Preview of the first image of Pino Procopio (1954) - Lo psicologo | Il veterinario.

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‘Lo psicologo’
‘Il veterinario’
2 silk-screen prints
Multi-textured serigraphy
Dimensions: 33x33 cm.
Year: 2017
Signed and numbered by the artist.
Publisher: La Riva art gallery.
Edition: 100 Roman numerals, 50 Arabic numerals.
Publisher’s blind stamp and certificate of warranty.
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Artist’s biography:
Pino Procopio was born in 1954 in Guardavalle, Calabria. He already enjoyed modelling clay during the nursery school. At the junior secondary school he drew some erotic drawings, for which he was severely reprimanded. He attended the art school and then enrolled in the faculty of architecture in Rome, never abandoning his artistic activity. In the 1970s, during his walks through Rome, he started to attend some galleries. His first exhibition was held in Rome at the art centre “La Bitta” in 1980.
A flourishing artistic career followed, full of productions and exhibitions in the major Italian towns. Procopio’s artworks express irony, sarcasm and even cynicism. His artistic expression is provocative, without preconceptions, a revelation of an intellectual delicacy. Now Procopio is recognised among the greatest Italian and international masters of the 20th century.
As a drawer, painter and sculptor, Pino Procopio has a strong and sharp irony. A casual look at his drawings (watercolours, temperas, oils, bronzes) is enough to see it. Or you just need to look at his women: Virginia, Ida, Sara, Le donne di Malta, Vedove bianche, Promesse spose. Although he may treat them badly, he loves women as Fellini loved them. Procopio stages a feast for the eyes, the senses and the imagination. It is the world seen through a bad-tempered eye with a distorting lens and given back by a petulant temperamental hand, drawing with quick incisive lines. They are both prone to the play, the laughter, the caricatural humour, the parody, a bittersweet, cheerful and hilarious parody. Procopio’s first quality is irony. In his case, humour is not the opposite of irony but it arises from irony. Irony is a basic attitude, which also has a moral value, but it is not connected so directly to the problem of good and evil. This author inserts a distorted glance between irony and humour, his caricatural impulse, his expressive imagination. It is from here that laughter, humour and fun arise. Procopio has his own idea of irony: “Irony - he says - is effective when there is immediacy and exasperating it becomes tiring. That’s why I paint straight off. I have to finish a painting as soon as possible, before it finishes me”. The genesis of Procopio’s painting is in Chiaravalle, where he spent the years of his childhood, and in Rome, where he developed his vocation for art. Some of the subjects on which Procopio uses his ironic talent are the couple, the relationship between two people, the marriage, a reality familiar to him since his stay in his native Calabria. Procopio says he doesn’t love satire but this is not entirely true. There is a lot of satire in his artworks and he spends his caricatural inspiration on everything and everyone: society, culture, history and mythology. He knows art history well and does not hesitate to parody the mythical figures of the past, whether they are Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, or Antonello da Messina, just as he does not hesitate to parody the gods or demigods of mythology. After the art school, Procopio attended the Faculty of Architecture. It would have been more than logical for Procopio, after taking his degree, to join the studio of one of the masters of that period and start his career as an architect. However, it seems that his vocation was different. “Painting is a destiny”, Matisse said. So he started to be a professional painter, giving vent to his talent of ironic caricatural artist. “It could only be that way”, he commented. Drawing is his strength. Procopio is a lonely painter. “It’s true, I am a lonely painter, since 1984 I have been living in Giulianova almost in solitude. What do I do when I’m not working? I listen to silence. I dream of the picture I’m going to paint. If I hadn’t become a painter, I would have been a carpenter. In winter a carpenter, in summer a fisherman”.

La Riva art gallery was founded in 1970 by Ginevra Montani Tattoni, beginning a journey into figurative arts with the most important Italian and international masters of the twentieth century, such as Michele Cascella, Domenico Cantatore, Massimo Campigli, Renato Guttuso, Salvatore Fiume, Franz Borghese and Carlo Levi, with whom the gallery had a flourishing artistic and human collaboration. In 1983 the first exhibition of the artist Pino Procopio was held. The gallery goes on collaborating with him even today, in a thirty-year-long artistic and human partnership celebrated with a solo exhibition of the master in July 2013. In recent years the gallery mainly focused on contemporary art, holding exhibitions of masters such as Luca Alinari, Ugo Attardi, Carla Accardi, Alberto Gianquinto and many others. It also organised group exhibitions about Pop Art, the Transavantgarde, both in the gallery and in museums. The participation in important fairs of modern and contemporary art brought the gallery to Padua, Bari, Bergamo, Arezzo, Viterbo and Pavia. The gallery has recently looked for new talents in the art field, such as Paola Di Domenico, Massimo Forzani or Arturo Baldan, new avant-garde artists in the contemporary field. La Riva gallery always based the relationship with customers on trust and mutual respect, establishing solid relationships with collectors. And after more than forty years of activity we can say that we are still happy and excited to continue this fascinating journey in Art. 43525147

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