BIOGRAPHY
                              
 

It’s been more than 40 years that Edoardo Puglisi starter to make a name for himself in the international art scene.

Born 1936 into a noble family of Catania (Sicily) he has known from an early age that he wants to become an artist.

So he leaves his native Sicily and moves to Paris, where for some time he lives the life of a easygoing Montmartre bohemian, meeting artists and writers that have a formative influence on his style.

His talent is soon recognized and he joins a group of painters that is invited by the Persian Government to decorate the Winter Garden of the Shah’s Imperial Palace. 

In 1963, Puglisi has his first solo show in the Northern city of Pavia.

Many other exhibitions and cultural events are to follow, Milan, Paris, Teheran, Cannes, Bale, Belgrade, Bologna, Lugano, Shiraz, Tunis, Rome, Aix-en Provence, Los Angeles, Las Vegas are places he is to become familiar with. 

In 1973, Puglisi receives an award with which a jury of American journalists recognize his international importance, other v.i.p. thus honoured with him are Henry Kissinger, Ted Kennedy, Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

And in 1979 italian President Sandro Pertini makes him “Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in honour of artistic merits.

During his career Puglisi obtains numerous prizes and official awards for his works.

Pope John Paul II remarks that he “has felt a clear message of peace” viewing Puglisi’s painting “Primavera” (Spring), which the artist presented to the Vatican Museum in 1993. 

A free and extravagant spirit makes Puglisi an equally perfect performer and showman. He begins organizing artistic manifestations that bring him into close contact with Italian Jet Set. The press of the time shows the enterprising artist next to people Anita Ekberg or Steve McQueen and others.

But this period of a very intense and busy public life is followed by a long interval of introspection and a search for artistic renewal.

In the 1980s he returns to France where he meets and becomes friends with Denis Coutagne of the CÚzanne Museum in Aix-en-Provence and with Renaud Temperini of the Louvre. They make him rediscover the French impressionist, an influence that can be detected in Puglisi’s “Fiori” (Flowers), a series of paintings where Puglisi experiences “dripping”, a technique that has become the trademark of American artist Jackson Pollock. 

The “Fiori” oeuvre is the first in a cycle of New Age paintings with which Puglisi pays homage to French culture as well as to his native Italy, paintings that evoke the mysteries of Venice as Venice as well as the atmosphere of 19 th  century France with its tabarins and cancan dancers.

The exhibition in Aix-en Provence is well received by an enthusiastic public in 1997.

Puglisi’s art is much appreciated also in Japan where a series of designer porcelain is based on his “Fiori” oeuvre. 

In September 2002 Puglisi is named “Mousquetaire d’Armagnac” in a ceremony in Gascoigne held by Senator Aymery de Montesquieu, a direct descendant of the famous D’Artagnan.