Ettore Greco


Ettore Greco exhibited at Galleria Gagliardi in 2008.

And there's an obsessive vision in which the redemption of the body is denied too many time, exhibited here in all its possible variations. An orgy of bodies, an unlimited inebriation. The nervous form, as it takes shape, rejects the static Apollononian dimension and enhances the dynamic Dyonisian, making it a redundant poetic declaration, which means that it might be useful for us to reach an understanding of the meaning and sense of what Greco is trying to do. Powerful chiaroscuro effects, tortured surfaces, the warmth of the flesh, as in Rodin's troubled, plastic conception, evoked with such intensity in Ercole or Abbandono. In the larger dimensions, this moulded effect retains the character of a scale model, which vibrates through the matter then reforms itself in the final execution. In Greco, however, it's like the soul transmitted to a face, the projection of an inner torment, a pain that manifests itself through the expression in the portrait of Michela, Sara, Mayumi, Caterina or the exemplary Egypt. The faces live and the bodies moan. Greco expresses a fever of form that reinstates the expressiveness of the unfinished works of Michelangelo and the surface vibration, almost like painting, of Medardo Rosso. Leaving it up to the light, and the night, and our eyes, to do the rest.

Ettore Greco was born in 1969 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in 1992. In 1994 he opened his own atelier and two years later held his first solo exhibition at the Scoletta del Duomo in Padua. In 1999, on the occasion of the first centenary of the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, the critic Mario De Micheli gave a lecture: 'Storia di due artisti: uno scultore, Ettore Greco, e un pittore, Paolo Smali', published in a catalogue with the same title. In the same year he won the Grand Prix for sculpture at the Salon Grands et Jeunes d'Aujord'hui and spent long periods in Paris. He took part in Miart (Milan) and Artefiera (Bologna) and between 1999 and 2002 he participated in many exhibitions in Paris, Brussels, London, New York and Luxembourg. In September 2002, it was presented in Pierre Cardin's creative space, as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale, in collaboration with the designer Rodrigo Basilicati. In 2004 he took part in the exhibition "Contemporanea Giovani 2", organised by the municipality of Como and in "Storie Contemporanee", by Hera Arte Contemporanea of Brescia. In 2005 he created a bas-relief for the Cathedral of Arquà Petrarca and a bust of the Combonian Father Ezechiele Ramin for the Municipality of Padua. In 2006 he created a large installation of over a thousand terracotta figures, presented in the church of San Lorenzo di Cento (Ferrara). From 2007 to 2009 his sculptures were on display in many cities, including Legnano, Milan, Florence, Berlin, Paris, Turin and Reggio Calabria and he worked for three months in New York at the Harlem Studio Fellowship (Montrasio Arte). In 2009 he executed a bust of Sandro Pertini and a sculpture dedicated to Aldo Moro for his hometown. In 2010 he executed a sculpture for the fashion designer Pierre Cardin entitled: "Arbre de la vie" and placed in the castle of the Marquis De Sade in Lacoste (France). In November 2010, on the occasion of the Rodin exhibition in Italy, he executed a sculpture entitled: "Heroic Man", placed in the main square of Legnano (Milan), together with a sculpture by Mimmo Paladino. In April 2011 he placed a bronze sculpture entitled: 'San Sebastiano' at the Vittoriale degli Italiani, the house-museum of Gabriele D'Annunzio. 

San Gimignano
From 15/05/1993 to 03/06/1993
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