Chinnici - Introspection
The real poverty of the poor lies not so much in their economic status as in their state of mind. When men do not have ideals anymore, then it is better not to even have ideas, as to have ideas alone, not illuminated by ideals, ultimately makes them slaves to selfishness and often to crime.
It seems to me that in Chinnici’s poor there is a presence of mind not as a justification for a particular political affiliation, but as the gnawing of inner thoughts on the human condition by those who know that regardless of who governs, their lot in life is to work to keep body and soul together and to eventually pay for their own burial. More or less all of Chinnici’s figures force me to ponder on life’s problems and to enter a realm of thought with wide entrances but narrow and difficult to find exits. But, on close examination of his landscapes, I feel as though I am in front of the works of a different artist; I do not say better or worse, but just different, able finally to commit more to feeling rather than to thought, and therefore mentally more restful, more lyrical, more Mediterranean. In fact, the contrast between these two aspects of Lorenzo Chinnici’s artistic production should not be surprising, nor be regarded as an inconsistency, much less as a contradiction or a false note. Just think of the painful sadness of the Greek tragedies.
They were always tragedies, but were presented in front of the most beautiful scenery, under beautiful skies, in theatres purposefully built in the most pleasant and charming locations. The beauty of the natural scenery was not at all incompatible with the sadness of the tragic work, because, in the final analysis, even in sadness there is beauty and in tragedy poetry. Without the pain, the fountain of art dries up. Lorenzo Chinnici perhaps unknowingly, that is, without a predetermined will, but out of pure instinct, has created like the ancient Greeks, has felt like the ancient Greeks, as if he had said to his art the same words spoken by Baudelaire to his wife: “Be beautiful and be sad”
Every landscape has its own soul and its own expression like a face, and every face is at the same time a landscape in which the artist seeks to capture not only the lines, but the drama that is its hidden secret.
Lorenzo Chinnici, when still young had developed an uncommon maturity and capacity of expression. His technique is the fruit of long study conducted with seriousness and application. His style is nervous but without frenzy, is attentive and precise without affectation.
One could say that many of the qualities inherent in the work, are also inherent in the artist, and it is natural that it should be so, at least for those who regard sincerity as a cornerstone of their art and life and see in art the antithesis of artifice. He is humble without being timid.
He is not a careerist and is not nervous of self-proclaimed experts and those who pander to current trends for either personal gratification or profit. He does not envy colleagues who, with apparently less merit, supersede him in official grading ’s for he knows that pedestals do not form part of the true stature of a man. Although self-taught as an artist he is a man of learning, he has served his time on the student’s bench and the teachers desk and believes deeply that the most valuable lessons are not those learned in school but rather those taught to us by our life experiences.
In a modern artistic world which appears to have a greater rapport with opinions than with affections Chinnici who strongly believes in the latter does not believe in a cerebral art deaf to the reasonings of the heart and those social callings which are the yeast of the bread of life.
On this premise and with an acquired maturity and inner peace which is revealed both in the man and his art, Lorenzo Chinnici takes his place amongst the new generation of artists, with that authority which derives from the quality of the art itself and not from any artificial fame purchased in an art world which today more than ever appears to be contaminated by partisanship and injustice.