A trip around the world through Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti’s footprints of peace
ART – At the Palazzo della Cultura in his hometown of Catania, starting 1 December and open until 6 January, you will find the exhibition “Private Collection Imprints of Peace”, which the artist-globetrotter represents with 77 canvases including footprints left by passersby that symbolize birth, while the colors and powders create a three-dimensional effect.
The artist, “We must give space to beauty” by Laura Cavallaro
London, Paris, Milan, Cairo, Athens, Iceland, Izmir, Katakolon are only some of the destinations touched during the travels of Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti, a nonconformist painter who after ten years of absence returns to exhibit in his hometown, Catania, with the exhibition “Private Collection Imprints of Peace”. A journey around the world seen through 77 paintings, exhibited in a timeless manner and arranged according to a flow of energy. The particularity of Arezzo di Trifiletti’s work is based on the technique which is not only pictorial but above all preparatory; in fact, it places the virgin canvas on streets, on sidewalks and also at the entrance to the former Literary Café where the installation is housed, so that the footprints of those who pass over it can remain etched. At the base of everything, in fact, there is the footprint, which is synonymous with birth and serves as a support for his work. Clear principles that are inspired by quantum physics, religion but above all by the cult for beauty. As the artist recounts during the presentation of the exhibition, which will open its doors on Saturday 1 December and will be open until 6 January 2019: “This experience aims to shake up the visitor and start a series of connections. Above all it will be the presence of children to create tremendous energy”.
The Municipality of Catania is sponsoring the event. An excited mayor, Salvo Pogliese, is present at the premier: “I am happy to be here next to Claudio, to whom I have been bound by a relationship of sincere and profound friendship for about twenty-five years. An internationally renowned artist whose path I followed from a distance, this is why today it is an honor for me and for the Councilor for Culture Barbara Mirabella to welcome him to Palazzo della Cultura.” Two rooms full of dense canvases in which the brilliance of acrylics and lines that create elongated and surreal shapes spring up to the eyes. It is a contemporary painting that recalls certain works by Matisse, but it is above all the way in which the brush stroke is laid out, in which the powders are mixed with the colors. The impression is that the overlapping layers are all visible and in some cases the feeling is that the picture is three-dimensional. It is the optical game that is created in the Eiffel Tower – Paris where the black brushstrokes on a red background give the impression that the painting is popping out.
Next to the large panels, on paper bags, in which usually fruit is placed, are listed the names of the cities. It is an original way to describe the path that is well matched with Arezzo by Trifiletti’s commitment to the environment. In fact, he advocates a Cathedral of Recycling to be built on the Piana di Catania made with plastic and glass bottles: “I am careful of unrecycable waste, I create compost to use for the land of the future. We must awaken consciences and show ourselves attentive to these issues because the Earth is as alive as our volcano Etna.” A wish but above all a commitment to the land that must be known and protected in depth because it is the greatest good we possess. A radical change of lifestyle that has seen him transform from a young PR at a nightclub into a 360 degree artist, even if he tells us sitting on one of his canvases, that art and painting have always been in his DNA. Scion of a family of architects for several generations, he began painting at the age of four, when he made his first painting of a solitary man on a boat. A strong passion that we can still read in his eyes: “At the base of my work there are many sacrifices, without permission I spread these sheets around the cities with the risk of being arrested, especially in the Middle East, but it was done for a reason. After the attack on the Twin Towers, I felt the need to give my contribution to the world, an opportunity that came when I arrived in New York for an exhibition. There I collected the dust from the sidewalks of the city and I started the project that aims to respect Maya, the Earth. The imprint I refer to, which gives the title to the work, is the footprint which we carry with us from birth, which springs from the symbiosis with the world and which I nourish daily. In fact, I have been living in the countryside for a long time, where I have reached a balance with nature”.
Arezzo di Trifiletti does not hide from us that some time ago in London he was offered a considerable sum to sell the entire collection, a proposal that he refused without second thoughts because he did not want his art to be sold and adds: “Today on this occasion I am giving myself. We are destined to be born and die, for the only capital we have is what we leave behind. That’s why I put the installation at the entrance “Give me space”, because we need to give space to beauty. Looking beyond we have the opportunity to see beautiful things and bad ones. I act as a sponge, I try to filter only beauty and I hope that others can grasp it, especially children”. Asked if there is a painter who has inspired him, he immediately responds that the first ever is the Eternal Father but also Modigliani, who struck him just at the age of twelve years old. “His works have allowed me – he says – to understand space and the way in which the shapes stretched up to the sky”. If Picasso explained dimension, Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti with his painting linked to the elements, to dreams, wants to interpret the fifth, those of the energies with which each one can nourish his own spiritual body. The materials on which he works are innumerable; not only the waste that in this way find new life as a piece of wood abandoned and used to make a tribute to Pope Francis, but also clay that he leaves raw and paints with gold, the same color that we find in the Vatican painting, the only one not to have figures out of a form of respect.
The mystical dimension is present together with the religious one in “Saint Lucia” where the concentric circles embrace and conclude the pictorial experience. The paintings that convey a sense of disquiet are those linked to the great metropolises like London and Paris, unlike the lagoon cities that transmit a sense of calm and peace. The paintings that refer to Venice are full of soft colors and intense nuances, with images that intertwine as threads. This is an experience that must be lived in a subjective way through a personal listening to themselves and to the works, for this we do not understand the need to put next to the paintings a qr-code, among other things not present in the rooms, still under construction. Too bad even for the video, although well edited and with a stimulating soundtrack, made by the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in which Arezzo di Trifiletti paints his paintings among the streets of the market of Catania and Aci Castello, because of bad audio you could not hear the story of the artistic excursus. There is still a few hours before the debut and we are sure that these minor inconveniences can easily be solved, but for the rest a great trip awaits you.
Sono soltanto un raffigurante
PRIVATE COLLECTION IMPRINTS OF PEACE
CATANIA PALAZZO DELLA CULTURA
1 DICEMBRE 6 GENNAIO 2019
L’unico desiderio che ho è di veicolare i messaggi racchiusi nelle tele che ho dipinto dopo essere state calpestate da molte migliaia di persone nel mondo. Credo sia importante non solo per le persone che mi conoscono, per il popolo di Catania, ma per tutti quelli che desiderano connettersi con un mondo presente, che forse per dinamiche di sistema viene sempre meno preso in considerazione.
Vi posso assicurare che chi vedrà questa mostra, riceverà dono di cambiamento, l’intelletto tradurrà antichi codici senza sforzo, il progetto nasce nel 2007 a N.Y. ha raccolto memoria a: Barcellona, Berlino, Londra, Parigi, Roma, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Amsterdam, Grecia, Turchia, Malta, Venezia, Milano, Islanda ecc. Sono esattamente più di 100 missioni in armonia col creato.
Alchimia bei ricordi rifugio del tempo visione condivisa energia investita mattone vivo edifica un sogno passeggero.
Edited by Maria Cristina Torrisi
His Art is dance. It’s prayer.
He has traveled, he has seen, and he has witnessed life. A life that he wanted to dedicate to Love, Union, to the desire to see beyond that “beyond” that has no limits, nor spaces that border.
The key messages of his precious work are peace, serenity, harmony, contamination of positive energy that can bring about a dialectic linked to a universal language.
Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti is the dreamy and concrete artist. He grew up in the city but has always savored nature, immersed in the countryside, falling asleep underneath the stars. He loves nature because he believes in its immense creative force that is already prayer. “I continue to create, I find my prayer there.” And his prayer is also revealed in the intimacy of the work that proves him to be a Mediterranean artist: “A brush glides, crosses, traces. Lines meet, creating containers, bodies embrace, which narrate the life that continues. ”
In his poetry “Lampedusa” he reveals: “There is a kind of intelligence that enhances the experience of living, an ‘emotional intelligence’: the ability to feel, to be moved, to ‘understand with one’s heart.’” You have to create a fairy tale to live better.
The artist is a man first of all, a man who doesn’t pretend, whose heroic act is a tangible testimony to the authenticity of the works that he realizes: “a hero is the one who lives in a story that does not revel, who fights monsters by making peace, humiliates the enemy by loving him; the hero does not ask for compensation, he does not live among incense, he does not ask for consensus, he has a heart that burns, and a soul where words have a following. The hero does not fight for himself, but for those he loves. A hero does not exist without love,” he says.
Love for Life, in the sacred sense of the term, is widely found in his works:
“It is chromatic dynamism in a burst of colors that bring a dreamlike dimension to the existing combination of myth, philosophy and dream. In fact, these are the elements that characterize the work of Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti that are manifest to the fullness of life and the “magical visions” that contrast between what is real and what is fictional.
Faces and figures that follow, intertwine, amalgamate in order to undertake a journey, a spiritual journey as well. In the characters there is the artist, the soul of the “creator” who expresses himself with his thoughts, free and constantly evolving, in the constant pursuit of self-knowledge. And here he reveals himself, through his work, to focus on the concepts, the wise philosophy of man who devotes his life entirely to art to “surrender to the world” and to entrust especially his “inner dimension”. Keen observer of what is around him, in his work the soul emerges, free from any social convention. The spirits of those who flee from appearance to actually give life and voice to the essential emerge. “
He is a figure of light, no doubt. But we would like to find out more: in what context does he live? How does he work? What energy feeds his thought as a charming and charismatic man? Who really is this artist considered multi-talented?
Lavinia D’Agostino writes of him: “He transforms everything that happens to end up in his hands: from an old TV set to a plow disc, from an old family ring to the one found in the dumpster. Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti, a direct descendant of the Sicilian noble family, is a versatile artist.”
Steeped in Christian faith and a strong spirituality, he lives in a house that looks like a museum with a large private collection of paintings, installations and many memories. “For me home means a nest, protection, container, warmth,” he says welcoming us. Already on the landing there is a large mural: “It represents the union between East and West – explains the artist – with candles on Japan, in memory of the Fukushima disaster.” Below are the stones, from Mt. Etna, and even pieces of wood carvings and because the artist lives in a world of connections where nothing is random, for his art is inspired by objects, or rather, by the vibrations that they transmit, the story that they bring with them. “I very much believe in the vibrations of the earth through which we are connected with the whole world.” Claudio defines himself as a tool, rather than an artist, an intermediary of a higher project: “When I paint I’m in a state of semi-trance, everything is prompted by feelings, emotions and signals.” Whatever his inspiration might be, in the large apartment in which he lives, on a fifth floor in the center of Catania, you can breathe a positive energy. Here everything is colored, painted, regenerated.
Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti is a man with special sensitivity, perhaps old-fashioned, but still rare. After a trip to India he understood that he had to follow the road of art. From there the first exhibitions. First in Paris and then at the Empire State Building in New York where he took the fruit of a work that for 68 days had all of Manahttan as its subject. That’s how Imprints was born: his great artistic project that connects the world through the footprints left by passers-by. In these years he has collected footprints in 15 countries, and once he was back home he painted them turning them into magnificent works of art.
Imprints is just one of the many projects he has carried out in recent years. Moved by the desire to sow love and union, for three years he sent a piece of the same canvas, along with a message of peace, to the Italian ambassadors abroad and foreign ambassadors in Italy.
Francesca Cuffari, in her precious interview, uses opening words so dear to the artist:
“Art is his life and his life itself is art, in a seamless relationship, in which man is ‘a spark within a body’.” An expression so dear to the artist from Catania recognized throughout the world for the important communications-contamination activities in which he is personally involved.
But what it is art for him? “It is a companion with whom to share one’s life, not just a profession to be exercised in time. It is an integral part. Picasso supported the idea that art was a deception capable of telling the truth. How can we contradict him?”, he reveals in his interview.
“My idea is to convey the feeling of a boy who raises a thousand questions. My road is projected to find the child that I have inside. Because children are the expression of purity. They do not feel the desire for possessions, but only want to capture the attention of adults. If I became an adult I’d act out the script of a crisis, of grayness and of those everyday speeches. But the real crisis, one that few talk about, is the crisis of thought: we constantly see prepackaged thoughts and without content and that is boring.”
The artist reveals “a creativity all-round”. Over the top, not classifiable. For years he has gone through the process of research in a constant coming and going between the past and the future without forgetting the child that is inside. A sensitive soul that draws lifeblood from his Catania, “which has the power of a volcano set in the land of the three peaks, Sicily, but that still lives in a condition of conservatism.”
The concept of Art takes on many forms. For him it is pure vision put into circulation.
Imprints in the Minoriti courtyard of Catania is also a story you will not forget: “Take the weight of each footprint, dance around them, bind them through love, travel inside the union, feel the warmth, get lost inside their heart, and then relax, look at all the colors.”
And then, here is the force of nature benevolently imposing itself in the leaves in geometric shapes. 39 paintings. Like the watermark of a leaf, as unique as the painting, and at the same time linked with the others as they all come from the same tree. They are leaves collected during a sunrise. Path, tool, travel are three words that precede the dream. We are all leaves from the same tree.
Claudio Arrezzo Trifiletti is many steps ahead. His Art certainly denounces, denounces the evils of the world, but also finds solutions. Thoughts on the writing of “Breathe Art Catania” are a good example: “Catania excites me, it is a soul singing, a dancing heart” …
“I walk, I meet, I see, and before that I feel,” he says. Yes, because through painting, he decodes what he cannot see but what he can feel as his guides are inside feelings. So what warns the artist in the expression of his work, through the colors that bring him to a higher dimension? In his Spring Acrylic painting, he expresses the dimension of thought, which dips into the horizon of a spark that is born to love; in fluid painting the eye sees and reflects what he feels; constructing the acrylic painting confirms his faith on the understanding that “all things are possible to those who believe”, that “love is the center of the Universe” and even “Sovereign of all life is consciousness” and that “there is no growth without error”.
In this “fantastic” trip, he continues his colorful visions in his works: Family acrylic paintings, Codes, Imprints Venice and even poetic Act Venice, in that place which is witness to inspiration: “imprinting means leaving traces.”
And there is his connection to Venice Italy needs love. The happy future is to look beyond appearances. “When we are connected, words are superfluous.”
It’s a path. Claudio Arezzo di Trifiletti takes us by the hand: Moments Acrylic Paintings, Red Blue, Conceptual Art, Memory Artist Sicily – in which the concept of memory, symbols, and geometry that chooses the center emerges, leading to balance – Also, Introspection & Garden, Lighting and Resolution, Concentration, Reconstruction, Contemplation and Regeneration …….
And then the volcano Aeolian Sicily Acrylic paintings.
How to define the explosion of ideas, thoughts, energy?
Daniela Aquilia, in her review, writes that the source of inspiration are not objects, places or people, but the energy emanating from the matter which becomes the track on which to paint the hectic contemporary communities, bombarded daily by the media. A key to understanding the artist’s work is the underground culture.
There is light in his works like in Notes of Light, described by Carmelo Arezzo Trifiletti as “work that expresses energy and color balance.”