RUGGIERO DI LOLLO : BIOGRAPHY

 

 

1943        Ruggiero Di Lollo was born on 9th June in Agnone (Molise).

 

1953        He paints his first watercolour pictures.

 

1954        He attends  Vocational School, then Technical Industrial Secondary School, specializing in Mechanics. Studying wood, metals and use of machinery enables him to get acquainted with materials and acquire the skill to use them, which proved useful for him during the preliminary stages of his sculptures.

 

1959        He studies privately to be accepted at Secondary Art School in Rome where he moves. His teachers include Afro, Capogrossi and Turcato. He shows a great interest in the cultural environment of the capital which is very lively in these years.

 

1963        He attends the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where Mino Maccari teaches him the techniques for engraving. In this period he takes part in various public exhibitions. In the summer he works in Agnone where he paints mountain scenes. He meets the doctor-poet Camillo Carlomagno with whom he establishes a rewarding artistic harmony, especially with regards to Franciscan subjects. The following works belong to this period: 12 large coloured ink pictures that describe the "Cantico delle Creature" (Song of Creatures) (now conserved in the Convent of  Capuchin Fathers in Agnone), 184 coloured ink pictures for Carlomagno's book "Pellegrino in Terra Santa" (A Pilgrim in the Holy Land), a plaster cast sculpture "Venere che nasce dalle acque con le conchiglie" (Venus born from the waters with seashells) and some pictures inspired by his poems.

 

1965    He paints a series of pictures inspired by natural phenomena. In Rome he discovers the artistic avant-gardes of those years, regularly visiting museums and also modern and contemporary art galleries. He exhibits his works at the "Palazzo delle Esposizioni" Art Gallery in Rome.

 

1966    His black ink pictures for Camillo Carlomagno's book "La Vetta" (The Summit)  belong to    

    this year.

 

1967   He graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. He travels around Greece to see for himself the true masterpieces of our origins and the Places where they were born.

 

1968        He experiments with new painting materials, using plastic instead of colours and then he uses nitro-colours on marino plywood panels which can be joined together in large dimensions.

 

1969        He paints his first nitro-on-metal panels which can also be joined together in large dimensions. He publishes his book "Rapidi segni sull'arte" (Rapid signs on art).

 

1970        He does his Military Service as a common soldier at the Military Prison in Gaeta. He continues his pictorial research until he succeeds in reducing his shapes to mere horizontal lines, with extreme compositive austerity.

 

1971        He exhibits his nitro-on-metal panels and his plastic art for the first time at the "La Nuova Loggia" Art Gallery in Bologna with an introduction to his catalogue written by Filiberto Menna. He travels around Italy, France, Austria and the Federal Republic of Germany, taking photos of the most important architectural works of art. He meets the writer and translator Angelo Maria Pellegrino who is to help him a great deal to discover the origins  of classical Mediterranean culture.

 

1972        He is more and more attracted by  the Mediterranean and so he travels around Spain to discover its art, folklore and nature.

 

1973        Private exhibition at the "La Sfinge" Art Gallery, in Formia with an introduction to his catalogue by Sergio Marconi.

 

1974        The search for new materials leads him to use nitro-colours on stainless steel. Private exhibition at the “ArtivisiveArt Gallery in Rome, with an introduction to his catalogue by Italo Mussa. Private exhibition at the “Palazzo della Secessione” in Vienna, with an introduction to his catalogue by Filiberto Menna, Italo Mussa and Walter Zetti. One of his works is permanently exhibited at the Modern Art Gallery in Vienna

 

1975        Private exhibitions at: the “Garuggio” Art Gallery in Bergamo with an introduction to his catalogue by Arturo Bovi; “La Piazzetta” Art Gallery in Rome; the “Centrosei” Art Gallery in Bari; the “BU-CO” Art Gallery in Caserta; the “Traniello Palace” in Gaeta. He meets the writer Goliarda Sapenza, wife and friend of Angelo Maria Pellegrino with whom he establishes a great, friendly and cultural relationship.

 

1976    He travels to the islands of Ponza and Palmarola. The latter becomes an annual destination                                 

for his colours and his silences full of sounds. Palmarola is to give him inspiration for many of his paintings.

 

1977   He travels around most of the Mediterranean aboard the "Hobo" and he visits the Aeolian    

islands. His desire for the odours of oil colours encourages him to return to oil painting and   

he paints "Trasparenza a Palmarola" (Transparency at Palmarola) best known as "Palmarolino" which takes him about two years to finish. Thalassa publishes "Il segreto di Palmarola" (The secret of Palmarola) written by Angelo Maria Pellegrino and illustrated by Ruggiero Di Lollo. He meets Isa Bartalini and Andrea Gaggero.

 

1978   He travels around the Turkish Aegean as far as the Black Sea, enriching himself with new    

emotions and subjects for his  pictures. This year he meets the poet Ignazion Buttitta and he organizes a recital in the square of Gaeta for Ignazio Buttitta, the poet Tommaso Giacobbe and the ballad singer Nonò Salomone.

 

1979    He organizes an exhibition in the garden of his home to show his works of this year. This Fontania celebration, an occasion for people from the Cultural and Art world to meet, becomes an annual event.

 

1980    He starts working on 6 large canvas pictures dedicated to "Inno della Terra" (Hymn to the    

Earth). Anthological exhibition at the Sports Stadium in Agnone; Private exhibition at the Cultural Historical Centre in Gaeta.

 

1981    He begins working on 64 large canvas paintings dedicated to the "Cantico dei Cantici"  

(Songs of Songs) which is to take him four whole years to complete.

 

1984        He finishes his work on the  "Cantico dei Cantici" (Song of Songs). Anthological Exhibition on the island of Ponza. Drawing exhibition at the "La Tartana" Art Gallery in Gaeta.

 

1986    After being abandoned for over 20 years,  the Sorresca Church in Gaeta is reopened to exhibit the "Cantico delle Creature" (Song of Creatures).

 

1987    Private exhibitions at: the "Circolo Sannitico" in Campobasso; the Sports Stadium in Agnone; the Sports Stadium in Gaeta.

 

1989        He exhibits the "Cantico dei Cantici" (Song of Songs) at the "Palazzo San Francesco" in Agnone.

 

 

1990        He creates the "gruppo Monumentale a Padre Pio" (Monumental Group dedicated to Father

Pio) for the town of Larino (Campobasso). The work is carried out in the Sorresca Church in Gaeta. In the same year, he models the trophy "La 'Ndocciata" for Christmas Eve in Agnone and some portraits including those of the writer Goliardo Sapienza, the writer-poet Rodolfo Di Biasio, Francesco Neri and others. He makes a sketch of the monument "San Francesco e gli uccellli" (St. Francis and the birds) and a series of cats too.

 

1991        The "Percorsi" exhibition at the "Emicla" Art Gallery in Gaeta. He starts a series of journeys to the Greek islands, visiting most of the Cyclades, the Sporades and the Dodecanese. He creates the sketch for the "Monument to Immigrants" in Agnone. He creates the sculptures "Liberiamo la pace" (Let us free Peace), “La Testa di Padre Pio" (Father Pio’s Head), “Il Ritratto di mia madre Ersilia” (My mother Ersilia’s portrait).

 

1992        He creates the sketch “Monumento al Pastore” (Monument to the Shepherd).

 

1993        He creates the melted-wax bronze sculpture “Il Cormorano di Saddam Hussein” (Saddam Hussein’s cormorant).

 

1995        The Truglia Tower on the rocks of Sperlonga is reopened after being abandoned for a long time and he exhibits his sea paintings with an introduction written by Francesco Moschini and Rodolfo Di Biasio.

 

1996    The Publisher "Caramanica" of Marina di Minturno publishes his Art Book "Cantico dei Cantici" (Song of Songs) with an introduction by Sergio Quinzio, Giuseppe Neri and Luigi Falasca, and a translation from Latin by Rodolfo Di Biasio. As an Official Gift, the region of Molise gives Pope John-Paul II a copy of  "La 'Ndocciata" Trophy, a melted-wax bronze sculpture dipped in gold and silver on the occasion of the 'Ndocciata in St. Peter's Square on 8th December 1996.

 

1997    He creates his sketch "San Francesco e gli uccelli" (St. Francis and the birds). Anthological   

exhibition in the Convent of the Philippine Fathers in Agnone.

 

1998    Exhibitions on the islands of Ponza and Palmarola.

 

2000    He creates the "Monumento agli Emigrati" (Monument to Immigrants) in melted-wax

bronze for the town of Agnone (Molise). He creates "Il Busto di Padre Pio" (Bust of Father Pio) for the citadel of  Father Pio at Sessano in Molise.

 

2001    He creates "Il Busto di Padre Carmelo di Sessano" (Bust of Father Carmelo of Sessano) for  

the citadel of Father Pio at Sessano in Molise.

 

2002    He creates the bronze bas-relief of the " 'Ndocciata"

 

2003    He created the "Monumento ai Ragazzi di San Giuliano di Puglia" (Monument to the young people of San Giuliano in Puglia) and the sculpture "Guerriero Sannita" (Samnite Warrior). He creates large-size canvas paintings, including round and oval ones.

 

2004        Exhibition "Il Mare" (The Sea) at the Svevo Castle in Termoli.

 

Ruggiero Di Lollo lives and works in Gaeta on Monte Ercole (Mount Hercules).