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Paintings by Matthew Giuffrida



Paintings by Matthew Giuffrida

Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present 'Spirits Known and Unknown,' an exhibition of paintings by artist Matthew Giuffrida. Mr. Giuffrida’s large scale abstract paintings are rooted in the deconstruction of masters from the late Renaissance.

The exhibit will be on view from August 3 to September 7, 2017.

The Artist Reception and Talk with photographer Dennis Letbetter will take place at the IIC on Thursday, August 18. Click here to RSVP.

“During the course of my 45 year journey as a painter, I have had the opportunity to travel and view many works of art. Some are famous, some are obscure. All have been catalogued in the recesses of my brain and manifest themselves in unexpected ways during my painting process. Seldom do I begin a painting with a specific image or landscape in mind. It is through the process of allowing my subconscious, coupled with my individual technique to create a work that satisfies my complex goals.

The influence and imagery is not normally obvious to the viewer. For example, the ‘Giudizio Universale’ painting was influenced by the pre-restoration ‘Last Judgment’ of Michelangelo that I viewed numerous times when I lived in Rome in the late 80’s. The composition and shapes were inspired by the lower right corner of the Sistine painting. ‘La Fenice’ refers to the mystical rising of the phoenix from the ashes of a fire, and is both a reference to the famous opera house in Venice, destroyed by the fire three times, and by the fact that it was the first painting I did after being displaced by a fire in my Sausalito studio for 6 months. ‘Angels and Demons’ refers to my fascination with their depiction in 14th and 15th century Italian paintings. Some fascinating images occur in the badly damaged fresco on the wall of the Campo Santo in Pisa and the scratched out devils in some paintings in Ravenna and Siena.

I always have music playing during the painting sessions; my choice is not so much dictated by mood or type but more often energy. In rotation can be Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Mississippi Delta Blues, Giuseppi Logan, opera or contemporary classical. The small paintings titled ‘Other Spaces’ in this exhibit are a tribute to the music of the Sun Ra Archestra.” (Matthew Giuffrida)

Biography of the Artist

Matthew Giuffrida was born in the New York City area and raised in Washington, D.C. He now lives and works in Vallejo, California. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and the Academy of Art College studying with Joan Brown, Julius Hatofsky and William Scharf. Later he became a visiting artist and Instructor at the SFAI. He has had many exhibitions including Paule Anglim Gallery (SF), Southern Exposure Gallery (SF), Galleria Della Pace (Rome), Fong Galleries (San Jose), Stephen Rosenberg Gallery (NYC), Ruth Bachofner Gallery (Santa Monica) and the San Francisco MOMA Artists Gallery. His work is represented in many public and private collections in both the United States and Europe. For more information on the artist see or call 415-652-1642.


Date: Da Thursday, August 03, 2017 a Thursday, September 07, 2017

Time: From 9:30 am To 4:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura