ENGLISH AND FRANCAISE VERSION
Gianfranco Missiaja’s multi-faceted personal life, and his artistic activities, are related to us through an interview with Paolo Rosa Salva: from his first apprenticeship at the State Institute of Art in Venice, to the Fine Arts Academy, with master artists Poli, De Logu and Beker, and finally to the University, his close ties to master artist Carlo Scarpa, and his experiences with architectural and design projects.
From his teaching engagements in cities across Italy, to the times of his existentialist crisis, which led to a prolonged period of Freudian psychoanalysis, and finally to his participation in innumerable competitions and expositions in Italy and elsewhere, Gianfranco Missiaja successfully draws us into his artistic life in these pages.
His love of the theater is communicated to us through his splendid set designs, which come to life in telling the story of his city - through the scenery - and proceeding from that to his interpretations of the characters of the Commedia dell’Arte — in his paintings on their masks, to the pictorial representation of the Carnival of Venice, his birthplace.
He practically takes us by the hand and accompanies us, step by step, on this fascinating voyage through his self-discovery and his creative fervor.
Understanding contemporary art is not a simple matter. However, we gain insight in observing the way in which Gianfranco Missiaja’s art work has evolved over his 50 years of artistic activity, starting with his early drawings and paintings, engravings, lithography and silk-screen painting, and finally to his latest showings at the International Art Exhibits.
His story, told faithfully and sincerely — starting with architectural planning and design — finishes with an account of his latest work in the literary field: several of his contemporary art appreciation texts are written to be understood by the ordinary man, not specialized in artworks, and to provide a key to the complex world of artistic expression in today’s art.
Reading Missiaja’s answers to questions posed in this interview, and seeing examples of the artist’s works, one begins to understand some of contemporary art’s underlying concepts. Missiaja draws on historical and cultural references, from the history of Venice and its well-known masks, from the theatrical works of the Commedia dell’Arte, to the most recent artistic trends. His comments present not only his insights as an art critic, but also his views on social and political issues.