Paolo Grassino has always been fascinated by skulls and skeletons. The artist studied various symbols like candles and spider webs that are applied to Mexican skulls for the cult of death. Particularly interesting was the use of bright colors to ironize and exorcise the dead in Mexican tradition. Naturally, the inspiration for “Cetro” comes from this experience, but also from the artist’s intention to subvert Mexican tradition by eliminating color or replacing color with black. Grassino does not consider black a color, but rather a skin or color, or maybe a void, absence, mystery or a state of mind. He cites black as bringing to mind a concept of deep space. The objective of “Cetro” is not to exorcise death but to accompany the spectator in search of the unfathomable.
Acrylic paint, Foam, PVC, Wood, Glass, Metal, Plastic
Born in 1967, Paolo Grassino lives and works in Turin. His work is a reflection of the drift of our current society, suspended on the edge between natural and artificial, instability and mutation. His pieces recover the full sense of manual skills to bring his sculptural pieces to a higher level of the spectacular. Grassino works with synthetic rubber, wood, polystyrene and wax, as well as more advanced techniques such as aluminum fusions and cement casts. Some of his most important exhibitions include: The Museum of Contemporary Art of Lissone (2015); the Biennale Fin del Mundo Argentina (2014); a personal exhibition at Museo Pecci, Milan (2013); 4º exhibition of Beaufort, Belgium (2012); Marco di Roma (2011); 4º Biennale of Moscow (2011); Frost Art Museum, Miami and Loft Project ETAGI, St. Petersburg (2011); Anthological Exhibition at Castello di Rivalta, Turin (2010); Essential Experience Exhibition at the RISO Museum , Palermo, Italy (2009).
The Art Gallery
Since it’s opening in 2012, the Eduardo Secci Contemporary Gallery houses innovative, singular and pioneering exhibitions that explore the most contemporary artistic experimentations. Eduardo Secci has always been dedicated to the finding Italian and international artists, that research various media and genres to better represent their imaginative world. Giving them a voice has become a mission, with the aim of becoming a major center for contemporary art in Florence, a city known for its rich history of Renaissance art. In 2013 the gallery opened two locations, one in Via Maggio, close to Palazzo Pitti, in Florence and one in Pietrasanta, in the province of Lucca. In 2016 another space opened in Piazza Goldoni in Florence, inside the historic Palazzo Ricasoli. Exhibitions, international projects, installations for museums and large-scale site specific installations are created year after year by some of the most intriguing contemporary artists, with the vision to increasingly incorporate art into the surroundings and our lives.