"Buenos Dias Don Sergio"
Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm.
Sergio Michilini

Life bursts out of Sergio's canvasses with such a forceful strength, with so much abundance, such great generosity and voluptuous fullness as if to reasure us, citizens of industrial cities, that even if we have never had the opportunity to travel to far-away places like he has, life continues its majestic reign, with us or without us. The sheer physical presence in his work of humans, animals or flowers in their primeval innocence constitutes a charismatic quality that exudes energy and creativity. With his colors and forms – and all his heart – Sergio builds this unique universe, dense with life's creation, that so masterfully hides its powerful mystery under its apparently simple colorful diversity.

Sergio has led a life of a true cosmopolitan artist between his native Italy and Latin America, and his work is imprinted with the curiosity and openness that characterizes his personality. He started his career as a painter in 1963 in the Art School of Brera Italy, completing his studies in the Florence Academy of Fine Arts (1969-1973) as well as in the Uffizi and the Pitti Museums where he made copies of great masters such as Titien, Rembrandt and Pissarro. Simultaneously (1970-1971) he undertook the restoration of the frescoes in the church of Santa Maria Annunciata in Florence as well as in the castle of Oggiona where he also made a sculpted crucifix and bas reliefs "Via Crucis"for the church. While founding a restoration atelier in Varese Italy, and an experimental laboratory in Milan, he became a teacher in visual arts in Busto Arisizio in northern Italy.

Around the same time as he travelled to Nicaragua for the first time (during the summer of 1982), he started an impressive series of monumental mural paintings in various churches in the Basso Varesotto around the Intercontinental airport of Milan. These include a large painting representing the Annunciation in the church of Sanata Maria degli Angeli of Lonate Pozzolo; episodes of Christ's life in a large triptych in the church of Castelnovate, and a Crucifixion fresco in the church of Bergoro. During the summer of 1983 he created another monumental mural called "La Pace" for the Centro Mondialità. Between 1984 and 1988, while teaching for the Escuela Nacional de Arte Publico-Monumental of D.A. Siqueiros he made monumental bas-reliefs in mosaic on the walls of the school. In 1985 he created a series of monumental murals for the church of Santa Maria De Los Angeles in Managua as well as mosaics, chromatic sculptures and ceramics representing the history of Nicaragua – later declared as "cultural patrimony" by the government of Nicaragua. In 1986 he directed and helped with the creation of another monumental decoration in the Library of the Centro Agropecuario UNAG of Leon in Nicaragua. In 1987 he made another mural in Managua in the Centro de Espiritualidad (CEMOAR).

After a personal exhibition in Milan in 1988, another monumental mural of his, "Il Caffè", was made to decorate the Laghi commercial center in Gallerate Italy. He then went back to Nicaragua to create another monumental "Crucifix" for "CEMOAR". Together with other important Latin-American artists, he then founded "Talamuro" (a Latin-American Mural and Plastic Arts Laboratory) in Mexico City. 1990 saw the inauguration in Oggiona Italy of a ceramic called "Salviamo l'aria, l'acqua, la terra e l'uomo". We find him next in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where he taught mural painting, as well as in Managua as coordinator of CEMOAR. In 1993 he realized a mural triptych for the Italian Perla company in Merida, Yucatan in Mexico. Between 1993 and 1994 he made another mural triptych called "Piedra e Vida en Yucatan" as well as a high-relief diptych in ceramic called "Trabajadores en las Canteras de Yucatan" for the central offices of Kaua SA group in Merida, Yucatan of Mexico. In 1994 he worked in Cuba on a lithographic representation of the Crucifixion. Between 1995 and 1998, numerous realizations in Managua, Cuba and Paraty in Brasil were performed by the artist. In May 1998 he went back to Italy for a brief period where he made the colored terracotta in high-relief called "La Canoa Rossa". He now travels often between Italy, Paraty and Ponta Negra in Brazil, where he continues his tireless work.

Art Lovers' Paris.

February, 2001

Publications: "The Murals of Revolutionary Nicaragua" by Professor David Kunzle in 1995. "Fowler Museum of Cultural History's Catalog" — Los Angeles, California publishes the artist's "Yellow Christ". Publication of ONG ACRA in Milan in 1989 of a Monography dedicated to the artist in Italian and Spanish.

Michilini's Exhibition, Michilini's paintings list, Gallery Entrance

Art Lovers' Paris