on of a sculptor, he was born in Sant’Agata di Esaro 46 in the 1950, in Calabria. During his childhood he reveals himself as an “enfant prodige” for his innate ability as a portrait-painter. When he was only 14 years old he created two religious paintings; one is now in the main church of is native village; the other, of noteworthy dimensions (m 220 x m 4) can be seen in the main church of Mottafollone (CS). In his juvenile works he used the oil-painting technique; besides, he produced copies of the “Great Masters” of the past such as Sebastiano del Piombo, Pietro Paolo Rubens, Francesco Guardi, etc. …, achieving this way a refined skill, which can be considered as preliminary to the innovative techniques the artist has used so far.

We can infer that Borrello’s masterpieces are the result of the moral support that his mother Carmelina gave him because she has been the first woman to believe firmly in his skill and to stimulate him from his early childhood both his innate talent and his obstinate research. As a self-taught artist he was able to refine techniques that, in my opinion, may attribute to him the definition of “Engraver of the sign”.

Since 1979 he was lived and worked in Turin, where he could achieve an exceptional perfection, thanks to the sophisticated structures seated in this city. Most of his artistic education is due to the study of the Great Masters of the Renaissance that later on has made him invent two new techniques, the “biro-painting” and the “painting with metallic points” (silver, gold, palladium, platinum, titanium) and put them into practice; such metals have been listed from the least hard to the hardest. Moreover he used oil, pastel, tempera, water-colour, pencil, ink, red crayon, chalk, lithography, etching.

By these two new techniques he can create impressive hyperrealistic works. He draws faces, anatomical details, portraits, religious subjects, landscapes and still-lives which are characterised by a peculiar and striking vivacity.


Rosaria Barone
Milan, 11 April 1997