Before accessing Vincent Brunetti’s home, “Vincent City”, one should first give up the intellectual schemes and structures that weigh all of us down to some degree. Something a child could do without a second thought, but may be need some conscious effort by an adult.
The modern atelier, always bustling with creative activity, is a perfect fit for Oscar Wilde’s logic that “There are two ways of disliking art [….]. One is to dislike it. The other, to like it rationally.”
Vincent Brunetti is a painter, sculptor and architect. In this building – which at first may look like a Hindu temple – he has collected his whole inner world, and tells its story through his art, every day.
Born in 1950 in Guagnano, in the province of Lecce, Brunetti lived in Milan for twenty years. There he met Francesco Messina, Giacomo Manzù and Arnaldo Pomodoro, and in 1970 he received the Ambrogino d’Oro in recognition of his artistic achievements. He moved back to his hometown, in Apulia, in 1993.
Since then, in this large house, he has worked incessantly to create and exhibit syncretic works, paintings, mosaics and various other works made with humble materials and discarded items.
It may prove a surprising view. But only if you are open to being surprised, like a child would be.