Born in North Italy he studied in Rome, Paris and Vienna and had his first one man exhibition in Geneva in 1948. More recently he came to live for part of the time in England and he showed me some of his work. He was not personally forthcoming about the symbolism that is clearly contained in his pictures but i read some reviews which held that such concept as human friendship, faith and togetherness, along with a sense of contemplation and spiritualism are present in his work in sometimes disquieting amounts. I am neither qualified nor able to comment on these opinions, I only know that Vilmo Gibello's work touches me in a way that tends to confirm what is said.
Vilmo Gibello has a house in the heart of Kent, "I love the country", he says, "in part is like an untouched Garden of Eden".
He also has an 18th Century house in the German village of Meisenheim which was given to him by the local community in return for a series of "Station of the Cross" which he painted for their church.
I do not usually make predictions but I will stick my neck out and say that well known and respected as Vilmo Gibello is today, and he has work in numerous leading collections, we are looking at a man whose name is set for worldwide acclaim and whose work in time will command mega sums of money.
Particular attention should be seen on the figures unshading on color quite unique to Gibello.
The painter Vilmo Gibello is an Italian who lives in South of Spain. He is arranging this first show in Italy after thirty years of absence from our country. He is exhibiting at the Pater Gallery of 10 Via Borgonuovo. This art which comprises more than a single period is basically "bipolar". One part (small horses and riders) is classical and appears to be inspired by the Quattrocento; for the rest, in a taste to which an oriental flavour has been added, certain representations seem to be modelled on the memory of the cubism of Braque. In any case , we have here an art axecuted with seriouseness and characteristically personalized commitment on diverse cultural threads and yet with an evident unique basic sensitivity. A sharp emphasis is placed on the human figure.
Imagine a Quattrocento italian artist who as lived from century to century to the present day, collecting and discarding influences and possibly pausing for a while when he met William Blake. You will then have a glimmer of an idea of what Vilmo Gibello's work is about and understand why it is possible to put him into any particular school or category.
(D. A. Y by D. A. Y Alan Day - 1989)