"The triumph of immediacy, enjoyment of hedonism, power of colour, freedom of spontaneity, hint of something gigantic, powerful, unlikely, to something absent but substantial, are all manifest in the new, small, enigmatic paintings of Salvatore Garau, which the artist has dedicated to Richard Wagner. The pulsating, restless and unpredictable movements of the strips of colour, characterized by unstoppable energies and tensions, suggest wind and flames, bodies rotating and interpenetrating, full of sensual power and strength."
The volume gathers this series of works by Salvatore Garau – painter, as well as musician and writer, elements of essential importance to an understanding of the artist’s poetics – in which an obsessive use of monochrome consisting of red nuances seems to evoke the spirit of the legendary battles of Wagner’s heroes. The works are accompanied by critical texts by Lóránd Hegyi and by Garau himself.
Salvatore Garau was born in 1953 in Santa Giusta (Oristano, Sardinia), and lives and works between Milan and Sardinia. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, then played drums for many years in the avant-garde rockband “Stormy Six” (more than a thousand concerts in Europe). After his first exhibition in Milan in 1984, he dedicates himself to visual arts (painting and video) exclusively. His works are on display in many Museums and Art Galleries the world over.