Giuseppe Carta is a famous Italian artist recognized by all of the world for still life paintings of great realism and for big and giant sculptures shaped to fruits and animals.
He shows strong interest in painting since was child. Still teenager also shows a strong passion for classical music, he decides to enroll at the Conservatory Nicolò Paganini in Genoa and then Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria where he learns to play piano becoming so a piano master. In the early eighties Carta decides to dedicate his time only to painting, directing his research at first towards the abstract and then towards realism, becoming so in time a recognized master of painting hyperealist.
In those years he even writes two novels and about twenty short stories. In the same years (eighties) Carta meets the Genoese gallerist Rinaldo Rotta, meeting most important for Carta and his paintings, with whom he establishes a deep friendship. In 1994 he begins collaborating with the gallery Guidi of Genoa and in the same year another important meeting with writer Giorgio Soavi marks the turning point of his career. Soavi's attention is all directed to the fine crystal goblets painted that arise between precious tablecloths and the ceramics. Soavi says that he had not more seen painted so well the glass. Since 1994, and for the next two years, Carta dedicates his time to the creation of paintings depicting crystals, which become the ideal scene of the exhibition A tavola con Giuseppe Carta organized in 1996 by gallery Antonia Jannone Milan with catalogue edited by the same Giorgio Soavi.
In 1998 another important meeting with the art critic Federico Zeri marks his artistic evolution: it follows the text Crystalline painting for an exhibition at the gallery Rinaldo Rotta in Genoa, show that it was never implemented because of the disappearance of the gallerist Genoese.
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 at to make a choice very important for his profession: they are the result important exhibitions at the Grand Palais and the Espace Branly of the Eiffel Tower, the l04th Exposition de la Société des artistes indépendants Paris and always in France at to the galleries Robin-Leaudouze and Caplain Matignon. In Italy exposes to The eighth Fair Exhibition International the Business Center of Florence and then in Geneva, Gand and London and once again in France in Saint Paul de Vence (Galerie Vendome). Since 1993 is presents to the Bologna Art Fair. In 1996 it is promoted at the Castle of Pralormo (Turin), on the initiative of the Beraudo's family, 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 exhibition Palace Sarcinelli 1988/1998. In 1998 with the Spirale gallery Milan participates into the Art International 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 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 gallery EloArt Forio d'Ischia (NA) with the catalog 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 is invited to the European exhibition of still life painting promoted by Albemarle Gallery in London. Also in 2002 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 of 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 year opens with one major retrospective exhibition Visioni di Carta exposed to the palace of Frumentaria of Sassari, to the Italian Cultural Institute in Copenhagen, to the gallery Stefano Forni of Bologna, to the Consulate General – Cultural Institute of Hamburg and to the Castle San Michele of Cagliari, then continued 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 important Russian magazine MEOHH dedicates to his paintings a broad service of eight pages.
In 2006 and 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
- solo show at the Galerie Alexandre Leadouze of Cannes, at the Magic Market Place in Las Vegas and at the Hidden Santa Monica, California.
- In Italy Bormioli' family has promoted a major retrospective Giuseppe Carta. Vetro precario e fragile in the spectacular Palace of Colorno Parma, with the catalogue edited by art critic Rossana Bossaglia.
- Il filo conduttore n. 2 at the Museum Fioroni of Legnago.
In 2007 has been promoted the exhibition Giuseppe Carta. Libiam ne’ lieti calici to the Archaeological Historical Ethnography Museum of Sella & Mosca of Alghero. A major retrospective of paintings and sculptures I seducenti percorsi della luce has been organized at the Francesca Sanna Sulis Museum of Muravera (Cagliari) with catalogue edited by the art critic Luciano Caprile. One of his works of 1990, coming from the collection of the Foundation of Ca 'la Ghironda of Bologna, has been exposed in Sardinia in the exhibition Identity and Difference of 900 curated by the art critic Claudio Cerritelli.
In 2008 Carta participates in ArtVerona with the Arte e Arte gallery in Bologna and his works are exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Italian in Costa Rica.
Carta loves painting as sculpture, creates sculptures brimming with realism in polychrome bronze and aluminum (lost wax casting), resin and Carrara marble. It Is as a sculptor that in 2009 he arrives at the 53rd Venice Biennale, where he exhibited 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 Republic of Costa Rica.
In 2010 and 2011 his exhibitions have been promoted in Bologna Germinazioni to the gallery Arte e Arte and Mimesis to the gallery Stefano Forni, while in Milan Giuseppe Carta. La parola della luce promoted by Ar.co.it Contemporary Italian Art of Milan and edited by the art critic Beatrice Buscaroli, in Racalmuto (Sicily) Giuseppe Carta. Sul filo della memoria promoted by Racalmuto' Municipality.
At the invitation of Vittorio Sgarbi he is presents at the Venice Biennale 54th with the installation pictorial Rosso sardo e equilibri precari, followed then by his participation in the exhibition L'arte di amare l'arte promoted by the Foundation Cities Italy to the Royal Palace of Turin.
Always as a sculptor in 2011 he exhibits in Genoa in the Sardinia pavilion an important sculptural installation to the X edition of Euroflora.
In 2012 the Bank of Italy commissions him the portray the ECB President Mario Draghi and the Andrea Bocelli’ Silence Theatre (Lajatico-Tuscany, 12/07/2012) selects him to design of the set of the Theatre: a giant resin sculpture (high most than of 9 meters), titled Germination Pomegranate, is designed by him. The sculpture has been exposed for one year in the Silence Theatre Valley while his paintings and sculptures have been exposed in Lajatico, the Bocelli' hometown.
In 2013 the CEI commissions him to made paintings and sculptures for the New Parish Complex "Holy Family" located in Sud Sardinia.
Carta participates in the exhibitions:100 Ventagli from the Aldo Dente' collection to Rocca di Dozza and 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. Among Sassu and Giuseppe Carta. Life, works and interview with Giuseppe Carta.
In 2014 collaborates with the Andrea Bocelli’s Foundation for the Humanitarian Award held in September in Forte dei Marmi and in Florence. The prize, given to international personalities such as George Clooney, David Foster, Sophia Loren, Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, is a polychrome bronze sculpture shaped a pomegranate of Giuseppe Carta.
On the invitation of I mondidicarta Association he exposes in Crema, in the cultural and gastronomic festivalimondidicarta2014, his sculptures that bind well to the theme of food. His sculpture shaped an onion, in crystal and gold, is the award given by Association at the chef Gualtiero Marchesi.
At the end of year, the work of Giuseppe Carta has been object in two important exhibition projects: in Chongqing in China, at the invitation of the Italian Embassy in Beijing and of the Consulate General of Italy in Chongqing, exposes twenty recent works (paintings) to Changjiang Art & Culture Center in the exhibition Giuseppe Carta. Toward to the light, while in Italy in Milan the Stelline Foundation with Ar.co.it Italian Contemporary Art promotes a major retrospective Giuseppe Carta. Light and sound edited by the art critic Ivan Quaroni.
In 2015 Giuseppe Carta has been invited in several important events recognized internationally and several solo exhibitions are promoted:
- At the invitation of the Italian Consulate General in Chongqing makes a big installation polychrome of bronze sculptures, Capsica Red Light, 5 red chilies as symbol of the city of Chongqing, with which on April 28, to the presence of the highest Chinese authorities and of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Italian Paolo Gentiloni, has been inaugurated the new offices of the Consulate in Chongqing.
- At the invitation of the Aura Art Space gallery of Chengdu, in China, Carta exposes in the solo exhibition titled Giuseppe Carta. Toward to the light, 20 paintings representing the artist's favorite topics: great compositions with onions, lemons, pomegranates 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).
- It has been inaugurated in Biella to the Selvatica Nature Festival one of his sculptural installation in aluminum The rebirth after the fire.
- 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.
- On July 18th at the Museum of Glass in Altare (promoted by Ar.co.itItalian Contemporary Art in Milan) has been inaugurated his retrospective with paintings of only glass and crystal painted.
- 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 become, in the end of year, property of the Bank of Sardinia and exposed in Cagliari.
- In the end of 2015, as result of the important collaborations born with China, his big sculpture Capsica Red Light, a giant red chili (high most than 7,5 meters), has been installed in Chongqing in the Guanyinqiao square, pedestrian place very famous and important of the Chinese city.
On September 6 in Milan at Eataly, the largest international center of food and cuisine Italian known all over the world, Carta inaugurates the major exhibition Giuseppe Carta. Germinazioni. I Diari della Terra promoted by Ar.co.it Italian Contemporary Art in Milan (6/28 September). The big red chili, high 5 meters, before exhibited in Milan to Eataly, is presented at the Festival imondidicarta2016. During the festival I mondi di carta Association has delivered a precious polychrome bronze sculpture in the shape of a red chili such as award to film producer Pietro Valsecchi. From 2013 Carta collaborates with Andrea Bocelli’ Foundation to 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 9 and 11 September in Lajatico and Florence it has been delivered to great personalities like the actor Nicolas Cage and Queen Rania of Jordan.
On Febraury 25, in Tuscany in Pietrasanta, has been inaugurated a great exhibition event Giuseppe Carta. Orti della Germinazione (artist direction by Alberto Bartalini, curated by Luca Beatrice, promoted by Pietrasanta’s Municipality) where is exposed The Red Giant, a giant sculpture shaped a chili pepper and long almost 17 meters, that it seems to born from the earth, get out of it and climb until to the sky. A rich itinerary of over 30 paintings, oil on canvas, over 70 sculptures in marble, alabastro, bronze, aluminum and resin, 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-event with over 53,000 registered visitors in less of 4 months (February 25 – June 11).
The Red Giant, already exposed in Pietrasanta, and 20 others red chili peppers are exposed to the Andrea Bocelli’s Silence Theater. It is the first time in all story of Theatre that same artist is selected twice to make the scenography. A great success of people and appreciations marks the participation of Giuseppe Carta at the Andrea Bocelli's Theater Silence.
Then 20 chili peppers have been 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 alluminum sculptures, shaped to fruits, was exposed for all summer in the Bagni Alpemare in Forte di Marmi (Tuscany).
The collaboration with Andrea Bocelli continues in the charity event Celebrity Fight Night and giant sculpture Germination Pomegranate, already symbol of the Andrea Bocelli’ Silence Theater and the Andrea Bocelli’ Humanitarian Award, is exposed in Rome to the Colosseum with a very great success of people come by all over the world (September 1 – October 31).
Giuseppe Carta, to aim to support the charitable work carried out by the Andrea Bocelli’ Foundation in Haiti, donates to the foundation his polychrome bronze Pomegranate presented in Rome to the Cavalieri Hotel and on Italian television Rai Uno and then sold at auction at Cinecittà. During the event Celebrity Fight Night to the Colosseum was delivered to the Mexican businessman, investor and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helù humanitary award represented pomegranate by Carta.
For all September an important number Giuseppe Carta’ artworks are exposed in Rome a Eataly in the exhibition Germinazioni. I Diari della Terra promoted by Ar.co.it Italian Contemporary Art in Milan.
In Pistoia to the Vivarelli Foundation Carta exposes a big chili pepper sculpture is the exhibition Jorio Vivarelli e i grandi scultori del suo tempo (September 14 - November 18). Another big red chili pepper is exposed in Alba (Piedmont) to the Fontanafredda Wines, home the famous Barolo, and the Mirafiore Foundation, important cultural foundation of Oscar Farinetti patron of Eataly (October 20 -Spring 2018).
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 big 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
At the end of the same month The Red Giant, the 18 meter long chili exposed before in Pietrasanta and then at the Andrea Bocelli' Theater Silence, has been exposed to Fico Eataly World in Bologna, the most important Italian food factory in the world.
In the same year in Tuscany the giant pomegranate has been permanent installed in the city of Pontedera.
In Calabria, in Diamante city, 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 Museums of Puglia and the MIBAC celebrate the Year of Italian Food with Giuseppe Carta' artworks promoted in the great Giuseppe Carta exhibition 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, 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 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 of 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 Tropea's Municipality and by Paolo Pecoraro art director.
An important relationship of esteem and friendship is established with the Calabrian community and the Tropea' Municipality 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 Mibact, is open until the end of May.
In Tuscany, in 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 chilies and great fruits of the Earth, true hymns to Nature. Over 180 of giant sculptures, paintings and large installations are the artworks presented that celebrate Nature and the great Nobel Prize Grazia Deledda. The event 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.
In 2020 Giuseppe Carta's art is the subject of great interest both in Italy and abroad.
The worrying spread around the world of the Covid-19 virus upsets the whole of humanity and every activity and project are stopped or made online, the priority of everyone and for everyone is to save lives and put end to the serious health emergency that is raging in all part of the world.
After a long period of general lockdown in Italy, but non only, there is the desire to instil new hope in all social contexts traumatized by the pandemic. Art participates and supports this strong desire to start again. Tropea's Municipality invites Giuseppe Carta to speak at the conference live of the Tropea Cipolla Party festival as the artist who celebrates Nature and the Rebirth. In 2018 Carta has dedicated to Tropea's onion one of his big sculpture and he has become a Tropea's honorary citizen.
On 18 July, in Porto Rotondo (Sardinia), has been inaugurated Porto Rotondo Art Gallery, commissioned by Count Luigi Donà dalle Rose and your son Leonardo Donà dalle Rose who direct the gallery, with over 25 works by Giuseppe Carta dedicated to the fruits of the earth as a symbol of germination, life and rebirth.
In early July, Carta start collaborating with the Galerie Jedlitschka in Zurich where he exhibits two large, bright red chillies in the gallery's sculpture park.
In Tuscany Carta adheres to the charity initiative promoted by the Pietrasanta's Municipality in help of the Versilia Hospital and businesses and families in difficulty due to Covid-19, donating one of his works for the charity auction held by the house of Sotheby's London auctions on 12 September in the cloister of Sant'Agostino.
Sgaravatti Group, historic and prestigious international Italian company highly specialized in the design and construction of gardens and green spaces in all over world, invites Giuseppe Carta to enrich with his sculptural germinations the celebrations for company's 200 years of activity. The gala event has held on 18 September in the garden of Capoterra (Sardinia).
At the end of September, it ended with great success the exhibition in Porto Rotondo.
On 6 November, the Tuscan city of Pontedera, an active and recognized Italian pole of art contemporary, inaugurates Natale ad Arte, directed by Alberto Bartalini, with important sculptural installations. Giuseppe Carta with the Orto dei Sogni celebrates life with a complex and creative sculptural installation from strong evocative value.
Since 1996 Giuseppe Carta has lived and worked in Sardinia in Banari, where he was born in 1950, where he promotes the BanariArte Association and then the Logudoro Meilogu Foundation (since 2001) with the main objective of enhancing Italian and Sardinian art and culture in all contexts of the world. His home-museum-atelier and ancient Palazzo Tonca are a great attraction for the public comes from all over the world.