Born in 1935, he lives and works in Rome.
Sergio Ceccotti is the painter of normality. Focused on precise descriptions of bourgeois interiors and urban scenes, his slightly distortions of reality reveal paradoxes and fears of our times.
His paintings are located in Rome or Paris which offer real movie sets for his narrations. He brings to light the unusual everyday life which lies in an overflow of banality or a disturbing presence of familiar objects. Full of allusions to film noir, literary references, media coverage and photo romances, Ceccotti instills doubt into the viewer’s mind, trapped in a complex network of correspondences.
Influenced by the New Objectivity, the canny atmospheres of Giorgio de Chirico and the American pop art, Sergio Ceccotti proposes an overall vision of heterogeneous aspects of rationalized metropolitan lives. By imposing a distance of reality, his visual rebus leads to break through the visible appearance of things and detect enigmatic ordinariness.
Selected solo and group exhibitions
2014 La vita enigmistica, Musei di Villa Torlonia – Casino dei Principe, Rome
2013 Histoires sans histoire, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2011 The 54th Venice Biennale, Padiglione Italia, Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome
2010 Ah, che rebus – Cinque secoli di enigma fra arte e gioco in Italia, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome
2007 Philippe Soupault, le surréalisme et quelques amis, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris