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The new life

Which art, which art criticism can be produced in a historical period such as the one we are going through, marked by wars, migrations by decomposition of post-colonial states, violence of any kind?

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I too

I, too, alone, I want to wish me something. I would like to get on the bell tower, on a cloud, not to be

scratched from that damn wind that comes from afar. I want to wish me to learn a strange language, to

know how to comb myself, to dress stylish and to become a true story. I wish a lot of things that will

not come true, then what is the point? Poor window, how many things you promised me, how much

light you have poured on me, how many illusions!

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Paolo Rizzi

“There's a ghost running behind Biagio Schembari’s shoulders. It is something which grows, as if it was breathed by the wind: it takes in itself the rough hardness of Comiso’s stone quarries, but at the same it breathes the magnificent air of a near Mediterranean sea.

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Fine Arts Academy

Fine Arts Academy – Florence  Prof. Breddo

Dear Schembari,

You wrote me about an exhibition of yours for next Christmas confirming, this way, you followed the advice I had given to you, that is to say, to continue painting.

From the paintings' pictures you sent me, I notice a strong sense of composition, which immediately recalls to an archaic monumentality – a symbol of your homeland, that you had never forgotten.

Now, in such a tribute to the "Mediterranean mother", I seem to recognize your solemn commitment to research of forms and contents.

I wish you great success.

Florence 19/12/80

Giovanni Giavatto

In front of Biagio Schembari’s paintings, you feel the sensation of studying ancient history, the history of the men’s roots. Mystery and nostalgia for lost human warmth that spreads from colours, which is at the same time clear light and reassuring and calming chiaroscuro. Something like the desire to take part of this magic landscape arises from the inside; the desire to get into one of the many small openings, in order to browse, to discover, to begin an adventure into an unknown world that draws you like a black hole, mysteriously, not only to discover it but also to live it.

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Florian Hildebrand


By Flonan Hildebrand

History of Art —  Monaco —  Germany

Once an admirer went to Picasso and confessed: “Master, I love your works, but I don’t understand them”.

Picasso argued: “Do you love champagne?” The admirer answered: “Yes, of course!” and Picasso in return: “And do you understand it?”

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Aldo Cottonaro writes

... They have built a world by overlapping several worlds, which remains located in the West, as emphasized by the iridescent and intense light - but the night is next to come, despite the sun's rays still break the darkness. It is the light of Miguel de Cervantes (and Caravaggio's and Greco's and Velazquez's): an eternal sunset, the West precisely.

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Nunzio Zago

I have been knowing Biagio Schembari for a long time and I thought he was by now away from the vice of painting, as one who has left behind, without remorse, certain juvenile temptations up to lead, despite the regular studies at the Art Institute and Academy, to  a more "profane" concrete activity.

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Ghelli e Breddo

Biagio Schembari, born on June 16th 1947 in Comiso (Ragusa), moved to Florence with other young people from his same conscription and country and he enrolled and attended, for four years Scenography’s School at Florence’s Academy.

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Aldo Cottonaro introduces Biagio Schembari

Aldo Cottonaro introduces Biagio Schembari


Biagio Schembari’s art is affirmative, heavily affirmative: inside it, there is a rediscovery of tradition, together with twentieth century’s techniques such as colours used by Fiume and Guttuso:

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