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Attilio Quintili


Attilio Quintili

Terni - 1964

Since the early nineties, Attilio Quintili, after obtaining a degree in Political Science from the University of Perugia, approached the world of ceramics by working in his mother’s factory: she is Anna Maria Veschini, descended from of a family in Deruta with a strong ceramic’s tradition. In 1995 he learnt the technique of lustre and since then he has made it his own vehicle of expression to which he dedicates himself continuously, experimenting with the artistic possibilities offered by iridescent ceramics. At first, he rigorously applies the Lustro to Deruta's Renaissance designs, without sacrificing his own free interpretation, which characterized the beginning of his carrier. Then, Quintili puts his technical expertise at the disposal to those who are interested in giving extra value to their ceramic works through the final intervention of the third fire.

Numerous and important collaborations born from the union between artistic inspiration and technical ability, with various artists such as: Bruno Ceccobelli, Carlo Dell'Amico, Andrea Fogli, Jack Sal, Gianni Moretti. Quintili's artistic career is significantly marked by the creation of the collective exhibition Spirituality and Matter (Deruta, 2012) where he presented the installation Spirituality and Matter, a ‘leitmotif’ that will become, from this moment, the fulcrum of his artistic research. In the same year, the key feature that will distinguish him later, the explosions, takes place; these are controlled deflagrations of blocks of fresh clay, without any further intervention of the artist.

The particular artistic gesture that generates these informal sculptures was presented to the public during the exhibition Terra di Rinascita (Perugia, 2013) and finalized a few years later (Bianco Sporco, Faenza, 2016) with a critical text by Enrico Crispoltiwhich, who was intrigued by this particular process. Quintili’s artistic path does not restrain his versatility, and in fact he gave further impetus to the artistic cenacle “freemocco’s house”, a place of convivial aggregation and exposition open to all types of artists; this space was born in 2007 and it is still active today. The formula proposed by Quintili, organizer and promoter of these events, is always that of the evening-event that combines the convivial and playful to the cultural-artistic through exhibitions lasting one evening or performances performed during the event.

Quintili pays particular attention to the world of publishing, with the production of artist's books presented during exhibitions at the freemocco's house, which in the meantime has become an association for social promotion. His artistic path evolves continuously, but it is at the end of 2017 that Quintili presents in his studio the performance Inside, which marks another significant moment of his artistic research in the increasingly blurred border between the two sides of the same coin: Spirituality and Matter.

The solo exhibition entitled kauwa-auwa at the Archaeological Museum of Terni, curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci and Luca Pietro Nicoletti, marks another significant moment in Quintili's artistic
career, by presenting some new works born from the evolution of his artistic key feature: the explosions. The same “artistic deflagrations” were presented internationally during the exhibition Cupio Dissolvi at Cris Contini Contemporary in London at the end of 2019.



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