It will be a day in which

A day will come when
children will play
to peace
they will not know
of no war.

A day will come when
the men
will look for
a humble star.

A day will come when
the world
it will no longer have deserts
of only flowery meadows populated.

A day will come when
men will be better.
A day of faith will come

Antonio Calabrese
Biography

Self-taught. He has always been passionate about painting and has strongly sought the means to express himself in it. He was born in Nardň, in the province of Lecce in 1947. He graduated as a school teacher at the Istituto Magistrale. He later taught in elementary schools. In 2004 he began to paint, seeking a dialogue with a wider audience. Since then he has been oriented towards a surreal, finding ways to externalize what he needed to communicate. His research, in the initial phase, was oriented towards the observation and the representation of landscapes flooded with light in a dimension close to the surreal and to metaphysics. He then continued to explore fairy-tale and unreal realities, full of colors and images taken from the world of fairy tales. Using the elements present in the fairy tale, he tried to tell feelings and emotions. He tried to present positive contents: the beautiful, the good, the uncontaminated by the hostilities that live incessantly and inevitably poses to the human species.

He has participated in some collective and personal events and exhibitions:

Collective: "GALLERIA D' ARTE MENTANA" Firenze - October - 2010.
"FIRST INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL CITY OF LECCE" – 2010.
Collective: “GALLERIA STOMEO “ in Martano - April 2011.
Participation in the event: “SALENTOSILENTE”- July 2011.
Collective: “MUSEO FAGGIANO” in Lecce - Dicember - 2011.
"SECOND INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL CITY OF LECCE" - 2012.
Present in the " PINACOTECA OF LUXOR" ( Egypt ).
Present in the "Art&Co Gallerie".
"FIRST INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL CITY OF PALERMO" - 2013.
Collective: "ONCE UPON A TIME" in Lecce - 2013.
Personal exhibition:in Lecce "Art&co Gallerie" - 2014.
Personal exhibition: “ART GALLERY” in Parma - 2016.
Participation in the event: “THE FERTILE SOUTHERN ART LYRIC OF COLOUR AND FORMS IN THE WORKS OF TEN ARTISTS OF SALENTO” LOUVRE – PARIS, FRANCE - September - 2017.
Dr. Giovanna Barozzi says about him.

Reality mitigated by fable, knowledge and feeling latent, naturalistic themes and magical fantastic themes: it is the metaphor of life already typical of the classical world made of alternating illusions longing for happiness. In observing the works of Antonio Calabrese we are captured from an immediate sense of childish joy that pervades us, it's like running into a merry-go-round carousel ... We must not ignore the idea of structured and composite background that permeates all the "framework" project, nothing is occasional and "vacuous", everything stems from reflection and from awareness of the sublimated reality is meticulously organized in the planning of the work. Before I have written above "knowledge and feeling" now I add "ethics and morality" of a life sought and chosen in freedom of Art, because they are the places of the Soul that become reality in the contamination between fantastic worlds and concrete worlds where color accompanies us poetically elsewhere ... The luxuriant polychrome that suggest the eye that touches Antonio's paintings Calabrese could make one think of an art - as is usual say - "naif", but if the term came semantically considered (*) would be reductive and improper towards of this artist. And in fact through reminiscences of a feeling that has gone through metaphysics, abstractionism, surrealism or impressionism, which Calabrese offers us an expressionist style that from a structural system elaborates thought patterns through apparently simple forms using of a skilful palette of colors and, believes in the recovery of those values of the "beautiful" and "good" of an ancient philosophy of life. His desire is of a better world for man.

(*) In respect of both the "Grande Dizionario Italiano" by Aldo Gabrielli for the Hoepli Editions that the defines "an art form that expresses itself instinctively, representing the everyday reality in a naive way immediate, but charged with great suggestion "but also of the Sabatini-Coletti dictionary which reports "painting that represents reality naively, almost primitive, also called the self-taught painter who paints with this technique ".