Biography

Elio Cassarà

Elio Rosolino Cassarà

Born 1974, Mazara del Vallo, Italy.

During adolescence, Cassarà had already worked in local artists’ studios. After a stay in Venice in 1997, he studied the early 20th century masters, and was particularly drawn to the still lifes of Giorgio Morandi, depicting seemingly “simple” objects. He then spent years intensively studying painting, strongly influenced by the German romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich, the symbolism of Max Klinger and Arnold Böcklin, and the ideas of the radical Pre-Raphaelites.

After an initial extended stay in Germany in 2001, his work became more expressive and abstract, owing to his enthusiasm for Gerhard Richter. It was then that his long involvement with the topic of ‘paesaggio’, or landscape, began. This theme encompasses deserted areas as well as urban structures.

After travelling through Europe and painting in Sicily, Serbia, Slovenia and Norway, in particular, the stunning landscape of Iceland and Sicily become a lasting influence in his works, Cassarà then returns to Venice where he lives and works now. In his paintings, he depicts vitality and relationship with nature using vibrant colors that energizes the entire surface of the canvas.

Cassarà has shown in Italy, Germany, Serbia, the Czech Republic and his work is included in public and private collections around the world, including the prestigious permanent collection of the Museum Osservatorio dell’arte contemporanea in Sicilia.

Among many others who wrote about Cassarà are Francesco Gallo Mazzeo, Ezio Pagano, Marcello Palminteri, Nina Pogarcic, Victor Arellano Rey, Gaetano Salerno.

Solo Exhibitons

2017 – Wunderkammer7, Venice, Italy

2015 – Galerie Hugo Cassel, Berlin, Germany

2014 – Palazzo Ca`Zanardi, Venice, Italy

2013 – Galerie Sievi, Berlin, Germany

2010 – Galerie Sievi, Berlin, Germany

2009 – Alexander Alvarez Contemporary Art, Alessandria, Italy

2007 – Narodni Muzej, Zajecar, Serbia

2006 – Art Klub Canaletto, Belgrad, Serbia

2003 – Galleria Borgo d’Oro, Bergamo – Italia

1999 – Galleria V&V Projects, Venice, Italy

1999 – Scoletta dei Calegheri, Venice, Italy

1995 – Galleria Spazio Arte, Gavi – Italia

1993 – Chiesa della SS. Annunziata, Alessandria – Italia

Group Exhibitions

2015 – Galleria 33, Pietrasanta – Italia

2010 – I Concorso di Pittura Hotel Casanova, Duchcov, Czech Republic

2009 – IX Concorso La Fenice et Des Artistes, Trieste, Italy