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BIO

Stefano Garbuglia was born in Macerata on December 15, 1996.
In 2015 he graduated from the "Preziotti Licini" Artistic High School in Fermo and began the painting course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata.
Two years later he moved to Mestre continuing his studies at the Venice Academy, where he consolidated his artistic production by taking an interest in fifteenth-century European painting.
After completing his studies in 2019, he still continues his artistic research.

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2023

Group Show The Embraces of Art, Alessandrine Art Rooms, curated by “Michele Cea Foundation” “ASM Costruire Insieme” “City of Alessandria”, Alessandria

Group Show 33° edition Arte Padova, Padua Fair, curated by “Nord est Fair” “C.A.T.S. Padova” “City of Padua” “MOHO Art Gallery”, Padua

Group Show MOOD, Subjectivity, Introspection, Self-awarness, Diocesan Museum of San Riccardo, curated by “City of Andria” Cosimo Strazzeri, Andria

Group Show Intersections x Irony and Utopia, Metaforte Cultural Center, curated by “G'art galleria delle arti” “Associazione Visioni Altre” “Associazione Metaforte”, Cavallino-Treporti

Award Viral Human, virtual exhibition, curated by “MiRNArte”, Venice

Group Show Irony and Utopia, justice and injustice in current social conflicts, Art Gallery Visioni Altre, curated by "G'art galleria delle arti" "Associazione Visioni Altre", Venice

Award Genoa Biennale, Palazzo Stella, curated by “Associazione Satura” “Municipality of Genoa”, Genoa (3rd place)

Award Yicca International Contest of Contemporary Art, ImagoArs space, curated by “Associazione Yicca” Massimo Toffolo, Venice

Group Show European culture: (un)stable equilibrium? We are past, present and future, Art Gallery Visioni Altre, curated by "G'art galleria delle arti" "Associazione Visioni Altre", Venice

2022

Award Visioni Altre International Award 1st edition, Art Gallery Visioni Altre, curated by “G’art galleria delle arti” “Associazione Visioni Altre”, Venice (1st place)

Group Show Eikòn the Ways of Portraiture, Diocesan Museum of San Riccardo, curated by “Città di Andria” Cosimo Antonio Strazzeri, Andria

Award National Art Competition City of Grottole, Feudal Castle of the Municipality of Grottole, curated by "Cultural Association Made in Grottole" "Comune di Grottole", Grottole (1st place)

Award Ecco Echo Award, Classical Roman Arts Foundation, curated by “Fondazione CRA”, Rome 

Award Prisma Art Prize, Contemporary Cluster Palazzo Brancaccio, curated by "Il Varco" Marco Crispano, Rome

2021

Group Show Michele Cea Prize winners from 2016 to today, Sala Aletti Villaggio Barona, curated by “Fondazione Michele Cea”, Milan

2020

Award Be the difference… with Art! 2019/20, Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa, curated by "Rotary Club Asolo and Pedemontana del Grappa" "Museum Library Archive Bassano del Grappa" "City of Bassano del Grappa", Bassano del Grappa

Award Michele Cea V edition, Ex Furnace Gola, curated by “Fondazione Michele Cea”, Milan (2nd place)

2019

Award Mestre of Painting, Candiani Cultural Center, curated by "Il Circolo Veneto" "Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia" "City of Venice", Mestre

Award Michele Cea IV edition, Ex Furnace Gola, curated by “Fondazione Michele Cea”, Milan (1st place)

Group Show Art Night Venice, Venice Academy of Fine Arts, curated by "Venice Academy of Fine Arts" "City of Venice", Venice

2018

Group Show Art Night Venice, Venice Academy of Fine Arts, curated by "Venice Academy of Fine Arts" "City of Venice", Venice

2016

Group Show Sarnanoscape for a new flowering VI edition, Spazio Lavì!, curated by "Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata" "Spazio Lavì cultural association!" "Municipality of Sarnano", Sarnano

2015

Group Show With many voices V edition, Spazio Mirionima, curated by "Macerata Academy of Fine Arts", Macerata

2014

Group Show Other emotions tribute to Sergio Endrigo, Palazzo dei Priori, curated by “Città di Fermo”, Fermo

Award "la Zicagna" Travel Sketches VII edition, Trabucco Gallery, curated by "Terraviva Laboratory", Acquaviva Picena (3rd place)

2013

Award "la Zicagna" Travel Sketches VI edition, Trabucco Gallery, curated by "Terraviva Laboratory", Acquaviva Picena (2nd place)

2011

Group Show Typicality: Made in Marche Festival, Fermo Forum, curated by “Città di Fermo”, Fermo

PUBLICATIONS

Catalog "MOOD, Subjectivity, Introspection, Self-awarness”, 2023, Giuseppe Colasanto Institute of Higher Secondary Education

Catalog 33° edition Arte Padova, 2023, NEF Nord east Fair

Catalog "Genoa Biennale", 2023, AGF Edizioni

Catalog "Yicca International Contest Prize", 2023, Aps MOHO

Magazine “Art On”, February 2023, G’Art (Gallery of the Arts)

Newspaper "Il Gazzettino", Monday 30 January 2023, Caltagirone Editore

Catalog "Eikòn the ways of portrait", 2022, Giuseppe Colasanto Institute of Higher Secondary Education

′′ Catalog of Modern Art ′′ No. 57, 2021, Giorgio Mondadori Editorial

“Be the difference… with Art!” Award Catalogue, 2020, Rotary Club Asolo and Pedemontana del Grappa

Essay "What is art today", 2020, Editorial Giorgio Mondadori

Michele Cea Prize Catalog V edition, 2020, Bellavite Editore

′′ Catalog of Modern Art ′′ No. 56, 2020, Giorgio Mondadori Editorial

Monthly "Arte" No. 554, October 2019, Cairo Editore

Weekly "Ora" No. 36, September 2019, Ediplanet

Mestre Painting Award Catalogue, 2019, Civic Museums Foundation of Venice

Michele Cea Prize Catalog IV edition, 2019, Bellavite Editore

CRITICAL TEXTS

Text for the work exhibited in the MOOD, Subjectivity, Introspection, Self-awareness Collective “The Polyptych of Death”

MOOD, SUBJECTIVITY, INTROSPECTION, SELF-AWARNESS

A very profound and conceptual artist, the painter from the Marche Stefano Garbuglia always loves to deal with difficult and complex themes, combining unconventional aesthetic research with a reflection free from preconceptions on all the phenomena of human existence, always trying to trace the roots of each of its manifestations . The work we present in this catalog is one of the most recent, the Polyptych of Death, which is made up of five canvases, each with its own title, from left to right, from top to bottom: “La Perdita”, “Altri Rameggi, “L'Ineluttabile”, “Un Altrove”, “La Visita”. It is a real tragedy in five acts, according to the classic scheme inherited from the Greeks, having as its theme the mystery that has always fascinated and terrified man: Death. Whether it is considered the end of everything, or whether it represents a form of transition to another level of existence, death always represents an event of capital importance in the life of every human being, the arrival point of a path that it acquires a “sense” at the moment of its conclusion, or rather precisely by virtue of it. The thought of death and the idea of ​​the transience of existence actually allow us to identify the priorities to be established within the tangled skein of events and to understand which values, things, desires and objectives are most relevant, attributing a real value to our time. The presence of death, therefore, helps not to make anything absolute and to reduce things due to their transience and precariousness. For this reason, perhaps, in the eternal carnival of the current global hedonistic society, the idea of ​​death is exorcised and put aside, as if it did not concern us. And when it suddenly hits us or those close to us, we are not prepared to face it and we are crushed and annihilated. The philosopher Michel de Montaigne is therefore right when he writes that reflecting on dying means reflecting on the meaning of living: "The end of our race is death, it is the necessary object of our aim: if it scares us, how is it possible to do a step forward without agitation?”. In the same way, the philosopher Heidegger states that facing the idea of ​​death on a daily basis helps to look at existence in an authentic way, distinguishing what is negligible and superficial from what is instead essential and profound. Finally, the awareness of death can lead us to face the mystery of life and to face the idea of ​​the absolute and transcendence, identifying some form of finalization that helps to think of it as a springboard towards Eternity. This long introduction, in reality, has the aim of preparing us to face the reading of the five parts of which this polyptych is composed, the purpose of which is precisely to stimulate a reflection on death, not through an orderly and consequential sequence of elements, but through the presentation of some fragments, sometimes apparently insignificant, which generate in us the disposition to tackle this topic problematically. In the first canvas, "La Perdita", the progressive fading of the female figure, whose face with sunken eyes is livid, alludes to the precariousness and transience of existence, also suggested by the circling red butterflies, which bring to mind the idea of ​​joy of living, but also that of brevity and the ephemeral. After all, every day of life is a step closer to death. In the second, "Altri Rameggi", magnolia flowers on the branches still numb from the freezing winter are another example of the wonderful precariousness of life: some still in bud, others about to bloom, others already in bloom and ready for the inevitable withering. We therefore see the same theme of the previous canvas transferred to another form of existence, the vegetal one, but treated with poetic lightness. The third canvas, "L'Ineluttabile", presents us with a body that is already a corpse, as suggested by the livid color of the skin and the position of the hands with the palms outstretched, almost as if the body were already housed in a shroud. The idea of ​​the end announced analogically by the twilight background, by the yellowed shrub with folded leaves and in a state of progressive drying, by the sun obscured by an eclipse: death here becomes a phenomenon that concerns all the manifestations of life in the universe . Note the black gauze materially applied to the canvas covering the woman's face, indicating the total annihilation of life in her body and the darkening of her conscience. In the fourth, "Un Altrove", the face of the woman depicted looks east, towards Jerusalem, to indicate, according to a liturgy widely adopted in the Middle Ages, the idea of ​​waiting for death. A swarm of locusts hovers around her, which in the Bible and in the Latin patristic tradition have multiple allegorical meanings, which refer in one sense to the destructive voracity of passions, which is contrasted, in a paradoxically reversed eschatological perspective, with the idea of who, on the Day of Judgment, will turn to a better reality, abandoning past errors. “La Visita”, the last canvas of the polyptych, perhaps the most evocative, opens a passage between life and death. The two hands of the deceased emerge from a glimmer of light, as if wanting to overcome the darkness of death and establish contact with those who are still alive. The offering of a sprig of orange flowers, in which life still pulsates, perhaps represents a touching invitation from the deceased to those who are still alive to maintain a bond, even if tenuous, with her and with that desire for eternity that in she remains beyond death.

Cosimo Strazzeri
(School Headmaster and Art Critic)

Text for the works exhibited in the Eikòn Collective, the Ways of Portrait "Santa Lucia" "Fireflies Never Leave" "Eikòn"

EIKÒN THE WAYS OF PORTRAIT
Stefano Garbuglia's works are based on a careful bibliographic and iconographic reconstruction of historical and anthropological sources. We are therefore dealing with an artist who does not propose an exclusively decorative aims, but tends to offer images that are expertly conceived and designed, in which each element is not random, but corresponds exactly to objective data, whose historical truth is indisputable. A first example of this philological rigor is the work Santa Lucia which, according to what the artist explains in a note, "reinterprets the martyrdom of the saint by tracing the classical iconography, despite being dressed only in the veil of Christian passion". Fidelity to the hagiographic sources, therefore, but at the same time a courageous evasion of traditional iconography, showing the virgin martyr in the splendor of her naked body which remained chaste and inviolate, despite the threats of the Prefect Pascasio to have her taken to a brothel. The desire to get out of the mere two-dimensional representation is instead manifested in the pierced canvas in correspondence with the stab infixed by the executioner in Lucia's throat (iugulatio). Thus, according to the artist, a dialogue is generated between the painting and its support, which participate in the narration of martyrdom. Another example is represented by Fireflies Never Leave (The fireflies never leave), in which Garbuglia refers to a folkloric tradition of central-west Africa, according to which, the author informs us, a vampire named Adze , which prowls in the guise of a firefly, regains human form when caught. Equally rigorous, in Eikòn, is the reference to iconoclastic instances, tending to oppose religious worship and the use of sacred images, which manifested themselves in the Eastern Empire between the eighth and ninth centuries. In this work, as the artist suggests, «the haloed figure appears disfigured by a violent iconoclastic act and is represented intent on grasping the nature of the damage directed towards her own face, which appears hollowed out and disfigured in a depersonalizing fury». At the same time, however, continues Garbuglia, "the delicate gesture of the hands, and the lithe attitude of the body, betray a subtle eroticism, casting the shadow of ambiguous satisfaction". Sacred and profane, therefore, coexist within the same figure, to underline the ambiguity, plurivocity and polysemy of each image. Also for this reason the work was chosen as the logo for this exhibition, which essentially aims to reflect on the possible values ​​of any representation of the human figure.

Cosimo Strazzeri
(School Headmaster and Art Critic)

Text for the winning work of the fourth edition of the Michele Cea Prize "Luca 23:34"

CONTEMPORARY MARTYRS
Beyond all political and religious beliefs, without distinction of race, Stefano Garbuglia's work is a manifesto of destinies and misfortunes. The visual image becomes sound in that emergency whistle of life jackets hanging on the nail of martyrdom. The picture, a magnetic field of lives lost and found, tragic in the lucid and detailed oil painting, is illuminated by a supernatural light, a spotlight that lights up the current news in the heart of the beholder. The boundary between life and death, between salvation and eternal damnation, between memory and oblivion thus travels on the emotional waves of an upset universe. The thought of Pablo Picasso comes to mind who during the dark period of the Second World War defined the value of being an artist in this way: «What do you think an artist is! An imbecile who has only eyes if he is a painter, only ears if he is a musician and if he is a poet a lyre at all levels of his heart? On the contrary, he is at the same time a political being, constantly vigilant in the face of the heartrending, ardent or sweet events of the world, modeling himself completely in their image. How would it be possible to be disinterested in other men? And by virtue of what ivory indifference would one detach oneself from a life that men themselves give so generously? No, painting is not meant to decorate apartments, it is an offensive and defensive tool of war against the enemy». Yes... How would it be possible to be disinterested in other men? Stefano raises his voice, demands that the observer come closer, listen to that passage from Luke "Father, forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing" and think, think deeply, reacquiring a critical conscience that now seemed lost among the waves of Erebus .

Massimiliano Porro
(Professor of Art History)