Alessio Camusso was born
in Turin in 1942. As a former pupil of Francesco Menzio at the Albertina
Academy of Arts in the’60s, until the’80s he portrayed the life, the
objects and the memories of the rural world of the Langhe area, and of
Piedmontese mountains, through his own particular painting technique based
on use of the spatula alone.
1985, in Kenya he discovered Africa and its lights, its people, its
colours. Thus, his painting has changed, albeit with unaltered technique,
to become a tale of equator – life, thoughts, dreams of images, of women
on the shores of the equatorial ocean. After ten
years back to Italy, he’s now living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where is
building – together with his wife Janet - a day care school for deaf
children. Painting his own Africa he’s getting ready an exhibition of all
his last artworks.
He has exposed in
numerous collective exhibitions in Italy, France and Switzerland, and has
been awarded various painting prizes. Personal exhibits covered Piedmonte
(Torino, Ivrea, Asti, Aqui Terme, Sauze d’Oulx, Lanzo, Canelli), Liguria (Noli
and Varigotti), Kenya (Nairobi and Watamu), Sicily (Nicosia and Troina).
His name features in the
list of Italian painters of ‘900 at Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna.