excerpt from the official article:
Cesare Catania, from traditional to digital art without losing emotion
Cesare Catania is an artist who ranges from painting to sculpture up to digital art to tell the world and himself with great plastic power.
“I have been using digital art as a means of expression for several years to support my artistic projects – explains the artist during the inauguration of his new collection ‘Feelings and Emotions’ at the Galleria San Babila in Milan – The transition from art digital as a support tool for absolute digital art and therefore the creation of NFT works took place in a totally natural and spontaneous way. I don’t place boundaries and limits on my incessant need to tell; I continue to experiment with various expressive mediums. right now in particular I enjoy both material art, the tangible one, and tokens, digital works. They are two experiences and two different emotions. It is important to know how to choose carefully when to use one and when the other.”
Thanks to the expressive capacity of his digital works, Cesare Catania received the “From Material Art to Digital Art” award, being among the few traditional artists who distinguished themselves in the field of technology and digitization. There are 14 masterpieces on display at the San Babila Gallery (directed by the manager Francesco Colucci) until the end of June, including 3D paintings and sculptures that tell how feelings and emotions accompany his artistic production from the moment of the conception of a work to its execution and its finalization, moving from themes such as happiness, passion, shyness, the presence of one’s own ego and its absence.
Cesare Catania has personally elaborated and developed 6 digital art collections: from metaphysics to cubism, from surreal settings in the absence of space to futuristic landscapes, without ever abandoning his own artistic roots and his traditional art. The artist does not limit himself to digitizing his traditional works of art in a mechanical and passive way, but expresses his emotions, elaborating new forms of art
“NFT and digital art represent an opportunity to develop one’s inspirations, it is necessary to open the mind and free the imagination, thanks to the Metaverse, understood as a parallel reality, which allows us to express ourselves freely and completely.”
Cesare Catania’s exhibition is part of a Fuorisalone event, Back to the Future, where in addition to Cesare Catania’s 30 traditional works and 6 NFTs, there are also the originals of three sacred monsters in the history of art: a print from the ‘ 70 by Andy Warhol depicting Marilyn Monroe, the second original is an unpublished canvas by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, a marine with female nudes datable around 1885 and belonged to an Andalusian poet and the third is one of the famous eggs of the Russian jeweler Fabergé, some of which have reached valuations in the millions. Alongside these three treasures, their digital elaborations are exhibited, in the form of holograms and digital art. The latter created by the newly formed MetaWord, the first social platform/App where users can share, sell or promote their NFT, and of which Cesare Catania has recently been appointed artistic director. After the appointment in Milan, the Italian artist will continue at the LAC Museum in Lugano where a series of events and conferences dedicated to the Metaverse will take place.