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
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
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.