Lifting the Veil

Rino Sica

11th – 25th June 2024

Tuesday 11th June 2024, 6.30 pm
Musical performance by M° Marco Alonzi, cello

▪️Presentation of the exhibition’s catalogue, published by Casa Usher
Saturday 22nd June, 6.30 pm
Speech by Ivan Teobaldelli

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 6.30 pm
Music and poetry performance by:
M° Marco Alonzi: cello
Alessandra Lombardi: reciting voice


The exhibition Lifting the Veil by the artist Rino Sica opens 11th June 2014 at 6.30 pm at the Galleria Immaginaria of Florence.

A cycle of productions by the Neapolitan artist, who passed away in 2022 due to an illness, works using leather and hides as a choice and as inspiration.
Hybrids of tapestry, patchwork and assemblage, the compositions of Rino Sica, give the survival of recycling to the production wast of these  materials.
Work done without any preparatory sketches, executed flawlessly from the start with a box cutter, vinyl glue and a sewing machine.

Our initial sensation is the feeling of having been catapulted into a fantasy world, a primordial Eden, with all sorts of plants, flowers and animals invented by his rebellious, talented mind and by his profound sensitivity, capable of lifting the veil. Both his intelligence and his sensibility play with shapes and colours for the pure pleasure of inventing, disregarding all rules and limits. 

Fiercely free, Rino recreates his garden where camelias, irises, azaleas unfurl and where hieratic parrots perched on branches.

Rino Sica was born in Ariano Irpino in 1941, a city scarred by the displacement of war.
He was the last of four brothers, he spent the rest of his childhood and adolescence being bounced around from one boarding school to another in Campania. He graduated from high school in Naples, though – from Convitto Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele II.
He spent a few years in Rome and then chose to settle in Florence. Over the years he took many trips to different places around the world because his first passion was photography. 

Catalogue of the exhibition published by Casa Usher with a text of Ivan Teobaldelli.