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Nunzio Sciavarrello

Nunzio SciavarrelloNunzio Sciavarrello, painter, engraver, scene-designer, director of the academy of beautiful arts of Catania, was born in Bronte on May 23rd, 1918.

At present he lives and works in Catania.

Has had several "personal exhibitions" and participations to Biennial in Venice, Biennial in national San Paolo of Brazil and Lubiana, Quadriennal of art of Rome and very many Italian and foreign art shows organized by the national Chalcography of Rome and Italian culture institutes.

Resolute and determined in his love for art and culture, attends, at ten years of age, the municipal evening School of drawing of Bronte, works as apprentice to a local decorator artisan and in 1936, eighteen years old, moves to Rome.

In Rome he attends the free Via Margutta school, follows the studies near the Academy Of Beautiful Arts and is interested to the problems of the "Roman school " living his most fecund moments (with Scipione, Mafai, Pirandello).

In 1940, he realizes the first etchings at the school of Mino Maccari.

Returned to Bronte after the war, in which he takes part as a Grenadier, prints the, by now legendary, newspaper "The Ciclope", satirical fortnightly magazine that reflects and clarifies the essential and urgent problems of the country town and will, significantly, take a big part of the town life (1946-1950).

Moved to Catania, modifies the rhythm of the artistic activity and, with a group of artists who have for their meetings the Caffe' Italia - at the center of the via Etnea - promotes the birth of the State Art Institute (1950).

In 1963 he becomes full professor of etching to the Academy of beautiful arts of Palermo, of which, in 1966, will also assume the direction.

Since 1967 he has been a director of the homonymous Academy Of Catania.

In 1975 he is rewarded with gold medal  of the Chairmanship Of The Republic, as well deserving of  culture and art.

Nunzio Sciavarrello certainly represents one of the personalities that were able to give an indifferent contribution to the most significant cultural and  contemporary art events in Sicily, and he is among the most representative figures of the Italian etching.

Nunzio Sciavarrello

Nunzio Sciavarrello pictured on the occasion of the “Show of Bronte’s artists of yesterday and today” (Capizzi College, 1973), in a recent photo and, to the right, his self-portrait.

Nunzio Sciavarrello
Nunzio Sciavarrello (autoritratto)

N. Sciavarrello:
The terrace and the geraniums

N. Sciavarrello, Maschera e bicicletta (1969)His etchings of 1943-44, dedicated to freedom and referable to the resistance art, make us understand how intense and deep is the feeling with which he tries to study and understand the human condition: in them there is Bronte with his perennial yearning for freedom, independence and justice.

Among his most significant works we remind of "Panic on the Etna" (dry point of '45 and oil of '47), "The conjurer" (of '74), "Woman to the mirror" (oil of '77), "Moments to the circus" (it does part of a series of big pictures in oil of 1978 dedicated to the circus and the clowns), "The Paladins" (five etchings to six colors of 1971), "Dead nature with fish" (oil of '77) and the other moving works dedicated to flowers, to seagulls, to farmers and  to landscapes.

Always resolute and determined in constantly planning new initiatives, to teaching and to intense artistic activity (it was also scene-designer and costume-designer), Nunzio Sciavarrello has added  also a constant social commitment, of which Bronte has always shared.

His last courageous public initiative was to establish a public Pinacoteca in Bronte:

the work is reaching completion and it will be lodged in the premises of the Real Capizzi College.

The contrasted landscape of Bronte, his churches, the small streets and the houses with their lively colors and the flowery balconies were often the favo­rite subjects of the etchings or some paintings of Nunzio Sciavarrello.

One large canvas, with doves in flight and a wonderful view of the town, taken again by the height of the Colla hill, adorns and lights up in Bronte the hall of the Popular Mutual Bank, together with five etchings of the series "The paladins", and to other important Sciavarrello works (the clown, etc).

Mounts and the sea, 1978

Etnee Visions , 1980.

On the right,
The window in the attic, 1983

Translated by Sam Di Bella


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