Source: National Courier
official article excerpt:
Retrospective 2020 is the new online exhibition of the Italian artist Cesare Catania: it is the revised version of the “Retrospective 2019”
A little over a month ago the Italian artist Cesare Catania inaugurated the opening of his new exhibition, virtual this time, composed of his most famous works.
The artist and the organizers are enthusiastic about the results obtained and affirm that “an online exhibition opens the world of art to everyone, not only to the regular visitors of museums and art galleries”.
“Online channels – continues the artist – dissolve those boundaries that elevate art to an elite material. Appreciating a live work of art definitely has a different flavor, but starting to approach art through the web helps both viewers and professionals in the sector. ”
40 masterpieces, present on the website of the painter and sculptor of contemporary art, who can be admired comfortably seated “from your own living room”.
The current exhibition is the revised version of the “Retrospective 2019” which took place last summer in rooms of the Museum of the Royal Villa of Monza. An updated selection of Cesare Catania’s works puts in a new light the themes proposed and developed by the artist in recent years.
More specifically, in this exhibition we wanted to consolidate the maturity of his artistic career and examine the works that have characterized his creative process, which is still today in continuous evolution.
Among the other works on display, we find “The man who does not see” (2013), a three-dimensional painting on canvas inspired by reflections on the condition of mankind. Man is immersed in the society that surrounds him with blindfolded eyes. Sometimes he tries to take a breath of oxygen as does a man immersed in water trying to emerge. The cheerful and bright yellow tones symbolize a golden cage context, expression of a society that appears serene and happy when viewed with the blindfold.
Another important painting related to the social and cultural context is “The Abbraccio ”(2016) understood in a broader sense as a union between people of two different colors. The themes of anti-Semitism and racism are reconciled in a harmonious physical gesture capable of establishing a balance between the parties.
A few biographical notes: born in Milan on February 1, 1979, Cesare Catania has developed, both in his private life and during the study courses, a strong aptitude for graphic and pictorial arts. The studies of mathematics and engineering together with the passion for art in general have given birth to works that harmonize sculpture and painting, combining tradition and innovation.