Claudio Cargiolli

Claudio Cargiolli

Born in Ponzanello in 1952, a small village near Fosdinovo (Massa Carrara). He attended the Art School and then later the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, the city where he lives and works. From the beginning, curious, free, he favors imagination and fantasy, far from any concession to fashion, but always careful and rigorous in researching good painting and experimenting with the ancient techniques and pictorial artifices most congenial to him. Very young he participated from 1968 onwards in numerous painting exhibitions. His first solo exhibition took place in 1971, at the "Fillungo" gallery in Lucca, curated by the critic and great art historian Pier Carlo Santini, who followed him for many years in his artistic research. With these precocious experiences, he continued his path until he graduated from the Academy in 1974. The painting of those years, of training, research, experimentation, is characterized by a production dominated by enigmatic subjects, figures with erased faces and composed for fragments. From 1983 and in the following years, Cargiolli manages to assign order to his visions and form to his dreams, painting begins to consolidate precisely to the extent that volumes, shapes and objects are placed on the canvas in a fantastic tale. The juxtapositions to the limit of incongruity between different scenes, visions and descriptions, contribute to the construction of a metaphysical reality, suffused with poetry, unreal and yet soothing, despite its impossibility. This research and work process increases and takes shape in the second half of the 1980s; from that period, in fact, the collaboration with the Forni gallery in Bologna and the high-prestige exhibition cycle in Italy and abroad began. Of note among the numerous personal exhibitions and collective participations, the anthologies held at Palazzo Ducale in Massa and Palazzo Ducale in Urbino. Today Cargiolli, in his incessant improvement, composes less and less crowded images, high-definition images, dreamy, pure, timeless, intended for a private conversation, to the point of condensing into a tenderness of affections that are authentic acts of love.