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Bruno Corà describes the extraordinary artistic journey of one of the most multifaceted contemporary Italian artists and his research into the sphere of dreaming and death.
In the early 1960s, Antonino Bove began using a photographic camera producing prints and assembled images and texts, integrating materials like wax, tar, gauze, and different pigments into his paintings, but also small objects and glass, creating works charged with an ethereal, psychological and metaphysical poetry. During the following decade, this orientation was intensified with deeper research into ethno-anthropology, characterised by social, political and historical elements, but also open to a mystical, utopic, and analytical sphere that was not adverse to infiltration into alchemy and the dream-world.
The wide area of his interests and activities, developed between the late 1970s and the 1990s was mainly focussed on the temporal and psychic sphere of dreams.
But the artist’s principal source of fascination was his utopic artistic project aimed at saving mankind from physical death, and at the same time, saving the universe itself.