Iconist Manifesto



Iconism aims to be a testimony and to artistically and figuratively represent the contemporary way of communicating of man in the third millennium, who at the dawn of a new era, through the need for globalisation, returns to expressing himself by means of a universal alphabet that is accessible above and beyond any language, culture or place on Earth.



The Iconist icon, in its capacity as a visual code, draws its origins – and proceeds beyond these  - from the functional pictographic form of logo art in order to form a veritable global ideogram capable of rendering a complex concept as well as a basic verbal meaning through a logical figure.


Iconism is the autarchy of symbols taken to their extreme contrasted with the tedious and unnecessary prolixity of classical images and the redundant graphic-pictorial compositions of modern art. 



The title of an Iconist icon is an integral and fundamental part of the work.



The Iconist artist is a visual poet who is not tempted by overabundance but finds everything needed in precise strokes and essential colour schemes.



The Iconist artist believes in the irreverence of symbols and the allure of stylistic and formal stylisation.



Anyone can be an Iconist artist, as long as they respect the principles of Iconism.



The Iconist artist is always searching for the perfect meaningful and evocative icon.



A work of art is Iconist due to its charismatic force and its emblematic quality of conveying a discernible meaning.



An Iconist is a mute artist who speaks to the subconscious of men and women throughout the world through the rationalisation of perception.



Everything - emotions, objects, concepts – are codifiable, translatable and traceable to an Iconist icon.


Gaetano Grizzanti / First Iconist artist