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Valerio Carrubba

Valerio Carrubba

Valerio Carrubba is a hyperrealist painter. His images are anatomically accurate, showing his peaceful patients with their internal organs exposed. Shocking, realistic and at the same time extremely surreal.

Valerio uses a double painting technique and overlapping brushstrokes to create these extremely vivid, super surreal images.

Born in Syracuse (Sicily), IT 1975
Lives and works in Milan, IT


1994-2000 Studied with Alberto Garutti, Accademia di Bella Arti di Brera, IT

1997 - Invitation to a ponintless investigation, workshop with Jimmie Durham, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Viafarini, Milan, IT

Advance course in Visual Arts of the Antonio Ratti Foundation, Visiting Professor Allan Krapow, Como, IT

2008 Triangle Artists Worshop Program, Triangle Arts Association, Dumbo, Brooklin, new York City, USA

''My approach to painting is totally conceptual. My work is to continually develop the realisation of processes from which pictures are derived. Putting the idea of form, subject and content in crisis, they arrive at the loss of the image and its meaning.
In 2003 I started to work on these pictures in which a second pictorial layer recovers and faithfully reproduces the one underneath. The rigorous doubling of each brushstroke takes away any value of the gesture (of the hand and of the brush), as if the painting is in self-denial. The anatomic image is a metaphorical reference to the theoretical structure of the work and ideal instrument of its praxis. The painted subject needs to contain a large number of brushstrokes to repaint afterwards, and these images are perfect for that purpose: they have a melodramatic nature absolutely suitable for the general mood of this work. I am not interested in anatomy itself, it is just a means. I try to emphasise this ambiguity.''


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