Emidio De Stefano
Since he was a child, Emidio De Stefano, born in Oria (near Brindisi) has felt a deep commitment and attraction to drawing, particularly portraiture. Traditionally he was pushed to classical studies. Following his graduation, he moved to Rome to pursue his dream: to live his own life for art and with art. De Stefano graduated from the Academy of Art university in Ravenna and was awarded with the best qualification degree. He then worked at the Academy for three years as a painting assistant. Artist at 360 degrees, in his way to art he has sounded various themes: from the figurative art to the abstract, from the portrait to the still life, from minimalism to conceptual, without losing his reference point, that is to say the roots of the European culture.
He's opposed to the serial painting and to the fashion art and he has a predilection for the researching painting, faithful to the continual becoming of experience and feelings. His attitude is "démodé" and anachronistic to the Art market, that is requesting the obsessing repetition of an art kind, frequently confused with "pictorial personality", to the detriment of quality and innovation. In 1996 Emidio De Stefano started a new technical research. He draws the materials from illustrative and media magazines in order to create a different world, less epidermic and superficial. He's creating works through swarming cards, without giving up the formal balance and without deserting the traditional stress on tonality. In September 2008 he exhibited the result of this research in an important art show "Constructive Recycling" organized by the Municipality of Ferrara, which took place in the Museum "Casa Ariosto".
He has exhibited his works in Ferrara, Lido di Spina (at Remo Brindisi's museum), Paris, Munich, Ravenna, Oria, Brindisi (and surroundings), Arquà Petrarca, Gorizia and Salzburg. He lives in Ferrara where he teaches in the private Academy of Art "S. Nicolò".