STEFANO PULEO

Early Years 1950 – 1975

Stefano Puleo was born in the province of Catania Acitrezza on 29th May, 1950.
His first approach to painting dates back to adolescence, when he saw up close the works of great masters like Guttuso, Migneco, Barbaro, Mirabella and many others who participated in the Acitrezza Award during the early sixties.

Aged 14, he enrolled at the Art School of Catania. The year 1966 dates his artistic debut in expositions and participation in competitions. At that time, his production mainly included  drawings and small sculptures. He held his first solo exhibition in 1970, at the G7 gallery in Catania and visited several European cities in the same year. He lived in Oslo for a while where he saw the works of Munch, but it was the whole historical period of expressionism that attracted his interest.

In 1972, he held an exhibition of one hundred drawings at the Zelantea Academy of Acireale and in 1974, he set up a solo exhibition of 40 drawings  and began a partnership that led him to make thirty etchings in two years, some of which are on show at the Underground gallery in Giarre.
The following two years he became assistant professor of art at the Art School of Catania and he set up an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures in La Vite gallery of Catania as well as exhibiting 100 drawings at the St. Luca Gallery in Verona.

Il Grande Albero, Big Tree
Il Grande Albero, Big tree - Oil on canvas - 160x130 cm, 2019.

The Exploit 1976 – 2000

At the beginning of the 1980s he started collaborating with by Giuseppe Fava in the drafting of the Journal of the South, producing political satire and grotesque satyr drawings for the magazine. That same year, he held solo exhibitions at La Vite Gallery in Catania and the Ghelfi Gallery in Verona.
The next year he exhibited his works at the Gregorian University in Rome and Lo Scudo Gallery in Verona, where we presented the collection, “The Circus”, with a presentation by J. P. Jouvet of Gibralfaro editions.

A collection of etchings entitled “Tribute to Rudy de Cadaval”- taken from his exhibitions  at La Vite Gallery in Catania – were edited in a book with text written by Domenico Cara. He took part in the Ibla Mediterranean Prize and won the New Generation Prize.
In 1982, he held solo exhibitions in the St. Luca Gallery in Verona and at Ghelfi Montecatini, where a monograph of his paintings entitled “Stefano Puleo” and edited by Ghelfi Edizioni in Verona, was presented. In 1983, there was another of oil painting, watercolours, drawings, prints presented at the St. Luca Gallery in Verona. He exhibited at the 1984 Art Expo in Bari.

In 1985, he organised another solo exhibition at the La Vite Gallery in Catania and in 1986, he held a solo exhibition at the Ghelfi Gallery in Verona, where the monograph, “Stefano Puleo Watercolors” – published by Ediarte, Milan, and text by Dario Colnago – was presented.
He contributed with his works at the Bidart event in Bergamo, 1987.  In 1991, the monograph “Stephen Puleo” was presented. Its material was taken from exhibitions at La Vite Gallery in Catania, while its text was written by Dario Micacchi. In the same year, he took part in the Fourth Bidart in Bergamo.

La Ragazza in Blu, The Girl in Blue
La Ragazza in Blu, The Girl in Blue - Oil on linen - 80x50 cm, 2018.
The 1990s

At the beginning of the 1990s, he held solo exhibitions at the following galleries: the Faustini in Florence, the Meridiana in Verona, Gallery 10 in Maratea, Marconi di Forte dei Marmi and the Meceden in Milazzo. In addition, the town of Laives, near Bologna, promoted a solo exhibition hosted by the Faustini gallery of Florence.
He also presented his work at the 1993 Bologna Art Fair and Art Expo in Bari, while in 1994, he held solo exhibitions at Palazzo Fizzarotti in Bari, Mediarte Art Gallery in Rome and Il Pozzo Gallery of Bellinzona.

Few years later he presented solo exhibitions at the Marconi di Forte dei Marmi Gallery, at the Faustini Gallery in Florence and at La Vite Gallery in Catania.
In 1998, he organised solo expositions at the Ars Italica Gallery in Milan, the former Carmelite church in Taormina and in the Church of Santacroce  at  Brisighella. He also exhibited travelling work entitled, “Sicily is an Archipelago” in Rome, New York, Palermo and Messina.

The Confirmation 2001 – 2020

Between the 2000 and 2010 he contributed to various exhibitions:

  • Solo exhibitions at Artexpo in New York, Tesion Telekommunikation Stuttgart and Galerie 4 in Freiburg.
  • Expo Arte in Bari, Art Expo in Udine and Art Padua 2001. His monograph, “Puleo”, was launched at Milan’s Press Club. In addition Domenico Montalto wrote it and TÉCHNE art editions published it soon after.
  • He won the Pulchra Ecclesia Prize – a series of art for sacred space – in Montichiari, near Brescia, as well as the Carthage International Prize in Hammamet, Tunisia.
  • Solo exhibition at the Norman Palace in Palermo and another solo in 2005, at the Sangiorgio Gallery in Milan.
  • Luxury & Yachts exhibition in Verona, Nonsolotarli in Rome, Antiques in Bari and Cremona Antiques in Cremona.
  • Two solo exhibitions at Palazzo Robellini in Acqui Terme and at the European Parliament Headquarters.
  • Solo exhibition at the Artistic Cultural Piedmont Gallery of Art in Turin.
  • Prof. Carlo Franza of the Press Club of Milan hosted the solo exhibition “Reality suspended” (catalogue by Silvia Editrice Publishers).
  • He won at the XXI edition of the Arts Award for Culture Prize (Critics Award), in Milan, and on the recommendation of Professor Carlo Franza.
  • Solo exhibition at Castel dell ‘Ovo, in Naples and after that became a member of the Arcane Movement.
Le Tre Bagnanti, Three Bathers
Le Tre Bagnanti, Three bathers - Oil on canvas - 160x130 cm, 2019.
The Last 10 Years

He received the “Gugliemo II” Award and for instance he has permanent work on display at the “Giuseppe Sciortino” Museum in Monreale, Palermo.
In the same year, he has also exhibited work at the Eden Fine Art Gallery, New York. Soon after, the National Museum of Lviv (Ukraine) acquires his work permanently.

In the following years he continued to show his work in many exhibitions like:

  • Teatro dei Dioscuri at the Quirinale Palace in Rome.
  • UN building (Human Contrasts – the masterpieces of the Italian art) in New York.
  • White Plains – Artswestchester at the National Arts Club in New York – Manhattan.
  • Palazzo Granafei-Norvegna in Brindisi.
  • Venice Biennale (Overplay).
  • GRM Law in London.
  • “Social realism in the land of the three seas” (Guttuso-Migneco –Puleo) – Exhibition of the Ticino banking society – Bellinzona (CH)
  • “Novecentismi” – (Migneco – Puleo – Rolfi – Sironi) -Museo Stadio di Domiziano – Rome
  • Present at the Art Expo in New York