Fabio Modica was born in Catania in 1978. Being an apprentice to such well-established Italian painters as Alberto Abbate and Antonio Sciacca, he was initially inspired by the classical Renaissance, drawing occasionally on the Greek and Latin mythology. In his early years as a painter, he chose human figures wrapped in a Caravaggesque light as his major subject-matter and oils as his favourite medium. He also tried his hands at several techniques, including watercolours, acrylics and chalks.
His acquaintance with a famous expressionist Italian painter, Antonio Santacroce, who taught him painting at the Nike Academy in Catania, marked a radical change in his work. Under his influence, Modica has gradually departed from the representational style towards a semi-abstracted perspective, in which painting about painting and a love for sheer lines and colours have begun to struggle with his long-lasting feel for figurative art, seeking in vain a balance.
His trip to Mexico marked a further development in this direction, as it triggered a variety of sketches of Mexican villagers’ everyday life which he executed with acrylics on jute in a slightly abstracted manner.
Over time he has grown a passion for the nude art which inspired a series of paintings where representation blends with abstraction, using a vivid and dramatic colour palette.
His most recent pieces are close portraits shaping a particular mood or a piece of memory. They have been accomplished using multiple layers of acrylic paint and a combination of block-style patterns and harsh, thick spatula strokes.
Fabio Modica is currently teaching painting and drawing classes at the Nike Academy, Catania. His work has been included in many shows and group exhibitions in his home town, in Italy and abroad.
He recently started a fruitful collaboration with two notes of Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery in London, "Brick Lane Gallery in London's East End and central Opus Gallery in Covent Garden. In Italy, collaborated with the Gallery "Il Borgo" in Milan and at the "Spazio d’Arte l’Altrove" in Ferrara, that throughout 2010, promoting its work in several galleries in Milan, Siena and Bologna. In France, in Nice, his works are exhibited throughout the year at the magnificent Villa Magdalena, alongside Salvatore Fiume’s works. In short, he will start a collaboration with the Gallery of Contemporary Art “Agora Gallery” of Manhattan.
Following is a brief presentation of his educational background and a few notes of his career as a developing and emerging artist:
2009-2010 Bologna University – Master Degree in History and Preservation of Works of Art
2003-2005 Palazzo Spinelli Art and Restoration Institute, Florence, Postgraduate Degree in Drawing, Painting and Trompe l'Oeil decoration.
1999-2003 Nike Academy, Catania, Degree in Fine Art and Restoration.
2001 Nike Academy, Catania, Specialization Course in Restoration of old books, drawings and printed images.
2000 Nike Academy, Catania, Specialization Course in Painting Restoration.
Villa Magdalena – “Couleurs de l’art, Couleurs de l’ame” – Permanent exhibition 2010
Il Borgo Art Gallery – “Nudo Artistico” – International exhibition of Contemporary Art – 27 April – 10 May, Milano
Il Borgo Art Gallery – “Fuori Salone 2010” - International exhibition of Contemporary Art – 13 – 26 April, Milano
Villa Magdalena “Voyage Dans la Couleur” 4 April - 3 June 2010 - Nice (France)
“L’Altrove” Contemporay Art Gallery, “Lo sguardo, specchio o anima?” 30 January – 19 February 2010 – Ferrara (Italy).
Brick Lane Gallery , “Art in Mind” Group Exhibition, London East End, November 24th December 7th 2009.
Pizzartè Art Gallery, “Ritratti di memorie” (tr: “Portraits of memories”), September 2009, Catania.
Convitto Cutelli Contemporary Art Gallery, “2nd Biennal of Sacred Art”, 2-15 June 2009, Catania.
Viagrande’s Communal Villa, “Le anime di un giovane artista”, (tr: “Souls of a young artist”), 1-15 September 2003, Catania.
Le Ciminiere Gallery of Modern Art, “2nd Mediterranean Exhibition on the Restoration and Conservation of the Cultural and environmental Heritage”, 7-11 May 2003, Catania.
Impromptu Art Exhibition, “Dipingi il Barocco di Militello” (tr: “Painting Militello’s Baroque”), Catania 2001
Impromptu Art Exhibition – “IV Spring Fair”, Catania 2001
Impromptu Art Exhibition – “III Spring Fair”, Catania 2000
“Celeste Prize”, Catania, Berlin, New York 2010
“Art Gallery Prize” Finalist at the first Edition of the 2010 – Milano
“Event’s art” – Stage Designing, April 2003, Catania.