Saturno Butto - Italy

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Biography:

Saturno Buttò, born in Venice in 1957, started his exhibition career in 1993, when he published his first monograph titled "portrayed from Saturn: 1989-1992". Since then he's exhibited in Italy, Europe and US (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco).

In addition to two other monographs "Works 1993-1999" and "Martyrologium" (2007), the Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome at the recent exhibition has published his latest catalog in chronological order: "Blood is my favorite color" (2012). And for this year it's ready the last book "Saturnicore", from Core Art Gallery of Naples.

Saturno Buttò's artwork is characterized by a personal, formal interpretation of European sacred art and technical skill, that reminds one of the great masters of our pictorial tradition.
Figurative rituals, tableaux vivants, neo-Gothic altar pieces are the skillful creations with which Butto extracts the fascinating mysteries of an "obscure, dark religion. This concept is brilliantly illustrated by the juxtaposition between the body's innate sensuality and its deeper spirituality. Through illustrating the conflict between eroticism and pain, transgression and rapture, Buttò's valuable paintings on wood examine in depth the strict and conflicting vision of Western religious iconography by comparisons with the body. The body is, on one side exhibited like an object of cult, while simultaneously being denied its value of nascent erotic beauty. It's a fascinating tension that above all exalts the human figure, to the centre of the exhibition.

The human figure, which in Buttò's poem, is constantly represented as sacred, is depicted in its physical and psychological decadence. It is sometimes illustrated by instruments and/or medical tools, that represent human pain on one hand while simultaneously highlighting the will to defeat death in a Utopian way. It also manages to vividly depicts the inescapable condition of physical decline, more accurately than ever.
This way, a beautiful girl's parade consecrate from a golden halo, as the Byzantine icons, shine from a lively and sensual physicalness, but are hidden from a mysterious demoniac fascination, as if they were wedded in purity to destruction and decay.

Solo shows:

2013 "Saturnicore" CORE ART GALLERY – NAPOLI
2013 "Angeli e Demoni" LA FORTEZZA GALLERY – GRADISCA D'ISONZO - GO
2012 "Blood is my favorite colour" MONDOBIZZARRO GALLERY - ROMA
2012 "La fin du monde" MUSEE DE L'EROTISME – PARIS
2012 "Disegni" QAMM – QANART ART MUSIC MEDIA - PALERMO
2012 "Il divino e le vive carni" SPAZIARTI GALLERY - MILANO
2012 "Nati sotto Saturno" PICCOLA GALLERIA – BASSANO - VI
2011 "Contemporary icons" MISHIN GALLERY – SAN FRANCISCO
2011 "L'arte e le sue due sorelle" LEONART GALLERY – CONEGLIANO - TV
2010 "The Vault-Saturno Buttò" STRYCHNIN GALLERY – BERLINO
2010 "Posture di decadenza" GALLERIA L'ESCALE – SPILIMBERGO – PN
2009 "Daemon" COMUN VECIO – CORTINA D'AMPEZZO – BL
2009 "Hieratic-Surgical-Paintings" MONDO BIZZARRO GALLERY – ROMA
2008 "Paintings" LIBRERIA BOCCA – MILANO
2008 "Paintings" MONDO BIZZARRO GALLERY – ROMA
2007 "Silent Opera" GLASSGARAGE GALLERY – LOS ANGELES

group shows:

2013 "Snake shaped river-tutti i mostri dei sogni" Castello Visconteo – Trezzo sull'Adda – MI
2013 "Those who dream by day" STRYCHNIN GALLERY – BERLIN
2013 "Il piacere-Dissoluto e non dissoluto" ART KITCHEN GALLERY – MILANO
2013 "XVIII Anniversary Show" MONDO BIZZARRO GALLERY - ROMA
2012 "Una stanza tutta per sé. Visioni da Shakespeare" Casa dei teatri-Villa Doria Pamphilj- ROMA
2012 "Taboo" Last Rite Gallery – NEW YORK
2012 "Apokalips" Grattacielo Pirelli Palazzo della Regione - MILANO
2012 "Join ObssessionArt... 5th anniversary" THE GALLERY IN CORK STREET - LONDON
2012 "Prisca sapientia" LOGGIATO SAN BARTOLOMEO - PALERMO
2012 "Dreamscape mixed-up" TETEM ART SPACE – ENSHEDE - NETHERLANDS
2011 "Gli abiti del male" MAGMA MUSEUM – ROCCAMONFINA – CE
2011 "Liason-Amsterdam" CABINOOD GALLERY – AMSTERDAM
2011 "Iniziativa promossa da padiglione italia alla54° esposizione internazionale d'arte della biennale di Venezia per il 150° dell'unità d'Italia a cura di Vittorio Sgarbi" VILLA CONTARINI – PIAZZOLA SUL BRENTA – PD
2010 "Mith, legends and fairytales" MISHIN GALLERY – SAN FRANCISCO
2010 "Archiviarti" a cura di Fiordalice Sette, FABBRICA BORRONI – BOLLATE – MI
2010 "Art Fair" STRYCHNIN GALLERY – COLOGNE
2010 "Locus Animae" PALAZZO DEL TURISMO – JESOLO -VE
2010 "Beinart collective group exhibition" COPRO GALLERY – SANTA MONICA
2010 "Il mito del vero il ritratto e il volto" PALAZZO DURINI – MILANO
2009 "Glassgarage's artist to LACMA" L. A. COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART – LOS ANGELES
2009 "Contemplazioni. Bellezza e tradizione del Nuovo nella pittura italiana contemporanea" CASTEL SISMONDO E PALAZZO DEL PODESTA' – RIMINI
2009 "Love Nest" WANNABEE GALLERY – MILANO
2009 "porno stART" GALLERIA VOGHERA 11 – MILANO
2008 "The 13th hour" LAST RITES GALLERY – NEW YORK
2008 "Lucent Dossier Project" GLASSGARAGE GALLERY – LOS ANGELES
2007 "Eredità del simbolismo/Mitologie, endografie, esoterismi" CIVICA GALLERIA D'ARTE MODERNA ARNOLDO BONZAGNI – CENTO – FE
2006 "La nemica del cuore ovvero le 12 veneri" a cura di Ferruccio Giromini e Roberto Roda GALLERIA D'ARTE MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA PINACOTECA CIVICA GALILEO GATTABRIGA BONDENO – FE

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