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    With glue and matches, dreaming of Freedom - Story of an Ex-Inmate Artist

    The Artist Giuseppe Nisi "Nisiello" says:


    "This is the first time i show my Artworks to the world, I'm 74 and I live in Italy. I've been creating these artworks since 50 years and I've never made exhibitions.
    I got the inspiration from the painter Massimo Rotella, who was basically my master!
    My first art critic was Massimo Campigli, from Milan, Italy. He once said "Keep making these pieces of art, one day they'll worth lot of money!".
    And this is the right moment, after 51 years, to share them and if there is some art critic or some art enthusiast who like them I can be happy to make arrangements for selling them all together or individually!
    I've made them while I was in jail, starting from 1967, using fire matches and glue, and using oil colors for giving tonalities and shades to my artworks. I mostly made famous people, from Italy, America or all around the world and I'm very proud of them!
    I've made in total around 70-80 artworks but I gave away around 30 of them to meritorius people.
    I currently have just 44 of them and I would really like to find someone interested on them, I will sell to someone who will take care of them, better if bought all together but I can also sell them individually! It would be nice from the buyer to exhibit them or just take care of them privately! Hope to hear from you all your opinions!"


    Written by Alcor Mangeruga, Artist's Assistant.

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    With glue and matches, dreaming of Freedom - The Artist's Story

    This is what the Artist, Giuseppe Nisi "Nisiello", tell us in an Italian Newspaper Article 27 years ago.


    "An ex-Inmate tell us how he realized his artworks, by Franco Sammartino.
    "I've erased 10 long years of my life e I've finally return to normal life. I'm 47 and I have a great desire to forget."
    It starts like this the letter that Giuseppe Nisi, from Acqui Terme, Alessandria province (ITALY), married, a long stay in jail behind... "Everything started in 1962 when, left Niscemi, my city of birth in Province of Caltanissetta, I've went to north Italy, where I find a job as apprentice. I was young and also a bit rebel and I was proud of my motorcycle bought with my first money. I stll remember it, beautiful and shiny, it was an MV. In this motorcycle I had my first problem with law: an infraction, the stop of a Carabiniere, my strong complaints. Driving with no license, outrage at public official, insults and resistance... there was enough to arrest me and they done it: 13 months of jail, couldn't believe it, I was still underage. In jail, at Acqui Terme, I known a totally different world: Gangsters, Mafiosi but also frightened boys that went in for stupidity, just as me. But that experience wrote my future. I constantly said to myself that once out I would never again go against the law, I constantly said to myself that I would do the good boy.
    But it wasn't like that, because once out every door was clsoed: the usual story.
    The marginalization and loneliness pushed me on doing exactly the opposite of what I was thinking in jail. From that moment I started going in and out the jail. Thefts, normally, to get what I need to live. It went like this for other 10 years.
    It seems that I'm trying to justify what I've done, as I was a "Victim of the System" but it isn't like that. I see I've done bad things and for that I'm asking sorry to everyone I've harmed. But I've changed, I said, and I want to start again, even if it seems strange, this desire popped out while I was in jail.
    It was in Jail I knew a real Artist... a funny guy that for passing the time he was building sailing ships with tiny fire matches and that patiently glued them together. "You can sell them", he said to encourage myself to follow him in this path, "They pay you well and also they help you pass the time". I tried, but instead build sailing ships I started using those matches as they were brushes. I started so making famous people or animals, that I found really beautifuls. My models, of course, were the photos on the posters that entered in jail. If only I could receive letters of appreciation for my works", continues Giuseppe Nisi, in art name "Nisiello","I would be really happy and I would feel proud. Also I hope that my old friends of the past, seeing this will know again myself and can contact me, it would be great beacuse in jail, I said, I've known lot of good people whom I became attached. Thank you."


    Written by Alcor Mangeruga, Artist's Assistant.

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    Artwork Number 1 - The Gioconda

    This is one of my first artworks made with matches, I've created it in the '70s, when I was still working as carpenter.
    I've created it because I love Leonardo da Vinci's Art. In this way my art name "G.Nisiello" will always stay near the one of Leonardo!


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 55x75cm.

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    MADE WITH MATCHES n°2 - Paul Newman

    I've dedicated this artwork to my wife, because she loved Paul Newman. It has a long story. When my bio book will be published I will tell it's story there, and also the stoty of every artwork.
    If you see some imperfections is because I wasn't good with shades. It was one of my first ones.


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 37x54cm


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on a boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 37x54cm

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    MADE WITH MATCHES 3 - Totò, Prince Antonio de Curtis, Actor

    I've created this artwork because I've always loved him as actor and comic. One of the greatest italian comics. I've been attached to it and I've made it with lot of love and passion!


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 25x32cm.

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    MADE WITH MATCHES 4 - James Dean

    One of the biggest American Myths, I've been attached to him for his movie "Rebel without a cause". He made just 3 movies in his life before dying: "Eden's valley"and "The Giant". I needed 1 year to create it!


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 75x105cm.

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    MADE WITH MATCHES 5 - Elvis Presley

    Presley is one of the greatest american rock singers and he also realized lot of western movies. Here I've represented him in a western pose. Even this artwork took me 1 year to finishing and lot of patience!


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 73x105cm.

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    MADE WITH MATCHES 6 - Marilyn Monroe

    This artwork is the one it took most time and patience, only to make fishnet stockings e the shirt, I needed more of 2 years and half to make it! To cut the matches thin I've used shoemaker's nails, a razor and glue: These are my work tools!


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 75x105cm.

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    MADE WITH MATCHES 7 - Marilyn Monroe before dying

    I've created this artwork because I was in a loneliness period in my prison cell in the Acqui Terme castle. I've created this Marilyn Monroe in 1967, before The Gioconda of Raffaello, while i was still in jail. When I was creating it I always felt relaxed. I had 2 inmates that always stayed with me while I was making it and they always encouraged me.


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 42x62cm.
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    MADE WITH MATCHES 8 - Marilyn Monroe when she was young

    I've created this artwork just after the previous one. I had found the story and photos of Marily Monroe in a magazine e it gave me the idea for the work.


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 28x38cm.




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    MADE WITH MATCHES 9 - Steve McQueen

    Also him, as Presley, with a western-style pose! He made "The great escape".


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 30x40cm.




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    MADE WITH MATCHES 10 - Marlon Brando

    Famous for his acting in "The Godfather". My wife sometimes called me "Marlon" and so at the end I've created this.


    I've created it with matches and oil colors, gluing them together on boards called "Nisiello's Boards".


    The sizes are 30x40cm.




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