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Giovanni Casadei - Abrazo

  • Gross McCleaf Gallery 127 South 16th Street, 19102 (map)
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May 3-31, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday May 3, 5-7 pm


My approach to painting is to communicate to the viewer my love for life and human beings, through the expression of my feelings, emotions and passions that are inspired by the visual world around me...I found that in this last two years my work is changing. My still life paintings display a more dramatic light and convey a more profound, contemplative feeling. In my marines, you will find a deeper intimacy, as I continue to visit Ocean City, NJ now every summer for the past twelve years. - Giovanni Casadei


Giovanni Casadei infuses each of his paintings with love and passion - whether it is a still life in the intimate setting of his studio or an en plein air depiction of the breath-taking expanse of his summer retreat in Ocean City, New Jersey. "Abrazo" is Spanish for "embrace" which is how the artist enthusiastically connects with his varied subjects and how Casadei wants the viewer to connect with his paintings. "Abrazo" is also a dance term for how two partners meet and connect in the tango - the dance also being a passion of Casadei. In both cases, emotion, attention, and immediacy are essential between two partners or between and artist and his subject. It should be no surprise that Casadei's paintings portray not only what he sees but how he feels when he is making a painting. Through the connection with his subject, he changes that which could be considered ordinary into luminescent concertos that reveal his sensitive touch and strength.


Giovanni Casadei began his studies at the Scuola Libera del Nudo (Free School for Drawing) in Rome, Italy, where he also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. After moving to Philadelphia, he received a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1992. His works have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions all across the country and he currently teaches painting at the Fleischer Art Memorial. Casadei is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the Berthe M. Goldberg Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006. He has been represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery for over ten years.