To Dream, to Collect


Franco Politano

1952 Catania, Italy

5 Works exhibited

Current location

Catania, Sicily


  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography

In 2011 he was invited to the 54th International Exhibition of Art of the Biennale of Venice, Italian Pavilion with the work Army of the souls. Also in 2011 to the Biennale of Sacred Art of Venice, Grimani Palace, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, with the work St. Francis. In 2013 at the Premio Termoli with the work Towards the Future.
His works are in numerous public and private collections.

Grandson of a Sicilian cart maker and son of a carver, Franco Politano breathes, in the family workshops, the desire and the freedom to do,  which remain the strong sign of all his artistic search following. The fertile craftsman humus of the familial environment fertilizes the innate predisposition of young Francesco towards artistic expression, which finds early systematization at the Institute of Art of Catania. The teaching of neoclassical orientation of the sculptor Domenico Tudisco directs Politano to figurative settings, which during the ‘70s, however, is corrected in the direction of more conceptual interests. These are the lively years  of frequenting the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome under the guidance of Pericle Fazzini and Umberto Mastroianni, and later the Braidense Academy in Milan, where Politano with Alik Cavaliere gradually matures a stricter and more autonomous language. Meanwhile, in 1973, the encounter with Enrico Crispolti allows him to enter the circuit of art exhibitions, be it with the participation in 5 painters and 2 sculptors or specially in the important international event Volterra 73 (recalled this summer in Volterra 73.15).

The union with the Roman critic continues during the following years, and in 1986 Crispolti signs the dense essay of presentation of the exhibition Percorso di Vita (Path of Life), which assembles, around Franco Politano, numerous consents. In his critical test Crispolti emphasizes “the presence of two referential, nearly opposite poles” in the Politano’s work:  the physicality, pushed and enjoyed, on the one hand, and the more clearly symbolic and conceptual assumption of the value of the image, on the other” (Crispolti 1986 pp. nn.) For the rest it is the artist himself in those years to accentuate the role of these two components, which are inserted in a special field of action: the triad formula is born: “visual thought – environmental space – material object” which accompanies the figurative experimentations of Franco Politano for all the early ‘80s. In these years, a constant symbol recurs  in his figurative repertoire, the bi-phallic figure, which, according to the lucid reading of Enrico Crispolti, is “an archetypical symbol of life, naturally, but in the concreteness of an anthropological-social collocation that becomes explicit exactly in the ”path” rather than somewhere else, therefore in precise references to a typology of education, of Catholic tradition, not only on a national, but, I would say, a basically clearly Sicilian level; according to the definition of this, however, the symbol explicitly assumes valency of distant, archaic, Mediterranean reference” ( E. Crispolti in Leone 1986, pp. nn.)

During the ‘90s Franco Politano intensifies his participation in the cultural life of Catania and its territory, with the opening of the gallery “La Porta Rossa”, supported by Francesco Gallo, in 1990, and, in 1995, with the institution of the Trecastagni Museum, which through a series of temporary exhibitions soon shows itself as a place of convergence and comparison for the cultural tendencies of the island. The frequent expositions in the rest of the national territory indicate that the identifying facts of the Catanese artist’s art are by now well defined and solid, who shows autonomy of thought and action with regard to the historical-critical balance called for from time to time for his work: poor art, conceptual art and ecological art are categories that Politano’s path continuously intersects, without however abstaining from the irreducible nucleus of interest around which his artistic actions rotate: man.

Franco Politano is indeed the man who turns to other people by means of “a work full of Mediterranean ‘cordiality’ that wants to talk to the heart and not only to intelligence” (Pappalardo 2007, p. 7). Anthropological art is, in fact, the definition that the artist himself loves to give to his actions. In the triad elaborated in the ‘80s the agent subject indeed has remained, concealed or better understood: the only motor able to start the mechanism of interaction between the facts is man, in a double acceptation which could better be defined in the relationship of sender and recipient. Indeed the artist as a person created a “material object” and transports it from macrocosmic “environmental space” of its interiority to that microscopic one of expository space in order to transfer his “visual thought” up to the person as observer. What fascinates even more in the personality of Franco Politano is that the strict critical awareness of his own artistic actions do not lead the artist to erect a wall in the binomial between handicraft and art which stayed at the base of his artistic imprinting in the family, but rather gives vital force to interchange and contaminations. In this way, the language of Politano orients itself always more towards a “poetics of recovery of fragments” (F. Musotto in Gallo 2000, p. 1), which allows the Catanese to go beyond the visible, perceiving and intuiting in the wreck and in the carcass of the object that has been, another life, another dimension, a new breath” (A. D’Amico in Basili, Arionte 2008, p 9) which often turns out the extreme and most appreciable attempt to conserve an identity and a new genuinely peasant memory, in which the “remote, archaic, Mediterranean recall”, pointed out by Crispolti, is still most alive.

“The objects talk, communicate, have their history, are history, bodies full of life which remain there. Motionless waiting for someone with whom to enter a dialogue, someone who understand them, who rediscovers them, who gives them a new life. Useless scrap metal which speaks close to destiny, shoulder to shoulder they tell each other their histories and moments of their original function, each of them feels less or more important than the other, and they talk, talk, bla bla, bla bla, and when someone stops to watch them, the objects put themselves on display, but unfortunately not all are interesting, taken by other voices, by other sounds. Some object, more brazen, calls me Sir, Sir and I stop, I watch and pick it up. I talk to it, put some question, to which maybe it will not answer as I would like, and now, in spite of itself, sees itself placed again in the pile, maybe because my attention has been captured by another object which stood there instead, still and sad in an angle waiting for one of the few, no, just me, to give it the possibility to live again through a new identity, another life” (F. Politano in D’Amico 2008, p. 10).


"Uno Nessuno Centomila/ One obody hundred thousand" cureted by Vincenzo Sanfo, 54th International Exhibition of art the Biennale of Venice, San Marino PAvillon
"Apriti cielo” cureted by - historical essay G. Frazzetto, Bianchi Oratory - Palermo, Editorial Giorgio Mondadori
"Verso Sud” cureted by E, Crispolti, F.A.M. Fabbriche Chiaramontane Galleria Permanente - Agrigento, Ed. Dietro le Quinte
"Plastic World” cureted by D. Arionte, Galleria Arionte Arte Contemporanea
"Percorso di vita” cureted by G. Cantamessa, Parco Archeologico- Villa del Casale Piazza Armerina (EN), Ed. Dietro le Quinte
"Povera & Guerra” cureted by L.M. Venturi, Ex Cavallerizza – Palazzo S. Elia Palermo, Ed. Dietro le Quinte
"Fine - Cervello” 1970 - 2010, cureted by F. Gallo, Department of Culture of the Municipality of Catania, Cortile Platamone – Former Convent S. Placido, Ed. Dietro le Quinte 
"Svuotati da ogni Messaggio”  Municipality of Montecosaro (MC), cureted by A. D’Amico, Catalogue Ed. Dietro le Quinte
"Viaggio Nell’Arcaico” , Galleria Polis – Arte Pietrasanta (LU) e Galleria d’Arte Dietro le Quinte – CT, cureted by G.L. Corinto
"4 Tempi” cureted by R. Giudice, Galleria d’Arte Dietro le Quinte – Ct, Catalogue Ed. Dietro le Quinte
"Arco vitale” Archaeological Museum - Regionale di Agrigento, cureted by A. D’Amico, Catalogue Ed. Dietro le Quinte
"L’ordine è l’unità nella molteplicità” Galleria Dietro le Quinte, cureted by Daniela Arionte, text by Filippo Pappalardo
"I volti della sicilianità” Galleria Mammut, Catania, cureted by Daniela Arionte, Presentata da Francesco Nicolosi Fazio
"Reperti” solo show Libreria Mondadori, Catania , cureted by Dietro le Quinte Galleria D’Arte, presented by F.Gallo
"La culla dell’Universo” Galleria Dietro le Quinte, cureted by Vitaldo Conte, text by Mario Grasso
"I volti della sicilianità” for Sicilian Vocabulary of Mario Grasso, curated by Dietro le Quinte Galleria D’Arte, Chiesa S. Giuseppe al Duomo 
"I volti della sicilianità” Mondadori Library, Catania
"Inga Pirka” Galleria Dietro le Quinte, curated by di Daniela Arionte, Catania, text by Tino Vittorio
"Benvenuti sulla Luna” Galleria Dietro le quinte, Catania, curated by F.Gallo, Text by Francesco Nicolosi
"! Pericolo” Cappella Bonajuto, Catania, curated by S. Bonajuto, poems by Francesco Nicolosi 
"Sacra Famiglia”, Artè, Catania curated by S. Corona
"Reperti” International Airport "Falcone Borsellino”,  Palermo, curated by F. Gallo
"Le Porte della mia creatività” Kunsterhaus Ulm, Germania, curated by F. Gallo
"Naturalia Mirabilia” Museo Trecastagni, Trecastagni, Catania, curated by L. Curione
"Le porte della mia creatività” Raum Fur Kunst , Paderborn, Germania, curated by Renate Ortner, presented by P. Amici
"Politano Made” Studio Oggetto, Caserta, curated by F. Gallo
"Le colonne della Cultura”, Castello Svevo Aragonese, Montalbano Elicona, Messina, curated by F.Gallo
"Con Arte” La Porta Rossa, Catania, curated by F. Gallo
"Percorso di Vita” Chiostro S. Giovanni, Teramo, curated by E. Crispolti
"Percorso di Vita” Istituto Statale d’Arte, Catania, curated by E. Crispolti
"Il Pensiero sviluppa il Progetto” Centro L. Di Sarro, Roma, curated by E. Crispolti, curated by Francesco Gallo
"Filo Materico” Art Centre l’Idioma, Ascoli Piceno, curated by A. Gasparini 
"Filo senza filo” Galleria la Roggia, Pordenone, curated by A. Gasparini
"Pensiero visivo, Spazio ambientale, Oggetto Materico” Galleria La Sonda, L'Aquila, curated by L. Rucci
"Toilet Paper ? "Pensiero Igenico” Einaudi, Teramo curated by L. Rucci
"Pensiero Visivo, Spazio Ambientale, Oggetto Materico” Galleria Labirinto, Montorio, TE, curated by L. Rucci
"Pensiero Visivo, Spazio Ambientale, Oggetto Materico” Studio inquadratura 33, Firenze, curated by L. Rucci
Personal exhibition of drawings and sculpture, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Teramo, curated by G.Gaspari
Personal exhibition of sculpture-painting, Serra La Nave, Etna, Catania, curated by R. Grasso



1986 Moro D'Orro (TE), “Alla Libertà”
1995 Trappeto (CT), “Al milite ignoto”,
1995 Ansio Parco Villa Adele, “L'albero della pioggia”
1996 Assoro (EN), “Compasso”
2000 Palermo Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino, “Mondo impossibile altalena”
2002 Pollina (PA), “Mercurius duplex”
2003 Auletta (SA), “L'equilibrio della terra”
S.Cipirello (PA), “La macchina dei solchi e della creatività”
Lugano, “Crescita”
2005 Lugano, “L'attesa”

Many prestigious authors have written about Franco Politano: A. Agazzani, P. Amici, G. Apa, L. Barbera, G, Benincasa, F. Bonfiglio, G. Bongiovanni, G. Cantamessa, F. Carbone, V. Conte, G.L. Corinto, E. Crispolti, A. D’Amico, F. De Grazia, G. Diana, G. Di Piazza, O. Fazzina, D. Fileccia, S. Fissarotti, G. Frazzetto, F. Gallo Mazzeo, A. Gasbarrini, G. Gaspari, R. Giudice, A. Gerbino, F. Grasso, M. Grasso, R. Grasso, G. Incaglio, G. Jovine, A. Jovino, G. Lambrosciano, R. Leone, A. Lombardi, R. Maggi, G. Marchese, S. Maugeri, D. Micacchi, I. Mussa, F. Nicolosi Fazio, E. Pagano, T. Paloscia, F. Pappalardo, G. Pedicini, A. Pes, A. Presti, G. Radice, T. Romano, L. Rucci, A.M. Ruta, S. Saponaro, G. Sciortino, V. Sgarbi, F. Spena, C. Strano, M. G. Torri, T. Trini, E. Valenza, L.M. Venturi, A. Vignolo, T. Vittorio.

Works by Franco Politano

Order by


40 x 40 x 12 cm

2200,00 €


100 x 160 x 30 cm

7800,00 €


80 x 100 x 30 cm

7000,00 €


60 x 35 x 35 cm

3800,00 €


98 x 95 x 6 cm

6000,00 €


I read the Privacy Policy and I consent to the processing of my personal data