“Art for me is to immerse myself in that magical silence made up of the absence of space and time necessary to give form to images that stored within me seek representation. A need I had since I was a child when I hid under the living room table and started drawing, cutting, gluing: what I now do in my studio!” Giusy Lauriola
Giusy Lauriola was born in Rome, where she lives and works.
She graduated with honours in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature at the Sapienza University in Rome. She then attended the painting and drawing course at the Arti e Mestieri di San Giacomo Academy n Rome and to refine her stroke, the illustration course at the Pencil Art Cartoon and Illustration School in Rome.
Among the themes she has investigated are war and indifference to the pain of others, the awareness of reality reworked in another dimension, beauty, which can reconstruct reality and free us from so many inner and outer horrors, the search for the divine in everyday life, the struggle between illumination and darkness.
In recent years, Giusy Lauriola’s artistic production has come to life from a careful contemplation on the surrounding reality, a deep reflection without filters or prejudices, beyond good and evil, beyond male and female, in that limbo between conscious and unconscious that has often led her to ask questions about the enigmas and distortions of the world, to try to always capture and bring out the positive aspects that surround her.
This path of research has been transformed into a painting technique that is developed through the laying down of different layers of color, material and resin and the relationship with the sign stroke. Each layer is like a mantra that leads her to the achievement of empathy with the longed-for, dreamed real.
There are three main strands that the artist has developed in recent years, “Dialogue with Nature” and “Feelings and Suspended Atmospheres“.
The former features a dualism between basic abstractionism and figurative symbolism in which human presence is introduced by objects related to the sphere of everyday life. Chairs, armchairs and interiors announce women and men without making them manifest, inviting us to stop, to close our eyes in order to get in tune with Nature.
In the series Atmosfere Sospese (Suspended Atmospheres), light stands as the protagonist of the entire production. Delicate and diaphanous chromatics unravel on the support with the disruptive force of abstraction. The light source declined in various hues places reality in suspension by bringing out figures free from temporal constraints. The subjects, live in a timeless and metaphysical dimension, as if they came from a dream of the artist herself.
In Sentimenti Sospesi (Suspended Feelings), we see close faces of a man and a woman surface, appetizers of a romantic evening true cool breeze for the spirit. A glass of emerald red wine embodies the prelude to a possible emotional transport. The closeness of sensitive souls imposes itself as an antidote to the poison of the individualistic drift of today’s world, and it is declined in scenes in which the protagonists are sincere interpersonal relationships as the completion of perceptive being.
“Art, for me,” Lauriola writes, “represents immersing myself in inner journeys, in that magical silence made up of the absence of space and time necessary to then give form and color to images that filtered by emotions live a metaphysical dimension that seeks representation. A need I had since childhood when I hid under the living room table and began to draw, cut, paste: what I now do in my studio!” A characteristic of mine is continuous research. It is difficult for me to make the same works for too long even though the thread that binds them all is evident.”
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Since 2004 she has had successful exhibitions in Italy and abroad including the most recent ones: in 2023 – Il Cielo in una stanza, Audirorium di San Pancrazio, Tarquinia (solo show) – Close your eyes, Aranciera di San Sisto, Rome and Artètika, Palermo (solo shows); in 2022 – Let’s take the swampy path to get to the clouds, Galleria Umberto Mastroianni in the Museums of San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome (solo show); in 2021- Rome Arte in Nuvola, Fair with SpazioCima gallery at the Fuksas Nuvola Rome; SyArt Sorrento International Festival, Villa Fiorentino, Sorrento Foundation; Realization of the illustrated plates for the publishing project Guido Levi, a story full of fears, anxieties and almost yellow events 1942-1946 curated by Manuela De Leonardis; Amabie, La Magica Profezia dello Yōkai, Mo. C.A. Studio Gallery, Rome (bi-personal); in 2020 Perimetro Infinito, SpazioCima Gallery, Rome (solo show); in 2019 Domino/Dominio per gioco e per davvero, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome; About Dreams, Mo.C.A Studio Gallery, Rome; Apolidi/identità non disperse, Palazzo Merulana, Rome.
PRIZES AND AWARDS As part of the SyArt Sorrento International Festival, she was awarded the Arbiter Fata Verde Prize 2021 for her interesting and valuable artistic research and it was dedicated the front cover with an interview in the April 2022 Arbiter magazine. She also received special mention, Honarable Mention, from the Circle Foundation for the Arts 2020 and 2022; was finalist for the 2020 Lupa Prize and the 2007 Celeste Prize; and was a winner of the Pier Maria Rossi Museum competition in 2015. Her works are in the Copelouzos Family Art Museum in Athens, the Art Collection of SanPaolo Invest in Rome, the Gaeta Pinacoteca and other international private collections. She is featured in the 2020 edition of the De Agostini Atlas of Contemporary Art, the most comprehensive survey of Italian artists from 1950 to the present. In 2006 she was invited to exhibit as a guest of honor at the International Photo Festival in Lodz (Poland) and in 2010 by the Italian Cultural Institute in Damascus (Syria) with the solo exhibition Urban Visions in Progress and at the International Symposium in Idlib (Syria) organized by the Syrian Ministry of Culture.
The following curators have written critical texts for her catalogues: Giorgia Calò, Maurizio Calvesi, Antonietta Campilongo, Cristina del Ferraro, Manuela De Leonardis, Federica Di Stefano, Micol Di Veroli, Barbara Drudi, Carlo Ercoli, Gianluca Marziani, Manuela Pacelli, Sergio Rispoli, Agnieszka Zakrzewicz.