About Carlos Scaffino
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Carlos SCAFFINO - Italo-Argentine late vocation painter, born in Buenos Aires from Italian and French parents. He lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina; in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; in San Francisco, Miami and New York, USA; in London, UK; in Barcelona, Spain and in Genoa and Milan, Italy. However he is moving to Italy for a while every so often, because it´s the place where he mainly find his inspiration source.
His devotion for arts was seeded in his soul for his father who came in turn from a family of artists, musicians, singers, tailors, stylists, designers, and his vocation for painting drove him to travel around the world and experience the passion for nature, which recreates upon his style with his palette.
Beginning in 1983 while living in San Francisco, started his artistic training at the paint school of the Academy of Arts of the Legion of Honor Museum, working his technique based on the impressionist school, inspired by Monet's palette. However he is basically self-taught.
Back in Buenos Aires, he mature his style in the atellier of master Leopoldo Presas, renowned South American painter trained in Paris, working the human figure. Passionate by the light, that turns on his canvases and boards, works with oil paint and spatula, his sensitivity to color. It was a period of intensive experiences, travelling through South America, but mainly by his family Pampas lands, another inspiration source as well as the patagonian mountains on the Cordillera de los Andes, frequently visited places.
His first exhibition was in 1985 in San Jose de Cupertino, California, then during the ´90 in Punta del Este Uruguay, while in Buenos Aires had singular presence in the Recoleta Cultural Center and in the Retiro Art Gallery also; he presented his work in Italy by 2003 exhibiting at the Castello Brown in Portofino, in the Villa Durazzo and Santa Margherita Ligure Castello in the italian Riviera; prolific time of creation in which he sold a significant portion of his work mainly to Americans, Italians and French.
In 2006 he moved to Barcelona to continue his work in his atelier at Sitges, making private exhibitions. His presence at the Salon of Art and Antiquities Reus, is the first group exhibition in which participates in Spain, invited by ARTEL Intercom Group, which brings together thousands of artists in the world and is the largest group of business development Internet Spain and Latin America.
In Spain, captivated by the landscapes, continued his paintings, which include the color, chiaroscuro and its unmistakable character, with its Mediterranean light source.
Enamored of the "Impressionism", he studied the outline and the technic of the impressionist masters, Claude MONET remains its unique inspiration, plus Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Armand Guillaumin, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida as his light master among few others.
The color, light and shadows are his pictorial language, the nature and landscapes are his inspiration; the countryside, the mountains and the sea are his scenarios.
In Europe his tours throughout museums and galleries in Italy, Spain and France also rekindled his interest in sculpture and architecture.
God is his religion, freedom and respect are the basis of his philosophy of life, beauty, aesthetic balance and the perspective are his vitals, giving his work a strength and character that reflect their Latin roots.
An intense and passionate life in which the experiences of love and thirst for knowledge blows character to his work, giving them a unique and unparalleled strength. His emotional and affective life has been and continues to be tumultuous, 5 sons and daughters, divorced, is also writer and avid reader of Jung. Her interests include art history, philosophy and psychology.
The quality of his work is vastly superior to its exposure as an artist, precisely because he has no dedicated efforts to promote he himself as a painter, which is incomprehensible in a commodified and wild world as the current. Definitively the quality of his work is unique, it´s a nowadays rare expresion far away from the time it seems to be, because he capture the very spirit of the impressionists of more than hundred years ago.
Alfredo Picasso - Art Critic and Senior Curator