Salvatore ZofreaArt / ESL . . .
The Odysee of Salvatore Zofrea A Personal Response

‘What it means, this leaving the place where your ancestors’ bones lie in the local churchyard, the streets where you first played games, or the field you first ploughed, the food that seemed, once, to be the only food a man might eat, since it was what the land produced and your mother knew how to cook most of all, language, the words through which the whole world of the senses, all you saw and heard and touched, was alive on your tongue. To leave that for a place where all that is most immediate to your nature must be forever not just different but second-hand and questionable, where the life you live, however real and hard the conditions of it, and whatever success you may have there, will always, to a degree, be ghostly, since it is a second life. . .’


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Zofrea's Woodcuts
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Salvatore Zofrea was born in Borgia, Italy in 1946. He migrated to Australia in 1956. He studied at the Julian Ashton School in Sydney and with Henry Justelius. In 1981 he received the Power Bequest Grant to study in Paris for six months. In 1985 he received the Churchill Scholarship to study fresco painting in Italy.
Today he is a celebrated artist, having won numerous prizes, awards and wide gallery representation for his richly coloured paintings and powerfully themed woodcuts. His work features sensuous, expressionistic colour and a richness of input from his imagination and experience.

Salvatore Zofrea’s series of forty woodblock prints, Appassionata, is a meditation upon his family history and personal memories. The works are rendered in black and white from roughly and expressively carved compositions that include his extended family and friends as subjects. These works explore the artist’s development and influences as a young boy in Borgia, Italy, representing the simplicity of children’s games to complex religious festivals and hard peasant work. His migration to Australia and emotional journey to manhood are realised in dramatic detail through his use of the woodcut.

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