ROME – A retrospective exhibition featuring some 80 works by Italian artist Ennio Calabria was previewed at the Palazzo Cipolla on Monday.
The Calabria (born in Tripoli, Libya, in 1958) anthological exhibition features a large collection of pieces by the painter some of which were commissioned especially for the exhibit.
“Ennio Calabria has guided Italian and European figurative art from the 20th century to present, dominating as an absolute protagonist always in line with his time,” Professor Emmanuele F.M. Emanuele, President of the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro-Internazionale and supporter of the exhibition said in a statement.
“I am particularly glad to dedicate such a rich and exhaustive anthological exhibition to this artist whose works generate an energy and vitality that mirror his critical and passionate approach to the world around him. His attitude leads to a comprehensive research about the existential condition of contemporary individuals and the dynamics of a constantly changing era,” Emanuele added.
The canvasses include paintings and pastels that reflect on contemporary society and focus in particular on how the world has undergone dramatic changes since the artist was born.
Calabria is considered a major exponent of European figurativism which in opposition to abstract trends draws from real objects to create works that are in essence representational.