Salvatore Petrucino, in art known as Totò, has always been interested in art and fond of chess. He began his pictorial journey in 2010. His paintings are inspired mostly by the surreal-metaphysical style, suggested suggestions shadow games with which he tries to express the his ideas, his moods and his deepest feelings: the shadows, the absolute protagonist of his works, is always different from the subject depicted and let dreams, emotions and daily fears emerge. Chess, another dominant theme of his works, merge with the shadows to create imaginative images that aim to communicate a pure stimulus to the sensitivity of those who “read” his paintings.
Toto has had numerous personal exhibitions in his Latin hometown and in Rome. In 2014, he participated in the Galleria de Montecarlo, representing Italy in the Principality of Monaco with great success. In 2015, he was present with his works at RomArt, the first edition of the International Biennial of Art and Culture. Also in 2015, he participated in the Venetian Na)tional Award for the city of Padua. In 2016, after being selected, he participated in the Rome Biennale and received first place in the painting competition at the CAOS of Terni on the occasion of the second chess Open. In 2017, he was present again in Veneto and exhibited his works at the Maison d’art Padova art market. In 2018, he successfully participated in the Umbria Art Festival. In 2019, he exhibited his works virtually for the first time at the Velazquez Madrid prize. Also in 2019, he received the association award from the Ovopinto museum in Civitella del lago (TR).