Antonio Pasciuti was born in Lacedonia. He moved to Santeramo in Colle since his early childhood, because of his father’s service needs as a teacher.
Enrolled at the University of Bari, at the Faculty of Economics and Commerce, he graduated in Foreign Languages. After a few years of teaching, he left school to devote himself exclusively to painting, thus following a vocation known in him since his childhood. He actively participated in national and international artistic life with exhibitions and competitions. He was known as “The Painter of Murge”.
After having dedicated almost his whole life to the landscape (of his adopted land, the “Murgia”) and to the study of colour, Pasciuti’s works, since the early 2000s, tended towards the informal and the abstract art. Some of his characteristic symbols of the figurative period, in an unconscious way, seemed to recur, revisited, in the informal artistic production of his later years.
Nevertheless, his painting remains very personal and pervaded by a profound love for the colour. The artist died on March 4th, 2021 in Acquaviva delle Fonti.
Antonio Pasciuti - Past and Present
“It can almost be said that I was really born with a pencil in my hand. As a child I drew everything I could with only a notebook and a pencil.
Having grown older I would certainly have chosen to enroll in some art institute, but my parents considered art school for "reckless" children. They directed me to more "serious" schools, so I soon found myself a Doctor of Foreign Languages, almost reluctantly. My love has always been drawing and painting. My first painted canvases were, in a sense, abstract. I loved and admired the free painting of Kandinsky and the post-war American painters, but university studies of French language and literature soon led me to the landscape of the Impressionists Sisley and Pisarro.
Until the mid-1990s I was known above all as a landscape architect. I obtained flattering results with the Santerasmo Club d’Arte in Milan since the late 1970s, seeing images of my works juxtaposed with those of great painters such as Fontana, Gattuso, Picasso, Campigli, Sironi, Piero Manzoni. (Espresso number 46 of 21 November 1982, Espresso number 45 of 11 November 1984, Miners club publications of the 90s).
But I owe the widespread diffusion of my works above all to “Ricordi” of Milan, which has printed and distributed my Affiches throughout the world for decades (see “Ricordi” catalogs of the 90s). For many years I have been present in all the valtour villages in the “Spagnoli” galleries of Florence. Today I am present from all over the world and seeing on the net you can personally realize what has been said here. For about 15 years, after having made an in-depth study of color and chromatic harmonies, I felt the need to return to the first love of informal and abstract painting.
I have cataloged 357 color harmonies. It seems almost impossible, considering that even the great painters, who have spent their lives on the search for color, have on average used or still use about fifteen chromatic harmonies in their works. The greatest difficulty is found in overcoming the obstacle of the retina of the human eye that cannot read the differences inserted in a very small part of the color range.
About this in the face of each chromatic harmony, I created a unique 25x30 work on heavy cardboard. All this gives the idea of what a very delicate amount of work I had to face (see Antonio Pasciuti monograph, Il Croma e I suoi processi armonici, 2005). It is a completely new work and probably never faced before by anyone.
Today I believe I have reached a full artistic maturity, since some of my symbols characteristic of the figurative period, in an unconscious way seem to recur in my informal artworks.
However, mine remains a very personal painting and pervaded by a deep love above all for color.”
Montecatini Terme, August 2017