BIOGRAPHY

Born in Nuoro, Sardegna, 1969, moved to Palermo where he grew up and at university graduated in Political Science. Afterwards, he returned to Sardegna for an apprenticeship with the painter and architect Giovanni Antonio Sulas. He has since then lived and worked in Siracusa, Sicily since 1990, and in Paris since 2011 where he now lives and works. This is his first show in UK, and in 2015 he will have three shows in New York, one in Beijing, and he will be part of two large group exhibitions entitled “What we call Love” at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and “Nel Mezzo del Mezzo” at Museo Riso, Palermo.

Ciacciofera for many years studied landscapes and how humans change them, and human portraits to find their typus. His works have existential themes, with central or appended political and social questions employing a complex, intensely symbolic, visual language.

In 2000, he travelled to Morocco and read Elias Canetti on the dynamism of crowds, the light in Arab souks, people and atmosphere, and thereby discovering new colours. The realism of inter-weaving of colour and implied qualities of light are where he finds his expressions of realism. The explorations, of North Africa especially, led to a body of work titled Marrakech widely exhibited in Italy and France.

Material for his inquiries often begin with some nexus found in the cross-currents of languages, their literatures, and histories, for example, J.W. Goethe’s Sicilian Travels that inspired a collection titled “Sicilian Journey” that toured Europe and the USA. He also spent years exploring questions relating to torture, legal and extra-legal imprisonment. Other themes included that of profound melancholy and desolate seascapes and deserts where the near absence of the humans provide surprising perspectives.

He has also worked a lot in theatre. In 2010, he designed sets and costumes for Medea, (dir. Maurizio Panici, starring Pamela Villoresi), which opened at Tindari’s Greek Theater and then toured until 2011, also Oedipus Rex, Helena, Andromaque, and others. Medea inspired his Argonauta series of paintings, drawings and sculptures, which recognized a need to unlock a a more intense dialogue with the past. Another set of works were inspired by the Renaissance masterpiece The Triumph of Death fresco in Palermo’s Palazzo Abatellis.

With architects and engineers he won two competitions for the artistic and architectural refurbishment of the two container handling cranes located in the Port of Palermo, destined to become the symbolic interface point between the port and the city.

He was awarded the Civitella Ranieri NYC Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship for 2015-16.

The artist is currently represented by Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou/Beijing