BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST

Marked by a radical approach towards the differing languages of art (sculpture, painting, ‘site specific’ installations) and by the parallel use of visual and contemporary arts (music, dance, performance, video), Ferruccio Ascari’s artistic path develops large thematic cycles in which themes of civil commitment emerge periodically: from Artisti Contro il Nucleare (2011), a video made on the occasion of the referendum on nuclear power, to Prometheus (2016), a reflection on the perverse use of science technology; from Memoriale Volubile (2015), witness to environmental disasters from Seveso to Fukushima, to Muri (2016), which conveys a strong political message on the issue of migratory flows. This commitment is underlined by Non Dimenticarmi, an environmental installation designed in memory of the victims of the “strategy of tension” on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Piazza Fontana massacre.

Ferruccio Ascari (1949) lives and works in Milan. In the mid-seventies, after graduating in Philosophy, he began his artistic career. His work gained international recognition through his participation in a special project of the Venice Biennale (1980), the exhibition “Italian Art 1960-1982” (ICA Gallery, London, 1982) and, in the same year, at the Biennale Giovani di Paris. Since the mid-1980s he has concentrated on painting and sculpture, in particular on the fresco technique transported to canvas: many of his works from this period are the result of a process that pre-supposes the intention of laying bare the properties of self-transforming materials, their way of responding to time’s challenges. In recent years, his works have moved further away from an anthropocentric perspective to one of accommodating forms and forces linked to the cycles of nature: the outcome of an investigation into the origin of form understood as a manifestation of a form of energy, a reciprocal dialogue between permanence and change.

Ferruccio Ascari’s works have been exhibited in a variety of important public and private institutions including: Venice Biennale; Modern Art Gallery, Rome; Rotonda della Besana, Milan; Palazzo dei Priori and Pinacoteca, Volterra; Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples; Symposium international of Art Performance, Lyon; ICA Gallery, London; Biennale Giovani, Paris; Lenbachhaus, Munich; International Biennal of Graphic Art, Ljubljana; Museum der Stadt, Waiblingen; Museum of Modern Art, Ascona; Palazzo del Governatore, Parma; BIAS (International Biennial of Contemporary Sacred Art of Religions and Beliefs of Humanity), Palermo.

To date his work has been critically acclaimed by numerous authorities: Massimo Acanfora, Beppe Bartolucci, Rossana Bossaglia, Cristina Casero, Franco Cordelli, Daniela Cristadoro, Maurizio Cucchi, Vittorio Fagone, Mara Folini, Nico Garrone, Helmut Herbst, Angela Madesani, Jennifer Malvezzi, Marco Marcon, Alda Merini, Vittorio Parazzoli, Marco Tagliafierro, Marisa Vescovo, Giorgio Verzotti.