Giuseppe Barilaro


Country: Italia

Giuseppe Salvatore Barilaro was born in Catanzaro on the 16th of July 1988. After studying at the School of Arts in San Giovanni in Fiore, he continued his education, graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro, specializing in Decoration. His modus operandi prefers the manipulation of 'virgin' materials, which are able but also ductile, in order to trace the path of life on the material itself; and it's with wood that he, influenced by the aforementioned features, has established a still-present imprint.

In his works, it would be reductive to treat the study of forms without considering their correlation with the "substance" which is the protagonist of the work itself. The interventions the artist performs on the body of the support include: the combustion of wood, skinning, and incision; treatment with combusted acrylics, aiming to reveal the soul, the energy, and the past of the traced figure.

His obsessive research of a truth hidden under the skin and beneath appearances, which transcends a bivalent prejudice considering our beliefs, can be noticed primarily in an academic way. This is evident through the paradoxical representation of a "Christ exposed to Confession" in a work that earned him the first place in the National Prize of Arts - M.I.U.R; section PAINTING.

Progressively, the artist distances himself from a 'narrative' style, preferring basic forms and compositions, almost archaic, reminiscent of the firmness and holiness typical of icons. To counter this softness, there is an intervention in the form of a blow inflicted on the support, which becomes more bloody and decisive, eviscerating a hidden truth.

The result of the works is a real dialogue between the self and its features, in a general conflict of a redundant nature unable to run out of time.
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Works collected on MACS

Lo Stagno, 2023 - combustione e olio su legno - cm 50x50



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