Claudio Monti ‘Munà’

NEAPOLITAN SCULPTOR
Category
Artisti Scultura EN

CULTURE
traditions and beliefs

Born in Naples on February 14, 1958, he grew up in the shadow of Vesuvius, with a Neapolitan mother and a Tunisian father. Isef graduated from Naples in 1979, I teach physical education at the I. C. Gennaro Capuozzo at the Centro Direzionale. I love to be called a “Neapolitan cultivator” who is the muse of my work. Starting from the Neapolitan historical-popular culture, through a personalized and contemporary revisitation of the symbolism and characters of this city, for my works I mix various types of materials (plates of iron, terracotta, brass, copper, canvases, fabrics, acrylic colors, lead paste, sand, powders, oxidizing acids). Living in Naples … the voices, the people on the street, the alleys, the churches, the basses, the noises … everything may not make sense, but for us who are born in these places it is not so, we succeed in giving meaning and an answer to everything, here you can do research in every detail of your relationship life, and this was the source of the choice to approach this type of sculptural representation, conceived, conceived, produced, expressing what was absorbed from the environment, remaining just like Naples, constantly in mid-air between the sacred and the profane, with an irreverent vein but never aggressive or offensive to morality. About two years ago I produce my first work, a puffin on canvas. Decisive is the encounter with the master Giuseppe Di Dodo, which leads him to a fundamental transformation, so the canvases become metal plates treated with acids, aimed at obtaining an effect that leads the observer’s thought to the earth, to the fire, first elements and vital, and the paints are mixed with sand and pumice powder, lead paste. The matter is given by the earth, therefore the Vesuvius, eternal shadow of the city of Naples, monstrous manifestation of mother nature, which observed with sense of belonging becomes inexhaustible source of inspiration for great passions for the artistic sensuality that manages to express, that erupts of everything , culture, traditions and beliefs. The name of art “Munà” is nothing more than the abbreviation of “’o Munaciello”, an ancient mythological-fantastic character of Neapolitan popular culture, always considered the bearer of great riches, but also of immense misfortune.