La Cognata Giovanni

Giovanni La Cognata was born in 1954 in Comiso (Ragusa), where he still lives and works. After studying at the Comiso Academy, he devoted himself to painting.

His first collective exposition was held in 1978. Initially, he worked only in portraiture, but after a short time he put his attention towards depicting landscapes. This was to be crucial to his growth and development of the poetic style.

Important for his education was his decision, in the first 80's, to move to Milan. There he acquired more professional contacts and had the opportunity to show his work to gallery owner and critics.

After almost 10 years of activity in Milan he realized that his biggest source of inspiration still remained the landscape of Sicily and the inexorable attraction it exercised. He recreates the "real" and grand emotions of Mediterranean light: the turning point in his paintings. They vibrate with new colors, capturing the dazzling blue of the skies, igniting the yellows of summer camps, and animating the greens of spring.

For a decade, his painting reflected the changing seasons and the intense colors of the Sicilian landscapes, where the light and long shadows of silence and loneliness are natural.

It is the landscape of inland Sicily that the artist always prefers, far from the touristic resorts on the coast. He goes amongst the local people in the lively old town of Ragusa, but also into the semi-deserted suburbs of large urban centers. There are frequent views of rural areas, with vast expanses of wheat dotted with olive and carab trees, but many are also dominated by urban visions of beautiful Baroque palaces.

Among the most recent exhibitions: “Sikelia” (July 2007) at Palazzo Ducale in Sabbioneta, followed by another solo exhibition under the same name in October  at  the Forni Gallery in Bologna. In 2007 he also exhibited at a show at the Fondazione Bufalino in Comiso. In 2008 he had an exhibition at the “Storie e ritratti di Sicilia” at the Studio Forni in Milan, and finally, his last solo exhibition, entitled “Srovolando gli Iblei” was in January at the Forni in Bologna.

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