Piero Guccione | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books




Piero Guccione (Scicli, 5 May 1935 - Modica, 5 October 2018) was an Italian painter and engraver.

He studied at the Art Institute of Catania and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where he moved in October 1954. From 1958 to 1969 he participated in the paleontological missions in the Libyan Sahara desert, with the team of archaeologist Fabrizio Mori, for the survey of rock paintings. In 1961, at the request of the American Federation of Art, he organized an exhibition of these paintings at Columbia University in New York, which was later hosted in major American universities. His first solo exhibition took place in Rome, at the Elmo Gallery, in 1960.

From 1962 to 1964 he was part of the group Il pro e il contro, with the painters Attardi, Calabria, Farulli, Guerreschi, Gianquinto and Vespignani and the art critics Antonio Del Guercio, Dario Micacchi and Morosini. This group represented a point of reference for the realist painting of those years.

In 1963 one of his works was exhibited at the Contemporary Italian Paintings exhibition, set up in some Australian cities. In 1963-64 he exhibited at the Peintures italiennes d'aujourd'hui exhibition, organized in the Middle East and North Africa.

From 1966 to 1969 he was Renato Guttuso's assistant at the chair of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. He taught at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the 1st Artistic Lyceum in Rome. In 1979 he held the chair of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania. In the same year, with Sonia Alvarez, he returned to live in Sicily, in a countryside (Quartarella), between Scicli and Modica. Note is his assiduous presence in the village of Sampieri, from whose marine he drew inspiration.

He has participated in important public, national and international exhibitions. In 1984 the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington invited him to the international exhibition Drawings 1974-84. In 1985 he was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York / The Mezzanine Gallery, for an anthology of graphics. His graphic works appear in the permanent collection of the Museum. He participated in the 10th and 12th edition of the Rome Quadriennale (1972 and 1992). He has been invited to various editions of the Venice Biennale (1966, 1972, 1978, 1982, 1988); the 1988 Biennale dedicated a personal room to him in the Italian Pavilion.

In 1993 he participated in the exhibition "Do all roads lead to Rome?" curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. At Palazzo Dugnani, with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, the personal exhibition "After the West Wind" took place in 1986. His first anthology was presented in 1971 by the Municipality of Ferrara at the Visual Art Center of the Palazzo dei Diamanti; another, much larger, took place at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna of the Municipality of Conegliano (Treviso) in 1989. In 1992 a retrospective entitled "Variations" was sponsored by the Regional Province at the Palazzo dei Leoni in Messina.

In 1993 the Municipality of Viareggio presented "Omaggio al Maestro" at Palazzo Paolina, an anthology on the theme The sea, within the events for the 64th Literary Award. In 1995 the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Conegliano (Treviso) proposed for the second time a retrospective of his (curated by Marco Goldin) "The colors of the sea 1967/95". The following year a pastel retrospective was presented at Villa Foscarini Rossi, Stra (Treviso) "Pastelli 1974-1996" curated by Marco Goldin. In 1998 an anthology was presented at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.

Guccione has also participated in numerous exhibitions in Italian and foreign galleries. The Il Gabbiano Gallery in Rome has presented his works in the main International Art Fairs: at the Kunstmesse in Basel, at the Foire internationale d'art contemporain (FIAC) in Paris, at the C.LA.E. in Chicago and at The Armory Show in New York in 1988. In 1990 a beautiful "Pastelli" exhibition was inaugurated by the Maestro at the Basile Gallery in Palermo, (ref. see Piero Guccione archive https://www. di-biography-1) The catalog created on this occasion is kept in the library of the city of Palermo.

In 2006 the exhibition "Bufalino and Guccione" took place at the Bufalino foundation, an exhibition in memory of the tenth anniversary of the death of the writer linked to him by an old friendship. In some writings by Gesualdo Bufalino, in fact, Guccione's painting is mentioned. In 2011 the director Nunzio Massimo Nifosì shot the documentary Piero Guccione, towards infinity, presented at the Rome International Film Festival, the Madrid Italian Film Festival and the Venice Biennale.

He was also academic correspondent of the Academy of Drawing Arts in the Painting Class.