Inevitably, when we think of the work of Serafino Maiorano, there comes to mind the line of demarcation which separates the artificial world which constitutes the City, concept which springs forth from the mind of man and is painstakingly built up stone upon stone by his own hand, and, that surrounding universe of Nature, at once chaotic but also harmonious, which seems to keep watch, yet with no immanent menace but rather an indifference tinged with a remote and ambiguous benevolence, over the fragile accomplishments of man across the border between the mortal and the immortal.
Serafino Maiorano (Crotone, 1957) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Catanzaro, Italy, in 1983 and moved almost immediately to Rome. He has held a number of solo and collective exhibitions both in Italy and abroad, including, among the more recent events, participation in the 54th Venice Biennale, his solo exhibition ”Il respiro della Luce” at the Emmeotto gallery in Rome in 2010, his solo exhibition at the Tornabuoni Arte gallery in Milan in 2009, and his solo exhibition in the state apartments of the Royal Palace of Caserta, curated by Danilo Eccher and Martina Cavallarin, also in 2009. His works are a hybrid of painting and photography. By adding acrylic paint to large prints on aluminum, he reinforces lights and shadows or certain details of the image, thereby reconstructing and deconstructing the original photograph.