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Name: Primus

Art: Figurativa

Country: Italy

Birth Date: 1953-05-15


Primus Figurativa Italy


He was born in Catania (Italy), where he lives and works. After following courses in biology at university level and pursuing artistic studies, he joins the Scuola del Nudo in Catania; in 1980 his passion for art (particularly of the XVI and XVII centuries) leads him to study the technique and study of painting through a careful investigation of Caravaggio, Poussin and Flamish painters such as van Eyck and Brueghel. In the meantime, following his classical education, he deals with Hellenic art with the persuasion that its aesthetic as well as technical perfection are a sufficient means to satisfy his unusual curiosity. By this he is led to cross contemporary painting in order to widen his knowledge and discover his inner dimension by way of a greater reflection on life; in this direction he tries to interpret thought (so many times unutterable) as a means to throw a new light on the fundamental problems, which our mind never fully gets rid of, staging visual blackmails, blackmails of the soul. 
His activity as a painter moves from Magritte's example as a thought of rupture with everyday reality in order to get free from it; successivelly he turns to De Chirico as a means to be able to insert a personal spatial and temporal dimension, where it becomes possible to match two seemingly contradictory strata, dream and objective reality, into a kind of absolute reality : a vision strengthened and illuminated, however, with readings and meditations of the works of Platone, Kant, Schopenhauer 
Later he is attracted by metaphysical painting, not just because of his stylistic choices, but for the interest expressed by a compositive steadiness. Objects, figures and space itself become powerful masses created by sombre and mellow chromatic volumes in a context where time seems to stop; subjects look suspended between metaphysical influence and neoclassical memories drawn from the past and deprived of time, in an unknown world. 
It is the world of endonexo, a word invented by the artist (endon - exo), where gaze is clearly directed towards itself and inside things, but at the same time reveals the wish to make the observer feel the painting closer to his own life, raising from the soul's depths and gradually replacing reason's clear and simple spaces with new dark forces. 
Shreds of everyday life are organized into disquieting and mysterious compositions, into perspectively improbable and articulated spaces, enlivened by fragments derived from works of the past, which arise to collective memory, deprived of time in an unknown world; one goes beyond the borders of reality and touches the depths of one's own being, where the border between exterior and interior is trespassed and perspectives are made illusory, showing the world the way it is, limitless.  
Decontextualization of the different elements, derived from everyday life and changed into absolute protagonists of unusual scenarios produces irrational restlessness as well as it often stimulates a reflexive rationality. All is known to our eyes and memory, but all seems new through an obliquos swerve of thought which always refers to something else, to something which lies beyond.  
In Giovanni Greco.'s works the objects painted do not loose their original meaning, but, becoming adults, warn us that sense and answers to our questions have to be looked for beyond what we actually see and observe in that instant, producing a short circuit, that strictly relates the author's and the observer's thoughts. 
A complex brain dialogue reveals the world's reality beyond any filter and any deformation brought about by reality. 
It is a perspective relating to existence similar to that of dream, but with the addition of the potentialities of an active and fully aware consciousness. In other words, it is objetuality made ethereal and eternal, obvious made absolute. 


Solo exhibitions 
1994 – “Trittico” – Castello Normanno – Paternò 
2000 – “Un mondo senza limiti” – Vescovado di Caltagirone 
2003 – “Visioni del presente” – Accademia Federiciana – Catania 
2009 - “Oltre le arcane realtà” – Museo Emilio Greco – Catania 
2010 - “Seduzioni metafisiche” – Bluarte 
Group exhibitions 
1991 - 5^ Mostra d’arte Moderna – Galleria Le Arti – Catania 
1992 – Collettiva “Quattro aspetti dell’espressione visiva” Acireale 
1995 – Collettiva “Artisti siciliani a confronto”- Centro M.Rapisardi – Catania 
1995 – 3^ Rassegna d’arte contemporanea “Emilio Greco” – Palazzo Borsa – Catania 
1995 – 3^ Rassegna d’arte contemporanea “R.Guttuso” – Camera Commercio - Catania 
1996 – 1^ Rassegna d’arte contemporanea “G.Morandi” – Camera Commercio – Catania 
1997 – 1^ Mostra regionale Interforze – Palazzo Del Toscano – Catania 
1998 – Medialità espressive e cromatiche” – Centro d’arte Minerva- Parma 
1999 – Rassegna d’arte “Tra realismo ed astrattismo” Ex Falegnameria Com.le - Catania 
2001 – “Contaminazioni stilistiche” – Accademia Federiciana – Catania 
2001 – Arte Mostra Mercato - Livorno 
2002 – 4^ Mostra Mercato “Immagina” – Reggio Emilia 
2002 – “ Tra tradizione e innovazione” – Accademia Federiciana – Catania 
2003 – “ Nuova arte contemporanea” – Palazzina Vignali – Mantova 
2003 – Arteinfiera – Cremona 
2004 – 8^ Rassegna d’arte “Linguaggi incoercibili” – Catania 
2005 – 13^ Expo “Viviagrigento” – Palazzo Congressi – Agrigento 
2005 – Triennale d’arte contemporanea – Le Ciminiere - Catania 
2006 – Rassegna d’arte “Cromie mediterranee” – Galleria Artelier – Milano 
2007 – 7^ Rassegna d’arte “Oscillazioni contemporanee” – Galleria CentroArteModerna – Pisa 
2007 – 18^ Edizione “Arte e Motori 2007” – Palazzo del Turismo – Riccione 
2007 - Rassegna d’arte “Arte meeting” – Galleria Alba – Ferrara 
2007 - Artexpress – Galeria Geraldes da Silva – (Oporto) - Portogallo 
2007 - II° Encuentro internacionales de arte – Palacio Morèllon – Madrid - Spagna 
2007 - Agrigento Arte – Palazzo dei Congressi – Agrigento 
2007 - Rassegna d’arte “Visioni cromatiche” Accademia Federiciana - Catania  
2007 – Contemporanea – Fiera di Forlì – Forlì 
2007 – Mostra Internazionale Itinerante – ArtsXworld for Africa 
2007 - Rassegna Italiana d’arte visiva – Centro Le Ciminiere - Catania 
2008 – International Expo Taormina – Palazzo Ducale – Taormina 
2008 – La Nuit europèenne des musèes – Direction des musèes de France – Catania 
2008 – Rassegna d’arte “345” – SpazioUNO – Milano 
2008 – V Collettiva “Biennale di Venezia” – Galleria TerzoMillennio - Venezia  
2009 - Musicart 2009 – Galleria Bonbonniere - Sanremo 
2009 - Rassegna d’arte – “Richiami Visivi” – Accademia Federiciana – Catania 
2010 - Internazionale ITALIARTE – Villa Gualino - Torino 
2010 - Finestra figurativa contemporanea – Galleria Ariele – Torino 
2010 - La nuova figurazione – Pinacoteca Civica – Imperia 


How did you start in Art?

I started in the 1980, after studying in the Scuola del Nudo of my town

Who is/was your master?

Do you think that training is Important or prefer self-taught?

Yes, it's very important but it's important be yourself and express your personality

It is possible to live from Art?

May be!

Transpiration or inspiration?

metaphysical and surrealism painting in particular De Chirico e Tanguy

Your 3 Favorite Artists Living and Dead

De Chirico, Caravaggio, Poussin,

Work of art that you would like to be the Author and Why

I don't know

Is there a Price for Art?

yes . Art is also a job

Everything can be art or are there limits?

There are limits

Digital Art. Yes or no?


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