A methacrylate work that although made long before the Arte Cerreta project
got underway, it fits perfectly within the scope of the company’s activities, not
only because it depicts one of the animals raised here, but also because in
materializing a precise form it combines three fundamental concepts , natural, artificial and virtual .
The meeting of “natural,” “artificial” and “virtual” is one of the artist’s bestknown themes. In particular, the series of animal and tree figures, of which the Artificial Ostrich is a part, invites us to enter into a playful relationship with the work, through light transparencies and colors, which reminds us, with its elegance, of the relationship with the animal world and nature in general, as an exotic world that manifests itself next to us.
Gino Marotta, born in Campobasso in 1935, lives and works in Rome. His first solo exhibition was in 1957, at the Montenapoleone gallery in Milan. Already in ’57-’58 he was present, together with painters such as Burri, Fontana, Capogrossi, Balthus, Licini and Léger, in exhibitions of great international importance. He conceived and realized some of the most interesting exhibitions of contemporary Italian art such as “Lo Spazio dell’Immagine” in Foligno in 1967, “Amore Mio” in Montepulciano in 1970 and collaborated in the great exhibition “Vitalità del Negativo” at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 1970. His painting and sculpture works are held in prestigious museums, banking institutions and private collections in Italy and abroad.
He has also been involved in cinema and theater, bringing his contribution as an innovative researcher. He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and is a member of the Accademia Medicea delle Arti del Disegno in Florence and the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome. He has directed the Academy of Fine Arts in L’Aquila. He has recently published a book of short essays entitled “Cinnabar Red.”
For his complete biography