Painting is the natural sediment of my life and my day. My thoughts’ solid depositing, the crumbs of a large mirror facing dawn and dusk.
Toti Scialoja Resistenza, 1957 tempera and vinavil on hemp canvas 55 x 80,7 inch
In 1956 Scialoja held his first solo show in New York at the Catherine Viviano Gallery the opportunity to strengthen relations with American artists such as Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Conrad Marca-Relli and Cy Twombly. Resistenza is one of the large paintings produced on his return from the United States, between December 1956 and the summer of 1957. Powerfully boasting deep colors, with white, black and dark earths often only touched by a red trickle, the painting belongs to a series of works boasting evident conflicts, lacerations, tears, and conflagrations of forms on a low layer of matter covering the canvas.
Burri, Afro, Scialoja with Alexander Calder, Perugia, 1955. Photo Gabriella Drudi.
From the left, Conrad Marca-Relli, Cy Towmbly and Scialoja, Procida, summer 1957.
Toti Scialoja Il primo dell'anno, 1957 oil and tempera on hemp camnvas 72,5 x 70,5 inch
Trends in watercolors today. Italy - United States The Brooklyn Museum, New York 9 April - 26 May 1957.
Senza titolo, 1956 tempera and vinavil on cardboard laid down on canvas 25,8 x 18,5 inch
Senza titolo, 1956 tempera and vinavil on cardboard laid down on canvas 23,4 x 17 inch
In the spring of 1957 Scialoja featured in two exhibitions in New York: Modern Painting. Drawing & Sculpture, Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. at Knoedler and Company, and Trends in Watercolors Today at the Brooklyn Museum. In this last review Scialoja exhibits two works from 1956 named with the generic title of "Composition 1" and "Composition 2". Here alongside, two works similar to those exhibited on the occasion.
Toti Scialoja Il Grido, 1957 vinavil and sand on hemp canvas 50,9 x 76,2 inch
Scialoja in his studio in via di Porta Pinciana, Rome, 1957. Behind him, the recently ended Il grido and, on the left, Interruzione from 1956. Photo Gabriella Drudi.
At the inauguration of the solo exhibition at Galleria Schneider, Rome, May 24, 1957. From the left, gallery owner Schneider, writer John Steinbeck and Scialoja. Photo Dial Press.