"salvation lies in art" Gaspare Manos.
1968 Gaspare Augusto Manos, Italian, is born in Bangkok, Thailand [06.07.1968] from a family of United Nations diplomats. Attends a French kindergarten speaks Thai, Italian and French. Visits various cities in Asia that leave a lasting impression on him. He retains strong links with Asia in general throughout his life and GQ Magazine Japan includes him in his "Men of the Year" [GQ Edition Edition - January 2013 - Japan], with other Italian artists such as the musician Jovanotti and the actor/film director Vittorio de Sica.
1972 lives in Nairobi, Kenya for 10 years. Attended an English school, learns English and Swahili. Is influenced by the African tradition and colors.
1982 Lives in Geneva, Switzerland 2 years. Visits the Foundation Gianadda, studies Klee and the Russian Avant-Garde. Begins painting with oil paint. Meets the painter Balthus.
1984 Lives in Athens, Greece. Visits many archaeological sites and museums, studies Greek mythology. Meet painters such as Fassianos, and visits the first exhibition of German Expressionist in the Athens Museum of Modern art.
1986 lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom, where he prepares the entry exam for the university in London the following year. Pretends to be a medical student, attends courses in anatomy to better understand the shape of the human body for his art. Follows courses in architecture to better understand cities’ and their impact on social behaviour.
1987 moves to London at the University of London (LSE) awarded a bachelor degree (1990) then a Ph.D (1996).
His Ph.D. studies enables him to explore his interest in phenomenology and the urban world that often forms the subject of his art.
As revealed in his URBIS exhibition catalogue at the Museum Diocesano in Venice in 2008 [ ISBN 978-88-903081-1-6 ], he meets the philosopher Karl Popper who defines him as “the imaginifico of contemporary art.”
According to Prometeo published by Mondadori - Italy, pages -101-108 dedicated to Gaspare Manos - December 2013 [ISBN 9 770394163001 - 40124] he paints portraits of many personalities of the time: the musician Rostropovich in more than 40 works, members of the Rolling Stones, and others in the political, literary or artistic arena. He spends his next 18 years in London and traveling constantly in Europe, meeting artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Cy Twombly and many others attending exhibitions and museums regularly. [ from: James Thompson, in "A life in Art" 2010, pp.38-45 ].
The Museum of Modern Fine Art in Minsk exhibits his work in 2013. From the catalogue exhibition [pages 74-75] [ISBN 978-88-903081-3-0] we learn that during the period 1987-2003, he met artists such as Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Lucian Freud and many other personalities of that period. They encouraged him to paint – especially Lucian Freud, whom he met regularly in London. Gaspare produces various portraits of these artists exhibited at the Museum of Modern Fine Art in Minsk in 2013.
Gaspare Manos has three children: Sofia Manos ; Giulia Manos ; Orso-Augusto Manos .
The artist lives and works in London Venice and Paris.
Selected recent solo exhibitions:
2013 Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk, Belarus.
2010 Museo della Civilta' Dalmata, Trieste, Italy.
2009 Galerie Boulakia, Paris, France.
2008 Museo Diocesano, Venice, Italy.
2007 Palazzo della Provincia, Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Some further reading and references:
Schaal, Francesca (Dicembre 2013). Chi e' Gaspare Manos : Pittore, disegnatore, scultore, ritrattista, cantore delle citta' del mondo. Arnaldo Mondadori Editore PROMETEO Rivista trimestrale di scienze e storia anno 31 numero 124. ISBN 9 770394163001 - 40124
Sharanhovich, Natalia (2013). Gaspare Manos : 62 Portraits. Museum of Modern Fine Art , Minsk. ISBN 978-88-903081-3-0
de Halleux, Elisa (2013). Gaspare Manos The Purple Series: Paintings and Drawings 2010-2013. Juris & Perl , Venice. ISBN 978-88-903081-2-3
Konrad, Hubert (2011). Voyages: 40 paintings by Gaspare Manos. Galerie Hubert Konrad, 32 Avenue Matignon , Paris.
Tompson, James (2011). The Gaspare Manos Memento Mori Triptych. Venice Art Press.
Hwong, Abel (2011). Gaspare Manos in China. APEX Manual China.
Thomson, James (2011). The Box: paper and ceramic faces by Gaspare Manos. The Art Publisher.
Jones, Alan (2011). Ode to the Box - Speculations on the Cubic Dimension in the Work of Gaspare Manos. Venice Art Press.
De Grandis, Paolo (2000). Open 13: Esposizione Internazionale di Sculture ed Installazioni 2010. Arte Communications.
Jones, Alan (1998). Urbis: Gaspare Manos al Museo Diocesano di Venezia. Museo Diocesano. ISBN 978-88-903081-1-6
Cornette de Saint-Cyr, Pierre (2010). Gaspare Manos: Rhapsodie Urbaine 32 oeuvres 1999-2009. Boulakia Gallery, 10 Avenue Matignon Paris.
Boscolo, Cinzia (2009). Ritratto d'artista: Gaspare Manos. The Venice International Foundation No.21.
Garbin, Daria (2009). Mostra d'arte Inaugurazione Museo Della Civilta' Dalmata a Trieste. Il Dalmata No.62.
Vukov, Ana. Interview with GASPARE MANOS during the 52 Venice Art Biennale: Ljepotu nalazim gdje ima istine, narocito kada se radi o ljudima. EPOHA No.52 Croatia 2007.
De Salvo, Luisa (2007). Painting for oneself, salvation from chaos: New York Interview with the painter GASPARE MANOS. NYCVE the culture and current affairs monthly, New York.
Mazzella di Bosco Balsa, Josette (2007). Itaca: Gaspare Manos 50 works of art in the Gaspare Foundation and Other Contemporary Art Collections. Palazzo della Provincia. ISBN ISBN 978-88-903081-0-9