Biography

Salvatore Caputo in 2014, while he was painting one of his Panni Picti

Salvatore Caputo was born in 1947 in a small village in the province of Messina (Castell’Umberto), which is located between the green Nebrodi mounts and the deep blue eastern Tyrrhenian Sea, rich in classical history. A constant element in the life of this versatile artist is the striving to express his personality within his art. His production includes graphic artcrafts, medals, sculptures and paintings. In 1964, he launched his first personal exhibition. Afterwards he left eastern Sicily to move to Palermo in order to finish his studies, thus graduating in Architecture in 1974. By this time, Caputo had become an emerging protagonist of the Italian artistic panorama. From then on, his exhibiting activity intensifies. In fact, he is often invited to take part in qualified art shows, and the number of his personal exhibitions in prestigious private art galleries and public spaces – in Italy and abroad – increases. As well as focusing on his relevant painting activity, the Author develops a prolific interest towards different languages of expression, such as copper engraving, lithography and serigraphy (silk-screen printing). After the mid ‘70s, the fascinating dark shades lead to a renewed use of colours and the bursting of light, both signs of the resurfacing of Caputo’s childhood memories. The themes accompanying his cultural upbringing are further developped as well as the concept of “Mediterraneity”. At the same time, his focus on mythology becomes more evident. In the ‘90s, the Author’s attention is drawn to the production of art objects, which can be considered a linking point between painting and sculpture. At the same time, in parallel with the sensuality of “profane” works, the Artist’s interest towards sacred themes resurfaces. This leads to the making of different important works for ecclesiastical clients and the mounting of various exhibitions, among which the three ones taking place at the Palermo Cathedral are worth mentioning. Caputo’s recent production reflects his constant re-elaboration of such features as the Mediterranean classical themes, light and colour. These latter are alternated with a massive presence of dreaming nocturnal scenes in which the ambiences and the tonalities of his early production re-emerge.
In 2014, the painter celebrated his 50-year long career with a series of anthological solo shows.
Many of his works are held in private as well as public collections in Italy and abroad.

Solo shows

2018
“Dal mare, nel mare. Dialoghi equorei attraverso il tempo”, Museo "A. Pepoli", Trapani
2017
“Nella casa di Tucci. Dipinti e poesie per Castania”, at the Frantoio Cinquecentesco, Castania di Castell'Umberto
“Notturni, Fiori ed altre cose”, Centro d'Arte Moderna "Agatirio", Capo d'Orlando
2015-2016
“Sinestesie del Natale. Essenze e presepi al Castello di Montalbano”, at the “Castello di Federico", Montalbano Elicona
2015
"Sulle tracce del Mito. La Sicilia nel percorso artistico di Salvatore Caputo", at the “Fondazione Famiglia Piccolo di Calanovella", Capo d'Orlando
2014
“Colori Vissuti” anthological cycle of six solo shows, all hosted at the Ethnohistorical Library “E. Vittorietti”, Steri Palace, Palermo
“Di molti mari e molteplici Itache. Cinquant’anni di pittura di Salvatore Caputo”, anthological solo show at the “Ex Convento San Francesco", Patti
2013
"Tra realtà sognate e placidi ricordi", at the “Lupo'Art” Art Gallery, Palermo
2012
"Tra sogni, miti e ricordi", at the Sant’Elia Palace, Palermo
2011
"Mitici Appunti", at the “Complesso Monumentale Guglielmo II”, Monreale
2009
"I segni del tempo", at the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento
2008
“Percorsi mediterranei”, solo show at the Spicuzza Theatre, Palermo
Solo show at the San Sebastiano Church during the event “6 chiese per 6 artisti”, Ficarra
“I luoghi degli Dei”, at the Hotel Relais “Angimbè”, Alcamo
2003
"I luoghi del mito", at the Fondazione Mazzullo (hosted in the Duchi di Santo Stefano Palace), Taormina
"Opere recenti", at the “I Tre Capricorni” Art Gallery, Altamura
2001
"Appunti mediterranei", at the “Lupo’Art” Art Gallery, Palermo
Solo show at the Town Hall, Castell’Umberto
"S’ode ancora il mare", at the “Elle Arte” Art Gallery, Palermo
Solo show at the “Arte Oggi” Art Gallery, Reggio Calabria
Solo show at the “Artefiera” fair, Bologna
2000
"Appunti di Pentecoste", at the Palermo Cathedral, Palermo
1999
"Opere di Miracolo", at the Stella Maris Charity, Palermo
"Lune – dipinti notturni di Salvatore Caputo", at the Marconi Palace, Alcamo
1998
"Impervie Rosee Sabbie ed altro ancora", at the “Lupo’Art” Art Gallery, Palermo
Solo show at the “Ancon Arte” fair, Ancona
Solo show at the “Palermo Arte Fiera” fair, Palermo
Solo show during the event “L’Isola dipinta - Cinquant’anni di natura e paesaggio”, at the “Il Vittoriano” monument, Rome
"I luoghi di Dafni", at the Chiesa SS. Crocifisso, Castelbuono
1997
"Celesteterreno – Pitture per spazi sacri", (travelling exhibition) at the “Centro d’arte moderna Agatirio” Art Gallery, Capo d’Orlando, and Chiesa dei Catalani, Messina
"Il Nitore della Speranza - Icone pasquali di Salvatore Caputo", at the Palermo Cathedral, Palermo
Solo show at the “Lineart” fair, Ghent (Belgium)
"Pittura per spazi Sacri", solo show at Mazara del Vallo
Solo show at the “Palermo Arte Fiera” fair, Palermo
1996
"Voci, luoghi della storia - Dipinti anni Novanta di Salvatore Caputo", at the Santi Elena e Costantino Church, Palermo
"Palermo come Passione", at the “Lupo’Art” Art Gallery, Palermo
Solo show at the “Palermo Arte Fiera” fair, Palermo
1995
"I Frammenti della Memoria", Mazara del Vallo
"I luoghi di Teti – dipinti ed oggetti d’arte di Salvatore Caputo", at the “Lupo’Art” Art Gallery, Palermo
"Naturae", at the “Studio 71” Art Gallery, Palermo
1994
"Recinti Luminosi - I presepi di Salvatore Caputo", at the Palermo Cathedral, Palermo
"L’officina di Adone", at the “Rivera” Art Gallery, Turin
"Magica Morgana", at the “Il Sagittario” Art Gallery, Messina
1993
"Lo sguardo dalla torre", at the Cloister of Sixtus IV (Sacro Convento, Basilica of St. Francis), Assisi
"Tragitto virtuale tra mito e leggenda", at the “Ciambrina” Art Gallery, Monreale
1992
"Le luci del Tirreno", at the “DAM - Diffusione Arte Moderna” Art Gallery, Palermo
"Il verde, lo sguardo", at the “Centro d’arte moderna Agatirio” Art Gallery, Capo d’Orlando
1990
"I giardini di Adone", at the Gallery of Modern Art (hosted in the Aragonese Castle), Taranto
1989
"Nubi", at the “Pier Paolo Pasolini” Art Gallery, Agrigento
1988
"Terrazze mediterranee", solo show at the “Linee d’Arte Giada” Art Gallery on the occasion of Il mare degli Dei book launch, Palermo
Solo show at the “Centro Arti Visive” Art Gallery, Marsala
1987
"Sujets nocturnes", at the “Nuove Prospettive” Art Gallery, Palermo
Solo show at the Torre del Lauro Town Hall
1985
Solo show at the “Linee d’Arte Giada” Art Gallery, Palermo
1984
Solo show at the “Linee d’Arte Giada” Art Gallery, Palermo
1981
Solo show at the “Linee d’Arte Giada” Art Gallery, Palermo
1979
Solo show at the “La Sonda” Art Gallery, L’Aquila
Solo show at the “Inquadrature” Art Gallery, Florence
Solo show at the “Linee d’Arte Giada” Art Gallery, Palermo
1978
Solo show at the “Centro d’Arte 99” Art Gallery, Palermo
Solo show at the “Flegias” Art Gallery, Rome
1977
Solo show at the “Centro Diffusione Arte” Art Gallery, Mazara del Vallo
Solo show at the “Il Vertice” Art Gallery, Palermo
1976
Solo show at the “Il Grifone” Art Gallery, Caltanissetta
Solo show at the “Centro Diffusione Arte” Art Gallery, Mazara del Vallo
Solo show at the “Euno” Art Gallery, Enna
Solo show at the “Margutta” Art Gallery, Syracuse (Sicily)
1975
Solo show at the “Il Vertice” Art Gallery (in November), Palermo
Solo show at the “Arteka” Art Gallery, Palermo
Solo show at the “Il Vertice” Art Gallery (in February), Palermo
1974
Solo show at the “Il Vertice” Art Gallery, Palermo
1973
Solo show at the “Il Trittico” Art Gallery, Palermo
1971
Solo show at the “Il Cenacolo” Art Gallery (in October), Palermo
Solo show at the “Il Cenacolo” Art Gallery (in March), Palermo
1969
Solo show at the “Portici” Art Gallery, Patti
1964
Solo show at the Patti “Pro Loco”
Solo show at the Hotel Miravalle, Naso