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From 1995 to 2004 and then from 2007 to 2014 Giorgio Orefice abandoned the public activities; For 16 years, he pursued his own artistic research but he no longer performed or participated in exhibitions of art events.
From 2014 he resumed his work as an artist with paintings and innovative creations; He resumed contact with the public, the galleries and the art market. He currently works in his studio in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote.

 

Biography from 2004  in Lanzarote  (Spain,  Canarie- Islands)

 

The Artist Giorgio Orefice  visiting Lanzarote for the first time in 1997 and it remains fascinated; was an emotional shock like the one received by discovering the fractal universe.

In January 2004 moved permanently his studio in Playa Blanca, a former fishing village in the municipality of Yaiza, in the lighthouse area Pechiguera and that is where, between the Atlantic Ocean and brute lava, at 63, he began his artistic and human adventure totally new, round, hard ... Start a pictorial investigation and material, begins to use glazes and fire on brute lava, on new materials and new emotions ... how are the human relationships that weaves with care and patience, in total respect of the culture and local traditions.

Hence the venture with the Church of Yaiza and his priest, as the mayor of a municipality, takes care of all the churches and the people of the villages belonging to that territory.

Proposes the execution of a “Way of the Cross” painted on slabs of lava to Playa Blanca Church: been allowed, conceives, draws it, paints it on 14 lava slabs with enamel and fire and the nails to 'interior of the church in a record time: 20 days!

By the popular appreciation for this work is born, the following year, another “way of the cross” for the city of Yaiza in the ancient church of "Virgen de los Remedios" declared patrimony of the Canary Islands for the particular importance it has in the culture and in 'popular imagination being the closest, geographically, to the Timanfaya volcano which devastated the area during the eruption of the late nineteenth century.

Orefice performs this work of 14 pieces of brute lava (so as it was from the quarry) moving on stone colors to cast enamel and mixed with fire to make them penetrate into the porosity of the lava rock.

In 2004 he performs a solo show in Aljbe room with the patronage of the Municipality of Haria and begins to realize that still drags the visions, the technical and emotional times, the culture and the ways of expression when he lived in Europe.

Those false needs, the necessities imposed by a now established "profit society" are now behind us; here the time - and the way of viverlo- flows differently; Now, can devote themselves to undertake studies and projects left pending.

Take part in group exhibitions Art Contra Violencia and art events organized in lanzarotegno territory. He realizes some restoration including a large painting of St. Martin to the historic church of the municipality of Tinajo and some recovered local artwork (Way of the Cross of La Oliva, and Fuerteventura Church); He realizes a mural large for the Municipality of the parish meeting room of San Bartolomé .... While he starts off his expressive change.

Born so murals and outdoor decorations made in lava stone; The pendulums "hanging" made in Italy become "pendulums to unstable equilibrium" and are placed both inside and outside, as an integral part of a unique landscape of its kind. The painting, the main method of expression of Goldsmith, become more emotional, almost disappear the figurative elements while remaining element of this discussion suggests that dialogue and interpretazionecome came from a chaotic magma ... just as happens in a single landscape lava the unpredictable shapes and intimate charm.

Since 2006 opens to the public space of artte he calls "de LAVA ART" where among the local handicrafts and art of exotic objects from around the world, exhibits paintings of Italian painters

From 2015 Giorgio Orefice closed the gallery and turned back to only of his work: the pictorial research of emotions and social communication

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES : Italy from  1957  to 2004

 

Giorgio Orefice was born in Siracusa (Sicily – Italy) on 11 November 1941.
He lived in Siracusa, Florence, Verona, Rome and Milan; since 1987 he has lived in Jesi (Ancona – Italy),
He presented his first personal art-exhibition in Foggia, in 1957, and in the same period he got his high school degree.

Then he left for Milan where he remained till 1963, when he came back to Siracusa, in Sicily. Here he kept on his artistical activity through collective and personal exhibitions, meetings, even if not continuously, owing to his frequent journey in Italy and abroad.He attended the "Nudo School" of Bologna, then he moved to Verona.
Furthermore, he got a degree by an artistic high school in Catanzaro.
During this period, starting from a strict abstract pictorial and material experimentation, he has gradually changed his visual communicative form passing through "hyper-realism" and "op-art" experience.
He has often visited New York, London and Paris, where he could meet several cultural makers, very important for his maturity and knowledge. In that period he made his works using polystyrene, galvanized sheet-iron, plastic material and light self-moving objects: his plans of an electric town got a very good appreciation from the critics.
These were the years of the most important protest movement in Europe. Giorgio Orefice fought for his ideas, to defend human being rights, their freedom against the social and psychological oppression.

Giorgio Orefice was the first to consider "ecology" a science. In fact, the international magazine "Planet" chose Orefice’s ecological drawings to illustrate the first warning "Manifesto" signed by world scientists.
During this period, he created objects, collages, and two marvelous test-tubes on canvas that Leonida Répaci put in his studio defining this work the particular product of an indisputable, great artistic talent.

In 1971 he moved to Rome where he hoped to find amore suitable environment.
In that period took place his first happenings involving the public and the national and foreign press. In Rome he frequented Cinecittà, film-directors and actors; he also worked with Pasolini and he was interested in scenography.

In 1972 he went to Munchen, during the Olympic Games, to emphasize, through his work, the drama of the laboratory-athlete, the machine-man, the monster of our time! Then, in 1974, he decided to move again and got Brera, in Milan.
But Orefice never stop travelling to absorb culture, images, experiences. He has frequently visited Paris and London.
In the 80’s, after having analyzed every his cultural and artistic experience and maybe deeply struck because of a long journey in South America (Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil), he broke his figuration canons and dealt with a new pictorial dimension.
So, in his original manner, he gave rise to his argument about ethology, pointing out that man is the center of each discussion and everything turns into a no-solution, into a continuous pursuit.
At the present time Orefice is devoting to computerized graphic arts; he’s studying and researching oleograms, fractals and the consequent "image-fractalization".
During these 40 years of his activity, Orefice exhibited in personal and collective shows in Italy and abroad.
Orefice’s works are exposed in several galleries and public and private collections.
He was awarded very important prizes for his artistical activity.
Orefice’s pottery articles are in public buildings.
Essays about Orefice and his works are edited and wrote about him. Also television networks have treated Orefice’s activity in a series of programs.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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