Catania, August 20th 1922 – November 15th 2001

Jean Calogero was born in Catania on August 20th 1922. Since teenage he showed passion for drawing and painting and in these art studies he searched the answer to his technical questionings and to his compositive constructions and expressive necessities.
In the city nearby Etna he attended Liceo Artistico (college of arts). The latter distress caused by the aftermath of World War Two and the need to look forward to the places of ideas confrontation pushed him to travel and he went to France to further develope his studies about new art tendencies.

In 1947 he is in Paris attending painting classes in the Ecole Des Beaux-Aarts.
The french capital is the right place for his professional ambitions and creative dreams.
He lives his life at one hundred per cent, dedicating himself to painting and study, then involved by the most bright moments of parisian life he participates to art exhibitions and the most important debates.
In 1949 he has his first artistic contract with Galerie Hervè of Paris which notoriously in those years followed the developments of the young european painting. Calogero establishes in France his second home and begins a frantic exposing activity with courage and heart, which will take him around the world thanks also to the critic approval.

In the 50's the uncountable parisian exhibitions are followed by american exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and later on Japan and the main italian art galleries.
In 1954 appears his first monography by one of the most important french reviewer of his time, Maximilien Gauthier who thanks to his tipical deep analysis for great maesters and young prodigies traces in an exhaustive way the artist's personality showing clearly his ambitions.
In 1957 Paris grants him the Great Silver Medal, greatest recognition to living artits and afterwards in 1959 he is included in the international catalogue of BENEZIT art amongst the most preeminent painters of world painting.
Since the beginnings of 70's he is more and more present in Italy still maintaining his parisian study and press, which for twenty years had dealt with the echo of french and american exhibitions, begins to dedicates actively to the artistic debate around Jean Calogero. Paris and Sicily constitute his best stages for his dreams of painting, his physical displacements, and critic is always able to pick up the value of it.
In the 90's he lives a meaningful artistic season characterized by the experience of cities visited and dreamed cities. His inquiring paintbrush, bright colors, joyful and cherish trait travel among the clouds and sanctuaries dear to his memory, between the sky and water of crossed seas.

Since 1922 to 2001, a biography of a man who embraced his passion and was able to make bold choices, and who gave expression to his creative dreams.
Through the weave of vivid colours he shared his experiences with the world and showed wonderful and loving care places. He gifted us with a vision of the reality made of joyness and beauty.


Galerie Hervè, Paris 1950.

Associated American Artists - New York 1952.

James Vigevano Galleries, Los Angeles 1953.

Galerie Madsen, Paris 1954/1960.

Anthological, Tokyo 1965.

La Robinia Gallery, Palermo 1969.

Florida Gallery, Chicago 1970.

Il Cavalletto Gallery, Catania 1971.

De Rosa Gallery, Milan 1972.

Pinacotheca Gallery, Rome; L’Incontro, Taranto 1973.

Idea-Bellini Gallery, Florence; David Galleries, Bari; Palazzo Melloni,L’incontro, Bologna; Schettini Gallery, Milan; Pinacotheca Gallery, Rome; La Meridiana Gallery, Verona; Pier della Francesca, Arezzo 1974.

L'isolotto Gallery, Naples; Pinacotheca, Rome; Galleria del Corso, Latina 1975.

Michelangelo Gallery, Florence; Pinacotheca, Rome 1977.

Robert Philip Gallery, Paris 1978.

Galleria d'Arte Pinacoteca, Rome 1979.

L’Esagono Gallery, Lecce; Graziani Gallery, New York 1981.

S. Silvestro Church, Tuscania; Museum of Modern Art, Sessa Aurunca 1982.

Galerie Hervè, Paris 1983.

L’Angolo Gallery, Catania; Arte Spazio Gallery, Sassari; Il Faro Center, Taranto 1987.

L'Esagono Gallery, Lecce 1988.

Galerie Molière, Paris; Nihon Garo, Nagoya, Japan; Minako H. Gallery, Tokyo; Galleria del Viale Jonio, Catania 1989.

Art Expo, New York; Axis Gallery, San Francisco; Galerie Axe, Paris; Galerie Molière, Paris 1990.

Anthological, Palazzetto dell'Arte, Foggia; Galleria d'Arte Pinacoteca, Rome; Sinagrarte 91, Sinagra, Messina; La Magia di Taormina, Palazzo Corvaja, Taormina; Buonarroti Gallery, Syracuse 1991.

Arte Oggi Gallery, Reggio Calabria; Galleria del Corso, Latina; Arte Spazio Gallery, Sassari;Art Gallery, Gela 1992.

Profili d’Arte Gallery, Catania 1993.

Europ’Art 94, Ginevra;Antarte Gallery, Messina 1994.

Agorà Gallery, Palermo 1995.

Commune of Aci Castello, Palazzo Russo, Aci Castello, Catania; Arte Spazio Gallery, Sassari 1996.

Art Gallery, Gela; San Leonardo Church, Tuscania 1997.

Donini Gallery, Rome 1998.

Perlini Art Gallery, Reggio Calabria; Il Castello Galley, Rovigo; Profili d’Arte Gallery, Catania; Donini Gallery, Rome 1999.

Le Ciminiere Modern Art Gallery “Le Ciminiere”, Anthological, Catania 2010.

Collection of art galleries which presented to the world Jean Calogero's masterpieces.
From Paris to New York, Chicago and Tokyo, Rome and cities of loved Sicily, each different culture came to appreciate his artistic traits, catching those wonderful colours in a particular and effective way to represent the sorrounding reality.


Monografy by Carmelo Strano where images witnessing foundamental moments of the maester's creations come along with pages of deeper investigation, a lookout on the 20th century european's setting, memories of Sicily and glorifications of its skyes, his energy, his world. At each latitude the artist would create.

AUTHOR: Carmelo Strano.
EDITOR: Angelo Mazzotta Editore.
LANGUAGE: italian, english, french.
BINDING: brossura.
FORMAT: 24x30.

EDITING: Aurelia Sinagra.
ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHY: Archivio fotografico Jean Calogero.
FURTHER INFORMATION: The book contains in addition a text of Giuseppina Radice (art's historian and teacher in Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania), witnesses of Patrizia Calogero and Santo Salomone (director of Museo Diocesano di Catania) and contributions of Giuseppe Castiglione (president of province of Catania), Nello Catalano (former assessor of Cultural Policy of province of Catania), Raffaele Stancanelli (mayor of Catania's area), Marella Ferrera (former assessor of Culture and Major Events in Catania's area), Filippo Drago (mayor of Aci Castello's area).

Maximilien Gauthier, Calogero, Arti, idee e storia, Ed. Skira, Paris 1954. Maximilien Gauthier, Calogero, Arti, idee e storia, Ed. Skira, Paris 1954. Maximilien Gauthier, Calogero, Ed. Les Gémeaux, Paris 1955.
Waldemar George, Calogero, Ed. Galerie Madsen, Paris 1956. (1)
François Christian Toussaint, Calogero, Paris 1957.
Leonardo Sciascia, Jean Calogero, Ed. Galleria La Robinia, Palermo 1969. (2)

Cesare Bergoglio, Calogero, Ed. Galleria Marotta De Rosa, Milan 1970. (3)
Vincenzo Di Maria, Omaggio a Parigi, Labda Ars. Catania 1971. (4)

Corrado Marsan, Jean Calogero. In principio c’é la fantasia, Mostra Galleria Idea, Bellini, Florence 1974.
Marcello Camillucci, Calogero, Ed. Galleria Pinacoteca, Rome 1973. (5)
Luigi Servolini, Jean Calogero, Ed. Galleria Pinacoteca, Rome 1974. (6)

I Pupi, Catalogo Monografico, Catania 1974. (7)
Vanni Ronsisvalle, Jean Calogero, Viaggi innaturali, Ed. Oliveri, Rome 1977.
Vito Apuleo, Jean Calogero. La realtà esorcizzata, Ed. Oliveri, Rome 1979. (8)

Francesco Gallo, Jean Calogero, Salvatore Sciascia Editore, Catania 1985. (9)
Catalogo Monografico, Galleria Niko Garo, Tokyo 1990. (10)

Paolo Giansiracusa, Le città del mondo, Aci Castello, Catania 1996. (11)

Collection of treatises useful to know better the man, his works and his philosophy about life and art.
It is a journey between curious episodes, stories worth to be known and emotions worth to be shared, in order to sketch a meaningful drawing about an artist who knew how to carve dream and reality inside his traits, giving them to us through bright and intriguing colours.


J.M., Calogero peintre du rêve e de la jeunesse, Opera, Paris, 27 september 1950.
Salvatore Terranova, La pittura di Calogero, Il Corriere di Catania, Catania, 15 november 1952; Filippo De Pisis, Jean Calogero, Paris, october 1952.
Gino Severini, Calogero, ICI Paris, Paris, 18 march 1953.
Maximilien Gauthier, Arti Idee e Storia, Ed. Skira, Paris, april 1954; Calogero, La Voce Italiana, june 1954.
Arthur Millier, Calogero, Los Angeles Times, 23 january 1955; André Mourois, Calogero, Paris, 20 march 1955.
Waldemar George, Jean Calogero, Paris, 4 may 1956.
Guy Deausille, Medaille d’argent de la Ville de Paris, Le Nouvelles, Paris, 18 may 1957; Jean Calogero, La Libération n. 652, Paris, 24 january 1957.
Francois Christian Toussaint, Calogero, Paris, april 1958.

Jean Calogero alla Galleria della Torre, L’Eco di Bergamo, Bergamo, 30 march 1961; M. Fognani, Jean Calogero, Attualità, 7 october 1961.
Riccardo Campanella, Jean Calogero alla Galleria Cuco, Espresso Sera, Catania, 21 march 1967; Salvatore Quattrocchi, La favola di J. Calogero, Corriere di Sicilia, Catania, 23 march 1967.
Vincenzo Di Maria, Le fantasie di Jean Calogero, La Sicilia, Catania, 6 august 1968.
LucioSciacca, Jean Calogero, La Sicilia, Catania, 8 march 1969.
M.P., Jean Calogero alla Torre, Giornale di Bergamo, Bergamo, 4 june 1970; Jean Calogero, L’Eco di Bergamo, Bergamo, 11 june 1970; Lusso e voluttà nella pittura di Jean Calogero, L’Ora, Palermo, 6 may 1970; Leonardo Sciascia, Jean Calogero, Palermo, april 1970; Jean Calogero alla Marotta, Splendor, Milan, 17 november 1970; Jean Calogero, Arte Bolaffi,Turin, dicember 1970.
Jean Calogero, The Hi-Riser Sunday, New York, january 1971; Jean Calogero, SunTime, The Art Gallery lnn, Illinois, 17 january 1971; L’Italia scopre Jean Calogero, La Sicilia, Catania, 25 april 1971; Alfio Coccia, Jean Calogero, April 1971; Jean Calogero presentato da Cesare Bergoglio, Le Arti, Milan, february 1971; Successo di Jean Calogero, La Sicilia, Catania, 27 october 1971.
Jean Calogero, Arte Bolaffi, Turin, dicember 1972; Jean Calogero realtà dell’irreale, La Sicilia, Catania, 8 october 1972.

Marcello Camilucci, Jean Calogero, Ed. Pinacoteca, Rome, september 1973; Virgilio Guzzi, Finzione e realtà di Jean Calogero, Il Tempo, Rome, 27 october 1973; Toni Bonavita, Jean Calogero, Il Tempo, Rome, 27 october 1973; Gualtiero da Vià, Jean Calogero, L’Osservatore Romano, Rome, 29 october 1973; Bruno Morini, Jean Calogero, Il Giornale d’Italia, Rome 31 october 1973; John Hart, Calogero retrospective, Daily American, Rome, 31 october 1973; Luigi Tallarico, Calogero, Il Secolo d’ltalia, Rome, 31 october 1973; Ugo Ferroni, Calogero, Rome, october 1973; Jean Calogero, La Settimana a Roma, Rome, 8 november 1973; Luigi Scrivo, Informazione Arte Jean Calogero, Rome 1973; Calogero, Il Marguttone, Rome, november 1973; Jean Calogero, Il Cigno, Rome, november 1973; Roberto Romano, Jean Calogero, L’Amico del Popolo, Agrigento, 25 march 1973; Margherita De Mitri, Jean Calogero, Dialogo, Taranto, 14 dicember 1973; Vittorio Scorza, Jean Calogero, Il Giornale del Mezzogiorno, Rome, 29 november 1973.
Maria Pia Urbinati, Jean Calogero, Gazzetta del Centro, 21 fabruary 1974; Corrado Marsan, Jean Calogero, Il Giornale d’Italia, Florence, 18 fabruary 1974; Jean Calogero, Il Resto del Carlino, Bologna, 4 may 1974; Balletto Veneziano di Jean Calogero, Qui Bologna, Bologna, 16 may 1974; Jean Calogero alla Schettini di Milano, La Gazzetta, october 1974; Pan, Jean Calogero, La Settimana a Roma, Rome, 25 october 1974; Sandra Giannattasio, Tra espressionismo, surrealismo e pop art, Avanti, Rome, 3 november 1974; Valerio Mariani, Jean Calogero, R.A.I. Sette, Asti, 5 november 1974; Carlo Giacomazzi, Calogero, La Fiera Letteraria, Rome, 17 november 1974; Luigi Tallarico, L’immaginazione di Jean Calogero, Il Secolo d’Italia, Rome, 22 ottober 1974; Jean Calogero alla Pinacoteca, Il Messaggero, Rome, ottober 1974; Jean Calogero, Paese Sera, Rome, 19 ottober 1974; Pan, Jean Calogero, This week in Rome, Rome, 7 november 1974; Le mostre di Fernando Abba, La Tribuna, Rome, 1 november 1974; Jean Calogero, Le Venezie e l’Italia, Septmber 1974; Walter Scotti, La mostra di Jean Calogero, Il Marguttone, Rome, september/octber 1974; Renato Civello, Le lande della memoria, Il Secolo d’Italia, Rome, 12 november 1974; Maria Pia Urbinati, Jean Calogero, La Gazzetta di Teramo, 10 november 1974; Mario Pintus, Jean Calogero, Tribuna politica, 21 october 1974;

Jean Calogero, L’Aurora, Rome, 25 november 1974; Jean Calogero: un lirico visionario, Il Marguttone, Rome, july 1974; Jean Calogero, Arte Bolaffi, Turin, november 1974; Jean Calogero, La Gazzetta di Pescara, Pescara, 10 november 1974; Adriana Nobile Civiani, Jean Calogero, La Calabria, 1 dicember 1974; Vittorio Scorza, I dipinti di Calogero, Il Giornale del Mezzogiorno, Rome, november 1974.
Luigi Servolini, La realtà fantastica, Il Telegrafo, Livorno, 26 january 1975; Jean Calogero, Il Messaggero di Rieti, Rieti, 22 february 1975; Dino Pasquali, Jean Calogero, La Nazione, Arezzo, 3 april 1975; Renato Bertini, La pittura solare di Jean Calogero, Avvenire, Arezzo, 17 april 1975; M.B. Cordelli, Jean Calogero al Nuovo Aminta, Il Campo di Siena, Siena, 1 may 1975; Corrado Marsan, Jean Calogero, Il Giornale d’Italia, Firenze, 15 april 1975; Giovanni Magrini, Jean Calogero all’Aminta, La Nazione, Siena, 29 april 1975; Jean Calogero all’Isolotto, Il Mattino, Naples, 9 may 1975; Le Mostre, Il Mattino, Naples, 10 may 1975; Alfredo Schettini, Jean Calogero, Corriere di Napoli, Naples, 22 may 1975; Gino Grassi, Orizzonti surreali di Jean Calogero, Naples, 16 may 1975; Guido della Martora, Calogero all’Isolotto, Roma Sera, Naples, 27 may 1975.

Jean Calogero, Daily American, Rome, 3 april 1977; Guerrino Mattei, Jean Calogero, Gazzetta del Centro, Rome, 10 april 1975; Luigi Tallarico, Jean Calogero, Il Secolo d’Italia, Rome, 8 april 1977; T.B., I viaggi innaturali di Jean Calogero, L’informatore librario, Milan, may 1977; Vanni Ronsisvalle, I viaggi innaturali, ed. Oliveri, april 1977; L’Arena di Pola, ed. Oliveri, Pola, 10 may 1977; Tra finzione e realtà, Il Telegrafo, Livorno, 17 may 1977; Calogero o della fantasia, Messaggio d’Oggi, 19 may 1977; Gualtiero da Vià, Festosità di Jean Calogero, L’Osservatore Romano, Rome, 12 june 1977; Jean Calogero alla Pinacoteca Arte Club, Rome, may 1977; Maria Grazia Ferrante, Calogero, La Gazzella, Catania, 3 june 1977; Jean Calogero alla Pinacoteca, Trapani Sera, Trapani, 21 may 1977; Jean Calogero, Bari Sport, Bari, 25 may 1977; Sandro Giannattasio, Jean Calogero, Avanti, Rome 21 june 1977; Affascinanti enigmi di Jean Calogero, La Sicilia, Catania, 17 june 1977; Alberto Crucillà, Jean Calogero fantasioso compositore, Corriere dell’Adda, 21 may 1977; Jean Calogero, Momento Sera, Rome, 31 march 1977; Paese Sera, Rome, 31 march 1977; Calogero alla Pinacoteca, Olimpico, Rome, 15 april 1977; Le mostre Jean Calogero, La Ribalta, Rome, june 1977.
Jean Calogero, Arte Mercato, Rome, 1978; Toni Bonavita, Jean Calogero, Il Tempo, Rome, 31 october 1978.
Angelo Torrisi, Il Polifemo d’Argento a Jean Calogero, La Sicilia, Catania, 2 august 1981.
Maria Grazia Cutuli, Viaggio dentro il Sogno, La Sicilia, Catania, 15 june 1984.
Jean Calogero, La Sicilia, Catania, 16 october 1986.
Jean Calogero all’Arte Spazio, La Sardegna, 16 october 1987; Calogero alla Pinacoteca, Il Messaggero, Rome, april 1987; Calogero allo Zodiaco, Il Tempo, L’Aquila, may 1987.

Fatti reali e magia. Jean Calogero all’Esagono, Il Quotidiano, Lecce, 1 march 1988; Jean Calogero, Arte Mondadori, Milan, dicember 1988.
Jean Calogero, Le Revenu Francais, Paris, dicember 1989; Jean Calogero, Art Magazine, Tokyo, june 1989; Chateau de Gamerot, Jean Calogero, di Alain A. De Ballancourt, Paris, 2 june 1989; Tableaux Modernes, Paris Drouot Richelieu Salle 7, Paris, 17 april 1989; Jean Calogero, Arte Mondadori, Milan, october 1989; Messel e Partners, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, april 1989; Jean Calogero, News S. Francisco, Axis Gallery, San Francisco, 7 april 1989.
Tableaux contemporaines, Gallerie del Chevau-Legers Versailles, 8 april 1990; Jean Calogero alla Sala Grigia, Il Tempo di Foggia, Foggia, 14 march 1990.
Europ’Art Foire lnternational d’Art, Ginevra, 4 may 1991; Jean Calogero, Arte Mondadori, Milan, march 1991; Jean Calogero a Sinagra, Palazzo Comunale, La Sicilia, 11 august 1991; Guy Florentin, Galerie contemporaine, Paris, october 1991; Bianca Brancati, Jean Calogero, Giornale Medico, Catania, september 1991.
Jean Calogero a Catania, La Sicilia, Catania, 29 may 1993.
Fragranze per un Diario visivo, Galleria Agorà, Provincia Regionale, Palermo, april 1995.
Maria Teresa Prestigiacomo, ll ritorno di Jean Calogero, L’Isola, Acireale, august/september 1996.
Le tele di Jean Calogero, Arte e fede nelle chiese di Acicastello, Comune di Aci Castello, january 1999; Jean Calogero, Arte Mondadori, Milan, may 1999; Jean Calogero, Arte Mondadori, Milan, september 1999.

Jean Calogero and his works, foretold through the reviews of those who caught the different aspects of his creativity, going deep into situations and thematics which since ever have characterized the unmistakable style.
Thus words become likely his paintings' colours, giving emphasis to the artist and man's ideas.