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
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
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
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 borderlines between individuals and external
world in favor of a vision of mental continuity among those
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
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
In 2001 he holds his first serious individual 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
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
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. 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. 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. The event ended with an exhibition at the Wyndham Grand
Regency Doha Hotel. In year 2016, he has participated to two
itinerant 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 itinerant 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. In 2017, at the Galleria
dell'AxA Palladino Company was held an mini individual
exhibition and the "un Eco per tutti" was exhibited, in addition
to other Italian locations, also at the Regional Library of
Miami Beach - Auditorium Gallery Miami, to which in December in
Art Basel Miami was devoted an event.