“A simplified chiaroscuro between signifier and significatum; a sentimental bluntness which gives to Zito’s characteristic eruditions new truthfulness, less concerned about pictorial perfectionism and rather devoted to a primitive impression of a confidential sign: the series is a precious opportunity to retrace, inch by inch, the artist’s autobiographical texture”.
“Anyone can appreciate his proud independence, his visible flaws, a style and taste for breaking into preconceived things. He’s inspired by an ancient root of welcoming and the pleasure of a discussion made of kneaded cyanide and honey.”
”During my two years stay in Turin, I believe one the happiest meetings was the one with Salvatore Zito, a refined and cultured man. I enjoy calling him 'The Great Contemporary Art Craftsman', a role which I consider uncommon nowadays”.
“If for years he chose “Pinguino” as the most fitting icon to be reinvented, it is because people coming from Turin, as he does, know where iconic things hide. Those which can be brought out by a ludic and creative fury.”.
”Wooden skewers aren’t a simple ice-cream stand, they are traces on which is structured a typical Italian tale, that up to the last minute makes pleasant even the harshest stories. You find yourself smiling licking a grater to find relief in a sweltering day.”.
”At the end of the day, Salvatore Zito’s great artistic power lies in handing back a pop-ironic representation coming from the structural dynamic of our late-modern relationship with being, history, language and reality. He realises it in an accessible, comprehensible and beautiful way.”.
”Salvatore Zito is, by its very nature, a complete artist, intellectually refined and cultured, apparently playful and humorous, an alchemist of its own way of thinking and behave.”
”From sumptuous paintings, through nineties classical reminiscences, to “Mirabili Animali” coming at the turn of this century and upholstered in silver and gold, Salvatore Zito faces with great mastery the “thorny” painting problem.”
“And yet, together with these retro-inspired thoughts bounded to our rhetorical tradition, I feel a great aesthetic emotion for the small-scaled formats you proposed me”.