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Visual Short Circuit

March 19 - April 4, 2016

Introducing Sicilian artist Salvatore Alessi

Experience a fusion of various pictorial worlds into one; a hybrid reality influenced by media cohabiting with human harmony.

This “visual short circuit” creates a parallel world where two or more environments coexist exchanging energetically in a continuous dialogue.

Salvatore Alessi’s paintings provide us with a fusion, or “visual short circuit,” creating a parallel hybrid existence, wherein two or more worlds may coexist, as one. The tension created by the integration and influence of technology in our lives is in harmony and exchanges energetically in a continuous dialogue and pictorial display, within the same nanosecond. The concepts of quantum physics, technology and energy frequencies flow together in his paintings as figures that at first appear realistic, morph within these altered cyber spaces and dissolve into the surreal. Once recognizable details fade from our focus or may cease to exist entirely. The work emphasizes that as individuals, we are no longer alone, but constantly connected to others; space and time have been altered and he encourages us to see ourselves from this new perspective.

The artist was born in Sicily in 1974, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, specializing in scenography and he began making theatrical sets for the Politeama Theatre of Palermo, and the Massimo of Catania, while aggressively pursuing his passion for painting. In 2006, he devoted himself to painting professionally, wherein he participated in two group exhibitions, curated by noted art critic and curator of the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, Beatrice Buscaroli. As a result, his work is now permanently displayed at Il Polittico Gallery of Rome and Libra Contemporary Art of Catania.

In 2009, he was a finalist in the “Premio Arte” Award and in 2010 he had his first solo-exhibition. His work continued to gain recognition and he finished among the finalists of the Lissone Award in 2011.

During this time, Salvatore also exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions including; “Il mito del vero” at Palace Durini in Milan, “La leggerezza nello sport e nell’arte” at ” HomeItaly”, “I quattro elementi” in Catania and “Venti anni” in Rome and was reported to the fifty-fourth Venice bienalle. Then in 2014, his work was exhibited at the prestigious Palazzo Incontro in Rome and at the Studio Gallery MOCA of Rome, in the exhibition entitled “Dark Green-Bright Green” environmental theme and focused primarily on the beauty of a balanced relationship between man and the environment and nature. With the Gallery “Forni” in Bologna he participated in “Art Factory,” an established contemporary art fair in the national and international scene that takes place every year at the trade fair “Le Ciminiere” in Catania. In September 2014 he enjoyed a solo exhibition at the Exhibition Space of Francesco Siracusa in Agrigento, Sicily. With the International Gallery “NeoArtGallery”, which is based in Rome and Istanbul, Salvatore exhibited in the historic exhibition “Imagine Art Fair” in Reggio Emilia, dedicated to contemporary and modern art. He participated in the “Resistance and the Contemporary” exhibition of contemporary art for the seventieth of Liberation in Reggio Emilia prepared by the project ARS Art Resistance Shoah and collaborated with Studio A Gallery, a modern art gallery in Catania. In November, his work was included in the 25th edition of the art fair “Artist 2015” international exhibition in Istanbul in collaboration with Neo Art Gallery. His work was chosen for an exhibition of figurative art “1946-2016 100 years Italian boxing” organized by Coni and the Italian Boxing Federation at Palagio di Parte Guelfa in Florence with planned stops in the most important Italian cities and will finally end during the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

RJD Gallery is proud to be the exclusive gallery to represent Salvatore Alessi’s in the US. His classical training allows him to draw inspiration from Velasquez, and Goya to Picasso, Bacon and Freud. But it is his originality in composition, color, and this new creative movement, that draws one not only to desire his artworks, but to wonder wherein we lie within the context of this new world and his unique artistic presentations.

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