Giuseppe lo cicero



The human being, the land of Sicily and a profound religious sentiment are the constants of Pippo Madé’s artistic career, who searches for his roots in his sunny colors paintings. The artist, born in Palermo, where he lives and works, has an exceptional versatility; his production ranges from drawing to oil, from engraving to lithography, from majolica to Murano glass sculpture or decorations on glass windows. Motivated by the knowledge desire, Madé, self-taught, has refined his knowledge of human anatomy and the techniques of color, without ever ceasing to seek himself and the authentic spiritual and cultural humus. Much of his artistic production is dedicated to engraving according to an ancient and prestigious technique, which the Sicilian Master applies by working materials such as stone and copper also creating pieces with the hand press, in Urbino, where the greatest engravers have ever worked. The tragedies of the emigrants, showed in an exhibition between the end of the 70s and the early 80s in the most important cities of Italy and in some European capitals. This exhibition was accompanied by important, appreciated and unpublished poems in Sicilian dialect by the unforgettable Ignazio Buttitta. The desperate cry against drugs and terrorism represent a fundamental stage in his painful artistic career; his painting becomes a social commitment that finds its maximum expression in the works dedicated to the Brescia massacre, receiving acclaim from internationally renowned artists such as Guttuso and Purificato, while the soul of his beloved Sicily is captured in the paintings depicting the “Mestieri scomparsi” from Italian the disappeared trades. The collection so called “No alla Violenza” – translated No to violence –  has toured the most prestigious Italian galleries together with the “Palermo ieri” exhibition, which denounces the deterioration of the city and the metastasis of a society that must renew itself no matter what.

The artist from Palermo has brought his works to the most important European and overseas metropolises: Paris, Vienna, Frankfurt, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, have been fundamental stages to earn audiences and critics success. His painting has thus acquired an international dimension. The sincere and profound friendship with the great Master Renato Guttuso has marked inwardly and therefore also artistically the path of Madé, who paid homage to him by dedicating him the traveling exhibition “ Una finestra sul golfo” (A window on the gulf) which left Caltanissetta and landed in Terni, Taranto, Rome, Milan, Venice, Naples and Palermo travelling the world for over two years. The deep love for St. Francis materializes in the canvases dedicated to the Canticle of the Creatures “Le linee del cielo” – The lines of the sky – , showed in the Assisi Cathedral during the global meeting for world peace and later in the Archbishop’s Palace in Palermo on the occasion of the Jubilee of Cardinal Pappalardo and in numerous other cities. In collaboration with the glass master Loredano Rosin, Madé has created the “Presepio incantato” (Enchanted Nativity), thirty uniques sculptures in Murano glass. Chosen by major international organizers, Madé has designed the official posters for the “Columbus’ 500 Years” for the International Mediterranean Football Championship, for the world conference of scientists organized by NATO “Black holes and the neutron stars” held in Lipari, for the Universiadi ’97  held in Sicily. In October 1997, Madè returns to his home town Palermo, presenting, in the beautiful setting of the church of San Giorgio dei Genovesi, the great anthological exhibition “L’isola del cielo”, which was a tribute from the city to the painter who carried around the world its sun, its sea, its fruits, its people.

The exhibitions and his appearances at major national and international events follow one another without stopping: “Le mele d’oro” exhibition at the Museum of the Botanical Garden, organized by the Universities of Palermo and Berlin; the anthological one commissioned by the Municipality of Castelbuono and held inside the Chiesa del SS. Crocifisso; the personal one set up in the Castle of Caccamo on the occasion of the election of the “Castellana of Europe”; the anthological held in the Saracen manor of Castellammare del Golfo; the exhibition at MIT ’98; the important event in January ’98 linked to the closure of the sarcophagus of Frederick II inside which, the former Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, inserted a jewel in pure gold engraved by Madé; the exhibition at Alexander Platz in Berlin; the anthology of Narni held in the building of the former Archbishopric and inaugurated by the Governor of the Bank of Italy Mr. Antonio Fazio; the exhibition “The knights and the court in the age of Frederick II” held in July 1999 in Gela. In April 2000 the exhibition << Federico II stupor mundi et immutator mirabilis >> began in Jesi, which subsequently touched the cities of: Alcamo, Oria, S. Stefano di Camastra, Palermo, Vienna (Hofburg), Castelbuono, Randazzo, Vicenza , Warsaw, Frankfurt, Cefalù and the ” Fondazione Famiglia Piccolo ” of Capo d’Orlando (Me) and in January 2007 in the Saloni Duca di Montalto of the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo at the invitation of the Presidency of the Sicilian Regional Assembly and the “Federico II Foundation”

In December 2002 he launched from the “Paolo Borsellino Center” in Palermo the exhibition “Pinocchio un naso lungo centovent’anni ” which will subsequently be exhibited in the “Civic Gallery G. Sciortino” in Monreale, in the “Palazzo Armao” in Santo Stefano di Camastra, in the “Hall of the Arcades” of the Castle of Carini and in the Council Chamber of the Municipality of Castellamare del Golfo, in Poland in the offices of the Italian Cultural Institute of Warsaw – Krakow and Bielsko Biala and in the “Pinocchio Park” managed by the “Foundazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi “, in Florence in the Palazzina della Livia on the occasion of the “143th Anniversary of the establishment of the Italian Army “, in Narni in April 2006 and in December of the same year, at the Bonsignore Barracks headquarters of the Sicily Region Command of the Arma dei Carabinieri, in November 2007 at the “Giacomo Alberione Cultural Center” in Modena.

In November 2004 during the “Diocesan Eucharistic Congress” the exhibition “Madé interpreta il Vangelo” (Madé interprets the Gospel) exhibited in the Cathedral of Palermo. This was later exhibited in the “Chiesa nuova” of San Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo on the occasion of the “50th Anniversary of the foundation “Fondazione della Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” in the Sala Norsa of the Patriarchal Cathedral of San Francesco in Assisi during the “Christmas Assisano 2005 ”, at the Oasi della Speranza in Palermo on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the foundation and in the San Placido Room of the Archbishop’s Palace in Monreale in September 2007.

On 18 April 2008 Madé presented in Assisi the works of “La Via Crucis” (majolica on lava stone) which will be placed (by October 2009), upon commission by Father Custos Vincenzo Coli, in the ancient “Chiostro dei Morti ”Of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. On 11 September of the same year, the Press Conference of “La Via Crucis” was presented, in the presence of the Cardinal of Palermo, Mons. Paolo Romeo, of Father Vincenzo Coli Custos of the Sacred Convent of Assisi and of the Hon. Francesco Cascio President of the A.R.S., In Santa Maria dello Spasimo in Palermo.

During the event, Father Vincenzo Coli entrusted Madé with the task of creating some works regarding the “Holy Rosary” which will be placed inside one of the most prestigious halls of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.

On 25 October 2008, in the Church of Sant’Espedito in Palermo, some majolicas on lava stone made by Madé concerning some “Evangelical Scenes” were placed.

On 7 December 2009, at the invitation of the President of the Regione Siciliana Assembly, Hon. Francesco Cascio, the “Presepe Incanto” – murano glass sculptures, was exhibited in the Palatine Chapel of Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo, to inaugurate the Archbishop of Palermo Mons. Paolo Romeo.

On 20 March 2010, in the presence of the highest offices of the Sicily Region, the Umbria Region, the cities of Palermo and Assisi and the Representatives of some Italian cities, the “Via Crucis” of Madè was inaugurated, in the exclusive setting of the Upper Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, which today shines in the ancient ” Chiostro dei Morti “.

Collaborations with Publishing Houses:

Newton & Compton; Feltrinelli; Cappelli; Flaccovio; Pubblisicula; Ed. del Mediterraneo; Walter Farina; Edizioni della Basilica d’Assisi, Mondadori.

National and International Awards:

  • 1977: Montecarlo “Premio Ricasso” conferred by G. Kelly and Ranieri in Monaco;
  • 1977: Riccione “La vela d’oro”;
  • 1978: Sibari Medal of the President of the Republic “Premio Sibarys Magna Graecia”;
  • 1978: Palermo “Sigillo d’oro dell’Università degli Studi”;
  • 1981: Terni “Premio San Valentino”;
  • 1982: Agrigento “Premio Demetra d’oro”;
  • 1983: Rome “LaQuercia d’oro” culture award;
  • 1986: Palermo “Premio del Mediterraneo;
  • 1988: Caltanissetta “Premio Castello di Pietrarossa”
  • 1992: Pollina (Pa) “La spiga d’oro”;
  • 1992: 1st Prize at the XVIth Exhibition of the Manifesto of the Euro-Afro-Asian Counties for the Columbus 500 Years”; 
  • 1993: Agrigento “Premio Telamone per la Pace”;
  • 2002: Afragola (Na) “Premio Ruggero II”.
  • 2007: Civic Merit by the Regional Province of Palermo
  • 2008: Prize “Don Pino Puglisi” for legality and social commitment
  • 2009: Prize “Yatoy” for the Art in San Giuseppe Jato.
  • 2009: Career Award of the “Ottagono Letterario di Palermo”
  • 2009: “Paul Harris Fellow conferred by Rotary International Foundation
  • 2010: National Award “Liolà – Omaggio a Pirandello” Terrasini – Città del Mare (Pa).

Collaborations with Regione Siciliana:

– 1992: Lithograph made exclusively for the Sicilian Presidency on the occasion of the 46th Anniversary of the Sicilian Statute;

– 1999: Agriculture and Forest Department “La Cornucopia”

(Oil on canvas + lithomechanical reproductions);

– 2003: Tourism, Communications and Transport Department “Tonnare di Sicilia” and “Sicilia” (lithomechanical reproductions);

– 2004: Department of Tourism, Communications and Transport, series of amphorae made exclusively in Santo Stefano di Camastra (Me);

– 2004: Department of Cooperation official logo for “Sicily to taste” in Rimini.

– 2005: Majolica made exclusively for the Presidency of the Regione Siciliana on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Statute;

– 2005: Majolica amphora containing the holy oil that Regione Siciliana donated to the Patriarchal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi;

– 2006: Tourism, Communications and Transport Department “Landscapes of Sicily” (lithomechanical reproductions).

– 2006: creation of a work and related lithomechanical reproductions on the 14th anniversary of the murder of Don Pino Puglisi.

Magazines and art books:

  • Comanducci
  • Il Quadrato
  • Pittori del Novecento in Sicilia
  • Prospettive d’Arte di Milano
  • Il Quadrifoglio
  • Storia di Sicilia
  • Storia dell’Arte (vol. IV) by Piero Adorno and Adriana Mastrangelo


Giornale di Sicilia; I Siciliani; Palermo; Il Domani; La Sicilia; Sicilia Tempo; L’Avvisatore; L’Isola; Il Tempo; Il Resto del Carlino; Il Corriere di Modena; L’Obiettivo; Corriere dell’Adriatico; Il Faro; Il Mattino; Paese Sera; Il Messaggero; La Nazione; Questa Sicilia; Biesse; Controvento; La Voce Tuderte; Giornale del Mediterraneo; Il Giorno; Voce Nostra; Avvenire; L’ora; Giornale di Calabria; Die-Rheinpfalz; Trapani nuova; Corriere del Giorno; Il pungolo; Osservatore Romano; Syncron; L’Achenio; Corriere dell’Umbria; Il Nocciolo; Il Resto del Carlino; L’Agorà; Fra noi (Chicago); La Gazzetta di Ancona; Il Borghese; Gubbio Arte; Figaro; Le monde.

Spoken by:

  • Piero Adorno
  • Franco Alimena
  • Nando Allegretti
  • Jana Marj Arcellus
  • Nicola Badalucco
  • Armando Benfenati 
  • Giuseppe Bonanno
  • Antonio Brunelli
  • Enrico Buda
  • Ignazio Buttitta
  • Franca Calzavacca
  • Enrico Canapa
  • Aldo Capasso
  • Massimo Caporlingua
  • Giovanni Cappuzzo
  • Piero Cardia
  • Luigi Carluccio
  • Francesco Carnevali
  • Alberto Cartuccia
  • Bruno Caruso
  • Lino Castellana
  • Salvatore Catanese
  • Bianca Cordaro
  • Giuseppe Costantini
  • Tommaso D’alba
  • Raffaele De Grada
  • Antonia Di Bianca
  • Giovanni Di Vita
  • Giancarlo Drago
  • Enzo Fabiani
  • Renzo Fertitta
  • Luciano Festuccia
  • Mario Francese
  • Massimo Ganci
  • Aldo Gerbino
  • Pino Giacopelli
  • Franco Giardina
  • Giuseppe Geraci
  • Ninni Geraci
  • Giovanni Gigliozzi
  • Alessio Golaiev
  • Gunther Gottman
  • Franco Grasso
  • Mario Grispo
  • Mario Guadagnalo
  • Renato Guttuso
  • Mariano Guzzini
  • Laura Incandela
  • Giovanni Jacovelli
  • Sofia Jannello
  • Salvatore Lannino
  • Giovanni Latini
  • Sante Liuzzi
  • Benito Li Vigni
  • Carlo Magno
  • Pasquale Magro
  • Giuliano Manacorda
  • Carlo Marchese
  • Adriana Mastrangelo
  • Elena Mattoni
  • Elio Mercuri
  • Maria Modica
  • Nino Muccioli
  • Michele Pantaleone
  • Giuseppe Maltese
  • Sandro Petrollini
  • Walter Piacese
  • Nino Piccione
  • Carmelo Pirrera
  • Giuseppe Orlandi
  • Leoluca Orlando
  • Aurelio Pes
  • Eligio Pizzigallo
  • Carla Ponti Bianchi
  • Rosario Portale
  • Vincenzo Prestigiacomo
  • Aurelio T.Prete
  • Franco Punzi
  • Domenico Purificato
  • Giuseppe Quatriglio
  • Silvana Ramini
  • Gianni Raviele
  • Paolo Ricci
  • Aurelio Rigoli
  • Tommaso Romano
  • Ruggero Ruggieri
  • Giuseppe Servello
  • Mario Stefanile
  • Orfeo Tamburi
  • Giuseppe Tedeschi
  • Giuseppe Testa
  • Mario Ulivi
  • Donato Valli
  • Giuseppe Vese
  • Vittorio Vettori
  • Dino Villani
  • Lucio Zinna

Galleries and Museums:

Gallery of Modern Art inTerni; Gallery of Modern Art in Palermo; Fondazione Guttuso in Bagheria; Civic Gallery of Modern Art “G. Sciortino” in Monreale; Museum of Ceramics “Palazzo Armao” in Santo Stefano di Camastra (Me); Palazzo dei Normanni (Norman Palace) or Royal Palace of Palermo; University of Palermo (Palazzo Steri); Casa-Museo by Dalida – Serrastretta (Cz).

Mr. Guseppe Lo Cicero AKA Pippo Madé, born in Palermo on 27 May 1936.