Karim Ghidinelli

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Karim Ghidinelli

Karim’s work is based upon passage, mark, and assurance. Identity is naturally a part of the evolutionary process of the passage; the mark is embodied by his distinctive trace on the page. As his work documents the passage of others, it simultaneously assures the artist of his own journey.  

 

The mutation from print, to portrait, to metal, oil or collage represents the myriad of influences Karim draws upon when composing his thoughts. Being the living testament of an eclectic path, it is impossible for him to ignore the possibilities that surround him.  Karim began his fingerprint series in 2002, working with actual fingerprints.  He won his first prize for this work in 2004, with a piece named "Rakel," at Artecity, a Miami development art competition.  In addition to the work that comes from his mind, he has been commissioned for fingerprint portraits throughout the years.

 

Karim’s work needs to achieve a political identity and needs to express its provenance or dissidence, as life constantly reminds us of the inevitability of politics. The piece is never concluded; rather it symbolizes the continuation of a phase, from himself to the public, from his interpretation to the audience’s. Through its exposure the work obtains necessary nutrients, indispensable for further creation and maintaining the link. 

 

Karim Ghidinelli was born in Brescia, Italy. He grew up traveling throughout Europe and Africa and moved to London in 1995 to attend the Chelsea College of Art and Design. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in painting art Savannah College of Art. Karim now lives and works in upstate New York.  

 

 

Artist Statement:

 

Life has an interesting way of editing scenarios, interests and people. It seems the selection goes from broad to specific or in some cases non-existent.  I observe as my interests change towards my own work, and suddenly what appeared as necessary is no longer vital and often becomes rather futile.

I would say if I had to choose a process to personify my work it would be
elimination. I am now at the apex of my synthesis, which will probably appear as a broad beginning a few years into my future, but today it feels specific, today it feels focused and pertinent.

My attempt is to extract relevance, in a society bombarding us with ignorance and surface, ready-made philosophy and remedies for all evil, I desire my own truth, I desire substance. This may not always be positive, enjoyable or joyous, but at least it is honest. My work is not pop, it seems as though over the years pop art went from dealing with popular culture to becoming idiotic, as there is no more intelligence in anything popular. Obsessions and compulsions of fame and notoriety are the preoccupations of such a culture, whereas, I dwell into the silence of form, function and relations.

 

EDUCATION

 

2002     MFA Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah GA, USA

2000     BFA Painting, minor in Art History, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah GA, USA

1996     Foundation Studies, Painting,  Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, U.K.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2021   Magic of Metal, Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL

2019   100 Grams of Reality, Dar Al Funoon Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2018   SCOPE MIAMI, Miami, FL

2018   Spaces, Places, & Faces. Group show. Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto CA

2018   A State of Mind, solo show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY

2017   Fresh, solo, Dar al Funoon Gallery Kuwait

2016   Labirinto, solo, Galleria San Carlo, Milan, Italy

2015   ART MIAMI NYC, New York, NY

2015   SCOPE NY, New York, NY

2015   Kingless Crown (solo), Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2014   Red Show, Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2014   SCOPE MIAMI, Miami FL

2014   Choices, Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2014   Passport Diplomatique (solo), Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal, CA

2014   Love Art Fair, Toronto, CA

2014   This-Honesty (solo), Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, CA

2014   Chicago International Art, Chicago, IL

2013   Rouge , Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2013   Context Art Miami, Miami, FL

2013   Art Toronto, Toronto, CA

2013   Art Houston, Houston , TX

2013   Lingo, Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2013   Collettiva, Studio LaContemporanea, Torino, Italy

2013   Art Hamptons, New York, NY

2013   The Innovators, Onessimo Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL

2013   Palm Beach Art & Antiques, West Palm Beach, FL

2012   Red Show, Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2012   Context Art Miami, Miami FL

2012   Art Toronto, Toronto, CA

2012   Art Hamptons, New York, NY

2012   Artissima, LaContemporanea, Torino , Italy

2012   Digito Ergo Sum (solo), Studio LaContemporanea, Torino, Italy

2012   Arte Verona, Verona, Italy

2012   Miart, Milan, Italy

2012   Karim Ghidinelli (solo), Dar Al Funoon Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2012   Art Wynwood, Miami, FL

2012   Individually Collected, Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2011   Red Show, Cheryl Hazan, New York, NY

2011   Art Miami, Miami, FL

2011   Art Toronto, Toronto, CA

2011   Art Hamptons, New York, NY

2011   Decision Vision Incision, Galerie LeRoyer, Montreal CA

2011   Art Verona, Verona, Italy

2011   Miart, Milan, Italy

2011   Digito Ergo Sum, Galleria San Carlo, Milan, Italy



 

 

 

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