Claudio Scardino

Claudio Scardino was born in Lecce, Puglia in the south of Italy . He studied at the Istituto d'Arte of  Lecce graduating with the highest marks , Bachelor's degree at art Magisterium of Florence, he studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture La Sapienza in Rome without completing his studies . He  taught at the Istituto Statale d'Arte di porta romana of Florence. He teaches three-dimensional art at the advanced courses of the Istituto statale d'arte di Porta romana in Florence. Formed in the context still fruitful of the art workshops of Florence, after more than fifteen years of intense work activity comes to the teaching at the Art Institute of Florence, in the field of Plastic Decoration  teaching the discipline “carving and gilding” wooden sculpture and ancient techniques. At renowned art galleries of Florence he teaches technique of the sculpture of the Roman portrait in marble.

As a child Scardino began to read the Greek myths with his maternal aunt who was sculptor. At eighteen Scardino gained significant experience in laboratories of sculpture picture and carving, working in his early career with masters in Florence, meets the master Oscar Gallo and Silvio Loffredo of which he becomes a friend. Throughout his career as a painter(altarpieces for some churches in Ferrara, portraits of civil and ecclesiastical authorities) and sculptor (large frame with angels and festoons Church of san Agostino Milan) ,and Multi Media Artist (performance at palazzina liberty Milano, Bar storico giubbe rosse Firenze, mediateca Bologna, museo d'arte Cavoti Galatina Lecce, studio Baustelle Berlin), Scardino has received major commissions for private, civic and eclesiastic authorities. Solo exhibitions include The Antinori chapel Firenze, Art Museum Cavoti Galatina , display room Resto del Carlino Bologna, display room Camera di commercio Ferrara , display room CitifinBank Milano,display room Mediateca San Lazzaro Bologna, civic Contemporary Art Gallery of the municipality of Ferrara, display room il giornale di Brescia, Salone del Vescovo Duomo Prato, display room Eco di Bergamo,  Cova via Montenapoleone Milano, Giubbe Rosse  Firenze , Piazza del Popolo Roma  .

 work has been exhibited

Atlantis work gallery Boston ,Spattered Column Gallery New York ,Biennial Marfa Texas ,Scope  Art  Miami, Studio Baustelle Berlin.,"( music Oblivium was used for the beginning and end credits of Rosenthal's video  "The Secret of Life and Other Shorts") Boddinale  Berlin,Peaunut Art project New York ,art Basel Miami 


 2009 the noted journalist Morley Safer( 60 minutes CBS) is released "publicised" with a Scardino 's art work  on Corriere della sera Newspaper, 2011 Honor Mansion Boston Biennial on line B.P. , 2012 Honor Mansion Windsor Whitney Biennial  on line B.P. New York, 2012 Art Takes Time Square N.Y., Temppeliaukion Helsinki

2013 the music “Oblivium” ( created by Scardino) is for 'The Secret of Life' and Other Shorts of Barbara Rosenthal “  Boddinale  Berlin, Peanut Underground New York, FNAC Sevilla . 2014 Artist featured in the Biennial Roadshow Marfa exibit Texas,Art takes Miami 2014 Miami, 2015 Giubbe Rosse Florence audio installation "Hunt",  Piazza del Popolo Roma audio active performance with Barbara Rosenthal, Scope art Miami , 2016 audio  installation Birds studio Baustelle Berlin Scardino’s work has been widely publish. His work has been reviewed in magazines such as AP APARTE, the official magazine of the Museum of Contemporary Art PECCI Prato . Scardino has worked for many years as a teacher of art at institutions such as the Istituto Statale d’Arte di Porta Romana In Florence . Scardino’s works are preserved in museums, churches, public and private collections in Italy and abroad.

Reviev :

Magazine Art criticism Ferrariae Decus– Volume  Comune of Ferrara  All’Ombra dei Pioppi–AParte official magazine contemporary art Museum Pecci  Prato- daily : Il Giornale di Brescia– daily : L’Eco di Bergamo– daily : La Nazione– daily : Il Resto del Carlino– daily : Il Giorno– daily :il Giornale di Sicilia– daily :  l’Adige– daily :il Tempo– daily :il Piccolo– –  daily :Repubblica La Nuova Ferrara– daily :Romagna Mattina– daily : La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno- daily :Il Domani la Stampa- daily :Paese Sera, Franklin Furnace, Art forum, Art America, Kik art site, E Media loft, Artribune


they wrote about him: Morley Safer, Marlene Sarrof, Criss Stanke, Marsel Paschal, Barbara Rosenthal, C.Michael Smith (Mikkal), Giuseppe Billi, Franco Patruno, Jacopo Chiostri, Antonio Caggiano, Gino Sirni, Margò, Antonio della Rocca, Francesco Pallara, Lucio Scardino


                            Marlene Sarroff 
                   Australian writer/artist

Finding ways to define reality and be in reality is the big question of our time.

As the 21st Century progresses and technology advances the more we will

become entrenched in unreal worlds, such as the internet, television, or video

games . So when an artist such as Claudio Scardino comes along we sit up and

take notice for here is an artist who takes his inspiration from life and reality his

aim is to achieve reality as close as possible.

Continually searching and striving for undiscovered territories, Claudio Scardino

looks to performance to convey his ideas and inspirations.

The performances are not staged in a theatre but in more informal ways,

sometimes with a participating audience or simply in the street where the artist

works on his drawings and paintings. The people in the street, the onlookers

become the unsuspecting audience. whilst the artist to some extent becomes

the performer. Although working in this public way he is fully concentrating on

the work in hand, so as to be immersed in reality.

The action performance is multidisciplinary, using video, poetry,

sculpture, and performative actions, and actually creates a

space, generating an energy where the participating audience is unavoidably

jolted into looking reality in the face. Drawing from early mythological myths and

the history of art as subject matter, the artist , then manifests a light, humorous,

playful exchange with the audience who then find they cannot avoid being in

he reality of the moment, as they are called to action, and are jolted into reality .

Claudio Scardino is multifaceted artist not only working in performance he also

works in sculpture, painting, drawing, and lithographs, and is a scholar of

baroque painting and medieval sculpture and art history.

.Throughout his career there has been no limits to his invention, combining

art with life, he looks for the most appropriate situations and then dives into the

reality to be completely soaked in it. Through his performative actions he is

looks for ways to disrupt the conventional ideas of performance and audience.

Like a time traveller who picks up parts of our history and lands it right in the

present moment in such a multiple of inventive ways that time and distance tend

to merge into being one. This is where Claudio Scardino performances, really

become a magical tool.


Link Video

Trasparenze cromatiche di : Franco Patruno  



The idea of a dream landscape, characterized materially, takes, in art history, roads

varied and diversified markets. In period on quotations skies reappeared Renaissance and metaphysical memories, especially De Chirico.
Transavanguadia, especially Ghia, has favored the ghosts Neo-Expressionist and

warp technical transgressive. Claudio Scardino, has long been wavering between a figure that draws humor from the humanities and a metaphysical perspective. Finally, in my opinion, less influenced by the “ dogma” of the subject, he has experimented with the layering of color, with a taste of the organic matter that is its "lightness".
Mediate "heaviness" and "transparency" is not easy task, but the last production

Scardino, (which is only tangentially landscape painter) exceeds the oppositions net knows

refine texture, bright colors and highly textural glazes in soft and diamantine.
And 'the rediscovery of color loved for himself and not for literary references, the

testing technique that leads him to conceive media of the canvas or paper as

unprecedented space to conquer.
And 'the appears a poetic always more autonomous and finally are free to be able to


Antonio Caggiano " resto del carlino newspaper"


Claudio Scardino was born in 1953 and comes from Lecce, in Puglia, though the inevitable fact of life, that sometimes turn all of us into nomads, brought him to Ferrara, in Emilia Romagna, where he presently works and resides. In order to fully understand Claudio Scardino’s works, it’s necessary to go rigt back to his childhood when, at only eight years old, he first laid hands on paint brushes which, at the time, were much larger than him and he worked, unknowingly,in an extremely ’impressionists’ field.Figurtive art was already well iside him and after the ‘istitute of Art’ he attended the ’Accademy of Art of Florence’ and the facolty of Architecture in Rome, though only on an irregular basis, due to his typically roaming and restles nature.

These facts outline the common solitude of an artist, and they led him towards not only accademic horizons (with intensive studies on cubism, surrealism, methafhisics, magic realism, sacred art, art applied mythology) but also in search of his pictorial direction, made up of colors and myths in a mysterious atmosphere of real and fantastic interpretations. Like the mysterious roads that make up of our lives, Claudio Scardino has become very much alike the magik of the myths of Ferrara and the history that goes with them, and consequently time and distance dissolve into botn a very antique and modern bright atmosphere, as a result, the roads of today make up the background for the myths of yesterday; pompous figures, norsemen and warriors on furious warhrses, in an immaginary trasposition, ride through, the patns of metaphysicized low lands into the renewed ducal equestrian events; the femminine figure in its endless beauty re-proposes the art of seduction, attracion and love;landscapes, visionary and surrealistic, whic blend into a orizon which, between sky and eart, marks the universal limits;the unreal image trasforms into symbols and totems, the pictorial story becomes a sweet melody of delicate colouring where fairy and prose, in harmony, find their right place.




I met Claudio Scardino at the Biennial exhibition at Spattered Column Gallery New York, the Windsor Whitney Museum Biennial Project . He was drinking champagne. Then I met him again in New York at one of his exhibitions. Our friendship continued on Facebook and we met up again in Europe, in Paris at an exhibition being held by a mutual friend of ours, in Berlin and then in Ostende where we spoke about art over a plate of oysters and a bottle of Bordeaux. We have been friends now for a good ten years. He is now holding an exhibition, in collaboration with Barbara Rosenthal, at the Academy of Fine Arts of Lecce in the city of Lecce, in the Puglia region of southern Italy, which will then move on to Tormareggio near Chieti at the INVIZIN Art and Culture Centre and then onto Ferrara in Emilia Romagna at the GRISU’ FACTORY where it will end on March 6th.Barbara Rosenthal is

Claudio Scardino is primarily a sculptor, as well as a sound-maker and he uses a pair of instruments for controlling the space while producing surround audio, leading to an alternative form of sculpture.

Art is a marriage between the ideal and reality. An artistic creation is a branch of craftsmanship. Artists are craftsmen, while at the same time they are intellectuals and, from time to time, academics. Art thrives on our senses and it talks to our senses. It plants its roots in the physical and tangible world. A monolithic orthodoxy which has left artists in a ghetto of predictable comments and which has isolated these artists from new ideas.

A craftsman, sculptor and musician. Claudio Scardino is a priceless individual as he has a cheerful character. And he is a curious kind of artist. He possesses qualities that seem to be lacking nowadays in other artists.

According to the maestro, despite the constant rhetoric, curiosity, dreams and experimentation are born from the same mother. The art of sculpture, he says, “has a huge responsibility. It can be of a more dynamic nature. Or it can be more thoughtful. But it is still a silence that invades space”. Claudio Scardino “OBSERVES” the silent language, his sculptures celebrate the mysterious and merciless power of the gods”. The art of sculpture and music is, therefore, the art of offering the space to its kin in order to interpret and “illuminate” the world.

On top of his cheerfulness then, the works of the maestro are endowed with a mysterious and terrific nature. This occurs when artists manipulate, dismantle and recompose the material at their disposal. “Ever since I was very young, I’ve felt this attraction for matter in space. It really started as a game, creating and developing, and then, later in life, I discovered that sound is like marble, with the power to create heat”. As he doesn’t work for the general public but only for personal satisfaction, his creations are, above all, of a mainly experimental nature.

Pascal Marshel 

Disordine Organizzato - Firenze

Venerdì 15 gennaio 2010 ore 17,00 Performance multidisciplinare "DISORDINE ORGANIZZATO" Videosculturadinamica. Video, poesie, sculture, azioni performative di CLAUDIO SCARDINO. L'evento è curato da Massimo Mori e si terrà presso il Caffè Letterario "Giubbe Rosse" - Piazza della Repubblica 13/14r Firenze - Claudio Scadino è docente presso L’Istituto Statale d’Arte di Porta Romana a Firenze. 'Disordine Organizzato’ è una riflessione che Scardino compie sul gesto creativo e le sue vicissitudini. Dal primo nucleo alla sua definitiva stesura si fronteggiano i due colossi dell’atto creativo: Caos & Ordine, Dioniso & Apollo.

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