Ciro Palumbo

Works

Ciro Palumbo exhibited at Galleria Gagliardi ​ from 2012 to 2015.

Palumbo's paintings become the place, or perephs I should say the not-place, of the dream, immersed in a time, marked only by the variation of light, which changes the colours and the shadows of the colonnades and bricks: defined and clear at midday, hot at sunset, cold under the lights of the night. Then in the paintings of Palumbo, there are cypress trees in the background, the sea and the stormy clouds above it, providing us spatial coordinates and familiar elements to which we can refer. If we give up looking for a recognizability, we are immersed in a silent atmosphere, inhabited by paper boats, coloureful balloons, toys, ancient Greek statues that take away islands removed from the seas, restless moons chained to the grouns by human beings. In the works of Ciro Palumbo everyone can provide his/her own interpretation and percive archetypal memories or strictly personal reminescence. Palumbo moves with wise spirit between heaven and earth, between the dream world and the tangible reality.

Born in Zurich in 1965. His artistic career takes its cue from the poetics of the Metaphysical school of Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Savinio, but reinvents its foundations according to an entirely original personal interpretation. In his research he proceeds through moments of contemplation and metaphysical silences, which are contrasted with nocturnal and intimately troubled expressions, where there is a clear detachment from the silent immobility that inhabits the canvases of the Pictor Optimus. His works therefore appear as stages in which the objects present are bearers of oneiric symbolism. Ciro Palumbo is not only a painter, but in fact a poet who reflects, acts and composes to combine metaphors on the elusiveness of time and the incommensurability of space, thus demonstrating his ability to deepen his observation not so much of nature as of the imaginative impressions that come from memory. A curious researcher and scholar, for some years now he has also been working on the theme of Myth, interpreting classical mythology in an exquisitely modern key and giving it a profoundly cultured and suggestive interpretation. The artist thus manages to sublimate and contextualise ancient myths in spaces outside of time, demonstrating their contemporaneity.
His training as a graphic designer led him to work for years as an Art Director in advertising agencies in Turin. It was during this path that he discovered and expanded his visual and compositional skills. Subsequently, the experience in a modern art workshop and the knowledge of some contemporary masters led him to deepen the technique of oil painting with glazing. In recent years, the artist has also successfully dedicated himself to sculpture, giving three-dimensionality, through terracotta, to the topos of his poetics.
Palumbo began exhibiting in 1994, and has had around 100 solo exhibitions throughout Italy. In 2011 he took part in the 54th Venice Biennale, in the Piedmont pavilion. In recent years, several important venues have hosted his works, including the Domitian Stadium in Rome with the exhibition "The strength of gods and heroes" and the multi-artistic event "Homo Viator. Il Poeta visionario', the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence with the exhibition 'Rinascenza. Painting, a secret not yet revealed", the Museo civico di Palazzo della Penna in Perugia with the exhibition "Rinascenza. An awakening for the soul", the Bourbon Prison of the Aragonese Castle in Ischia with the exhibition "Palumbo - Fellini. Immaginario surreale tra pittura e cinema", the Palazzo della Cultura in Catania with the exhibition "Isole migranti", the Sala colonnato of the Palazzo della Città in Bari with the exhibition "Il volo del Poeta visionario", the MAUTO Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Turin and the Castello Carlo V in Monopoli with the exhibition "Sguardi eterni tra la terra e il cielo", the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera (Pi) with the exhibition "Homo Viator".
International exhibitions include Artexpo in New York, Context Art Miami, and solo shows in Providence (USA) and Bellinzona in Switzerland. Some of Palumbo's works are present in the collection of the "Fondazione Credito Bergamasco", at the "Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna G. Sciortino' in Monreale (Pa), at the MACIST Museum in Biella, at the Palazzo della Cultura and at the MACS in Catania. Angelo Crespi, Alberto Agazzani, Flaminio Gualdoni, Alessandra Redaelli, Aldo Nove, Ivan Quaroni, Luca Nannipieri, Roberto Capitanio, Angelo Mistrangelo, Tommaso Paloscia, Alessandra Frosini, Alberto D'Atanasio, Stefano Gagliardi, Isabella Del Guerra, Stefania Bison, Francesca Bogliolo, Paolo Levi, Vittorio Sgarbi have written about his artistic production. His works have been published in important yearbooks and magazines, and some of his paintings are in institutional and private collections in Italy and abroad.

2021 
RINASCENZA  Dolor et furor PALAZZO VELLI EXPO, ROMA
NEUE STIMMUNG - CASATI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
HOMO VIATOR IL POETA VISIONARIO - EX CHIESA DEL CARMINE, TAORMINA
MOBY DICK MI DISSE "Laura Tartarelli Contemporary Art"

2020
CIRO PALUMBO MY WORKS Perché ora?  7ettanta6ei Art Gallery 

2019 
LA PITTURA UNA FINZIONE VERA - CASTELLO BARONALE DI MINTURNO (LT)
SILOS ART A tavola con Arte
Mostra Collettiva - DISSOLVENZE - MUSEO DIOCESANO, PADOVA
Mostra Collettiva - CORRISPONDENZE La tradizione nel contemporaneo - MUSEO NAZIONALE ETRUSCO DI VILLA GIULIA. ROMA
EX VOTO - PER ARTE RICEVUTA  Grand Art Modern & Contemporary Art Fair, 
anteprima mostra Museo Marino Marini Firenze 
HOMO VIATOR IL POETA VISIONARIO {Dall'opera pittorica alla pièce teatrale} 
STADIO DI DOMIZIANO, ROMA
preview MONDADORI MEGASTORE, MILANO
MEMORIE e VALORI CROCEVIA DI CULTURE Galleria 7ETTANTA6EI ART
CROCEVIA DI CULTURE SOGNI SOGNI SENZA CONFINI Tra sacro e profano - ATENEO CITTADELLA UNIVERSITARIA DI MESSINA
SOGNI SOGNI SENZA CONFINI TRA SACRO E PROFANO - COMPLESSO MUSEALE DI SAN SEVERO AL PENDINO (NAPOLI)
RINASCENZA Un risveglio per l'anima - MUSEO CIVICO PALAZZO DELLA PENNA, PERUGIA

2018
THE STRENGTH OF GODS AND HEROES - STADIO DI DOMIZIANO • ROMA
SHAMAL SOFFIA SU TORINO POLO DEL '900 • TORINO
PALUMBO - FELLINI IMMAGINARIO SURREALE TRA PITTURA E CINEMA - CARCERE BORBONICO DEL CASTELLO ARAGONESE D'ISCHIA
ALL'INTERNO DELL'ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL
RINASCENZA • La pittura, un segreto non ancora svelato PALAZZO MEDICI RICCARDI - SALE FABIANI, FIRENZE
ISOLE MIGRANTI PALAZZO DELLA CULTURA, CATANIA

2017
ISOLE MIGRANTI - PALAZZO DELLA CULTURA, CATANIA

2016 
MOSTRA IN RICORRENZA DEI 140 ANNI DALLA NASCITA DI CONSTANTIN BRÂNCUȘI
L'ARTE NON FA CHE RICOMINCIARE 
Museo di Storia e Archeologia Muzeul Județean Gorj „Alexandru Ștefulescu” Târgu-Jiu, Romania
IL VOLO DEL POETA VISIONARIO - SALA COLONNATO DEL PALAZZO DELLA CITTÀ METROPOLITANA DI BARI
LO SPIRITO E LA CARNE - GALLERIA BIFFI, PIACENZA
HOMO VIATOR - MUSEO PIAGGIO - PONTEDERA (PI)
SGUARDI ETERNI TRA LA TERRA E IL CIELO MUSEO NAZIONALE DELL’AUTOMOBILE "Giovanni Agnelli" TORINO

2015
SGUARDI ETERNI TRA LA TERRA E IL CIELO - CASTELLO CARLO V, MONOPOLI, BARI
SGUARDI ETERNI TRA LA TERRA E IL CIELO - CASTELLO DI SCHISO', GIARDINI DI NAXOS (ME)

2014
I MULINI DI DIO È STATO SCRITTO LACCO AMENO, ISCHIA (NA) 
curated by Alessandra Frosini e Stefano Gagliardi Ex Ospedale San Rocco (Matera) 
Mostra organizzata Galleria Gagliardi San Gimignano
I MULINI DI DIO curated by Alberto Agazzani ex Convento di Santo Spirito, Nola (NA) 
Mostra organizzata Galleria Gagliardi San Gimignano 

2013
ISLAND & JOURNEYS- THE SILENCE OF COLORS, JUST ART CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, USA

2012
LA CITTÀ DELL'ANIMA. IL DISEBOCCHIO - SALA DELL'AFFRESCO, MUSEO SANTA GIULIA, BRESCIA
CHIARO SILENTE DI LUNA - PALAZZO MARENCO, TORINO
IL MISTERO DELL'ISOLA 
2011
IL CERCHIO e il CIRCO CHIOSTRO di SANTA CATERINA - FINALBORGO, FINALE LIGURE (SV)
GENESIS UN PERCORSO SPIRITUALE - CHIESA SANTA MARIA IL CASTELLO, TARQUINIA

2010 
MICROCOSMI DAGLI ORIZZONTI INFINITI
MAGICHE SOSPENSIONI PALAZZO ODDO, ALBENGA (SV)
IL VIAGGIO DEL GIOVANE VECCHIO STORICI LOCALI di via di VISIALE 53° Festival dei 2Mondi SPOLETO 

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Ciro Palumbo
ArToday Events - 2015
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Ciro Palumbo
Edizioni Gagliardi - 2014
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