Ivan Cangelosi


Ivan Cangelosi (Palermo, September 15, 1968) has shown creative vivacity since he was a child. Despite his innate artistic vocation, his passion for social, philosophical and political issues initially pushed him towards the humanistic studies, in the completion of which he graduated in Political Science in Padua.

The humanistic education, only in apparent contradiction with the artistic vocation, will actually turn out to be a real incubation step of his artistic talent which will receive its decisive impulse from the search for an artistic transposition of ideas and contents through the powerful medium of handwriting, a medium that is at the same time color, texture and content.

His work aimed at achieving a synthesis between painting and literature, through the entire transposition of the literary text within the perimeter of a painting, as well as the search for a purely aesthetic exaltation of the texture produced by handwriting, have engaged the artist for several years, constituting an important exercise in technical consolidation in his creative work. The evolution that followed this research led the artist back to issues and concepts close to his humanistic education, almost necessarily imposing an artistic path dedicated to the depiction of speculations of a social and philosophical nature. This path has led, almost naturally, to a stylistic choice which suits to both representation of reality (of the visible world), as well as of theoretical contents and abstract ideas, that is to say a “geometric” style. The rational and conscious choice of the geometric form as a means of representing the world and of what is the result of intellectual speculation, moves first of all from the intention to make the rational aspect prevail in his work, avoiding sentimental references, as well as redundancies and superfluous details which may result from a too formal adherence to the visible world. In this sense, any visible and tangible element can be symbolically represented by a geometric figure, not only because it can ideally summarize its shape (for example, a brown triangle can be the symbol of a mountain peak) but also because the shape of each visible and tangible object is the result of an ideal composition of points and lines distributed in a given space, since all the points and lines that make up the complex shape of a visible and tangible object are summarized in the simple geometric form.

All visible and tangible objects, therefore, can ideally be broken down and reduced to a single pure geometric shape that formally represents them all, a shape that can ideally be filled with different contents and meanings. From the symbolic point of view, in the works of Ivan Cangelosi, this content is represented by semantic handwriting.


Ivan Cangelosi’s works have aroused the ever increasing interest and appreciation of critics and collectors. They have become part of the artistic collection of the Museum of Writing and Sign in Turin, that of the United Nations in Vienna, the Museum of Palermo F.C., of an Austrian foundation and private collectors.

In November 2014, one of his works depicting a portrait of the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, and created through the rewriting of the entire text of the Italian Constitution by hand, was presented and officially delivered to President Napolitano during a ceremony held at the „Palazzo del Quirinale“.

Ivan Cangelosi currently lives in Vienna with his wife Adriana and daughter Norma Sofia.