Le rotte dell’immaginazione

Giorgio Ramella

Le rotte dell’immaginazione, 2020.
Watercolour on paper.
Dimensions: 23×30 cm.

Ph credit & courtesy of the artist.


L’artista, da sempre attratto dai paesaggi esotici, dalle mitologie elleniche e dalle civiltà che si affacciano sul Mediterraneo, intraprende nel suo ciclo pittoricoo più recente, Il mare di Omero, un viaggio immaginario al fianco di Ulisse ripercorrendo i luoghi epici dell’Odissea e della Grecia antica. Il viaggio della conoscenza di Ulisse diventa anche quello dell’artista che si confronta con gli episodi del suo vagabondare per le coste del Mediterraneo.
E sempre nelle coste a Sud del Mediterraneo è ambientata la serie dedicata alla Posta Aerea all’epoca del colonialismo anglo-francese in Africa. L’artista come lo scrittore Emilio Salgari è reduce di viaggi nell’immaginazione storica e geografica di luoghi esotici. Il viaggio acquisisce perciò la forza metaforica di scoperta e conoscenza dell’ignoto.

Per l’artista questo periodo di confinamento è corrisposto con l’impossibilità di recarsi nel proprio studio e di poter proseguire e completare le proprie tele. Questo ha determinato un cambiamento nella scelta dei materiali e dei supporti, non pù tele ma semplici fogli da disegno su cui poter dare sfogo alla propria creatività. Questa serie di acquarelli sono la testimonianza di questo inatteso periodo storico, di un cambiamento nella vita professionale di ognuno di noi. Ma sono anche il sintomo di una creatività che non si può interrompere, una perenne esplorazione, tipica in Ramella, che si presta alla reinterpretazione dei luoghi domestici. Un viaggio dell’immaginazione fra le stanze della propria casa, fra gli elementi decorativi ed evocativi del proprio ambiente familiare. [V.C]


The artist has been always attracted to exotic landscapes, Hellenistic mythology and civilizations overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. In his most recent body of paintings, Il mare di Omero [The Homer’s sea], he makes an imaginary journey together with Ulysses. They travel across the epic places of the Odyssey and ancient Greek. The journey of Ulysses’ knowledge becomes a journey also for the artist, who is connected to the episodes of his wandering along the Mediterranean coasts.
The series dedicated to Airmail at the time of Anglo-French colonialism in Africa is also set on the coasts south of the Mediterranean Sea. The artist like the writer Emilio Salgari is just back from fictional travels in the historical and geographical exotic places. The journey, therefore, acquires the metaphorical force of discovery and knowledge of the unknown.

For the artist, this period of confinement coincided with the impossibility of going to his studio and being able to continue and complete his big paintings. This caused a change in the choice of media and materials. No longer paint on canvas, but simple drawing sheets on which he can express his creativity with manageable watercolours. This series dedicated at the artist’s home interiors is proving how the professional and everyday life is unexpectedly changed during this historical period. But these watercolours are also the symptom of ongoing creativity that looks constantly forward. This typical Ramella’s enduring exploration facilitates him in this reinterpretation of his domestic places. An imaginative journey among the rooms of his home, among the decorative and evocative elements of his familiar environment. [V.C]

Giorgio Ramella was born in Turin where he is living and working.

After his classical studies, he attended the course of painting of Enrico Paulucci and engraving techniques of Mario Calandri at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, Turin.

Since the 60’s his works appeared for the first time on the artistic scene with a group exhibition together with Ruggeri, Saroni, Soffiantino e Gastini at the La Bussola gallery. In 1964, he has his first solo show at the same gallery.
In 1965 Ramella obtained the first painting prize at the Villa San Giovanni National Award. In the following year, he participated in the International Youth Exhibition, a touring exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan, at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro in Venice and the Promoter of the Fine Arts of Turin. During this exhibition, curated by Guido Ballo, Ramella meets international artists.

Most recently, he presented thirty great works at the Vittoriano in Rome. The show was entitled “Ramella: from Graffiti to the East 1994-2006” curated by Enrico Crispolti.
At the Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin, the curator Lea Mattarella displayed twenty-five large canvases dedicated to the Orient and South areas well blended in the impressive spaces of this industrial architecture.

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