Thomas Scalco, Vicenza (IT) 1987.
Specialization in visual arts, painting, at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice in 2014.
Lives and works in Vicenza and Venice.
Every painting is meant to push the viewer over the edge of the canvas and colors perceptible by the senses, to a reality, and then the paintings share with all the symbols in general to their fundamental ontological
characteristic – to be what they symbolize. But if the artist does not reach the goal – in general or to a specific viewer – and the work does not lead by itself anywhere, not even mentioned as a work of art …
P. A. Florenskij, The Royal Doors
Thomas Scalco’s artwork is born from a combination of randomness and control, self-oblivion and self-awareness, order and mystery, rationality and ascesis. Like the products of a chemical reaction brought back to synthesis, the different elements collide with one another in the artist’s practice – some carefully measured, others spontaneously watched as they grow – giving birth to obscure and enigmatic scenarios in which mysterious geometrical shapes appear and preserve the features of an epiphany or of an apparition from another universe.
These are works of art that, despite maintaining a firm abstraction, never stop providing new figurative cues that keep showing and denying themselves to the eye because of a natural tendency to oxymoron.
The ambiguity of the oracle-type language is taken as an ideal model in these works of art, the main value of which is their capability to shield themselves and to keep escaping a total cognitive discovery. In the tension of this never-ending and unresolved discovery, you are led to a hallucinated and arcane world, open to the spiritual dimension of transcendence.
It is hard to say where the majestic roads skilfully moulded by Scalco will lead to, although to traverse them, even just with the eyes, allows to experience, without exhausting it, the pulse of mystery.
Level 0 2018, winner for GAM Museum Verona, IT
Arteam Cup 2017, Officina delle zattere, Venice.
Linx Prize 2016, Lux art Gallery, Trieste. Winner of the painting section.
Arteam Cup 2015, Officina delle zattere, Venice. Winner of the Under 30 section.
Officine Green 2015, Villa Caldogno.
O.R.A. Prize 2015. Mentioned by the jury of curators.
Lissone Prize 2014, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone (MB) – Finalist.
Who art you?3 Cultural space of Ex-Fornace, Milan – Finalist for the painting section.
94th Young Artists Collective-Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa. Gallery B. La Masa, Venice – Finalist in the graphic work section.
Il decifrabile languore della trasparenza, Villa Contemporanea, Monza (I)
Ossimori, Banca Sistema, Milan (I)
Selected collective exhibitions:
Ricognizioni. Dai Bocs Art i linguaggi del contemporaneo”. A cura di Alberto Dambruoso. Museo Bocs di Cosenza. (I)
E la luce fu, San Fedele Prize gallery, Milan (I)
Arteam Cup 2016, Palace of Monferrato, Alessandria (I)
Lynx Prize 2nd Ed., Lux Art Gallery, Trieste (I)
No Place.Space/49th Suzzara prize, Suzzara Prize gallery, Suzzara (I)
Azonos Utakon, Italian Cultural Institute, Budapest, (H)
Azonos Utakon, Forràs Gallery, Budapest, (H)
Vizio di forma. 57°th Bugatti-Segantini Prize. Villa Vertua, Nova Milanese (I)
Arteam Cup 2015, Officina delle zattere, Venice(I)
Impatto 2.0, Este , Padova (I)
Officine Green 2015, Villa caldogno, Vicenza (I)
The importance of being Hans Ruedi, Peyer Fine Art Gallery, Zurich (CH)
Adriatica, Galleria Antichi forni, Macerata(I)
Lissone Prize 2014, Collective exibithion, Museum of contemporary art, Lissone (I)
Anticipazioni, Collective exhibition, Island of Burano, Venice (I)
L’acqua è maestra, Collective exibithion, Academy of fine arts of Venice, Venice (I)
Who art you?3, Collective exibithion, Cultural space of Ex-Fornace, Milan (I)
Introspezioni, Collective Exhibition at the youth project, Treviso (I)
So/stare, from a talk by Remo Salvadori and Alberto Zanchetta. Collective exhibition of students from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Brescia and Venice. Museum of contemporary art, Lissone,(I)
Architecture for a possible development. Tomori Pal Foiskola, Budapest, (H)