“Scaccabarozzi is an old painter, from the ‘buveurs d’eau’ school of Henri Murger. People who believe in art, in its intimate morality, in its incontaminablity. Those who make no discounts for reality, not even their own: it is not about being ready to sacrifice, but simply, art is the exclusive, exacting practice, and no mediation is permitted.”
Antonio Scaccabarozzi, artist and experimenter, always kept track of his work, documenting it, keeping sketches, notes, methodologies and ideas, reviewing the material after some time and from a different perspective. After years, thanks to the work of the Archivio Antonio Scaccabarozzi led by Anastasia Rouchota, we can look back on his artistic journey, taking up his ideas and starting from their initial settings. Io sono un pittore describes Antonio Scaccabarozzi’s journey through some of his most important works and an important essay by Flaminio Gualdoni.
What emerges is a portrait of the artist through his cycles of work, including the avant-garde and its extreme rigour, highlighting his constant, rigorous and intransigent creative practice. From early abstract painting to conceptual experiments and colour variations using polyethylene and the Velature. The witness of a will of artistic expression that becomes a sense of duty.