Leonardo Sciascia (Corriere della Sera -
in Siracusa in 1938, Tranchino has never been away except for very short
periods, to attend his exhibitions or to see those of other artists whom
he find congenial, in Italy and abroad.
Gaetano Tranchino nel suo studio a
I believe his longest stay
away was in Paris, to learn the technique of aquafortis, a means of
expression that increasingly attracts him (and we should also note, in
the last few years, the greater intensity of his drawing, a stronger
element of design in his painting).
Gaetano Tranchino and Ferdinando Scianna
Oeininger said that you
can be born and you can die, but you cannot live, in Siracusa. He was
thinking, perhaps, of Platen, who went to die there.
I cinque della medaglia
But Tranchino not
only lives there serenely, but relives its distant myths (which at times
appear as “citations” of De Chirico, of Savinio) and those of
childhood: between the sea and the countryside, in the exhumed splendour
of an incomparable civilization.
Translated by Peter Glendening
(Photo: Ferdinando Scianna)