Salvatore Astore was born on April 20, 1957 in San Pancrazio Salentino (BR). He moved very young with his family to Turin, where he still lives and works, and he graduates from the Art School of the city and then at the Accademia Albertina of Fine Arts.
Active since the eighties on the Italian and international scene, Astore has privileged the languages of sculpture, painting and drawing, giving life to cycles of works that correspond to historical periods and different existential phases, united however by a profound desire to experiment with techniques and materials related to the urban industrial context, and a specific interest in the condition and destiny of the human being.
After a series of pictorial works Anatomie (anatomies), dedicated to human and animal, in 1984 Astore began to produce a cycle of medium and large sculptures, first made in welded and painted iron and then in stainless steel, strongly anchored to the desire to create a vocabulary of new and authentic forms inscribed in the logic of organic structures. The Calotte, the Containers, the Sutura e Forma (Sutures and Form), accompanied by the paintings entitled Cervelli (Brain) inaugurate an extraordinary exhibition season linked to the investigation of the plasticity of form, free from the usual self-reference to figurative art and focused on idea of a renewed interest in the individual and his time. In 1987, an exhibition entitled Immagine Eretta, set up at the Gondrand warehouses in Turin, clarifies the terms within which this new “organic minimalism” and this “modern anthropocentrism” are inscribed.
Astore begins to exhibit his works in Franz Paludetto’s gallery; in 1989 in Milan, in the spaces of Valeria Belvedere. In 1992 he took part in the exhibition Avanguardie in Piemonte 1960-90; in 1996 at the 12th Rome Quadriennale, Generazione ’80and 1990sexhibitions, the latter curated by Renato Barilli.
In the mid-1990s, the encounter with the American artist Sol Lewitt, to whom Astore has always looked with great interest, affects and reinforces the spirit of his artistic research. In more recent years, after a cycle of pictorial works, the sculpture has become a protagonist again in 2008, the year in which it participates in the XIII Biennial of Sculpturein Carrara and then in 2010 with a great personal exhibition entitled C’era una volta e una stanza, set up at the 107 Foundation, in Turin. In 2018 the Anatomico Organico Industrialeexhibition, at the Fondazione 107, links the creative climate of Turin in the 1980s with the artistic research of Astore, Ragalzi and Stoisa.
The artist’s works are present in numerous public and private collections.
Currently some sculptures of the Speciazioneseries are exhibited in the Gardens of the Reggia di Venaria, Turin.