Schili - painter of wild animals

 

 

 
 

 

SCHILI ANIMAUX SAUVAGES 1 dicembre 2016 - 31 gennaio 2917

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SCHILI ANIMAUX SAUVAGES

animali selvaggi visti da schili

18 dicembre 2015 - 14 marzo 2016

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Salvatore Schilirò, in art SCHILI, was born in Rome. He is graduated in architecture, he has been a teacher of drawing and history of art for many years in secondary school in Italy. He lives and works in Rome.

The great interest for nature, ecology, environmental problems, the charming influence received from frequent naturalistic trips (Uganda, Congo, Cameroon, Zambia, Tanzania, Borneo, Brasil etc) have brought Schili to develop variegated iconographic microcosms.

From a horizon formed by fantastic, primitive totems, idols, tribal masks, influenced by the art of Congo and Mali, Schili has come to describe with greater passion a world inhabited by wild animals, representing them with a naturalistic eye as well as introducing symbolic and idealized elements. In fact, the reflection on the objective condition of fragility in which many animal species are exposed, leads Schili to give a solemn and sacral hieratic representation (animals emerge from a polychrome, almost pseudo-Byzantine background) to remind humanity 'responsibility for this unique wildlife heritage preservation'. 

In Schili's paintings, animals look at us with a sad, fearful and resigned look and they convey to us "nostalgia" for a past condition of total freedom. They are conscious of centuries of hunting and poaching. Behind that look there is a whole history of forced migration and constraint in African nature reserves.  

Africa, with its degraded urban reality and its natural resources plundered by secular exploitation, still retains, but who knows for how much, an immense and unique wildlife and natural heritage.

 

 

From 2008 new iconographie arouses the curiosity of Schili; the interest and the attention that addresses the nature, ecology and environmental issues led him to capture and transfer on the canvas, in the form of visionaries and graffiti, imaginary pictures of idols fastastici, primitive totems, tribal masks. Francesca Alinovi wrote that "graffiti" or some kind of graffiti, originate from the processing of a form of culture, or science fiction, or ' Pataphysics or surreal. So Schili, having sailed through the myths and icons of contemporaneity, abandons these myths and these icons, looking for a new artistic culture, writing of an oneiric dimension of tribalità of painting as discovery-revaluation of primitive and uncontaminated stylistic elements of art, almost a kind of "revenge" of an art that seems to not count and that you could define "no logo and no profit". Stylistically, the painting of Schili moves through sliding calligraphy, images from the idol or totem or tribal mask, to achieve a smooth and fast gestures on canvas through compositions and decompositions that among their cross, intersect, intermingle. Ultimately a view interesting and stimulating at the same time didactic and communicative, where among the constant references, graffiti aesthetic to art brut, and many others, the "nomadism" pictorial and Schili is complete intellectual interpretation ".

 

Pierluigi Graziani, Rome June 2010

 

 

Salvatore Schiliro', in arte SCHILI, nato a Roma, laureato in architettura, ha insegnato per molti anni disegno e storia dell'arte in vari licei romani. Vive e lavora  a Roma.

 

Il grande interesse per la natura, l'ecologia, i problemi ambientali, l'affascinante influenza ricevuta da frequenti viaggi naturalistici in  (Uganda, Congo, Camerun, Zambia, Tanzania, Borneo, Brasile etc, ) hanno portato Schili ad elaborare variegati microcosmi iconografici. Da un orizzonte costituito da idoli fantastici, totem primitivi, maschere tribali, influenzato dall'arte del Congo e del Mali, Schili è giunto a rappresentare con sempre maggiore assiduità e passione un mondo abitato da animali selvaggi, in parte con occhio naturalistico, in parte con uno sguardo simbolico- idealizzante. Infatti, la riflessione sulla condizione di oggettiva fragilità alla quale molte specie animali sono esposte conduce Schili a darne una rappresentazione solenne, ieratica e sacrale (le figure animali emergono da uno sfondo policromo quasi pseudo-bizantino) per rammentare all'umanita' la responsabilità della conservazione di tale straordinario patrimonio faunistico. 

Nelle opere di Schili gli animali ci guardano con uno sguardo triste, spaurito e rassegnato e ci trasmettono la nostalgia per una condizione passata di totale libertà e un subconscio presente di paura, retaggio di secoli di caccia e bracconaggio. Dietro quello sguardo c'e' tutta una storia di emigrazione forzata e costrizione nelle riserve naturalistiche africane.

L'Africa, con le sue realtà urbanistiche degradate e le sue risorse naturali depredate da secolare sfruttamento,  conserva ancora, ma chissà per quanto,  un immenso ed unico patrimonio naturale e  faunistico.  

 

Salvatore Schiliro'  

email info@schili.it 

phone +39 3460426543

studio - via fabiola 9 roma 00152  

 
 

 

 

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