Claudio Scardino

Claudio Scardino was born in Lecce, Puglia in the south of Italy . He studied at the Istituto d'Arte di Lecce  . He  taught at the Istituto Statale d'Arte di Firenze

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 and sculptor and Multi Media Artist, 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  Contemporary Art Gallery Orsatti Comune di 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 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


                            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.


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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.



 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. Patrocinio del Comune di Firenze. Info: tel. 055 212280 - Fax : 055 290052,
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