|Mimmo Alfarone||Biography: Bigography/Formation
Mimmo Alfarone was born on the 9th of June 1958 at Gioia del Colle, in the province of Bari, a small town with roots both in prehistoric times and in the reign of Frederick II. It is situated in a privileged position in the centre of Puglia, halfway between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Here he passed his youth. In the spring of 1969 Alfarone’s teacher at elementary school wanted to keep the student’s album of drawings for himself, and notes in the student’s profile: ‘he demonstrates a distinct talent for drawing and manual activities’. Alfarone attaches no importance to these words, which perhaps he did not even read, but continues to draw everything around him, experimenting with various materials and expressive techniques. His is a natural and expressive talent, an artistic inclination that emerged also during middle school, such that he was advised to apply for art college, but this was not to be taken into consideration and he abandoned his studies. His parents did not oppose their son’s decision, probably because they saw his future in the family business, but their contribution was nonetheless significant in as much as they were always willing to supply the materials which allowed him to cultivate his passion for art. Their influence was also decisive; from his father he inherited his artistic sensibility, while from his mother he gained an extraordinarily strong intuitive spirit. He felt himself ever more involved in every form of art, gradually increasing his creative stimulus and refining his artistic sense. In this way he began to observe, with different eyes, a series of paintings kept at home which had until that moment appeared as merely decorative objects.
Many of the works attracted him, particularly the landscapes, but those which most involved him were the portraits of his grandparents and of his great-grandmother. They were two oils from 1913 and a chalk pastel from 1910, created by his paternal great-uncle, Sabino Torelli, and his teacher Francesco Romano, painters in Puglia at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The latter was one of the most important Italian pastel artists, showing alongside Giacomo Balla, Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca, Aristide Sartorio, Evangelina Alciati, Giuseppe Trussardi-Volpi, and Mazzini Beduschi in the first Probitas exhibition in 1914, in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. He painted constantly, completing approximately 40 pieces, and at 16, with the en... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: Portogruaro Birthyear: 1958 Galleries: RettoriTribbio 2 Galley, Trieste, Italy Media: mixed media Style: realistic Subjects: people, portraits and characters|