Antonello Messina is an Italian and Swiss painter, sculptor and musician.
He was born in Palermo on July 24th, 1969, and in January 2019 he became a citizen of the Swiss city of Fribourg. As a child he showed remarkable talent for visual arts (painting, drawing), as well as exceptional musical gifts. He started studying piano, solfeggio and music theory as a self-taught at the age of ten. He subsequently complemented these studies with harmony and composition. He graduated from the "II Liceo Artistico" of Palermo in 1989, and attended painting classes in the Academy of Arts of the same town. He subsequently completed his artistic training with a complementary year in the "I Liceo Artistico E. Catalano" in the years 1994-1995. His love for drawing, painting and history of art naturally led him to approach the artistic and literary milieux of his town and region.

Along with his path as a painter, Antonello Messina pursued his career as a highly esteemed musician. These two means of expression have blended to create a lifelong journey of exploration: while concerts and music tours have led him all over the country, he has been called to create paintings and sculptures on commission: clay, chalk, ceramics and reproductions of paintings of all epochs (the study of human anatomy drawing techniques being of fundamental value in this period). All the techniques he learned to master have gradually left place to the artist’s preferred means of expression: oil painting. Between 1996 and 1999 he specialised in restoration works and reproductions; during this time he further refined his techniques in reproduction, by means of materials like distemper for Renaissance’s works, and acrylic colours, synthetic enamel and oils for contemporary works. His paintings’ exhibition in march 2000 on the occasion of the World Exhibit at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, where he presented both original works and reproductions, is a very significant stage of his artistic career. In october 2011 Exhibition of paintings and drawings in Japan. Tatebayashi City - " L'autre Maison - Nishi No Hora ", Ashikaga City - " Citizens'Hall ", Tokyo - " Promise Servise Plaza ", Tokyo - " Japan Art Gallery ". In july 2013 Exhibition of paintings in Switzerland. Marly - " Plexus Art Gallery ". June 2016: he appears in the video clip "Democratic Set" in the Belluard International Festival in Fribourg introducing his project "Le visage des Bolzes".

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Portraits de l'Auge

Installé en Basse-Ville de Fribourg, Antonello Messina a commencé, en novembre 2014, à réaliser le portrait de tous les habitants du quartier de l'Auge. Les portraits des Bolzes ont tous les mêmes dimensions et sont réalisés avec la même technique (huile sur bois); pendant leur réalisation, ils sont exposés tour à tour dans son atelier. Au fil du temps, tous les portraits seront réunis dans différentes expositions. Chaque portrait est partie intégrante du projet, mais il pourra être acheté à un prix spécial à condition d’être mis à disposition lors d’expositions et autres manifestations. Rentre dans l’histoire de ce quartier, de cette ville, de ce temps!

Gemalte Porträts von allen Bewohners des Au-Quartiers von Freiburg: Im Laufe der Zeit sollen alle Quartierbewohner gemalt werden, ihre Geschichte, ihre Traditionen und ihre Farben. Die Bilder sind alle gleich gross, ausgeführt in derselben Technik (Öl auf Leinwand) und sind während ihres Entstehens in meinem Atelier zu sehen. Später werden sie in verschiedenen Ausstellungen gezeigt. Jedes Porträt ist Teil des Projekts. Sofern es für Ausstellungen und andere Anlässe verfügbar bleibt, kann das Bild zu einem Spezialpreis erworben werden. Sei Teil der Geschichte dieses Quartiers, dieser Stadt, dieser Zeit!

Stabilitosi nella Basse-Ville di Friburgo, Antonello Messina ha iniziato, nel novembre 2014, a realizzare ritratti degli abitanti del quartiere storico dell'Auge, i 'Bolzes'. I ritratti dei Bolzes hanno tutti le stesse dimensioni e sono realizzati con la stessa tecnica (olio su tavola); nel corso della realizzazione vengono esposti a turno nell'atelier dell'artista. Sempre più numerosi, i ritratti sono raggruppati e vengono esposti come opera unica. Ogni ritratto costituisce parte integrante del progetto globale, ma può essere acquistato individualmente a un prezzo speciale, a condizione di essere lasciato a disposizione dell'artista per eventuali mostre e altre manifestazioni. Entrate anche voi a far parte di questo grande progetto, che celebra un quartiere storico nel cuore di Friburgo! verfügbar bleibt, kann das Bild zu einem Spezialpreis erworben werden. Sei Teil der Geschichte dieses Quartiers, dieser Stadt, dieser Zeit!

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New York - Jacob K. Javits Center
(March 2000)


Tokyo - Japan Art Gallery
Tokyo - Promise Service Plaza
Tatebayashi City - L'autre Maison - Nishi No Hora
Ashikaga City - Citizens'Hall (October 2011)


Marly- Plexus Art Gallery (July 2013)
Fribourg - Belluard - International Festival Democratic Set - Live Performance (June 2016)
Salavaux - Château (June - October 2017)
Fribourg - Espace 25 (December 2017)

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