Aldo Scialpi was born in Brindisi, Italy, on 11th April 1934. He started his artistic career in 1951 and since 1960 he has been present at important national and international Art events, taking part into more than 100 personal exhibitions and artistic shows in different Italian towns, among which:
Milano, Genova, Roma, Napoli, Ancona, Rimini, Verona, Ferrara, Novara, Biella, Ravenna, Sondrio, Pesaro, Reggio Calabria, Firenze, Siena, Sassari, Campione d'Italia (Co), Udine, Pompei, Iglesias, Bormio, San Leo (PS), Caramanico Terme (PE), Montaione (FI), Lesa (NO), Segrate (MI), Santhià (VC), Sora (FR), Borgosesia (VC), Santo Stefano di Zimella (VR), S. Giorgio a Cremano (NA), Foggia, Taranto, Fisciano (SA), Casarano (LE), Francavilla Fontana (BR), Mesagne (BR), Campobasso, Ostuni (BR), Cisternino (BR), San Paolo di Civitate (FG), Serranova (BR), Lecce, Torre Annunziata (NA), Santa Maria Capua Vetere (NA), Bari, Gallipoli (LE), etc. He exhibited his works also in Bordeaux (France) e Zurigo (Switzerland).
Being an attentive observer of painting trends and criticism, he never moved away from his personal view of the Figurative Art, which makes colour the most valid essence and trait the interpretation of reality.
In 1972 he was affected with a serious allergic form to his hands (intoxication by cobalt-
The frequent journeys along Italy and abroad let him discover suggestive landscapes, like those in Valtellina, from which he is inspired for his works LUCI MISTICHE (Mystic Lights).
The art critic Aldo BOTTINI has written about him: “Aldo Scialpi’s painting is a tension deriving from a harmonic view of colours particularly intense and expressing more and more that mysticism omnipresent by now in the Artist’s works. The graduality of chromatic tones shakes our senses more than any figure because we are allowed to get an excellent interpretation stated by a particular mood or need. A painting function, Scialpi’s one, highly conceptual , which offers the spiritual isolation of reflection to the visual understanding.
To be able to understand his painting it is necessary to obverse and observe again one of his works; in this way we can perceive how the Artist’s interior tension always succeeds in finding the right expression in the dazzling violence of colour. His is a painting which gets free from the naturalistic slavery, but, at the same time, the expressionistic vision coexists with reality. The perspective is given by a play of colours combined in sharp passages and the picture is often obtained by large strokes of the brush of colours thrown on canvas almost violently so that the chromatic effect gives shape to a convulsive plasticism.
In some of his works colours are combined without gradations of tone and with such impetuosity as to provoke the visual equivalent of a material laceration leaving a deep sense of anguish in the person who observes it.”
He has been given prominence for his artistic activity in newspapers (Corriere del Giorno, Il Messaggero, II Tempo, l'Arena, II Resto del Carlino, Corriere Adriatico, il Quotidiano, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, ecc.) and in about 200 among Art magazines and books (Dizionario Comanducci, Bolaffi, Comed, II Quadrato, I'Élite, ecc.).
Some of the Artist’s works belong to numerous private and public collections, in Italy and abroad. He is member of several Academies and Institutes of Culture:
Accademia Tiberina and Accademia Universale "G. Marconi" of Rome, Accademia dell'Arte dell'incisione -
Many critics wrote about him: Marco Manno, Domenico Cara, Szgény Laszlo, Carlo Emanuele Bugatti, Garusso, Mario Ulivi, Walter Visioli, Aldo Bottini, Carlo Patrizi, Berardo Taddei, Vittoria Gardani, Eleonora Cavallini, Michele Cennamo, Giorgio Falossi, Bernard Gauthron, Vincenzo Gubitosi, Toti Carpentieri, Italo Marucci, Emy Indini, Vito Cracas, Anna Francesca Biondolillo, Sandro Serradifalco, Mariarosa Belgiovine, Franco De Simone, Nadine Giove and others.
In September 2001, on the occasion of his personal exhibition, the Artist was given an acknowledgement for the 50 years of his artistic career by the Assessor for Culture of Pesaro.
He lives and works in Brindisi, Studio d’Arte: Via Giovanni XXIII,6/Abitazione:Via Schiena,8 -