ooking at the tree of life and moving around it to admire the shape, could happen to “stumble” in the roots !!! How much irony accompanied the Creator’s genius, while He entrusted the tree’s life to its least refined parts !!! They are there, bent and silent; occasionally they emerge from the ground by letting us see them, and are always accompanied by a bit of mystery. They are placed at the bottom to remind the tree that however hard he tries to reach new heights, his home is in the ground, from where draws strength and sap! Sometimes happens that the man wants to imagine himself, forgetting his origins.
Claudio Rossetti was born in Naples right in the middle of the Italian economic boom, in which also his father was involved. His industry, in fact, in that period was a supplier of “Southern Electric Company” (today “Enel”) and emerged in the field of the electromechanical industry becoming a leader. The little Claudio, in his childhood, alternated periods of vivacity to most introspective and deep moments, in which he shut in “his world”; a world that only his mother is able to perceive and understand. With his poetic sensibility and through the improvisation of workshops, she involved him in various artistic activities. With her, Claudio and his brothers spent long periods in a mountain house, thanks to which they discovered the beauty of creation, the love for nature and animals. Claudio lived in a special way all this, because, being born colorblind and deaf in one ear, strongly developed its ability to meditate and “observe”. The mountains, in fact, in his perception were the “waves of the sky”, and when the others smiled in listening to his descriptions, he did not understand them and remained astonished.
On the way back, everything was different. Those moments of lightheartedness and intimacy were replaced by the much more practical and chaotic reality of the city. Precisely in this environment the father wanted Claudio to live, and during growth led him to be different from what he really was: a contemplative boy, a dreamer soul. Subsequently her mother fell ill and moved away from home for long periods of treatment.The family perceived all the emptiness that her absence created. Especially for Claudio this lack was filled with despair, and he found his only refreshment by estranging and immersing himself in colors and drawing. Later, because of the many work commitments of the father, he was forced to spend a period in college.
On his return, Claudio received the compulsory education, and at school experienced all the effects of his “diversity”. He Anxiously awaited the hours of “drawing”, in which he felt in the right place and understood by teachers, who read in his drawings a potential talent. According to his father opinion, cultivating this passion was useless and unproductive. He wanted his son to undertake scientific studies with the target of a future engineering degree. This, he said, would have allowed Claudio to continue his role of industrial, but with more skills.
But the discomfort of a life that was not his own, and especially the tragic news of her mother’s death, led him to run away from home. After several moments of discouragement, he managed to get in touch with the theater world, getting scriptures for many theater companies and working with actors such as Mariano Rigillo, Pupella May, Ugo Pagliai and Paola Gassman, Renzo Giovanpietro. He first played the role of toolmaker, then of stagehand and chief stagehand.The long tours allowed him to travel throughout Italy and to make many friends. During holiday periods he could also afford to reach further destinations, such as Netherlands, France, former Yugoslavia.
At the end of this experience Claudio was very sad, and seems to have no solid roots.
The questions and doubts throw him in deep existential crisis.
Although his artistic work continued with Lucio Dalla, Valeria Moriconi, Giampiero Ingrassia, Edy Angelillo, Fabio Ferrari, Franca Valeri and Sergio Fantoni, he felt a strong emptiness that not even the travels and the passion for photography could fill.
He had the desire to make peace with his father and accepted his proposal for a job in the family business, provided that he could take time to cultivate his passion for art. He rediscovered his city, his affections, the childhood friends, and above all he knew a new reality, a new “family”: his brothers evangelical Christians. The new life was exuberant in all senses. A real relationship with his father arose, and he helped Claudio to realize his dreams.
Right in the middle of this sense of anxiety, Rossetti was reached by the light of God’s Word, the Bible, which upset every thought and cleared any uncertainty. He felt the need to get back to that depth, that desire for the infinite that he had experienced as a child. After this glorious event, the artist decided to leave the theater world and, after twenty years, to return to the passion for drawing and painting. Later he also discovered the love for poetry. Rossetti participated in his first exhibition of painting and poetry at the International Festival of Ecology in Grosseto, and once again a year later as set designer and organizer of a traveling exhibition of drawings and paintings made by problematic children from Campania.
Afterwards, the artist received many awards from various art academies; published his works in annuals and magazines and his poems in poetry anthologies. In 2011, Rossetti took part in a collective of contemporary art at the “Museum Sciortino” in Monreale (Palermo), and his painting “God is Love” became part of the museum’s collection.
Soon after he participated with a solo exhibition at “Museum of Ethnography” in St. Petersburg. Subsequently showed his works in a collective to “la Maison de l’Italie” in Paris. This was for the artist a very productive period in which he delighted in creating very vivid figurative paintings. His past experiences led Rossetti to have a style all his own, and the years of contact with the stage, the scenograpies, the light plays, allowed him to experience the three-dimensional and bright art, in which all “shadows” disappeared.
The love that God poured abundantly inside him, pushed him to accept the invitation to participate in a Christian “Mission of Mercy” in India. Here the encounter with poverty was even stronger, but this time his heart’s joy to make the difference. After this “mission” that had the purpose of bringing food and offers and that allowed the construction of wells and of a high school, he received together with other fellow travelers an exceptional “welcome back” from the Neapolitan Christian community.
His faith allowed him to have a full community life and to participate in other activities, such as “the island of youth”(an initiative aimed to families and especially to children living in difficult situations), during which he played the role of “Mister Bobo”, a funny clown who welcomed and entertained the children.
In 2014 was selected and valued by Vittorio Sgarbi for the publication of art books “Porto Franco” (“the artists legitimized by Sgarbi”) and “Artisti”. In addition he is among the artists of the “LAB Project Orler”, takes part to the ”Affordable Art Point” and to many TV programs on “Style Channel”.
In 2013 Rossetti received the “Peace Prize” by the ambassador of world peace, Sandro Pulin. In the same year he was selected for the foreign galleries and published in multilingual volume “Gallery”, edited by Paul Levi and Sandro Serradifalco. In Palermo, the artist was one of the participants at the event “Art and legality against mafia oppression”.
The paintings and poems of Claudio Rossetti reflect his strong spirituality, whose fulcrum is the encounter with God as a loving Father: faith irradiates the depths of man’s soul and expands in the heart as the light of early morning.
This is for him an experience to share with the world, especially with the “unlistened”. That’s why he has also started a collaboration with “ADI-Lis Pro Sordi”, interpreters of Italian sign language for deaf.
Published in the art review “Art Effect” (January / February 2015), Claudio Rossetti has been selected for a particular editorial project curated by José Van Roy Dali (Salvador Dalì’s son), which in April will see him a protagonist of “Artist in history”, together with other 130 colleagues. They will be guests in Barcelona, at the European Museum of modern Art on the occasion of “1st European Biennial of Arts”.
At the same time his works are exhibited in the suggestive Kajava Gallery in Helsinki and in the Alviks Bibliotek in Stockholm. This project, “ScandinaviArt”, has seen Finland and Sweden play a central role, being destinations traditionally attentive to every form of art and culture that distinguishes our country. It was an initiative symbol of a dynamic cultural exchange with Italy.