Each sign lives on its own unlimited freedom
Marcello Scarselli was born in Santa Maria a Monte, in the province of Pisa, in 1953.
After graduating from the Istituto Tecnico of Pontedera (Technical State School), he attended courses in drawing, carving and subsequently a course in engraving at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (International School of Graphics) “Il Bisonte” in Florence, where he got his love for printmaking techniques − such as collograph, from Manuel Ortega. Marcello Scarselli started his artistic career in the 1970s, taking part in several collective exhibitions, as well as in the lively debate in aesthetics of that period. Decisive for his vocational training was the meeting,
friendship and cultural exchange with several Tuscan artists such as Paolo Grigò and Mario Madiai, as well as his knowledge of internationally renowned artists such as Ennio Calabria and Giancarlo Ossola.
With his early works, Marcello Scarselli intends to achieve a realistic representation; subsequently, he turns towards the depiction of a pictorial “reality” – discovered in his inner being through memory and intuition and expressed through a constant experimentation of techniques and cutting-edge contents. As noted by the critic Joseph Cords, “Much of the criticism has often already stressed the ductile complexity and stylistic eclecticism that feeds the synthesis, which the artistic language of Marcello Scarselli gradually reaches: abstract and informal expressionism, gestures of signs and a childishly dreamlike language.” Dino Carlesi, a poet and an art critic, points out: “A remarkable graphic sense gives new impetus to the works of Marcello Scarselli. Every sign lives on its own limitless freedom, takes up the sheet in its own way, as if to mean the emptiness of reality; grey vertical traces matched with circles, parallel planes interrupted by almost figural hieroglyphs, kites, moons, stairs and heads, figures that hide behind evanescent stripes. Nevertheless, beyond the specific meanings, everything implies a narrative urgency, as though the lyrical sign became a word and a symbol.”
As stated by the critic Nicola Nuti, “After having added a realist touch to his painting and plastic representation, Marcello Scarselli has gradually felt the need to experience abstract dynamics or, at least, structures whose figurative frameworks are profitably altered in contact with the linguistic synthesis of non-traditional forms. The result was a set of intrinsically lyrical – albeit anything but narrative and descriptive, compositions. Marcello Scarselli matches the memory of signs and forms with naturalistic horizons, i.e., he retains the emotional mark of things without denying the images and archetypes through which they have been impressed on the collective consciousness. Although this Tuscan artist started his artistic career in the early 1970s, his curiosity and the desire to enhance his style led him to a skilful selection of places and opportunities to exhibit his works.”
His work as a painter has increased during the years through a constant exhibition activity in Italy and abroad (Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Portugal), with wide-ranging solo exhibitions, such as that at the “Maison d’Italie” (Cité Universaitaire) in Paris and that at the “Foire de Nice” (Fair of Nice), by invitation of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in France. In addition to the pictorial arts, Marcello Scarselli has dealt with sculpture, carving the old stone coat of arms of the Sindacato Pescatori (Union of Fishermen) placed in the palace of the Del Rosso family, cited on the historical walls of Bientina (province of Pisa) and a bronze bas-relief depicting Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (Vittorio Emanuele Square). Besides, he created for his town the “rag” for the Palio delle Contrade (Palio of the Quarters) in 2002.
Among his works, we can mention some art labels for fine wines produced in Bolgheri, created for the exhibition “Versilia Wine Art”, organized by Lodovico Gierut.
Between 2010 and 2011, he took part in the traveling collective exhibition – hosted in twelve famous places of Tuscany, “50 pittori toscani per 50 cantanti toscani” (50 Tuscan painters for 50 Tuscan singers), with a work dedicated to the “Baustelle” rock band.
In 2011, the English critics selected him for an international exhibition at the Royal Opera Arcade – Pall Mall, in London. In 2012, he painted for the Municipality of Pontedera “Omaggio a Renzo Remorini” (A Tribute to Renzo Remorini) − hosted at the Centro La Badia (Centre “La Badia”). One of his works is part of the Contemporary
Art Gallery of “Il Ciocco”, in Barga (province of Lucca). Some of his works were also the subject of locations for advertising photo shoots, such as the Del Tongo/Delta Group’s commercial catalogue “Dream design” (2006) and the catalogue Soggetto-Oggetto (Subject-Object) Art (2012).
He is included in the catalogue of the 2011 and 2012 edition of the Enciclopedia d’Arte italiana (Encyclopaedia of Italian Art).
In 2012, Marcello Scarselli was one of the main artists at the Rita A. Dollmann’s photographic exhibition “Lo spazio e l’artista” (The Space and the Artist) – last act of the reportage made in the art studies and hosted at the Castello Ginori di Querceto in Montecatini Val di Cecina (province of Pisa).
In 2013, there was the remarkable traveling exhibition – organized by Giuseppe Cordoni and Filippo Lotti, “Humanitas Machinæ (il lavoro dipinto, the painted work)”, with stopovers at Palazzo Medici Riccardi (Florence), Palazzo Mediceo (Serravezza – province of Lucca) and the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera (province of Pisa).
In 2014, after the collective exhibition “Il Muro – 25 anni dopo (The Wall, 25 Years After)” at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Rome, he donated one of his works to the Embassy, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the same year, the cover of the book of poems “Strana-mente distratti dalla vita (Strange-ly Distracted by Life)” by Italo Zingoni bears the representation of one of his works – and some of his paintings are included in the volume.
2015 Personal “The fragrance of the wind” in the Monumental Church of San Francesco in Gualdo Tadino (Pg), edited by Catia Monacelli and Filippo Lotti, “Suggestions” to the headquarters Carismi of Lucca and the great exhibition at Palazzo Pretorio of Certaldo ( Fi) entitled “Ignis – My gesture”, curated by Filippo Lotti and Roberto Milani. In the same year the collective “Italian Art Expo” by Vittorio Sgarbi at Villa Bagatti Valsecchi Varedo (Mb). Present in the catalog “Modern Art Yearbook 2015” Edition Acca Rome. In 2016, the exhibition “From the Earth to the sky,” Polo Museale Gualdo Tadino edited by Catia Monacelli and Francesca Sacchi Tommasi with the participation of Mogol and Vittorio Sgarbi – The monumental sculpture in corten in San Miniato Basso commissioned by the municipality and.
The art fair in Innsbruck in 2016, the art fair in Lugano 2017, the painting staff at Torre Civica Bientina with the Galleria Fiordamaro and the solo exhibition at the Palazzo Pegaso of the Tuscany Region of Florence curated by Riccardo Ferrucci. “In 2018 the personal exhibition at the Simmi Gallery “Simbola” curated by Luca Nannipieri and the great painting and sculpture exhibition “Il rumore della materia” at Palazzo Dei Priori Volterra curated by Elena Capone and Filippo Lotti.
He is cited by several personalities from the world of art and culture − Salvatore Amodei, Sandra Campaioli, Elena Capone, Dino Carlesi, Renato Civello, Giuseppe Cordoni, Giovanni Faccenda, Riccardo Ferrucci, Catia Giaccherini, Lodovico Gierut, Egidio Innocenti, Filippo Lotti, Mario Meozzi, Nicola Micieli, Roberto Milani, Franco Milone, Catia Monacelli, Nicola Nuti, Bruno Pollacci, Daniela Pronestì, Mario Rocchi, Alessandra Scappini, Giandomenico Semeraro, Alessandro Toppi, Ursula Vetter, Luca Nannipieri.
Many of his works are included in public and private collections, both in Italy and abroad.
He lives and works in Bientina, in the province of Pisa.