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Gualtiero Redivo was born in 1946 in Genoa but a few years later he and his family moved to Rome. The artist  says: “the idea of overcoming my ordinary self  was a belief that imposed itself to my conscience in a way that was impossible to resist”, thus drawing him, aged 17, to start his artistic journey on his own. His first works were in the field of visual arts: oil paintings whose style had been initially influenced by Modigliani artworks and subsequently inspired by German expressionism. In this period the artist paints mainly portraits, characterized by the use of  a thick,  mellow,  brushstroke for outlines and a palette that hardly veers from the shades of black, red and white. Quite soon, however, he gets interested in using mixed materials, barely connected with traditional painting, thus starting to express himself in a “materic” contest. By scratching wall plasters, the artist obtains colored powders that,  subsequently mixed to glue, represent the raw material for his painting in this period. Wooden sticks, cigarette packets, bricks, chalk, chain mail, polyester and -  mainly  - out of commission and discarded objects, are  all used to create geometric shapes in a quest for a novel usage of traditional languages. Decommissioned objects are not robbed of their intended purpose by diverting it onto a mere representation of a paradoxical dimension, but by using them as raw matter,  already void of purpose. Therefore, what becomes mysterious and undefined is not the decommissioned object itself but its  matter so that the medium of communication is not the paradox but the pictorial artwork. The use of discarded materials is a metaphor both for  the “discarding”-  intellectually and irresponsibly – of a concept of “end of private time” and of a standardized notion of material possessions always prevailing on ideas and values. Discarded objects become assets, they are not remains beyond all hope  but - more likely -  a sign of what remains to be done, pledge of the future and trust in the matter.  The main idea stems by the assumption that, by reducing the degrees of freedom – through the minimization of working tools – it is possible to enhance – with a  lever action – the exploration of new possibilities of expression and creation. In 1969 Gualtiero Redivo takes part in his first exhibition, a collective academic exhibit at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni museum in Rome. He gets a degree in Mathematics at the "La Sapienza" University of Rome and he immediately starts working for a prominent Bank of the Country as information technology operator, and subsequently as automation and organization analyst. His job is very absorbing - therefore he can devote himself to painting  only from time to time  -  but he keeps up to date with the different artistic trends. In this period he only takes part in collective exhibits. He realizes artworks by using paper of poor quality, shoe polish, markers and transparent adhesive tape. Sometimes these works are figurative, offer variations of the same subject based on the work of Francis Bacon. In 1996 he feels he has to commit himself more constantly to art: he participates to many contests and proposes his artworks  to different art galleries, such as the Galleria Vittoria in Rome. He also attends classes in different art academies in order to share his visions with other artists. This is the period of maximum ripeness and full maturity of his artistic creation. A coming of age for art works  that seek no more answers in the external world – and not for lack of them – but ignores the  border lines between individuals and external world in favor of a vision of mental continuity among  those realities. This art is solely a matter of mind perception, and extreme feelings are not represented by physical objects but dimly glow from the sardonic grin of irony, without any penchant for a mystic vision. The “knot style” is born. The knot is the symbol of this art concept. It accomplishes the miracle of being perceived both as unique and ambiguous - but not fuzzy - element; it summarizes the sense of certitude of multiple interpretations, each of whose prevails, if only for an instant. The knot is more than a mere object, it is something enclosing different notions: plot, complication, misunderstanding,  constraint,  focal point or terseness. The knot is complexity. The knot is not just a part of the picture but represents the development of a concept. He meets and mixes with famous artists such as Baldo Diodato, Nato Frascà, Pino Reggiani and Alfio Mongelli and also has the opportunity to know Giorgio Di Genova and Francesco Gallo Mazzeo. He frequently holds individual exhibitions and takes part in collective ones. In 2001 he holds his first serious solo exhibition, under the patronage and with the contribution of the Province of Rome,  at  Palazzo Valentini  in Rome. RAI 3 broadcasts a television report about the exhibition. In 2002 he is awarded with the golden medal in the  48th Painting Prize of Pizzo Calabro - Vibo Valentia competition. In 2003 he takes part with the Arturarte gallery in the “MIARTE  e RIPARTE” exhibit. In 2003 and in 2009  is awarded by the ENAP - Ente Nazionale di Assistenza e Previdenza per i Pittori, gli Scultori, i Musicisti, gli Scrittori e gli Autori Drammatici (Social Security Association for Artists) with the industriosness prize. In 2005, with the C.A.O.S. gallery, he takes part in the VITARTE - Viterbo fair and the collective Touring exhibition  “13x17” supervised by Philippe Daverio, sponsored by the Biennale di Venezia (biennial exhibition in Venice). In 2006 he takes part in the VIII edition of “Immagina Arte in Fiera” in Reggio Emilia along with the C.A.O.S. gallery and holds a solo exhibit in the Press Conference Room of St Francis of Assisi Basilica (PG). Since mid-2007 until mid-2009 works with the Free Academy of Fine Arts in Rome RUFA. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 three of his individual exhibitions are under the patronage of  the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri. In 2008 he received a subsidy from the Pio Istituto Catel. In 2009. In 2010 and in 2011 he takes part to the  West Lake Expo of Art - Hangzhou (Cina). Since mid-2009 began to work stably with the Galleria Vittoria for the organization of exhibitions and cultural events. In March 2010, RAI 3 broadcasts a service on the occasion of his exhibition at the Galleria Vittoria. In 2010 one of his masterpieces is bought by the Museum of Art of Ningbo (Cina), designed by architect Wang Shu (winner of the Pritzker prize). The 2011 edition of the Strenna Romanisti  N° 72, an annual publication supported by the Rome Foundation Art and Museums and the Province of Rome, on page 640 shows the photo of the opera "The unpopularity of the complex". As usual the Strenna was donated to the Mayor of Rome and Pope: Benedict XVI. In September 2011 Prof. Giorgio Di Genova has invited him to attend the XXXVIII Premio Sulmona. In the same year his work was included in the publication (limited edition) "The lights Italian by Marguerite Yourcenar" designed to summarize all of the initiatives implemented in Italy in 2011 to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the election of the first woman writer to Academic France - Ed. Antinoo International Centre for Art, Marguerite Yourcenar (October 2011). The publication has been given to the Académie Française in Paris, Yvon Bernier (testamentary heir of Marguerite Yourcenar - Canada), Françoise Bonali Fiquet (expert of Marguerite Yourcenar) and Archives of the Villa Marguerite Yourcenar in Montnoir - France. On the occasion of the Rome Film Festival, during the parallel event, the “Sanpietrino Marguttiano” 2011 - sixth edition (Honorary President: Maestro Luigi Magni and Godmothers: Lola Mastroianni and Erminia Manfredi) has been awarded the VI Special Prize "Ruggero Mastroianni" to Stefania Sandrelli. Redivo has made the award for the actress. From July 2011 working with the broadcaster Artetivu Lab for teleshopping of his work on the national circuit. In 2012, as part of the initiative promoted by the Ministry of Transport - Central Committee of Road Transport Albo, his work was chosen to customize a truck. A folder containing reproductions of all the participating works was donated to the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano. In the same year, he participated in the fairs of Reggio Emilia, Miami and Istanbul and to an exhibition at the Academy of Fine Art in Shaoxing (China), with the artists of Galleria Vittoria. On the occasion of the European Week for Waste Reduction 2012, under the patronage of the President of the Republic, of the Chamber of Deputies, of the Senate of the Repubblica and of the Ministry of Environment, Redivo has exhibited some of his works in the event "Art'Eco-L'Arte del Riuso" at the Cultural Center of Rome Elsa Morante. At year-end 2012, he is ranked the first in the competition Contemporary Art International "Intuizione Espressione", sponsored by Ars Maiora of Milan, and ranked second in the "Premio Anna Maria Baratto", sponsored by Akkademia of the Prossimali of Rome. In 2013 he started working with Gall'Art with which attends in AAF Brussels and the Association Tempo Libero with which participates in an exhibition at the PAN - Palazzo delle Arti in Naples - to raise funds for the reconstruction of the City Science of Naples. In 2014 participates with Gall'Art to the fairs Genoa and Padua. The Association Tempo Libero organizes and promotes an his personal at the Yao space of Naples. In the same year he won the first painting prize in the XXXVI competition Matteo Olivero within Saluzzo Art 2014 and in the VI competition Il Segno within Ferrara Art Festival 2014, and the second painting prize in the V competition PescarArt 2014. In 2015 personal exhibition curated by Francesco Gallo Mazzeo at the Complex Sant'Andrea al Quirinale - Dioscuri Theatre, text in the catalog of Claudio Strinati and Gian Ruggero Manzoni with the patronage of the City of Rome and the Lazio Region and the Academy RUFA - Rome University of Fine Arts. In period  February / March was invited to Doha (Qatar) "Al Asmakh International Symposium of Art 2015" for the construction of three works for the collection Regency Art, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar. The event ended with an exhibition at the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha Hotel. Always in 2015 other personal exhibitions in the Ancient Stables of Saluzzo (CN), in Savigliano (CN), in Orsini Palace in Bomarzo (VT) and Space E at the Navigli in Milan. In year 2016, he has participated to two traveling exhibitions curated by Gian Ruggero Manzoni. The first "Propositum Artis" (catalog with Introductory statement of the same Gian Ruggero Manzoni, historical framework by Armando Ginesi and preface by Gianluca Marziani) it was held in the following institutional locations: Ancona - State Tactile Museum Omero, Gubbio - Palazzo dei Consoli , Ascoli Piceno - Palazzo dei Capitani, L’Aquila – Palazzo Fibbioni and Pescara - Museum of Modern Art Vittoria Colonna. In the circumstance has been also donated an artwork to the Museo Omero. The second "GiroInArte" took place on these institutional settings: Pescara - Museo Vittoria Colonna, Fermo - Small Roman Cisterns, Tolentino - Palazzo Sangallo and Ascoli Piceno - Palazzo dei Capitani. In the same year, he participated to Art Fair of Oxford in England, Luxembourg and Genoa and to a collective in Heerenveen in the Netherlands. He has exhibited in Milan for a five collective exhibitions cycle at the space E, in Naples in the National Archaeological Museum for the exhibition "All for an Eco - tribute to Umberto Eco" and in Pescara for the Biennale 2016. The Italian Ambassador City Mexico has acquired on loan for use, for the entire period of its mandate, two works to be exhibited in the premises of the Embassy. In the course of 2016 and 2017 the Arachne and NEP editors have chosen for the covers of 12 books so many works of Redivo.