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Scritti e Video-Writings-Escritos-Écrits       Quadri di Melchiorre Gerbino

Melchiorre Gerbino is a professional painter since 1969.
He has worked in various cities (Stockholm, Milan, Düsserdolf, Copenhagen, Oslo, New York, Caracas, Quito, Nairobi, Abidjan, Tokyo, his hometown Calatafimi...) He has held exhibitions in some of these cities and in others that are not mentioned here. In Stockholm, he managed galleries where he exhibited and sold exclusively his paintings and those by Gunilla Unger. In Nairobi, where he taught the technique of engraving and painting on glass, he managed a gallery where he sold his paintings exclusively. In Tokyo and in Oslo, he sold his paintings on the street.
He never wanted to participate in the business of art galleries managed by others, thanks to this, he has been able to travel uninterruptedly, for long years, across the globe and reach remote places, as Easter Island and Tarawa Atoll. Consequently, his production has been quite chaotic, but he believes that after his death, the merchants, with whom he did not want to cooperate in life, will seek his paintings, if not for any other reason, because he led the revolt of youth in Italy in the 60s, which contributed to make history in Italy, France and worldwide.
As a painter, Melchiorre Gerbino uses an impressionistic technique to realize a surrealistic dimension. Due to this technique, his paintings are determined by those who observe them.

Melchiorre Gerbino nell'Atollo di Tarawa nel 2009
Melchiorre Gerbino in Tarawa in the year 2009


I want to clarify what I mean when I say that who observes a painting by Melchiorre Gerbino determines it

the mother is represented by the figure on the left, the daughter from the one on the right
This painting on canvas (mixed technique, 50 cm x 40 cm, € 1,500) is titled "Oddities between mother and daughter".
Evidently, the mother is represented by the figure on the left, the daughter by the one on the right.

On the background one notices a boat
It's not hard to notice here a boat

Here another boat
Even here one could see a boat

Here a canal or a marsh
The reflexes of this part of the painting let imagine a canal or a marsh.
Who hung this unusual painting on a wall, and from time to time looks at it, at some point notes that between the mother and the daughter there is a strange figure, the kind that sometimes the rovers photograph on Mars.

A strange head

At this point the painting, which had previously been perceived in a way, inevitably will be perceived in another. And if some other element will be noted by the observer, no matter if because of his capability of observation or because of his imagination, then the painting will be perceived in another way once more

Something of strange between the mother and the daughter

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I want to end to give explanations on my paintings by giving an explanation on this one


Execution of a criminal in a planet of androgynous beings
This work (mixed technique, cm 55 x 70, € 2,000) is titled "Alien worlds. Planet of androgynous beings. Execution of a criminal".

Detail of the erection and ejaculation of the condemned
In this detail, is evident the erection and ejaculation of the condemned in the supreme moment of death.

A part of the secretions of the vagina
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More attention requires to observe the volutes of the secretions of the vagina (arrow) specifically the part that seems to condense in a chair where the executioner sits.

Detail of the head of the executioner and a kaleidoscope of pyramids
In detail, the head of the executioner and a kaleidoscope of pyramids.

The laser weapon of the execution and dismemberment of the condemned
Detail of the laser weapon with which execution and dismemberment of the condemned are performed.

An UFO in the sky
In the sky, an UFO.

At this point, one could believe to have noticed all the elements that make up the painting, but then another observer notes that there are also 3 dogs in the painting

Here, a dog
Evidently, this is a dog.

From the vagina are delivered more secretions
Here another dog, whose muzzle adheres to the vagina, from which are delivered more secretions.

A third dog, howling towards the UFO
A third dog howls towards the UFO.

Being a world of androgynous aliens, of which it is arduous to imagine the living conditions, even less the conditions post mortem, it is impossible for the one who noted the 3 dogs to determine whether the 3 dogs were at their master when he was executed, or if he has reincarnated in 3 dogs.

A bird pecking and lacerating the navel of the executed
Then another observer finds out that there is a bird that pecks and lacerates the navel of the executed subject.

A Mephistophelian being
And yet another finds out that there is also a being of Mephistophelian appearance.

One more figure here
Nor the observation of the painting comes now to an end, because one can glimpse one more figure here. And who knows how many other details other observers could discover in this painting.

Execution of a criminal in a planet of androgenous beings

Thus, the perception of this emblematic painting becomes so subjective that any explanation of it, including mine, becomes questionable. What in the painting is unquestionable is the erection and ejaculation of the criminal.
And with this I think I have given enough clarifications on what I mean when I assert that who observes a painting by Melchiorre Gerbino determines it.

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All works reproduced here are painted on canvas with mixed technique. Click on them to see them in their right proportions

Couple in a moonlight            The head of a woman in a nest of birds of prey            A woman from Sub-Saharan Africa
   "Moonlight" (cm 16 x 39 - € 800)                    "Birds of prey with the head of a woman"     "African woman" (cm 12 x 30 - € 800)
             (cm 15 x 45 - € 800)

Family en route (with a robot?)        Scandinavian winter
"En route" (cm 24 x cm 40 - € 1.000)                              "Great North" (cm 32 x cm 43 - € 1.200)

Animism        Memories
"Animism. Souls wandering in the Night" (cm 52 x cm 43 - € 1.500)                                            "Gallery of Memories" (cm 50 x cm 40 - € 1.500)

When one visits other worlds in the dream        The Pianist
"When in the dream one reaches other worlds" (cm 55 x cm 50 - € 1.700)                                                           "Pianist" (cm 42 x cm 51 - € 1.500)

Mysteries of a full moon night       Dr Alice Adams visiting gorillas in Rwanda
"The many mysteries of a full moon night" (cm 52 x cm 63 - € 2.000)                              "Dr Alice Adams among the gorillas" (cm 50 x cm 75 - € 2.000)

The Mercenary    Exodus from wars
"Mercenary" (cm 55 x cm 69 - € 2.000)                                                           "Exodus" (cm 55 x cm 69 - € 2.000)

Nostalgia        Fishing
"Nostalgia" (cm 43 x cm 45 - € 1.600)                                                                            "Fishing" (cm 43 x cm 51 - € 1.600)

The rest of Archangel Michael       Reincarnation of Dario Fo and Franca Rame
"Archangel Michael resting" (cm 56 x cm 70 - € 2.000)                  "Nobel laureate Dario Fo and his wife Franca Rame reincarnated in a bicephalous leech" (cm 64 x cm 53 - € 2.000)


All works are on canvas not mounted on frame. They were painted on the island of Cebu, Philippines, this year 2017. They are signed and dated in the back.
To contact me: melchiorre.gerbino (at) yahoo.com


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