Giuseppe Barilaro
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Giuseppe Salvatore Barilaro was born in Catanzaro on 16th of July 1988. After studying arts at the school of arts in San Giovanni in Fiore, he continues his studies graduating at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro, specialising in Decoration. His modus operandi prefers to the manipulation of 'virgin' materials, wearable but also ductile, in order to trace the path of life on the material by himself; and it's with the wood that he, inherent by the previous features, has established a still present imprinting.

In his works, it would be reductive to treat the study of the forms ignoring his correlation with the "substance" which is the protagonist of the work itself. The interventions the artist does on the body of the support are: combustion of the wood, skinning and incision of it; treatment with combustioned acrylics, in order to show the soul, the energy and the past of the traced figure.

His obsessive research of a truth hidden under the skin and under the appearances, that goes beyond a bivalent prejudice considering our beliefs, can be noticed firstly in an academic way, through the paradoxical representation of a " Christ exposed to Confession", in a work that made him win the first place of the National Price of Arts- M.I.U.R ; section PAINTING.

Progressively, the artist stars getting away fronda 'narrative' style, preferring so basic forms and compositions, almost archaic, which remember the firmness and all the holiness typical of the icons. In order to contrast this softness intervenes the blow inflicted on the support, which becomes more bloody and decisive: eviscerating of a hidden truth.

The result of the works is a real dialogue between the I and his features, in a generating conflict of an redundant echo unable to run out of time.

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