The Artist The eighty-year-old Claudio Baccalà, without having ever attended an art school, painted for over 60 years in a rural "atelier" next to his hill house, where the nature is enchanted and it is possible to admire a magnificent view of Brissago and the lake.
Baccalà had a background as farmer and shepherd, but this fact did not isolate him up at his place.
The artist travelled a lot and stayed away from the town for a long time; he came back to Brissago after having exposed his works of art in Basel and Zurich, as well as abroad. Moreover, Baccalà had the chance to meet Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), the last great French artist, that appreciated with sympathy the spontaneous art of the painter from Ticino.
Despite this important friendship, as the exhibition of Lugano demonstrated, the sources of the paintings of Baccalà were not comparable to Dubuffet's art work (named "art brutt" from the French artist), especially because of the lack of concern about the style and also of technical skills.
The artist of Brissago was watched over also when he joined the chromatic vigour with highly tactile subtleties similar to mosaic elements. Baccalà always manoeuvred with caution the traps of painting and was able to emphasize his symbols. "Even though it could sound absurd, nowadays there are still some people believing in the harmony of creation", wrote Pietro Citati some time ago. "These people are odd", he added: one of them is Baccalà.
Claudio Baccalà's painting may also be seen as "the research of harmony in balancing opposites" (Simone Weil). With regard to this, Baccalà loved Mozart, that was considered being the greatest music mixer of opposite forces.