Guido Casaretto’s life and work incorporate many cultures. He was born in Turkey, grew up in Greece and Italy, and now lives in Istanbul. His remote Italian ancestors left for Asia Minor during the Ottoman Empire. But they never assimilated – they became part of a community known as Levantine, made up of Christian immigrants from France, Italy and England.
The artist studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul and at the Faculty of Painting and Conceptual Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologne. He distances himself from the influence of any culture on his work, although one can occasionally find in it references to Italian art and tradition.
When dealing with ways of perceiving nature and reproducing it by digital means, Casaretto focuses on the phenomenon of feeling. Engaging in electronic information, various materials and art references, his works overlap with different sensations about the physical quality of the material and the types of perception within the history of art.
Physical approach interaction engages in a multidimensional sensation through materials used by the artist, such as concrete, leather, soil and epoxy. Former Casaretto works, consisting of a realistic manifestation of the nature created in the digital environment, these new series of works are returned due to the artist’s manual intervention in machine production. The works define the uniqueness of the handmade work and invite the audience to feel the sensation.
“The Ghosts of Matter,” MOCAK – Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, 2019;
The Pope and Galileo Had a Minor Disagreement, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017;
Synesthesia, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015;
Extrasystemic Correlations, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012;
Default, Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011;
The Union, Group exhibition, OMM-Odunpazarı Modern Museum, 2020.Art
Basel and Hong Kong, Zilberman Gallery, 2020
Restless Monuments, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018;
Urban Justice, CerModern, Ankara, Turkey, 2015;
Venice Biennial Italian Pavillion, Venice, Italy, 2011;
Teatro Comunale, Italy, 2000.
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow, Poland;
the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia;
and many private collections in Europe and the Middle East.