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Cohen

Vincenzo

ITALY

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“The power of creation lies in its message because art can be a means to combat violence. Art is an expression of nature and its potency..."

A polyhedric artist, Vincenzo Curcio’s production is the result of a continuous process of historical-scientific research addressed to the representation of cultural content with a naturalistic and social background. Vincenzo is involved in Wildlife Conservation and often travels through Africa and Middle East to get inspiration for his art production.

According to historical tradition the Gorgon Medusa was once a beautiful princess of
Libya. The myth informs us that Athena, jealous of her beauty, turned her into a monster by the
serpentine hair and flaming eyes with petrifying power. The artwork performed in 2021 belongs to "Portraits in red and grey" Collection. The painting depicts her in
its seductive power, wrapped in the mist of mystery with fluctuating hair in which snakes creep.

Much of his work consists in reworking of life experiences by using different media, through an expressionist style, by means of photography or through the combination of both techniques. His artistic path is characterized by an eclectic style and is divided into three core themes: historical portrait, wildlife extinction and marine nature. Recently Vincenzo has published his personal art catalogue and some of his artworks are present in prestigious international publications.

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The artwork represents Priapus, deity and symbol of fertility. Its cult
dates back to the ancient Greece and come from Anatolia. The god would arouse the wrath of Hera, which for revenge would give him
a giant phallus. The artwork performed in 1999 by observing a model, belongs to the "Twilight" Collection and was named this way for the position recalling
the act of fertilization. It represents the savage, the instinctive, the beastly, the freedom from social conventions and superstructures.

The artist’s path is mostly focused on the theme of nature and on the environmental issues, since childhood, when the artist after a trip to Africa, had a strong African sickness.

“My artistic path is characterized by an eclectic style and is divided into three core themes: historical portrait, wildlife extinction and marine nature.”

The vision of uncontaminated and wild spaces constitutes for him an ancestral recall to the state of nature and awakens the belonging to a primitive state in which man and nature lived in a deep symbiotic relationship. From these reflections comes, in the artistic imagination, the need to communicate, through art, a message of environmental protection and conservation.

Vincenzo Cohen (birth name, Vincenzo Curcio) is an Italian classically trained nature artist and photographer. He was born in Zurich (Switzerland) and after spending his childhood in South Italy he moved to Rome to undertake academic studies. In 2002 he graduated in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts and in 2005 he held his first Solo Exhibition. In 2007 he achieved the second master's degree in Archaeological Sciences from the "La Sapienza" University in Rome. He currently works as Higher Education Art Teacher in Italy.

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The art collections, performed over the years, address each differently the nature theme.

The artwork represents the Cretan shepherd Magnes, from whom Plinius the Elder makes derive the term
"magnetism". In his Naturalis historia he tells that the shepherd walking on Mount Ida
he accidentally discovered the properties of magnetite when the nails of
his shoes were suddenly attracted by magnetite rocks. The work symbolizes
man’s belonging to matter which, through the magnetic force of gaze,
emanates luminescent flows. The painting belongs to the "Portraits in red and grey" Collection.

"Reinterpreting myths through human experience, fighting injustice, breaking silence, shooting down the barriers of diversity by erecting the breastplate of inner force, elevating himself from the delirium of creation for not to die in the darkness of forgetfulness.”

The painting, created for the Dante Alighieri International Prize, is inspired by the commemorative monument created in 1865 by the sculptor U. Zannoni and placed in Piazza dei Signori in Verona. The artwork represents the great poet of the national literary tradition according to Boccaccio's description "with a long face and an aquiline nose. (..) large jaws (...) and always a melancholy and pensive face". The figure of the poet wrapped in the lucco, typical vest, stands out austere against the infernal scenery in its composure and reflective solemnity. In the background are represented the souls of the lustful, placed in the second circle of hell (Inferno, canto V). Condemned for having abandoned themselves to carnal sin and having suffered a violent death, they are enveloped in eternal flames and dragged impetuously from side to side by the currents of the infernal whirlwind. Among the figures represented are the two lovers Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, held in a suspended embrace, and the Carthaginian queen Didone.

The collections Italica and Portraits in red and grey deal with the theme of body representation in its different shapes and manifestations, as an expression of nature.

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