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.