.''
|Lid sinds:||3 januari 2018|
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