Although Vito Campanella started to paint at the age of 14 in his
native Monopoli, his love for visual arts began earlier.
He was born in 1932 and endured the sorrow, agony and shortage that
surrounded World War II. In the aftermath of the armed conflict,
daily life in Southern Italy changed forever. Allied planes crisscrossing
the sky and ceaseless bombings left indelible memories he later
translated into works of art.
As a child, Vito Campanela used to attend both primary and art schools,
where his painting gift thrived and ripened. His early calling soon
turned into a sound career. In 1948 the young artist was selected
to create a mural to adorn the local church and earned the Pintura
delle Regionni Award in Napoles.
after Campanella was invited to show his painting in Bari, where
he was deservedly awarded at the age of 20. Later he moved to the
lovely and bountiful Florence where he enthusiastically participated
in its rich cultural activities and continued to paint wonderful
pictures. Always on the move and eager to expand his aesthetic potential,
he tried many different styles, including Pop art, abstraction and
geometry before discovering in Sirrealism his true field.
The sculptor G. Rossi introduced him to the great master Giorgio
De Chirico and the ensuing friendship was a crucial experience for
Campanella. Thanks to it he gained access to a philosophic realm
in which paiting had extraordinarily flourished and along whose
paths Campanella was already strolling.
In Rome he met the renowned Salvador Dalí and although their
relationship was really important for the young painter, he was
wise enough to remain loyal only to himself. While in Milan, he
studied anatomy -the balance and symmetry of the human body- at
the Academy od Brera Fire Arts School.
Some years lated he decided to join his family in Argentina. He
promptly embraced Argentine and Latin American art movements yet
never forgot his European links, as the exhibition of his works
at the French Metamorphosis Salon could attest. From 1962 on, Campanella
devoted his entire life of painting.
In his country of adoption he launched several celebrated series
such as "Unicorns", those mythical animals that have seduce
so many artist; "Alchemy", teeming with esoteric meanings
or the acclaimed "Cosmic Musicians". His Works were shown
at the Joan Miró IX International Dawing Exhibition (Spain),
XII International Paiting Exhibition (French Riviera), Salon d'Autumme
(Paris), II IAG International Paiting Exhibition (Athens) and Argentine
Surrealist Painters Show (Buenos Aires). In 1976 he earned the Golden
Palm Award from the International Exibithion (Monte Carlo) and some
years later, a Contemporary Art Award (Lyon).
A stint in the vast pampas inspired a series about a cherished poem,
the "Martín Fierro", translated into wonderful
works and shown in several Patagonian cities, issued a stamp bearing
a Campanella's drawing.
Vito Campanella is an Honorary Member of the International Arts
Guild and Active Member of the Centre de Liasion des Artistes Peintres
Vito Campanella at his studio in Paris, 1975
Other remarkable series followed, including "Greek Mythology"
(Buenos Aires) and "Egg" (Sao Paulo), as well as astonishing
works exhibited in Paris and Athens.
The Holy Land was beautifully depicted on his "Biblical"
paintings. The "Centaurs" series was created in Paris,
where Campanella was nominated Honorary Member by the French Artist
The 80's were busy years. He showed his paiting in Montevideo, earned
the Deloye Prize in Paris and was ordered Knight of the Italian
Campanella's reputation continued to grow and his works were shown
at the Tokyo's Contemporary Art Museum and Jerusalem's Freud Salon.
His "Homage to Leonardo da Vinci" -painted in Europe-
was acclaimed in Rome and Sao Paulo. About that time he created
the "Woman... Women" series.
He has illustrated a UNICEF post card and presented a retrospective
both at a renowned Buenos Aires gallery and the Provincial Fine
Arts Museum in Parana (Entre Rios province) "Cent Signatures"
-a book by art critic Charles André Rousseau- included Campanella
among the top 100 artist. His works have been shown at Bologna's
Artefiera and his "Centuries Recollection" series, dedicated
to the great masters, was praised in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and
Rome alike. Campanella's celebrity knew no boundaries. His paiting
rehashed the Arts for Humanity Exhibition in Baghdad and he was
nominated Fine Arts Academic Member by the Ligurian Studies Academy
(Genoa) and Commander of St. George and St. Rose of America by the
international Parliament of Safety and Peace.
The prominent Florentine Galleria degli Uffizzi acquired and exhibited
a Campanella's self-portrait. His works have been appreciated in
Arte Roma (Rome), Art Expo NY (New York City) and New Masters (Miami,
Florida) shows, the Breton Surrelism Salon (Lyon), Mitsokoshi Galley
(Tokyo) and exhibitions in Aspen (Colorado), Boca Raton (Florida)
and Monte Carlo. His Surrealist jewels have corroborated his gift
as skilled goldsmith.
More recently, the Municipal Fine Arts Museum of La Plata (Buenos
Aires province) has assembled an important restrospective and the
Argentine government has deservedly awarded his art achievements.
He participated in an homage paid to The Beatles and Eva Peron in
He has earned the Lawrence the Magnificent Prize from the Florence's
Modern Ast Biennial and nominated Honorary Member by the Florentine
Artist Association. By the turn of the century, he exhibited his
works at the Gallerie de la Cathedrale (Monaco).
His painting hace been shown ar ArteBA (Buenos Aires), Art Expo
NY (New York City), Art Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), Sacred Art
Salon (Syracuse, Italy) and Luxembourg, where he has painted an
He has also been Buenos Aires Arteclasica Guest of Honor. In 2005,
the Argentine Senate deservedly awarded Campanella's cultural achievements.
One year later, the artist became a Life Member of the Union of
In 2006, the Cultural House of Sao Paulo (Brazil) assembled an important
retrospective exhibition and Campanella became a Distinguished Member
of the Brazilian Academy for Art, Culture and History.
In 2007, Campanella received The Order of Merit as Commander bestowed
by the Italian Republic and nominated Painter of the Year by the
Buenos Aires Borgesean Association's Proa magazine.
In 2008, Campanella's works were shown in an exclusive Stockholm
art gallery, and in Sao Paulo (Brazil). Vito Campanella is undoubtedly
an renowned painter, called Master by the prestigious Swiss dictionary
"Art Leaders of the World."
Campanella at present
Vito Campanella (Abridged Resume)
in Italy in 1932, he joined the Plastic Latin-American and Argentinean
movement since 1955. Made numerous collective and individual expositions
and his works were included in important private collections and
museums, such as: Athens Museum of Fine Arts, The Uffizi Gallery
of Florence, Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, Johannesburg Museum
of Modern Art, Mar del Plata Museum of Fine Arts, Paraná
Museum of Fine Arts, among others.
is currently considered one of the most recognized world class surrealist
artist and he is constantly invited to participate in International
Salons, where, representing Argentina, He has been distinguished
with several awards. Among such, stand out:
Prize. International Contemporary Arts Salon Lyon 1973.
Prize. International Contemporary Painting Contest, Punta
del Este, 1975.
Prize Golden Palm, Montecarlo, 1978.
Prize, Biennial Fine Arts Salon, Paris. 1982
II Magnifico" Prize, Biennial International Contemporary Arts
Salon, Florence 1999
was awarded with several distinctions:
of Merit, with the grade of Knight of the Italian Republic. Academic
Of Honour, conferred by The "Ligure Academy of Genoa"
Order of Saint George, with the grade of Knight Commander,
conferred by "The International Parliament of Safety and Peace"
USA In 1995, in the Argentinean Government Palace, he received
an Appreciation to his Artistic Career from the President of the
Nation. In 2005, The Honourable National Senate of Argentina
paid him homage when he reached 50 years with the Argentinean Painting.
He is Honorary Member of The French Plastic Artists Association
and The Florentine Painters Association. The cities of Punta del
Este and La Plata have declared him Illustrious Guest.
In 2007 The Italian Republic, honoured him with the Great Grade
of Knight Commander.