BIOGRAPHY

Arrigo Musti

He was born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1969.

At the age of 28, he felt that his original passion had remained latent and was determined to study, self-taught, painting techniques and human anatomy. So he left the legal profession once and for all.

“Myth” as a metaphor of risk of corruption of mores is the subject of most interest to Arrigo.

He has participated in numerous personal and group exhibitions in contemporary art galleries, and museums in Italy, France, the Netherlands, England, and the United States.

In 2008 Christie’s auctioned some paintings by Arrigo in Holland, The Hague.

In 2009 a personal exhibition, “Rain” was presented by Maurizio Calvesi, an art historian who won the Balzan prize; it was run at Wright State University, Ohio, USA. Calvesi defined his works “a new page in painting and not only Sicilian.”

In 2011, he participated in the 54th Venice Biennale - Venice Arsenal - on a choice, as best

Italian artist, by the, Oscar-winning film director Giuseppe Tornatore.

A solo exhibition “Nameless” was run at the Italian Chamber of Deputies (Montecitorio-Rome), in 2012.

Many works of his are permanently displayed in museums, public space and private collections. Among the places where they are displayed is the International Criminal Court of the Hague (United Nations), the Orestiadi Foundation at Gibellina (Trapani - Sicily), and the Guttuso Museum (Palermo province).

In 2011 he was a finalist in the UNESCO world contest "Art and Bioethics."

At the Chamber of Deputies (Rome) he received the international Italy-USA 2014 prize of the homonymous Foundation.

In 2014 a solo exhibition of his work was run at the Contemporary Museum in Villa Torlonia in Rome, curated by Lorenzo Canova.

With his wife, the architect Anna Russo, he also designs a line of interior fittings and majolica furniture, for J&Well, which are displayed at specialist trade fairs in Italy and abroad.

Catalogues of Arrigo Musti's works are present in many bookstores and libraries around the world, including the Yad Vashem library in Israel (Impop Art).

His works have been the subject of numerous exhibition catalogues and have been reviewed in Italian and international art and design magazines, monthly and daily newspapers, and dozens of Italian and foreign publications, including one by UNESCO.

In 2019 he wrote and directed "A Fantastic Mistake", 

an english short film, with professional italian actor Orio Scaduto and theatre actress Violetta Vaccaro.

Arrigo made the original soundtrack with the arrangement of musician Leonardo Bartolone.

Arrigo Musti lives and works partly in Rome and partly in Palermo (Sicily).

Main group exhibitions (selection)

2008

Nutshuis, The Hague (The Netherlands), Red Cross summer exhibition, (Christie’s auction)

Artefact Gallery London (Christie’s auction)

2011

54° Venice Biennial – Venice Arsenal – Italian Pavillon – selected by Oscar Prize director Giuseppe Tornatore 

2012

Bioethics art UNESCO, United Nation Palace N.Y.C.
Cosenza (CS) Museo dei Brettii and Enotri Museum 
Fondazione Orestiadi di Gibellina (TP) Artisti a Gibellina – MIBAC AMACI

2017 Sant'Elia Palace contemporary public art space

Palermo Italian Capital of cultures curated by Anna Maria Ruta (The Leopard)

Main “solo” exhibitions (selection) 

2008

“Oil and blood rain” Palermo, Italy Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco 

2009

U.S.A. “Rain” curated by Maurizio Calvesi ed Augusta Monferini 

Dayton International P. Museum

Wright state University (Dayton – Ohio)

Missing Peace art Space (Dayton – Ohio)

2012

“Nameless” curated by Marisa Vescovo

Rome, Montecitorio,  Monumental Complex of Vicolo Valdina, Hall of Deputies  
Palermo, Sant’Elia Palace Foundation and contemporary art museum 

2013

“Drops”

Bagheria (Palermo) Villa Casaurro curated by Lorenzo Canova

2014

“Impop” curated by Lorenzo Canova

Rome, Contemporary Art Museum (Villa Torlonia) curated by Lorenzo Canova 

“Drops” curated by Lorenzo Canova

Castelbuono (Palermo) Civic Museum  

2017

“Far From Myth” 

selected artworks 2012 – 2017 – catalogue texts by Lorenzo Canova and Oscar Prize Giuseppe Tornatore Ed. Plumelia 2017-

Mediolanum Bank – Notarbartolo Palace – Palermo

"Waiting Manifesta" Arrigo Musti and Dalya Luttwak 12 Lanza Branciforte Castle, Trabia  

2018

"Tribute to Leopard" Palermo European Capital of culture " week of cultures " curated by Anna Maria Ruta Sant'Elia Foundation contemporary art museum (Palermo)  

"Origin" Dalya Luttwak & Arrigo Musti - Watergate Gallery Washington D.C. USA

curated by Lorenzo Canova

"Le via dei tesori" Sant'Elia Foundation (Palermo)

"Grandi Maestri" Galleria Lombardi

2019

"Ex Voto per Arte Ricevuta"

curated by Angelo Crespi

The Mall Milan 

Mondadori Store Duomo Square - Milan

Marino Marini Museum - Florence

Museum and public spaces exhibits and permanent collection:

Orestiadi Foundation at Gibellina (Trapani - Sicily)

Guttuso Museum (Bagheria - PALERMO)

Bretti ed Entri Museum (Cosenza - Italy

Fondazione Sant'Elia (Palermo)

Dayton Peace Museum (Dayton OHIO)

City Hall (Chicago - Illinois)

Dayton Missing Peace Art Space (Ohio- USA)

Marino Marini Museum (Florence- Italy)

Villa Torlonia Rome Contemporary art museum (Rome - Italy)

Comitini historic Palace (Provincia Regionale Palermo)

United Nations International Criminal Court (ICTY - The Hague)

Palermo Tribunal (Palermo)

Castelbuono Museum (Palermo - Sicily)

General consulate of Morocco (Palermo)

United Nation Palace NYC - USA

Lanza Branciforte Castle (Trabia-Palermo)

Wright State University (OHIO - USA)

Freetown Sierra Leon ex Special Court for S.L. Memory Museum 

Bilotti Ruggi - Rende Museum (Cosenza- Italy)

  

 

His works are exhibited by the Galleries:

Lombardi (Rome -Palermo)

Watergate Gallery (Washington D.C. USA) 

L. Gagosian private collection in New York includes an Arrigo artwork of the portraits serie (L. Gagosian portrait)

 

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