Antonio Ciarallo – La terra dei sogni
La terra dei sogni – 2003
mixed technique on canvas
Antonio Ciarallo was born in San Severo (Foggia). He lives and works in Cumiana (Torino). The freshness of his language has been sinking into the fertile humus of poverty and the informal since thirty years. No academy can teach that very power of the gesture that brought him in the 80s close to his friend and Maestro, Piero Ruggeri. This exuberance generating a chromatic simplification of blue, white and black leads Antonio Ciarallo towards a decisive leap in the conceptual.
He bravely reduces the art work to the essential of the background which, apparently monochrome, comes alive with larval apparitions in a game that is attention to the fragment and its evocative and symbolic power. This style anticipates the décor trends of so much European art, making Antonio Ciarallo’s work a forerunner of the mood of Wright and Stingel.
His major exhibits include M.A.C.A.M. Museo di Maglione (1995); Museo Valdese, Torre Pellice (1996); Palazzo Robellini, Acqui Terme (1998); Kass Gallery, Innsbruk (2000); Eidos Immagini Contemporanee, Asti (2002); Arte Silva, Seregno (2003); ‘International Art Simposium’, Dubai (2004); Galleria Brehova, Praga (2008); ‘Segni del ‘900’, Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Praga (2009).
In 2011 he exhibits in a solo show in Roma at the Spazio Artificio; ‘Su Nero Nero over Black Black’ at the Castello di Rivara; 54th Biennale di Venezia, at the Italian Pavilion and the Tibet Pavilion.
In 2012 he exhibits in the collectives ‘Artisti per Artificio’ with Gianfranco Baruchello, Ceccobelli, H.H. Lim, Pizzi Cannella, Renato Mambor, Luca Maria Patella, Vettor Pisani; ‘The new era between symbolism and technology’ at MACRO and the personal exhibitions at the Limen 895 Gallery, Roma and at the Fondazione Matalon, Milano.
In 2014 we mention the events ‘Il mio Paradiso’, MACRO, Roma; ‘Remember Joseph Beuys’ with Lucrezia De Domizio Durini; ‘Cavellini 1914-2014’, Brescia and ‘I have a dream’, Palazzo Reale, Milano, a collective promoted by the Kennedy Foundation curated by Melissa Proietti and Raffaella A. Caruso.
In 2015 in Pescara he participated at the ‘Fifth Free International Forum, Creative Life’, curated by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini and ‘Asti Contemporanea’; ‘Private collections’, Palazzo Mazzetti, Asti. In 2016 we mention the ‘Biennial of Contemporary Art’ of Labin (Croatia); the Mastroianni Museum, Marino, and G.A.M.C. of Viareggio. In 2016 Antonio Ciarallo participated in ‘The Artists of Silence’, curated by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini at the Centro Internazionale multimediale d’arte contemporanea in Palermo and in 2017 in Teramo.