Aldo Aytano
Tuscany - Italy

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Aldo Aytano

Born in Lucca in 1954.

Professor of Art at the Liceo Artistico di Lucca.

His early works were landscapes of the Garfagnana area, favourite subjects being the Alpi Apuane, but also alpine meadows, derelict farmhouses, stone cabins with thatched roofs, the silence of which is emphasised by the snow covering them. The work produced in the 80's was therefore entirely of mountain themes with few "primitive" paintings.

In the second half of the 80's the artist's attention was drawn away from hills and woodlands of the Garfagnana to the quarries of the Altissimo and he stayed there in order to study marble in great detail and the men quarrying it, cutting away the mountainside to extract this precious resource: a stone that is as white and cold as snow. A series of studies resulted the subjects of which are stone, blocks of marble, slumps and, of course, the quarries. This experience culminated in the production in 1987 of a dossier of collotype prints of the Tuscan landscape. The editors of the dossier "Immagini" were the Alinari brothers of Florence with an introduction by the famous writer from Lucca, Guglielmo Petroni.

In 1990 all the graphic art produced in the quarries was exhibited and promoted in the exhibition "Il Mestiere dell'Arte", organised by the municipal council of Pietrasanta (LU). At the same time the artist produced a series of oil paintings of the landscape around Volterra whose rolling hillsides seemed a pleasant relief after the characteristic cuts in the wounded mountains and the extreme verticality of the landscape where marble is quarried. The work of the 90's shows a search for new techniques but above all a search for new subject matter.

In January 1998 the artist took a new box of watercolours with him on his first trip to India which is echoed in numerous paintings with a strong use of yellow and orange. And it is a painting executed with these very same watercolours, "Autunno a Forci" (Autumn at Forci), painted that same year, that marked the start of a prolific period of artistic production that saw the use of completely new colours recently discovered in India that were later to become a hallmark of his painting. The year 1998 ended with an exhibition at the "Magazzino di Antonio" at Molina di Quosa (PI) where, together with two other artists, Carlo Carozzi and Gianfranco Saracini, he exhibited both the small watercolours executed in January in India and works painted that year that all have the same colours in common: intense vibrant yellow.

In 1999, still at the "Magazzino di Antonio", he held a personal exhibition where included among the many exhibits were two paintings on show for the first time the subjects of which were later to become the artist's favourites: the signalman's hut, "Casello di Venturina", and a pinewood in summer, "Estate a Riva Verde" (Summer at Riva Verde). From this time on, the artist concentrated on the stretch of coastline between Leghorn and Grosseto and the area around Follonica where he found the perfect places to inspire him.

The year 2000 was an important year for exhibitions and maybe also quite unique until now because this was the year when he took part in an exhibition entitled "Il Viaggio delle forme e dei colori" (A Journey through Form and Colour), promoted by the Soprintendenza ai Beni e ai Monumenti di Pisa (The Superintendency of Cultural Heritage) and organised by the Pinacoteca di Volterra (Volterra Art Gallery). More than 18 were exhibited many of which were works painted in Follonica.

2001 was a highly productive year for the artist varying from small and very detailed watercolours, because of the choice of subject matter and the details, to large-scale oil paintings. One in particular called "Una notte piena di speranza" (A Night of Hope) tackles the theme of non-European immigrants and their struggle to find a place to sleep for the night. The painting shows the abandoned signalman's hut at Venturina late at night with a light from one of the windows shining onto the railway line.

In 2002 at the summer exhibition of the "Soffitta nella strada" in Sarzana the artist showed the finished "Una notte piena di speranza" together with other smaller works on the theme of the "signalman's hut" and "summer pine forests" at the exhibition called "Tra luce e colore" (Between Light and Colour), organised in an art gallery in Via Fiasella.

In 2003 he showed once again at the summer exhibition of the "Soffitta nella strada" in Sarzana with the exhibtion "Fra i pini il mare" (Among Pine Woods the Sea) where he showed two new large works, a signalman's hut at night, the "Casello di Nozzano" and a brightly-lit pine wood "Tempesta di luce a Riva Verde" (Stream of Light at Riva Verde) with other smaller works inspired by the pine woods around the bay of Viareggio.

In 2004, at the "Murabilia" flower and horticultural show, the artist presented his most recent works mainly depicting the pine woods of the Mediterranean.

His current artistic production is marked by an important new inspiration: his discovery and growing interest in ceramics. Aldo Aytano began creating ceramics in 2005, mainly in the studio of Franco Francesconi Pietrasanta in collaboration with Massimo Gentile, but also in Montelupo Fiorentino.

Ceramic forms are a great discovery, but especially ceramic color, the way the enamel lends such polish and luminosity to the painted figures. This has inspired him to transpose many of the watercolors he paints into ceramic pieces at the same time.
The result is a large collection of ceramic panels on marine themes and also with scenes from circus shows. But most of his production is devoted to a variety of decorative ceramic plates, large bowls, and vases cast in archaic forms, with abstract decorations. Warm, oriental colors inspired by numerous trips to India have become his natural idiom. The decorations are infused with a geomantic sense, the desire to express inner feelings in the signs of the earth.

All the ceramic forms and pieces described here are presented for the first time to the general public at the 74TH INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS SHOW in Florence, in the Visions section at the Cavaniglia Pavilion for Italian and foreign enterprises dedicated to innovation, design and research. He showed his works at the 3rd annual MOAC 2010, from August 20 to 29 at the Flower Market of Valle Armea di San Remo, and at the Murabilia Quality Amateur Gardening Market and Show at the city walls of Lucca, from September 3 to 5, 2010, where he showed his ceramic works and sculptures.

All ceramic items are created solely for artistic purposes and are not suitable for food-related uses. Bowls, platters and decorative plates can be used as containers for holding fruits and vegetables, but are not meant for salads, fruit salads or cooked foods such as pasta, meat or fish.