Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
About Giovanni Scifo
Giovanni Scifo was born in Agrigento the 9 april of 1978. He obtained a scientific degree in 1996. In 1999 he went to New York to study visual arts and cinema. In 2001 he moved to Rome where he lived and worked in the movies industry until 2006 and where he perfected his knowledge and his studies of figurative art having the opportunity to see with his eyes the works of the masters who later will influence his art (Caravaggio, Reni, Carracci, Raffaello etc.). Since 2008 he lives base in Agrigento, where he works at the atelier studio Artificio who is co founder with other four painters. Also he got different galleries who represent him, and looks for new galleries who represent him in other countries. "I never sought perfection in my paintings (indeed perfection in some ways horrifies me). If something wants to get my painting, that is the essence of things, people and what it depicts. This is impossible, I know it well, because the essence is intangible, elusive, it is pure and invisible as the soul, however it exists and it is generated from the form. So, what I try to do is try to get close as possible to that moment where the essence is transformed into shape. A good example is the portrait in Hellenistic art, where in addition to the physical resemblance there was also searching for that mysterious ' quid ' psychological character and which led to the personality of the subject represented."
New York Film Academy degree 1999
Faculty of Architecture, University of Palermo until 1998
Scientific High school degree 1996.
Premio Jazz Art, Castello di Chiaramonte, Favara 2008;
Premio "Notte Bianca" Collettiva Giovani Artisti. Agrigento 2010;
Premio Telamone 2010
Premio Lucian Grigorescu 2010 Medgidia (Giovanni represented Italy in 2010, at the 'Art Camp Medgidia in Romania, in the project of European cultural interchange "Lucian Grigorescu". Some works of Giovanni Scifo are part of the permanent exhibition of the 'Hospital and the municipality of Medgidia, Romania.)
Premio Telamone 2011 "I colori della Pace"
Galerie Oberkampf, Paris 2012 "L'inquiétante Etrangeté"