Livio Scarpella

Works

Livio Scarpella exhibits in our gallery since 2016.

[...] Livio Scarpella as Schmidlin, using polychrome terracotta to illustrate his conscience of the inseparable unity between the dazzling beauty and existential melancholy, between wild strength and complete immobility,between eroticism, more show off than lived, and the algid detachment from contingent reality. Finally, attracted by the infinite possibilities of the decorative arts, the artist has created a sort of review of busts-reliquaries of tradition baroque and late baroque, with the different materials like the gilded bronze, malachite and onyx, embossed copper and silver, pearls, crystals , corals and geodes, depicting the faces of children and little fauns, veiled faces, in a kind of collection of wonders. [...] taken from ValerioTerraroli 

His sculptures respresent hyperrealistic hybrids that seem to feel the need of crying to the world their feelings. Men with donkey ears, veiled faces, heads with wings Livio Scarpella, is a versatile and refined artist with a strong personality. 
He attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1990. Until 1995 he worked as an assistant at the studio of the sculptor Giuseppe Bergomi. In 1993 he obtained the "San Carlo Borromeo" painting prize (Palazzo della Permanente, Milan), and in 2002 the Durini Prize.
Some of his works have been chosen to illustrate the covers of various books by Aldo Busi. 
In 2003 he was invited to participate with "Italian Factory - the new Italian art scene" at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and in the "Extra 50" section at the Venice Biennale.
His sculptures, was exposed in the important exhibition in Rome with the Bernini's sculpture, 
at Embassy of Spain, at the Santa Sede (Vaticano) Roma.
Commissioned by Italian Governament, Scarpella realized two sculptures, "San Bartolomeo" and "Sant' Andrea", that have been placed in the niches of the magnificent cathedral of Noto (Sicily).

He have had many personal exhibitions in public spaces and museums in Italy and abroad as:
Award Durini Foundation Milan - European Parliament in Strasbourg France - Museum of Contemporary Art in Shangai and Taipey, China - Acquisition of the collection of the Senate of the Italian Republic, Palazzo Madama, Rome, Italy - Biennial Prize of Mediterranean countries in Alexandria of Egypt, Egypt - Venice Bienial Italian Pavilion, Festival dei 2 Mondi in Spoleto Italy - Commission of the Italian State for two sculptures for the magnificent Cathedral of Noto, Sicily, Italy - Embassy of Spain to the Holy See, Rome Italy.

Livio Scarpella was born in 1969 in Italy.
He ended his sculpture's studies at Brera Academy in 1990 and starts to exhibit in 1993 by winning the S. Carlo Borromeo Prize at the Permanente di Milano.
Some works by Scarpella were used to illustrate some of Aldo Busi's books.
In 2002 he won the Durini Prize of the homonymous Foundation in Milan and after, with Italian Factory he took part in important Italian and foreign exhibitions: in 2003 at the European Parliament of Strasburgo and Modern Art Museum of Shangai and Taipei in China, in 2007.
In 2004 Italian Republic has acquired one of his artwork for the permanent collection of Palazzo Madama in Rome and, in 2005, he won the Mediterranean Biennale in Alessandria d'Egitto, Egypt. 
He is present in the Enciclopedia Skirà ,2010, L'arte del XX Secolo - Tendenze della contemporaneità. 
In 2011 he is invited at the 54° Biennale d'Arte di Venezia, Italian Pavillon and at the Festival dei 2 Mondi di Spoleto.
In 2013, on officially commission from Italian State, he creates two sculptures of San Bartolomeo e Sant'Andrea, for the Noto Cathedral, Sicily Italy, and in the same year he works at the statue-portrait on commission for Mario Balotelli (famous football player). 
In Rome at Spain Embassy at Holy See, he exhibited his works - Black Soul and Withe soul - with Gian Lorenzo Bernini ones, in "Anima Beata e Dannata". He was present at the exhibition “ Il Tesoro d'Italia”, Milano - Expo 2015. 
He collaborated as illustrator for L'ESPRESSO, important Italian magazine.

About him they wrote:
Mario De Micheli, Alessandro Riva, Marco Vallora, Aldo Busi, Arnaldo Romani Brizzi,Valerio Terraroli, Alessandra Ottieri, Costantino Porcu, Mauro Corradini, Fausto Lorenzi, Vittorio Sgarbi, Edward Lucie-Smith, Maurizio Sciaccaluga, 
Alberto Agazzani, Beatrice Buscaroli, Giovanna Caprettini, Andrea Iezzi, Giovanbattista Brambilla, Anna Lisa Ghirardi, Alfonso Panzetta, Laura Gavioli.

Solo exhibitions

2014
“FUORI DAL TEMPO” Galleria Gomiero, Milano; catalogue by Vittorio Sgarbi e Alessandro Riva

2013
“La rappresentazione dell'anima da Bernini a Scarpella” Conference by Francesco Buranelli and exhibition comparing G.L. Bernini, at Spain Embassy at Holy See, Roma.

2012
-OUT OF THE HEART and SHUNGAY. Curated by Andrea Iezzi e Giovanbattista Brambilla Galleria LIBRA, Catania

2011
- SPOLETO 2011. Festival dei 2 Mondi di Spoleto curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Ex Museo Civico, Spoleto (Perugia)

2009
-PASSATO PRESENTE. Fondazione Durini, Milano
-IDOLS & VICTIMES. Studio Tortelli-Frassoni, Brescia. Catalogue by Valerio Terraroli

2005
-35 autoritratti 35, Galleria dell’incisione, Brescia. Catalogue by di Valerio Terraroli

2003
-Livio Scarpella Book Roma 2003, Galleria Il Polittico, Roma. Catalogue by Arnaldo Romani Brizzi e Costantino Porcu.

2002
-Oliobronzoterracotta, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Firenze. Catalogue by Aldo Busi

2000
-Livio scarpella, Galleria Antologia, Monza:.Catalogue by Alessandro Riva e Aldo Busi

1998
-Livio Scarpella 1998, Galleria Antologia ,Monza. Catalogue by di Alessandro Riva

1995
-Livio Scarpella Opere 1993-1995, Galleria dell’Officina, Brescia.Catalogue by Mario de Micheli

Group exhibitions
2018
-“Il giardino di Afrodite”. Galleria dell' incisione, Brescia

2017
-Montezuma,Fontana, Mirko; la scultura in mosaico dalle origini a oggi. MAR , Ravenna; curated by Alfonso Panzetta.

-Scultura Mosaico; Museo Nazionale di Ravenna; curated by Laura Gavioli.

2016
-In hoc Signo. Fondazione Pio Alferano Virginia Ippolito; Castellabate (SA) curated by Vittorio Sgarbi

-Oltre il Limite. Fondazione Pio Alferano Virginia Ippolito; Castellabate (SA) curated by Sabrina Colle.

2015
-Gioielli d'artista. Villa Scalcabarozzi; Valenza (AL), curated by Vittorio Sgarbi

-ETEROGENESI DELLA FORMA - esperienze di pittura e scultura all'inizio del XXI secolo. Palazzo Platamone; Catania. Curated by Alberto Mattia Martini.

-“Percorsi della scultura in Italia-Dalla Secessione al Novecento 1915-1935”
Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Anticoli Corrado, (RM) curated by Carlo Fabrizio Carli e Manuel Carrera.

-“Lovely Bones”, Galleria Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art. Milano

2014
-“ECCE PINOCCHIO”. Isola di Garda (BS) curated by Anna Lisa Ghirardi.

2013
-L'acqua, la luce, la pietra. Officina della memoria e dell'immagine, Fiuggi. curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
-Trompe l'oeil- l'inganno dell'occhio. Le gallerie dei Gerosolimitani, Perugia. curated by di Rob Smeets

2012
-Dies Irae. Le Gallerie dei Gerosolimitani, Perugia. curated by Rob Smeets 
-Casa Mostra - La corte del contemporaneo. Palazzo Farrattini, Amelia (TR).

2011
- ELEMENTI. Galleria Libra , Catania. curated by Beatrice Buscaroli.
- First Gallery, Roma, curated by Luca Beatrice
- Artisti per Noto e oltre. Palazzo Grimani Venezia ( Biennale di Venezia-Padiglione Italia) curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.
- 54° Biennale d'Arte di Venezia. Padiglione Italia Arsenale. Venezia. curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.
- L'altra faccia: autoritratti contemporanei tra l'Italia e i Paesi Bassi. Gallerie dei Gerosolimitani, Perugia. curated by Rob Smeeth.
- Ulisse e le Sirene; Otto Greiner e l'arte dello stilo. Galleria dell'Incisione. Brescia. curated by Emanuele Bardazzi.

2010
- Dell'arte Immortale. Sala dei Provveditori; Salò (BS) curated by M. Riccioni e A. Ghirardi.
- Collezione 7X11. La poesia degli artisti. curated by Marco Fazzini (mostra itinerante)
- XXXVII Premio Sulmona, Polo Museale Civico di Sulmona (ex Convento di Santa Chiara), Sulmona (AQ)
- RITRATTI ITALIANI . Museo Bonzagni, Cento (FE)- Fondazione Durini, Milano. curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
- PREMIO ARCIERE. Sant'Antioco (CI) - Spoleto ( Perugia)
- CACCIA ALL' UOVO. Galleria dell'incisione, Brescia

2009
- SVELARE E RIVELARE-WORKS IN BLACK & WHITE 1907-2009. Galleria Antologia, Monza

2008
- RUMORS. Ex Arsenale, Torino
- FUTURISMO E FUTURO. Galleria Antologia, Monza
- ARTISTI BRESCIANI. LA FINE DEL SECOLO BREVE: SCENA APERTA. Villa Mazzotti, Chiari (BS)
- GOODNEWS-CONTEMPORARY art project. Galleria Antologia, Monza

2007
-UNIVERSALMENTE. Galleria Antologia, Monza
-VADE RETRO, Arte e omosessualità, Da von Gloeden a Pierre et Gille. Firenze, Palazzina reale
- LA NUOVA FIGURAZIONE ITALIANA-TO BE CONTINUED. Fabbrica Borroni, Bollate (MI)
-NUOVI PITTORI DELLA REALTA', PAC ,Milano , a cura di Maurizio Sciaccaluga
-PREMIO MICHETTI, Francavilla al mare (Chieti)
-ARTE ITALIANA 1968-2007. Milano, Palazzo Reale
- MYTHOS " Miti e archetipi nel mare dellla conoscenza. Limassol, Lanitis Cultural Center, (Cipro)
-THE NEW ITALIAN ART SCENE, Taipei,TFAM Taipei Fine Arts Muneum (Cina)
-ITALIANA, Italian Factory international, Shanghai Art Museum. Shanghai (Cina)

2006
- CAP-I -CUA, Galleria MITO, Barcellona (Spagna)
-Oriente Occidente, Galleria Antologia, Monza
-Figurae, Factory arte moderna e contemporanea, Modena., curated by Alberto Agazzani
-Figure in posa, Centro di promozione cultura LE MUSE , Andria (BA) 
- Quindici anni, Scuderie di Palazzo Aldobrandini, Frascati (RO)
-Premio Sulmona, Polo Museale Civico di Sulmona (ex Convento di Santa Chiara), Sulmona (AQ)

2005
-Generazione anni '60, Civico museo “Parisi Valle”,Maccagno,(VA), Gazzoldo degli Ippoliti (MN), Milano
-Biennale di Alessandria d’Egitto, Alessandria d’Egitto
-“Insiemi” XX secolo e oltre, Galleria Antologia, Monza.
-Presente indicativo, Galleria Davico ,Torino
-Visionari primitivi eccentrici: Da Alberto Martini a Licini, Ligabue, Ontani. Galleria Civica di Palazzo Loffredo, Potenza, curated by Laura Gavioli
-Chiaroscuro, Flowers, Londra, curated by John Kirby
-What is realism?, Albemarle Gallery, Londra, curated by Edward Lucie-Smith
-Polittici, Il Polittico, Roma
-Altre figurazioni, Agoràrte, Milano

2004
-Notte bianca della cultura, Palazzo Giardino, Sabbioneta(MN)
-LIV edizione Rassegna Internazionale d’Arte G.B.Salvi. Aperture:dal secondo dopoguerra al terzo millennio, Palazzo ex-Pretura, Palazzo Oliva, Sassoferrato (AN) curated by Mauro Corradini
-XXXVII Premio Vasto d’arte contemporanea,Palazzo d’Avalos, Vasto, a cura di Alessandro Riva
-Da tiziano a De Chirico,La ricerca dell’identità , Polo culturale Sant’Agostino, Ascoli Piceno, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
-Per Amore: La raccolta Caggiano, Complesso di Santa Sofia, Salerno
-Cento:Le Figure de il Polittico, Galleria Il Polittico,Roma.
-Anteprima Quadriennale, Palazzo della Promotrice delle belle Arti, Torino.

2003
-Nudo, Galleria Forni, Bologna
-Storie di cani, Galleria dell’Incisione, Brescia
-La ricerca dell’identità da Antonello a De Chirico " Altre solitudini, Albergo delle Povere, Palermo, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi
-Italian Factory. Extra 50. L Biennale Internazionale d’Arte, Venezia;Parlamento Europeo, Strasburgo e Palazzo della Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino, curated by Alessandro Riva
-Morbidamente donna, Galleria Antonia Jannone, Milano

2002
-Il ritratto, Galleria dell’Incisione, Brescia
-Nature morte, Galleria del Tasso, Bergamo.
-La nuova scultura italiana, Galleria Il Polittico, Roma
-Premio Durini, Palazzo della Permanente, Milano

2001
-Figurazione, Studio Forni, Milano

2000
-Sui generis, PAC, Milano
-Realismi instabili, Galleria dell’Officina, Brescia, curated by Domenico Montalto
-Dell’Angelo-Scarpella-Scarpitta, Castelluccio,La Foce di Pienza (SI), curated by Plinio de Martiis
-II Biennale Postumia Giovani, Museo d’Arte Moderna, Gazzoldo degli Ippoliti (Ma)
-Figurazione a Milano. Dal secondo dopoguerra ad oggi, La Posteria, Milano
-Premio Morlotti, V edizione, Imbersago (Co)
-Sulla pittura. Artisti sotto i quarant’anni, Palazzo Sarcinelli, Conegliano (Tv), curated byMarco Goldin. 
-Premio città di Busto Arsizio, Busto Arsizio(Va)
-Martinelli e Scarpella, Galleria dell’Incisione, Brescia

1998
-Il nuovo ritratto in Italia, Spazio Consolo, Milano, a cura di Alessandro Riva
-Icone del volto, Galleria Il Polittico, Roma

1996
-Arca di carta, Galleria dell’Incisione, Brescia

1994
-Reale e immaginario, Santa Maria della Pietà, Cremona, curated by Mario de Micheli

1993
-Premio San Carlo Borromeo, I edizione, Palazzo della Permanente, Milano
-Sette giovani presenze, Associazione Artisti Bresciani, Brescia

Below You can find a lot of information online about Master Livio Scarpella.

In the link below here You can find all the four "Ghost", it's a web page dedicated to the exhibition "Fuori dal Tempo", where his artworks were exposed close to the sculpures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).
https://www.collater.al/livio-scarpella-ghosts-underground/   
 
His sculptures, was exposed in the important exhibition in Rome with the Bernini's sculptures,
http://www.italianfactory.info/portale/index.php/2013/11/scarpella-e-bernini-dialogo-a-distanza/   
http://officinadacamera.com/artisti/livio-scarpella/  
https://www.google.it/search?q=anima+beata+e+anima+dannata+livio+scarpella&espv=2&biw=1024&bih=653&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjbzrT_9fTMAhULtRQKHbjmAZwQsAQIGw&dpr=1 
http://www.artenews.it/ghost-underground-la-serie-di-sculture-di-livio-scarpella/  
at Embassy of Spain and the Santa Sede (Vaticano) Roma.

Commissioned by Italian Governament, Scarpella realized two sculptures, "San Bartolomeo" and "Sant' Andrea", that have been placed in the niches of the magnificent cathedral of Noto (Sicily).
http://www.protezionecivile.gov.it/resources/cms/documents/Cattedrale_adornata.pdf  
Page 79 and Pages 146 – 149

It is very important to know that his works are in important collections, museums, cathedrals, the Vatican Museums Rome and the Italian Parliament in Rome,
Exhibitions in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in Shanghai, in Taipei, Museum of  Sulmona, Cipro, Biennal of  Venezia, Festival of 2 Mondi of Spoleto, Fondazione Morcelli Repossi, etc. etc. etc...