Giuseppe Carta is a famous Italian artist highly recognized for his still life paintings of great realism and for big and giant sculptures based on fruits and animals’ shapes.
He shows strong interest in painting since his childhood. As teenager, Carta also shows a strong passion for classical music. He decides to enroll at the Conservatory Nicolò Paganini in Genoa and then at Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria where he learns to play piano, until becoming a piano master. In the early eighties Carta decides to dedicate his time only to painting, focusing his research at first towards abstraction and then towards realism, becoming at that time a well-recognized master of hyperrealist painting.
In those years, he even writes two novels and around twenty short stories. In the same years (eighties), Carta meets the Genoese gallerist Rinaldo Rotta, which shall result to be very important for the evolution of his painting styles, and with whom he establishes a deep friendship. In 1994, he begins to cooperate with the gallery Guidi of Genoa and in the same year, another important chance comes along with the encounter with the writer Giorgio Soavi, which marks a remarkable turning point of his career. Soavi's attention is all directed to the fine crystal goblets arising between tablecloths and ceramics, painted by Carta. Soavi says that he had never seen any painted glasses for a very long time.
Since 1994, and for the next two years, Carta dedicates his time to the creation of paintings depicting crystals, which become the remarkable scene for the exhibition A tavola con Giuseppe Carta organized
In 1996 by Antonia Jannone’s Gallery in Milan with the catalogue edited by the same Giorgio Soavi. In 1998 the encounter with the art critic Federico Zeri marks Carta’s artistic evolution: this follows the ideation of the notes Crystallin painting for an exhibition at Rinaldo Rotta’s Gallery in Genoa. At the end, the exhibition was never organized due to the loss of the same Genoese gallerist. The works that the artist makes at the end of this decade are inspired by the rhythm of Mozart symphonies: many of the paintings, in fact, are titled Mozart followed by a progressive number. The years that follow are those that lead Giuseppe Carta to make very important choices for his career. This results in Carta undertaking some very important exhibitions at the Grand Palais and at the Espace Branly in the Eiffel Tower, at the l04ª Exposition de la Société des artistes indépendants in Paris, together with the invitation by the prestigious galleries Robin-Leaudouze and Caplain Matignon in France, in Italy with the VIII International Fair Exhibition in Florence, in Geneva, in Gand and in London, to get back to France in Saint Paul de Vence (Galerie Vendome). Since 1993 Carta is present at the Bologna Art Fair. In 1996, he is promoted at the Castle of Pralormo (Turin) under the initiative of the Beraudo's family, with the exhibition Fragile, fragilissimo followed by the retrospective exhibition Il peso leggero della luce, promoted by art critic Marco Goldin who invites him two years later to exhibit in Conegliano Veneto in the Sarcinelli Palace 1988/1998.
In 1998, he is present at the Spiral Gallery in Mila and he participates to the International Art Exhibition in New York with two solo exhibitions at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and at the New World Art Center. In 1999 one major retrospective exhibition La magia delle cose is promoted to the Foyer of the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari with the catalogue edited by Ada Masoero, followed by the exhibition La dinamica dei volumi inerti at the EloArt Forio Gallery d'Ischia (Naples) with the catalogue by Teresa Coppa. In the same year, he participates to the exhibition Sulle ali della seduzione to the Museums of Palazzo Pio in Carpi (Modena). In 1999 Maria Grazia Sassu, from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Sassari, discusses the thesis The painting of Giuseppe Carta. In 2000 and 2002 he is invited to the European exhibition of still life painting promoted by Albemarle Gallery in London. In 2002 he also participates, along with other important artists, to the illustration of the precious book of art dedicated to the works of Giuseppe Verdi, with presentation and exhibition at the Museum of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (promoted by the La Solo Arte Gallery in Milan). In Tuscany, Carta participates in the exhibition L'Arte a tavola nell’immaginario artistico italiano promoted by the Municipal Gallery of Piombino.
The 2003 opens with one major retrospective exhibition Visioni di Carta exposed at the Palace of Frumentaria in Sassari, at the Italian Cultural Institute in Copenhagen, at the Stefano Forni Gallery in Bologna, at the Consulate General – Cultural Institute in Hamburg and at the Castle San Michele in Cagliari, to continue in 2004 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon and in 2005 in Monte Carlo at the Maison de Monaco dell'Amerique Latine.
In 2005 the important Russian magazine MEOHH dedicates to his paintings a broad service eight pages long.
In 2006/2007, his works are the subject of major international exhibitions: Sedici sguardi una rassegna. Sardiniae Corpus Sardiniae Figure. Discovering Sardinian Painting (Australia: Brisbane, Stock Exchange- Sydney, Seymour Theatre Center -Melbourne, Anz Australia and New Zealand Banking Group) - Il filo conduttore at the Italian Institute of Tripoli, the solo at the Galerie Alexandre Leadouze in Cannes, at the Magic Market Place in Las Vegas and at the Hidden Santa Monica in California, while in Italy a major retrospective Vetro precario e fragile is promoted, at the initiative of Bormioli, in the spectacular Palace of Colorno in Parma, with the catalogue edited by art critic Rossana Bossaglia. He participates to the exhibition Il filo conduttore n. 2 at the Museum Fioroni of Legnago.
In 2007 he is promoted through the exhibition Libiam ne’ lieti calici at the Archaeological Historical Ethnography Museum of Sella & Mosca in Alghero, a major retrospective of paintings and sculptures I seducenti percorsi della luce is organized at the Francesca Sanna Sulis Museum of Muravera (Cagliari), with the catalogue edited by the art critic Luciano Caprile and finally one of his works of 1990, coming from the collection of the Foundation of Ca 'la Ghironda Bologna, is exposed in the exhibition Identity and Difference' 900 curated by the art critic Claudio Cerritelli. In 2008, he participates in ArtVerona with the Arte e Arte Gallery in Bologna and his works are exhibited at the Museum of Italian Contemporary Art in Costa Rica. Giuseppe Carta loves painting as sculpture; he creates sculptures brimming with realism in polychrome bronze and aluminum (lost wax casting), resin and Carraramarble. He is as a sculptor that
In 2009 arrives at the 53rd Venice Biennale, to exhibit a complex sculptural installation of 11 works of aluminum titled La rinascita della foresta dopo l’incendio in the pavilion Nature and Dreams of the IILA (Istituto Italo-Latino American) for the Republic of Costa Rica.
In 2010 and 2011 his exhibitions are promoted in Bologna with Germinazioni at the Arte e Arte Gallery and with Mimesis at Stefano Forni Gallery, in Milan La parola della luce at Arcoit Gallery whith catalogue by the art critic Beatrice Buscaroli. In Racalmuto (Sicily) Giuseppe Carta. Sul filo della memoria is promoted by Racalmuto’s City Council. At the invitation of Vittorio Sgarbi he is presents at the54th Venice Biennalewith the pictorial installation Rosso sardo e equilibri precari, followed then by his participation to the exhibition L'arte di amare l'arte promoted by the Cities Italy Foundation at the Royal Palace in Turin. Always as a sculptor in 2011 he exhibits in Genoa in the Sardinia pavilion an important sculptural installation during the edition of Euroflora. In 2012 the Bank of Italy entrusts him the portray the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, and the Andrea Bocelli’s Silence Theatre (Lajatico-Tuscany, 12/07/2012) selects him to design the set of the Theatre: a giant resin sculpture (higher than 9 meters), titled Germination Pomegranate, is ideated for the occasion by Carta. The sculpture is exposed for one year in the Silence Theatre Valley while his paintings and sculptures are exposed in Lajatico, Andrea Bocelli's hometown. In 2013 the CEI entrusts him to create paintings and sculptures for the New Parish Complex "Holy Family"located in the south of Sardinia. Later Carta participates in the exhibitions: 100 Ventagli from the Aldo Dente's collection in Rocca di Dozza Sardinia Contemporary Art 01 Leap and Land at the Masedu of Sassari edited by the Academy of Fine Arts of Sassari. Maria Piera Fois and Anna Maria Ledda of the Academy of Fine Arts of Sassari present the thesis titled The graphics: from engraving today. From Sassu to Giuseppe Carta. Life, works and interview with Giuseppe Carta.
In 2014 Carta collaborates with the Andrea Bocelli’s Foundation for the Humanitarian Award Ceremony, held in September in Forte dei Marmi and in Florence, by designing the prize awarded to major international personalities such as George Clooney, David Foster, Sophia Loren, Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie. The award designer by Carta is a polychrome bronze sculpture with the shaped of a pomegranate. Under the invitation of I mondidicarta Association he exposes in Crema during the cultural and gastronomic festivalimondidicarta2014 with sculptures based on food subjects. His sculpture shaped as an onion, in crystal and gold, represents the award given by Association to the famous chef Gualtiero Marchesi. At the end of year, the work of Giuseppe Carta is the subject of two important exhibition projects: in Chongqing (China), at the invitation of the Italian Embassy in Beijing and of the Consulate General of Italy in Chongqing, Carta exposes twenty recent works (paintings) at the Changjiang Art & Culture Center with the exhibition Giuseppe Carta. Towards the light, while in Italy in Milan to the Stelline Foundation a major retrospective exhibition Giuseppe Carta. Light and sound with catalogue edited by the art critic Ivan Quaroni.
In 2015 Giuseppe Carta is invited to several important events recognized internationally and to solo exhibitions: at the invitation of the Italian Consulate General in Chongqing he makes a big installation of polychrome bronze sculptures, Capsica Red Light representing 5 red chilli, as symbol of the city of Chongqing, with which in April 28, at the presence of the highest Chinese authorities and of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Italian Paolo Gentiloni, the Consulate in Chongqing officially inaugurates its premises. At the invitation of the Aura Art Space Gallery in Chengdu (China), he exposes in the solo exhibition titled Giuseppe Carta. Towards the light 20 paintings representing the artist's favourite topics: great compositions with onions, lemons, pomegranates, flowers and metaphysical tablecloths. He participates in the exhibition in Venice The Great Canal of Peace staged at the Palazzo Bollani (9 May to 22 November). Later he inaugurates in Biella his sculptural installation in aluminium The rebirth after the fire during the Selvatica Nature Festival. He is presents in Volterra in the exhibition Live Red. Rosso Fiorentino, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and directed by Alberto Bartalini, with a sculptural installation from the series I Piccantoni, big bright red chilies. He inaugurates in July 18th at the Museum of Glass in Altare his retrospective with paintings of which objects represents only glasses and crystal.
At the invitation of the Chinese Government, he exposes at EXPO MILANO 2015 in the China Pavilion a series of big sculptures, red chilies of various size, Capsica Red Light. At the invitation of the KIP-ONU, he exposes at EXPO MILANO 2015 in the KIP Pavilion in the gardens of the United Nations a big red chili sculpture, which becomes, at the end of year, property of the Bank of Sardinia to be exposed in Cagliari. In the end of the year, as result of the important collaborations born with China, his big sculpture Capsica Red Light, a giant red chilli (around 7,5 meters high), is installed in Chongqing in the Guanyinqiao square, a very famous pedestrian place in the Chinese city. On September 6th 2016, he inaugurates in Milan at Eataly - the largest international center of Italian food and cuisine known all over the world the major exhibition Giuseppe Carta. Germinazioni. I Diari della Terra (6/28 September). The big red chilli, 5 meters high, is exhibited in Milan at Eataly premises, and it is then presented at the Festival imondidicarta2016. During the Festival I mondi di carta Association a precious polychrome bronze sculpture in the shape of a red chili is awarded to the film producer Pietro Valsecchi. From 2013, Carta collaborates with Andrea Bocelli’s Foundation to create the Humanitarian Award, a precious polychrome bronze sculpture in the shape of a pomegranate, already a symbol of the Theatre of Silence. The award presented on 9th and 11th September respectively in Lajatico and Florence has been delivered to great personalities like the actor Nicolas Cage and Queen Rania of Jordan. On Febraury 25th 2017, in Pietrasanta in Toscany, a great exhibition Giuseppe Carta. Orti della Germinazione (artist direction by Alberto Bartalini, curated by Luca Beatrice) is inaugurated with the exposition of The Red Giant, a giant chilli sculpture almost 18 meters long that seems to be born from the earth, getting out of it and climbing up to the sky. A rich itinerary of over 30 paintings, oil on canvas, and over 70 sculptures in marble, alabastro, bronze, aluminium and resin and over 10 giant digital reproductions of paintings and sculptures mark the places of the exhibition: Saint Augustine Church, the cloister and the ancient halls of the Church. A great exhibition with over 53,000 registered visitors in less of 4 months (February 25th to June 11th). The Red Giant, already exposed in Pietrasanta, and 20 others red chili peppers, are exposed to the Andrea Bocelli’s Silence Theatre, as the great scenography of the Theatre (Lajatico, Tuscany, August 3). It is the first time in all history of the Theatre that same artist is selected twice to ideate the scenography. A great success of visitors and appreciations marks the participation of Giuseppe Carta at the Andrea Bocelli's Theatre of Silence. 20 chili peppers are then exposed in the famous Chili Pepper Festival to Torre del Lago (Viareggio) curated by Carmazzi Farm, European Leader in the chili peppers production, while several aluminium sculptures, in fruits’ shapes, are exposed for all summer in the Bagni Alpemare in Forte di Marmi (Tuscany).
The collaboration with Andrea Bocelli, the charity event Celebrity Fight Night and Andrea Bocelli Foundation continues with Germination Pomegranate, a giant sculpture already symbol of the Andrea Bocelli’s Silent Theatre and Andrea Bocelli’s Humanitarian Award, exposed in Rome at the Colosseum with a great success of visitors from all over the world (September - October ).
Giuseppe Carta, with the aim to support the charitable work carried out by the Andrea Bocelli’s Foundation in Haiti, donates to the Foundation his polychrome bronze Pomegranate presented in Rome to the Cavalieri Hotel and on Italian television Rai Uno, sculpture which is then sold during the charitable auction at Cinecittà in occasion of the event Celebrity Fight Night held at the Colosseum for the Humanitarian Award. During the event, Carta’s precious pomegranate polychrome bronze sculpture is delivered to the Mexican businessman, investor and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helù.
Several Giuseppe Carta’ artworks are exposed in Rome at Eataly in the important exhibition Germinazioni. I Diari della Terra during September, while in Pistoia to the Vivarelli Foundation a big chili pepper sculpture is exposed in the exhibition JorioVivarelli e i grandi scultori del suo tempo (September 14th – November 18th).
In 2018 the important collaboration with China and the cities of Chongqing and Chengdu continues and Giuseppe Carta is called to design the international symbol for the prestigious World Chili Alliance (WCA). For the city of Chongqing he made, commissioned by one of the biggest Chinese entrepreneurial giants, another chili. In Italy, he is invited to expose at Euroflora Genova 2018 its red peppers, 25 exhibited in the gardens of the Parchi di Nervi and at the Porto Antico. From the beginning of June it dominates in the royal wine cellars of Fontanafredda a giant bunch of grapes wanted by Oscar Farinetti and created by Carta as a Monument to Nebbiolo, while at the end of the same month The Red Giant, the 18 meter long chili exposed before in Pietrasanta and then at the Theatre of Silence of Andrea Bocelli, it finds at Fico Eataly World in Bologna, the most important Italian food factory in the world, an ideal expositive space. Also in the same year in Tuscany the giant Melagrana is located in the city of Pontedera as a permanent installation. In Calabria, in Diamante, he awarded the title of Chili Pepper Ambassador in the world by the Italian Chili Pepper Academy. At the invitation of the Mac,n Museum of Monsummano Terme (Pistoia) he exhibit an installation of paintings and sculptures in the Oasi exhibition. At the end of the year, the Polo Museums of Puglia and the MIBAC celebrate the Year of Italian Food with Giuseppe Carta' artworks promoting the great Giuseppe Carta exhibition event. Epiphany of the earth. Giants sculptures of chilies, strawberries, tomatoes, lemons and pomegranates - in bronze, aluminium and polychrome resins - followed by paintings depicting still life of moving truth, are set in the historical and architectural jewels of the region: the Castles of Bari, Manfredonia, Trani and Gioia del Colle. The director Dado Martino, fascinated by the artworks and life of Carta so rich in experiences and contaminations experienced around the world by the West to the East, decides to shoot the film CARTA in Sardinia in Banari the country where he was born, in Liguria where he studies and becomes an master of organo and piano and then an established artist, but also in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.
In 2019 other important events and awards attribute to Giuseppe Carta the title of Master of Light and Great Fruits of the Earth. At the invitation of the Director of the Museum Complex of Puglia, his sculpture Germination of Peace is exhibited in the presence of the Italian Minister of Culture Bonisoli at the National Archaeological Museum of Canosa di Puglia, while he is present in the Castle of Bari in the exhibition Books of Artists. The art of reading. On 9 February, the Municipality of Genoa, in the hall of representation of Palazzo Tursi, presents a national preview of the film CARTA. In Sardinia in Sassari his sculptural germinations become the scenography that celebrates Nature for the event Che gusto !, on that occasion he is awarded by the regional newspaper La Nuova Sardegna with the La Nuova Sardegna award as “Famous artist who carries the name of Sardinia in the world, from the West to the East ". In Calabria, by invitation and for the city of Tropea, Giuseppe Carta creates "La Rossa di Tropea" a big sculptural onion that becomes the symbol of TropeaCipollaParty, a festival promoted by the Municipality of Tropea and by Paolo Pecoraro art director. An important relationship of esteem and friendship is established with the Calabrian community and the Municipality of Tropea grants honorary citizenship to Giuseppe Carta. The great exhibition event Giuseppe Carta. Epiphany of the Earth wanted and promoted by the Polo Museale of Puglia and by the Mibac, is open until the end of May. In Tuscany at Pontedera is among the protagonist artists of the exhibition, directed by Alberto Bartalini, Motions of the soul. Tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci and his other works are exhibited at the Bagni Alpemare by Andrea Bocelli (Forte dei Marmi). Another great and important event sees Giuseppe Carta as an artist protagonist in the national and international artistic world: in Sardinia in Nuoro the Regional Ethnographic Institute promotes event exhibition Giuseppe Carta Orti di Grazia, which sees the participation of Vittorio Sgarbi art critic and of Alberto Bartalini as an artistic director. The event, inaugurated on June 14th in the Costume Museum, sees the union between the historical site and the heritage of Sardinian traditions, well preserved and presented, of the Museum and Giuseppe Carta, author of the very famous chillies and great fruits of the Earth, true hymns to Nature. Over 180 of giant sculptures, paintings and large installations are the works of the artist presented that celebrate Nature and the great Nobel Prize Grazia Deledda. The event is open to the people until the end of October. During the event, made scenographic by a particular display of lights, the ISRE promotes Orti di Notte event (July 23rd), with the screening of the film CARTA at the auditorium Giovanni Lilliu, followed then of the vision of the exhibition until late night.
Always in Sardinia in Porto Rotondo, in the literary event The Poetry of Marella Giovanelli meets the sculpture of Giuseppe Carta, Carta presents the work dedicated to the Nobel Prize Grazia Deledda.
Since 1996, Giuseppe Carta lives and works in Banari (Sardinia), where he was born in 1950. In Banari promotes and constitutes BanariArte Association (1996-1998) and then the Logudoro Meilogu Foundation (since 2001) which play a main role in the enhancement of Italian art and especially of Sardinian art. Over the years of the activities at the Foundation, Giuseppe Carta has collaborated with major Italian artists and art collectors such as Enrico Baj, Emanuele Luzzati, Carlo Pepi and Francesco Martani.