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Pino Viscusi

Pino Viscusi

Pino Viscusi was born in Macerata in 1936. After having spent his childhood in Reggio Emilia, he moves to Salerno with his family where he finishes his studies and starts his artistic activity at the local school of pottery. In 1960 he moves to Bergamo, where he gets in touch with the vanguard of modern painting and changes his language from figurative to abstract. In 1966 he becomes collaborator for art critics for two newspapers: "Eco di Bergamo" and "Il Giornale di Bergamo". In 1976 he graduates in Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan and in 1990 he gets a diploma in Religlous Sciences at the seminary of Bergamo. The meeting with David Maria Turoldo and his works drives him to try a new pictorical language where he succeed in demonstrating that "the word from a mental image can turn into a visible one". He now lives and works in Bergamo, in his home-study at 17, Via Ghisleri.
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Viscusi's works in public and private structures
  • An iron sculpture on the façade of Fara Gera D'Adda (BG) sports centre (cm. 700x600), 1982
  • A fresco in the Nursery School of Fara Gera d'Adda (BG), 1982
  • Frescos in the medical laboratories of the USSL of Fara Gera d'Adda (BG), 1984
  • Chromatic interventions in plexiglas in Terme di Vinadio (Cuneo), 1988
  • Luminescent sculpture in the gym "Sport Più", Bergamo, 1990
  • Chromatic interventions in Plexiglas in the Technical Aeronautical Institute, Bergamo, 1992
  • A series of poems inspired to the ones by Alfonso Maria de' Liguori in the monastery of the redeemed nuns in Scala (SA), 1996
  • A series of poems inspired to the Creation, in the Nursery School "Benvenuti" of Bergamo, 1997
  • A series of poems inspired to the Eternal feminine in the poem by D. M. Turoldo, in the haematology surgery of the "Ospedali Riuniti" of Bergamo, 1998
  • A cycle inspired by "Gli amorosi sensi" at the Istituto Tecnico Commerciale "B. Belotti" in Bergamo, 2000
  • A cycle inspired by Turoldo's poems at the Istituto di Istruzione Superiore "D. M. Turoldo" in Zogno (BG), 2000
  • A cycle for Centenario Cgil, in Bergamo, 2001
  • A cycle inspired by Vangelo di Giovanni, at the Istituto Ospitale Magri in Urgnano (BG), 2002
  • A cycle inspired by The Peace, at the School "Camozzi" in Bergamo, 2003

Artistic Journey
  • Evanescences 1960-1975
  • Abstraction projects 1976-1985
  • Chromatic contrappositions 1986-1991
  • Colours of love
Some Works
Texts and Publications
Most recent publications
  • Quando l'arte è un canto di speranza, 1993, edizione Il Conventino, Bergamo
  • L'Eterno Femminino nella poesia di David Maria Turoldo, edito dalla rivista Como, 1993
  • La Parola Dipinta, edito dalla rivista Como,1994
  • Poesia religiosa: Passato e Presente, edito dalla Associazione E.L.C.E.P.P.O Salerno, 1996
  • Lo stile Vietri tra Dolker e Gambone, edizione Il Sapere, Salerno, 1996
  • Le Città del Sogno (ELEA la città dei filosofi - CASTELL'ARQUATO la città del popolo - SABBIONETA la città del principe - S. LEUCIO la città egualitaria - CRESPI D'ADDA la città operaia), edizioni Il Sapere Salerno, 1999
  • Le silenziose avanguardie - Cronache e rivelazioni, Bergamo nel XX secolo Arte astratta ultima frontiera, edito Otium Ac Negotium, Salerno, 2001
  • Anche le parole hanno le ali, edito Otium Ac Negotium, Salerno, 2003

Pino Viscusi, architect, correspondent and painter, after 30 years of artistic research, came to make the Space and Colours: he knows very well that a word can be as light as a feather, as ponderous as a monolith, as fast as a shout, as petrifying as death. He knows that a word is like a metaphor for a journey and that the shadings of colours can multiply their meanings and messages.

For its power to evoke, its power to narrate even what has been omitted.

They have the intensity of love, the purity of enchantment and divine transparency. Colours also have an intense, sharp, anguished sound. Words, colours, sounds to be the linguistic code without which we would only be dumb spectators of our destiny, interlace, contend the space without antagonism and generate synthetic forms yet still exploding.
Claudio Caserta

The American poetess Emily Dickinson praises the creative power of words with a dazzling lyric: "Some say a word is dead, when it has been said, but I'm telling you: that is when you start to live". Majakovsky, in "Flute of vertebras", confessed: "Look, it's like I have been put on a cross on paper, with the nails that words have". The resurrection of a poet can be carried out by "drawing of the nails" from the words, making them fly in the air, making them bounce in your heart, making them live in the world. One way could be to make them become colour, light, turning them into an epiphany of shapes from the symphony of voices, which they were. That is what the painter Pino Viscusi wanted to achieve, who has become a poet turning the words into incisive words, making them shine of sweet meanings through chromatic iridescence.
Mons. Gianfranco Ravasi

Even Words Have Wings, the latest text by Pino Viscusi gives emotions starting from its title: it promises to soar the reader and lead him or her to far-away countries. As a matter of fact, if the reader runs through the index, he will not be disappointed. The way the author invites to go along, following the trail of the flying words, appears immediately evident: it is an ideal "voyage into transcendence", "a dive into infinity" free from philosophical claims or titanic efforts to obtain an answer but supported by the visionary dimension of dreams and by the help of art which is always various and intuitive. Even Words Have Wings tries to redefine human words that now appear worn out in order to go back to their original meaning (because "at the beginning it was the Word") and once founded it again, offer it, with its evocative power, to the reader. Viscusi's verses are far from egotism, they are not pure lyricism and they do not lead to a choral song: they translate the author's feelings into short poems, single stanzas or brief captions able to directly refer to the experiences of each man, to express the never ending search for God. In the same way Viscusi's volume wants to silence "the idle talk" to be "singing voice/in front of the infinite".
Giuseppina Commare

Also available the book, edited by the artist on 2007, "In Forma di Parole" (PDF - 3,97MB)