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Guccione, Piero

Painter A significant artist who has exhibited widely both in Italy and internationally (several times at the Venice Biennale), Guccione depicts scenes from the physical world, such as landscapes, seascapes, fences and buildings, with an almost photo-realist technique, but he composes and colours his work so as to highlight abstract patterns in a way that is reminiscent of 1960s minimalism and colour-field painting. After a period in Rome, Guccione returned to Sicily in 1980, which he used as subject matter in much of his subsequent work. Study of the Sea (1982-3), for example, depicts a Mediterranean seascape but also plays with the interaction between horizontal and diagonal patterns.