ITALIAN MASTER PAINTER
“A figure must spring pure in the painting, as I conceived them the very first moment. Once finished it, I may devote myself to gaze at it and think over the implications it would mean.”
Saturno Buttò, born in Venice, Italy in 1957, studied at the prestigious liberal Fine Arts Academy in Venice. He started his exhibition career in 1993 when he published his first monograph titled “Portrayed from Saturn: 1989-1992.” Saturno Buttò’s artwork is characterized by a formal, yet supremely personal, interpretation of European sacred art and contains technical skills that are reminiscent of great masters of the European tradition. Wood painted figurative rituals, tableaux vivants, and neo-Gothic altarpieces are the skillful creations with which Butto extracts his fascinating mysteries of an “obscure spirituality.”
In Buttò’s visual narrative, the human figure is presented sacred while also having physical and psychological decadence. This concept is brilliantly illustrated by the juxtaposition between the body’s innate physical sensuality and its deeper spirituality. By portraying the conflict between eroticism and pain, transgression and rapture, Butto’s paintings examine closely the strict and conflicting vision of Western iconography through comparisons with the human body. The body is, on one side, exhibited like an object of cult, while simultaneously being denied its value of nascent beauty. He truly believes that his images express the spirituality and rigor that are peculiar to traditional sacred art and conceives each piece as if it was an altarpiece. It is a fascinating tension that, above all, exalts the human figure.
Among the distinguished collections in which the works of Buttò can be found:
• Musée De L’erotisme in Paris, France.
• L.A. County Museum of Art in California , U.S.
• Grattacielo pirelli palazzo della regione in Milan, Italy.
• Loggiato San Bartolomeo in Palermo, Italy.
• Magma Museum in Roccamonfina, Italy.