Sabatino Cersosimo was born in Turin, Italy in 1974. He studied advertising design and then received a Degree in Decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin in 1999. With his psychological and relational complexity, man is the center of Sabatino’s interest. Following a line that has its roots in a certain expressionist painting (especially the Viennese Secession) but evolves through the modern painful Mediterranean and English realism, he paints with oil on steel with the contribution of oxidation (and sometimes bitumen) obtained with water and other natural elements. Such oxidation acts on the metal through its (almost) uncontrollability, as well as time acts on human condemning him to the physical and psychological decadence. Oxidation and oil painting allow for an additional dualism: the desire to experiment and abstract on one side, while still maintaining palette and brushes in the figurative painting. Abstractionism and realism live together on the same surface and allow a dialogue, a debate between comforting tradition and the will to move towards new lands. Since 2011, Sabatino Cersosimo lives and works in Berlin.
In his own words:
The uncertainty of destiny (I’m thinking about Nick Cave’s words: “all beauty must die”) fascinates and saddens the poet; the oxidation subtends and surrounds the paint on my plates, making them strong with an industrial semblance (emphasised by the welds) and fragile at the same time. It’s like putting together the perfume of a wild rose with the sharp smell of the undergrowth, between beauty and decadence.
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