Carmelo Zotti

Carmelo Zotti was born in Trieste in 1933 by istrian father and Cypriot mother. He spent his childhood in his hometown and later in Naples in 1945 he moved to Venice where, pupil of Bruno Saetti, he attended the l’Accademia di Belle Arti. In 1954, revealing one of the most promising young artists, won the first prize of ' Opera Bevilacqua La Masa, the 1956 is its first participation, with three paintings at the Venice Biennale and in '58 he obtained a first prize at the International Biennale Internazionale dei giovani and the Prize Longo at the XXXII Biennale Internazionale of Venice. Awards, these, which inaugurated a long and prestigious exhibition activity, in addition to seeing him in the most important national and international exhibitions and is dotted with numerous solo among which we recall the retrospective at the Museo d’Arte Moderna Ca 'Pesaro in Venice (1995) and retrospective at the Museo della Permanente in Milan (2007). Zotti's painting from the beginning has been disconnected from the provincial mode to take an early stamp of Europe, particularly in the direction of symbolic and surreal. In Venice, the propensity of Zotti was born into a world marked by a mythical and fabulous regained proto-mediterraneity; propensity, this, that the artist has accentuated with various experiences in Egypt, India, Burma and Mexico, and promoted already in years of the Academy by the proximity of a master like Saetti, who steered a settling unreal and sumptuous color, background Byzantine. The emotionaland sensual temperament of Zotti led him first to emphasize the symbolism of signs and color with a painting based on psychic impulses and "memories" filtered through the oriental culture. Thus, since the mid-sixties, his peculiar way has become increasingly outlined in a re-enactment, in dream-like and metaphysics, a fabulous world full of ancestral references, where some symbolic elements (the pyramid, the Sphinx, the elephant) are repeated in variations and deformations sometime lyrical sometime monstruos. Then Zotti has made his line more nervous and free more fired up and fluid the color, giving an expressionist character to its representations, which, however, continue to be inspired by an intimate world made of personal experiences, visionary and mythical transformations. In short, a consistent progressive development of an action painting is confirmed by the seriousness of its human commitment , in the high results achieved from time to time. Over the years his artistic and existential maturity of Zotti brought his painting - more "theatrical" and characterized by a primordial sense of color - to follow the methods and times of all persons, almost against the current, developing a language surely not verifiable, in which figuration and abstraction, memory and history, from the beginning happily coexist. He held the chair of painting at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice from 1973 to 1990. On 16 May 2007, has died at his home in Italy while he was still in the process of retrospective dedicated to him at the Gallery of Palazzo Loffredo inPotenza.