Vincenzo Scolamiero, “Di terra, acqua e vento”

Vincenzo Scolamiero, “Di terra, acqua e vento”

Compactness, fluidity, gracefulness. A poetic musicality arpeggia from the mother generatrice. Past and present never so distant, is a beauty that is learned. There is neither figuration nor abstraction, only that naturans regular and random nature. Colourful and earthy vibrations melt from the belly and rise into the sky of discovery. Vincenzo Scolamiero – a Roman painter and teacher born in 1956 – reveals an ethereal beauty, made of reflections and suggestions. Every thought is weighed with value and expressiveness in signs, gestures and especially in the pigments put in place. The artist is a promoter of sensitivity and empathy, finds in the most intimate interstices the greatness of things. With a veiled trait, his painting is materially flat, but, despite this, the image generated suggests a depth and a materiality in which the forms require existence. Scolamiero is inspired by music and poetry, and can not help but tie himself integrally to his natural muse. His gestures are rhythmic and fluid like that of a conductor with his baton.

Vincenzo Scolamiero, Di terra, acqua e vento, exhibition view, 2023, Museo Nazionale Etrusco Rocca di Albornoz, Viterbo, courtesy of the museum

From the baritone pathos of the dark and earthy colors that rise lyrical and tenor to the whites and golds, united for an aesthetic concert directed to the public. The audience is its nature, the brushstrokes its notes. From the Roman school, through national and international exhibitions – including the Quadriennale in Rome and the Venice Biennale – Vincenzo Scolamiero exhibits his works in Viterbo, at the Museo Nazionale Etrusco in Rocca Albornoz, on the occasion of the solo exhibition Di terra, acqua e vento, curated by Francesca Bottari. Here the ancient collection is the primary source of inspiration for the artist: archaeological artifacts recall the past and the contemporary approach is nothing more than a consecutio temporum. The multitude of works on display, which include medium and large paintings, maps and small tree and stone objects, are confronted with an apparent geological anastylosis. The clay earth is formed on the canvas revealing the signs of the mother nature; the fresh blue of the sulphurous waters are poured on the palette finding peace in their going; the mossy greens move with the wind confusing and discovering new forms. The canvases, which bear the name of the same exhibition, are set up in numerical and chronological scale, creating a sort of journey back that starts from the art of Scolamiero and reaches the ancient host culture.

Vincenzo Scolamiero, Di terra, acqua e vento, exhibition view, 2023, Museo Nazionale Etrusco Rocca di Albornoz, Viterbo, courtesy del Museo

Thanks to the Viterbo Direzione Museale, which opens its doors to the first of future contemporary art exhibitions, the artist has been able to show, with delicacy and respect, the material and immaterial traces of the past, experimenting with a new and discovering painting. In the exhibition development, in fact, the painter and the curator dialogue and compare the Etruscan finds with the palettes and papers inside crystal clear cases, as if they were further discoveries and explorations of a land that can still generate the new. For Vincenzo Scolamiero past and present are inseparable elements and promoters of novelty, and his own pictorial art follows the magmatic and aerial flow of a nature rich in changes. Ars De Rerum Nature: if the vital existence is found in the intimate, it is in the color and sign of the Roman painter that we find its manifestation.


Vincenzo Scolamiero, Di terra, acqua e vento
Curated by Francesca Bottari
08/07/2023 – 09/09/2023
Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Rocca Albornoz
Piazza della Rocca, Viterbo



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