Girolamo Ciulla is the recipient of the 2012 “Pietrasanta e la Versila nel Mondo” prize – for his creative excellence, but also for his passionate work as ambassador of the cultural life of Pietrasanta. Pietrasanta is a charming town on Tuscany’s northwestern coast, known as Italy’s “Little Athens” for its active artistic life and for its marble laboratories and bronze foundries.
Stele, sacred animals effigies of a personal Mother Goddess – it’s the contemporary art temple of Girolamo Ciulla. The Sicilian artist’s sculpture is extremely astringent, direct in a physical sense and essential. Ciulla is born in Caltanisetta, in 1952; he moved to the Versilia area in 1986. His sculptures, primarily in travertine marble are contemporary resurrections of forgotten myths, his is a sculpture of memory – concrete in its thrust, blurred on the edges. Previous winners of the Premio are: Fernando Botero, Igor Mitoraj, Francesco Messina, Giò Pomodoro, Kan Yasuda, Novello Finotti, Junkyu Muto, Ivan Theimer, Bruno Lucchesi, Giuliano Vangi, Stanley Bleifield, Henry Marinsky, Pietro Cascella, Jean – Michel Folon, Romano Cosci, Helaine Blumenfeld, Marc Quinn, Joseph Sheppard & Aart Schonk, Knut Steen, Giuseppe Bergomi, and Hanneke Beaumont.
The celebration of the awarding of the Prize will take place Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at 10:30am in the Sala dell’Annunziata of the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino. Officiating will be Domenico Lombardi, the Mayor of Pietrasanta, Alessandro Tosi, the President of the Circolo Fratelli Rosselli, Umberto Guidugli the President of the Banca Versilia, Lunigiana e Garfagnana. Also present will be the noted art critic Marilena Pasquali.
The event is FREE and open to the public.