Francesco Giombarresi

//Francesco Giombarresi
Francesco Giombarresi

Francesco Giombarresi was born in Vittoria (Sicily) in 1930 and died in 2007.
After the separation of his parents, which was hard on him and his 2 siblings, he taught himself painting with a lot of imagination. At the age of 12 he continues to paint more
and more intensely, between poverty, misunderstanding, and continuous clashes with his parents.
In 1954 he moved to Comiso (Sicily) where he married Biagia Aprile who gave him five children.
His life becomes more difficult, being under pressure to provide for his family. Unsatisfied that there isn’t enough time nor materials to paint, he invented other –sometimes
slightly eccentric- ways to paint; sometimes he woke up his wife, took a rectangle of cloth from the bedsheet and some simple ink and forced her to pose for him.

Having obtained an elementary license in 1958 from outside, he fails to use it profitably, so, disappointed, he destroys almost all of his paintings, promising himself not to
waste any more time with colours.
He emigrated to France, then went to Milan and finally to Germany, where the very hard work as a woodcutter did not prevent him from admiring the Nordic nature and the
gothic architecture that he represented on cardboard prices. Within a few months he created a large number of works that he exhibited in an exhibition whose success
satisfied him.Reassured, but physically tired, he returned to Sicily discouraged and sad, after having thrown all the German production off the running train. A Comiso greater
awareness of himself induces him to refuse the life of before and to seek realizations and consents in the art.
He began to exhibit and in 1969 he was finally recognised nation-wide, thanks to a long critical essay dedicated to him by Leonardo Sciascia in the Corriere della Sera
Newspaper.
This launched him into the Italian and international cultural and artistic world. Trips and long stays in Italy and abroad, exhibitions and meetings with famous personalities,
became his daily life from then on.
Particularly significant is the stay in the Veneto region where Piero Chiara opened the doors to the local cultural environment. Travels and exhibitions abroad, in New York,
Los Angeles and later in Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain, France, Sweden, Luxembourg, Hungary, Australia, Venezuela, India, and all over the world, allow it to get to know
some of the most important contemporary painters, such as Picasso, Kokoschka, De Chirico, Sassu, Guttoso, Ligabue, Carrà, Zaccanero, Annigoni, Fiume as well as men of
culture such as the aforementioned Sciascia, Chiara and Gesualdo Bufalino, who all appreciate him.
In 2005, Domenico Amoroso dedicated a “Homage” to him, with an exhibition at the MACC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Caltagirone), first recognizing his membership in
Art Brut.