Monkey or human – Which is better?
“I paint human beings for what we are: as a racist, stupid, poetic, sick, beautiful and perverse Kind.”Simone Fugazzotto incorporate monkey figures into most of his paintings with the intention to reflect human beings. There is hardly a better comparison of a human than a monkey, but Fugazzotto goes further while using monkey-figure to shift a subject’s point of view. According to his opinion, art should not be only a mirror of reality or of the artist’s inner world, but should provide its receptors an imaginary glasses through which they can look through.“Therefore”, he says, “my monkeys are filled of all the feelings and expressions joined to humans in the collective imagination : laziness, apathy, boredom, snobbism and fear of ourselves.”He has built his relationship with visual arts since early age. His artistic expression has been shaped throughout various experiences around the world during his quest of a unique identity. Though academically developed, he has detached from classical influences (De Profundis 2001), experimenting with new ways (Ecce Homo 2004), fusing figures (Seven deadly sins 2008), textures and medias (Plastic Rainbows 2010). The artistic media – juta, canvas, plexiglass or concrete on which the artwork is created – becomes a meditator itself bearing a message:
“Painting with oil color on plexiglass mounted on a concrete board is a new way to see my work, because oil and concrete are destroying our world, thus we are destroying our world. And the worst thing is, that we are doing it while knowing the results. ”
In 2006 he move to his conceptual pattern drawing a man dressed as an ape (Origami d’anima 2005) that become protagonist when he dare the first big size on row canvas (Deep in a dream 2006). The sequent step is an immersive learning of shape, form and color to reach the own artistic expression (The monkey show 2012). Later on humans features are combined with the figure of monkey in a virtual chat and crossover (The tree of life 2014). This role play find the best expression when the figure of monkey lost its behavioral characteristic getting impersonal and dry….the attention is now on human treats (Born in captivity 2016).
Fugazzotto’s anthropomorphic animals do not just act as a link between us and the story of evolution: apes replace man and accomplish forms of humanized behavior (Yesterday ended last night 2018).
Simone Fugazzotto was born in Milan where he lives and works. In Simone Fugazzotto’s painting, the animal world is the pretext in telling the story of the human universe. The monkey is his vessel; the archetype of our era. After completing artistic studies in Milan and short period at the city’s Brera Academy, Fugazzotto moved to New York for five years where exposure to the city’s art scene stimulated his portfolio, deepening his painting by experimentation with sculpture, animation and discovery of the world of Street Art. He paints on canvas but also explores various materials: raw jute, wood, plexiglass and cement slabs mounted on canvas – which he considers a fundamental part of the work and complementary to his imaged expression. These elements are decisive for his reflection on the contemporary human being, lost in itself between passion and vice.
Art is a veiled point of view on life, a gathering point to tell each other tales. Art isn’t reality. Art finds a channel for its expression and the artist is just a conduit for that expression. A piece of art is a reflection of the artist. It represents beliefs, outlook, emotions and passion. It’s the rendering of a subjective experience or a pure sensation, a state of feeling closely linked to cultural or emotional labels, an appraisal of situations and contexts. “In a piece of art you can se whatever you want.”
In his painting apes replace man and accomplish forms of humanized behavior. “My Planet of the Apes is set in the present, it is the utopia of a return to the order of the good savage, of a collective sentiment too often forgotten in favor of personal goals.” He’s always looking for an pleasing and appealing character to depict emotions, an esthetic balance of forms without getting grotesque or pedagogic. His apes are graceful and charming as they speak to the men, a great gate to tell them all about human being. Their charisma and sensitiveness allow a communication channel available only through the right sensitivity.
“It is by working together with museum, private collectors and art institutions that I will conceive and produce creative and inspiring exhibitions.” An extensive network of companies and professionals ready to undertake the most challenging project serve as a framework to provide access to art by enhancing understanding and enjoyment of the works.
“Over the next years I will realize my vision through the achievement of outstanding
exhibitions, incorporating major international fairs.” An effective and efficient use of collections aims to enhance reputation and increase quotation all over the world.
– plan to take part in a certain number of exhibitions and shows in order to get artworks seen by more people.
– get the opportunity to present works to a broad range of national and international art collectors and buyers.
– explore and pursue opportunities to bring projects around the world. These strategic directions will serve to focus the work over the next three years and they speak directly to the challenges and opportunities to develop and implement collaborations and partnership.
EXHIBITIONS SELECTED 2011-2018
SCOPE INTERNATIONAL ARTFAIR 2011, NEW YORk
54’ BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2011, ITALIAN SECTION curator Vittorio Sgarbi (Venice, Milan, Turin)
TINA-B, PRAGUE 2012 curators Burian/Baccaglini
VOLTA9 ART BASEL 2013, BASEL
SOLO SHOW VERNON GALLERY 2014, PRAGUE curators Burian/Baccaglini
FACE TO FACE WITH THE BULL – FAAP 2014, SAO PAULO, BRASIL curators Burian/Baccaglini
MIART 2014 FIERAMILANOCITY , MILAN
THE MONKEY SHOW SUPERSTUDIOPIU’ 2015, MILAN
STROKE ARTFAIR 2015, MUNICH
ARTBASEL 2015 VERNON GALLERY, HONG KONG
SOLO SHOW 2016 VERNON GALLERY, MUNICH
DOUBLE SOLO SHOW BORN IN CAPTIVITY 2016 FONDAZIONE MAIMERI, MILAN
GROUP SHOW – BEING ANIMALS – MAG 2017, COMO
GROUP SHOW – FERAL HORSE GALLERY 2017, LONDON
SOLO SHOW-YESTERDAY ENDED LAST NIGHT- MUSEO M.A.C. 2018, MILAN curator Luca Beatrice
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