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Politi's career as a painter and sculptor began in 1968, at the age of fifteen, when he began his research with colour stratification using tempera, alcohol, ink and fire. An affirmed non-conformist, Politi has worked his meticulous magic using the diversity of nature as the source for his explorations in colour. His arbitrary use of subtle gradations of colour and luminous light can be seen in his imaginary landscapes where a feeling of vastness is achieved through an ingenious use of scale. Freed from the constraints of having to merely reproduce nature in a representative manner, Politi creates his own reality, with own its implicate and explicate order. The implicate order is found in the original abstraction of nature in his mind, the explicate order is illustrated through the actual work.

Politi has also ventured into pure abstraction, characterized by an intense carnal automatism where colour and form are fervently woven together re-creating his mental and emotional states. These paintings reveal his interior pensiveness, where solitudes of infinite distance are examined, natural diffused light is abandoned for the translucent light which glitters through the veil of the material world. Politi’s images precise illusions of poetry, suggest the mysterious, imperishable and vast reality that is immanent in and yet transcendent of our material world.

In his figurative work, Politi uses the recurring image of the body to explore themes of alienation and degradation in our modern technological world. His figurative work, reveals the progressive analysis, breakup, and rearrangement of form while allowing the human quality of his subject to show through. This allows us to be spectators at the moment when a person experiences a personal dread; the soul is shown naked, with its fears, guilt, and countless subtle emotional perturbances. These painting reveal that for Politi, the abstract and the sensuous co-exist in a reality where the threshold between metaphysical and the carnal is continuously crossed.

Politi is an artist who manipulates colour, form, and the human image, fabricating illusions in order to expose his inner reality. Through his imagination, we enter a journey of transcendence, Indeed, for Politi, works of art are the primary vehicles for transcendence.



Born in Brindisi, Italy in 1953, Germinio Pio Politi moved to Canada in 1980. He studied in Taranto, Italy at the Institute “Lisippo” where he graduated in Artistic Oriented Studies.

Politi formally started his career in 1968. A painter as well as a sculptor, he was one of the pioneers of performances and artistic installations. Politi participated in many collective art exhibitions in Italy, in addition to artistic and cultural exchanges with France, Germany, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. Involved in various theatrical productions, the collaborated in theatrical collectives as well.

His research in colour stemmed from study and production of informal works along with experimentation on defining his technique with tempera, alcohol, ink and fire. Many of his works, for years reflected a complete loss of human representation, along with a focus on nature’s colour and space as influenced by Canadian landscape. The creation of imaginary landscapes of different types is a recurring topic in some of his paintings, however, the human figure, has now resurfaced in his works. Many of Politi’s paintings are an expression of moments of his physically troubled life.

Politi’s philosophy in life has always been to open oneself to different experiences, This extended to the experimentation of both body and soul through yoga, vegetarianism, oriental philosophies and various religions.

Particularly revealing was his artistic, as well as personal experience with the mentally and physically challenged, which confirmed to him that people with special needs hide unlimited expressive capabilities.

In summary, his works are powerful and unique in style, paralleling his character in true life





© Germinio Politi 2009