L'ART DU PORTRAIT

L'ART DU PORTRAIT
L'ART DU PORTRAIT. Bronzino, portrait de Laura Battiferri

ICON PORTRAITS GALLERY - ANTOINE GIACOMONI








Antoine Giacomoni 

Antoine Giacomoni was born in the countryside of Borgo, Corsica, in 1955. After studying Plastic Arts at the Sorbonne, in 1978 Giacomoni began to experiment with a special technique for painting portraits combining minimalism (a simple mirror surrounded by small round lightbulbs) with the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood (everyone becomes a star in this mirror of a thousand lights). The Mirror-concept

became known as the double of the Corsican in exile. An exhibition at the Galerie des Lombards in Paris in 1983 established him as the 'Wonder Boy of Rock photography'. Within his mirror and surrounded by many opaline lights to guarantee a generous amount of diffused light, Giacomoni seized the mood and spirit of an endless crowd of people willing, for a short time, to pander to his flattery. ParisLondonJamaicaColombiaLondon again, Paris, Corte, Bastia. The purpose of this long pilgrimage was to capture the essence of the human soul, and perhaps some of the masks which it hides behind. He always travelled accompanied by his inseparable mirror and his faithful camera, a splendid all-metal Pentax Spotmatic.

In 1991 Giacomoni published his first book Portrait a travers le miroir,
Editions La Sirène, the result of ten years' mirror sessions. After much work he produced a book dedicated to his native island, La Corse à travers le miroirLa Marge Edition, 2002, followed by three further books published by Editions Horizon Illimité Nico, drama of exile, 2003, Daho par Giacomoni, the mirror session parties, 2004, Reggae,Jamaica, 2004.

He is now working on a book in colour dedicated to the art of make-up, called Le Metamorfosi di Stathis, another dedicated to Armande Altai: baroque singer and Uno specchio per la memoria, a black and white album of mirror sessions on various Mediterranean islands. He lives in Corsica and devotes his time to writing, to Mail Art and to creating a tarot game meditation support where his graphic talents combine calligrams (poetry which is also expressed through arrangement of the text, derived from Apollinaire's Calligrammes) and the creation of symbols.



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