Guido Sartorelli


Guido Sartorelli

Guido Sartorelli (1936-2016) was an artist and an educator, based in Venice, Italy.

A conceptual artist, during his career Guido Sartorelli used painting, photocopy and photography. In the 1970s and 1980s he was one of the video pioneers at Galleria del Cavallino in Venice and Centro Videoarte in Ferrara. In 1978 he curated the seminal exhibition New Media at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice.

Over his long and successful career, his work was exhibited and screen internationally, including in Austria, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Malta, Brasil, China and the United States.

In 1975 Sartorelli joined the Edinburgh Arts Summer School entitled To Callanish from Hagar Qim, evoking a journey – organised in two parts – from Malta to Scotland, linking ideally the Mediterranean Sea to Scotland. The first part included an exhibition at the National Museum in Malta featuring artists from Malta, Italy (Cavallino) and Yugoslavia. During the workshop Sartorelli (1936-2016) – invited via Gabriella Cardazzo – made the artwork Malta rational thinking, which he later described as such: “That work on Malta gave a first shape to my possible future and it was associated to the very strong interest, sometimes obsessive, that I have always had for the City.” (G. Sartorelli, Punto di vista. Cronache e riflessioni attorno a un’esperienza artistica, Venice 1998, pp. 26-27; the Translation into English is by Dr Leuzzi).