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Exhibition of an Italian painter Ettore de Conciliis


June 5, 2009 at 16:00, the exhibition of an Italian painter Ettore De Conciliiswill open it’s doors. The exhibit will display over 50 works, spanning the entire creative path of the painter; from the first murals of the sixties to the sudden change of genre in the direction of intimate, which occurred in the second half of the seventies and lead the painter to creating scenery and still-life.
Ettore De Conciliis was born in 1941 in Avellino. From 1958 to 1963 he studied architecture at the universities of Naples and Rome. While living in Rome he actively cooperated with sculptors Michele Guerrizi, Marino Maccacurati and Venansio Crochetti and actively participated in cultural debates of that time. is cultural search leads him to experiments. From Maccacurati he gets the idea that creative work is the result of expressing particular social connotation. In the studio of the same sculptor he meets Rocco Falciano with whom he shares his deep interests in social art. In 1965 in joint authorship with Falciano, De Conciliis creates his first monumental mural “Canvas of the world – Atomic bomb and peaceful existence” for the cathedral of Saint Francis in Avellino. This piece is distinct with a rare and intensive communicative charge, which is far beyond the boundaries of ordinary political and religious propaganda. It created a whole wave of criticism and such bitter debates that the young author was privately seen by Pope Pavel VI. The following ten years De Conciliis dedicates to painting murals, he receives commissions from such Italian cities as; Mantua, Modena, Reggio Emilia and Bari. In the study center of Danilo Dolci in Trappeto, Sicily (Palermo region) he creates a 200m² painting “acryl on quartz” dedicated to the resistance against mafia dominance and physical intimidation.

                 

In 1971 he goes to Mexico to learn mural painting techniques from David Alfaro Siqueiros and then makes an educational trip to Iran. Upon his return and in joint authorship with Carlo Levi, Ernesto Trekkani and Rocco Falciano he takes on a mural painting project in Fiano Romano called “Land occupation and struggle for development” (1970-1972). Unlike his previous work his is done using part-industrial prefabricated concrete elements on an independent base. The painter dedicated the theme of the mural to a series of lectures read at the Research Institute of non-use of force in Palo Alto as well as at Berkeley University in California.
He returns to Italy in 1972 and organizes a National Social Art Center in Fiano Romano, here he has his own photo laboratory, library, halls where exhibitions can be conducted, symposiums and sketch study. The center quickly becomes a popular meeting place for artists and creative intellectuals.
Beginning in 1975 he gradually moves away from monumental art and mural work turning his preference to light genre of landscapes and still-life painting. Social involvement can still be felt in the genre of his art work; in 1975 he creates a five meter high stone sculpture for the city of Lucera (Reggio Emilia area), dedicated to the fallen of all wars. In 1980 Sicilian administration orders him a Memorial in Portelli Ginestre to the north of Palermo; the project is the first embodiment of land-art in Italy: in the lowland among hills (exactly according to trajectories released by Salvatore Juliano bandits in the May 1, 1947 shooting) the artist had placed sculpted stone figures facing Sacco de Barbato, where the terrible tragedy occurred.
From 1980 and till the current time he specializes in landscapes and still-life paintings and receives his inspiration from the motives and subjects of the Tiber valley north or Rome, from Umbria, in the Veneto area and also from the north eastern and western coastlines of the US. In 1983 he participated in a ceremonial opening in the halls of Rondania Gallery in Rome at the personal exhibition of Ettore De Conciliis “Nature’s character”, creations of 1982-1983, under the auspices of Mauritsio Marini and Elio Cinola, where landscapes of Fiano Romano were presented, alternated with still-life paintings, roots of which link back to great masters of the seventeenth century (not only Italian). His works are exhibited in Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton (Long Island) and in Hammer Galleries of New York, which oversee his exhibition activities in the USA.
In 1988 he was awarded a prize for retrospective of Ettore De Conciliis “River of endless color” which was organized in a Rome museum Palazzo Braschi, where sixty four creations of the 1979-1988 period were presented. In 1992 the first English monography is released for the Hammer Gallery. It was prepared by the publishing house of Arnoldo Mondadori with critical essays from Donelson Hups and Maurizio Marini. The following years he became an active participant of personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and USA using his unchanged popularity among critics and art lovers.
He currently lives and works in Fiano Romano, where he has his own studio. From the recent exhibitions we should remember the exposition of 2002 in the Museum of San Salvatore in Lauro Rome, which was organated by the city council of Rome. The catalogue of the exhibition contains publicized essays of Maurizio Calvesi and Jonathan Hare. We must also note his participation in the collective exhibition of 2005 in Palermo. “Sycily and Arabs” in the Gallery of Saint Varfolomey in Palermo, where such reputable authors like Piero Dorazio, Igor Mitoray, Narcissus Kualyata and Piero Guccone were presented. Collective exhibition of 2007 “Sea of art” in Palazzo Saint Elii in Palermo was marked by success, it was sponsored by the regional administration of Palermo.

 

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