was born in Merí, Northeastern Sicily, in 1942.
Having completed his studies in art he graduated with a masters diploma in 1962 and commenced his career as teacher of artistic studies in the state school system. He continued in this profession until his retirement in 2006.
Certain unpleasent incidents in his early life were to leave a deep impression on his early artistic output which was somewhat marked by a depressive neurosis. His early watercolours on canvas were said by critics not to be exempt from greyness and chromatic sombreness.
With the passage of time the prevailing sombre and obsessive atmosphere dissolving, gave way to a new vision of life, less agonising and more open to new hope.
Now his colours are warmer, more communicative, more deeply human, at his disposal to open a happier more trusting discourse with landscapes and figures struck by bright flashes of colour.
His artistic maturity began however when in 1965 the highly respected critic S. Pugliatti, chose his thoughtful and expressive Sicilian Landscape from amongst hundreds of competitors for the award of a highly coveted prize.Since then his artistic output has not changed except in the perfection of his technique, and without losing any of his artistic truthfulness, he continues to exhibit regularly, almost annually.
In Chinnici one catches glimpses, as constants of his artistic expression, the simplicity, the memory, as well as the evidence of a world that sinks between things, a promised land full of concreteness and secret sensations.
Extraordinarily, it is exactly this his wish to be an observer in the wave of time, that distances him from the conventionalisms of many contemporary artists, by a certain naturalism in his physical and social depiction of a hard life, of the work of poor devils, of the melancholy and of the charm in the mundane human drama. The physicality and the descriptive accuracy are, at times, a successive penetration to probe humanity, the dress, in tune with the chromatic tones that like light and space of reality, give back happiness, anxiety, sadness and the hope of awareness of the world.
His artistic taste, as well as being filled with the realism of the great sicilians, amongst whom Guttuso is a representative, presents a particular scheme that, as well as recalling the suggestions of the artists of the 20th century, doesn’t neglect however, either the interior truth, nor the fantasy of his refined artistic sensibilities.
The landscapes, the portraits, the figures of country folk and fishermen that he loves to scrutinize and observe in silence, are variations of the outpourings of the world from all times, from our times, from every epoch.
To sum up, the reality between creativity and emotionality, recompose in the pictures of Chinnici a world that, superseding seasons, fashions and dates, manage to give back in expressive values sentiments which are authentically the artists own.
Presently Lorenzo Chinnici, suffers from an eye disorder and being aware of failing eyesight, reflects in his art his great pain and without even seeing the surface on which his pen traces, in his creations, achieves technically all the balance, the conventions and the parameters of the artist, to leave behind sketches dictated by panic or by rebellious energy mixed with hope and the breath of life and joy.
The following critics have written of him: L. Barbera, M. Truscello, G. C Capritti, Maugeri, Nasillo, N. Billè, S. Greco, N. Ferrau, S. Pugliatti, E. Caruso, Nino Cacia, M. Danzè, G. Anania, N. Ferrara and many others.
The artist lives and works in Sicily.
His name may be found in the most prestigious publications on contemporary Italian art.
The following critics have commented on his work L. Barbera, M. Truscello, G.C Capritti, Maugeri, Nasillo, N. Billè, S. Greco, N. Ferrau, S. Pugliatti, E. Caruso, Nino Cacia, M. Danzè, G. Anania, N. Ferrara and many more.
His name appears in the some of the most respected publications on contemporary Italian art.