Patrick Lo Giudice – Galerie Römerapotheke, Zurich
Patrick Lo Giudice
Born 1959 in Zurich, Switzerland
Lo Giudice’s works attracted quite some attention from collectors, media and museums with his show „Mafia“. The story behind it: During a three-year stay in Graniti, Sicily, a traumatic experience inspired the artist to the „murder paintings“: The bored boy, whose father dealt with a wood trader, walked along a line of parked cars, staring through their windows, to see the dash boards. He wanted to know which car was the fastest one. But in one car, the boy detected a corpse. Possibly a victim of the Mafia. The Lo Giudice left the site without calling the police. They didn’t even speak about their experience at home, because the clans were very influential. Papa Lo Giudice, a former communist / socialist, had never paid protection money but now felt unsafe. After a dud (a defective bomb) was found, aimed at their home building, the Lo Giudice decided to live in Switzerland. Many years later, the show with Mafia paintings was a huge success in Zurich. Lo Giudice’s technique is unique, his subjects very emotional and many times loaded with artistic radicalism.