WHEN GILBERTO VIGLIOTTA ENTERS A ROOM, HE KNOWS ALL EYES ARE ON HIM. HIS PRESENCE, BOTH IN PHYSIQUES AND PERSONALITY ARE OVERWHELMING. A DEMAND FOR ATTENTION NO ONE CAN REFUSE. BUT WHAT DOES ONE SEE WHEN LOOKING AT GILBERTO? DO YOU SEE THE BODYBUILDER, THE CHAMPION, THE MAN? OR THE KID HE ONCE WAS, RUNNING THE STREETS OF NAPLES.
Founded as a Greek settlement in the second millennium BC, the city of Naples is one of the oldest cities in Italy. Located on the western coast of Southern Italy, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Naples has survived a turbulent history, including a near escape of total destruction during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The one that destroyed Herculaneum and Pompeii and took the lives of thousands. Naples is a city of survivors. Of warriors.
Gilberto Vigliotta is a warrior. Always has been. The kind of man who bites into the objectives he sets for himself and doesn’t let go until he reaches his goals. Born and raised in Naples he grew up on the streets where he spent his time playing football. Football was his passion, his goal, and it as all he could do. From early morning to late at night. Until his mother put a stop to it and presented him with what would become his second passion: swimming. Once Gilberto put his mind to this new activity, the pattern repeated itself. A second attempt to free her son from his obsession to be the best – martial arts – only resulted in creating another infatuation.
But during all these exercises Gilberto Vigliotta felt something missing. Reaching his goals in football, swimming and martial arts wasn’t enough for him. And so, at the age of 15, Gilberto made his entry in the gym. Overcome by that same fighting spirit, he pushed and pulled as much as he could and saw in no time the physical results of his hard work. After 2 years of regular working out sessions, Gilberto started body building training and he made his entrance to Italian competitions for professional bodybuilders at the young age of 19. He won twice.
Body building is not a sport for Gimberto Vigliotta. It has become his life. A life full of sacrifices that knows happy as well as sad times, but a life nevertheless. This year Gilberto, age 37, entered the International Wabba Competion of South Italy and won gold. Not bad for a kid from the streets of Naples. It is due to this accomplishment Gilberto first came in contact with artistic photographer Miky Merisi. Being the official photographer of the Fitness Competition, Miky immediately saw the potential and warrior spirit of Gilberto. They worked together on several shooting concepts, The Eight Wonders being one of the most successful.
Gods & Warriors is a new photo concept envisioned by Miky Merisi inspired by the ancient representations of the divine and the gladiators. It seems obvious that he choose Gilberto Vigliotta to be the first to feature in this new gallery of portraits. It only took a few props for Gilberto to not only pose as a Roman gladiator, but to actually become one. Once again Gilberto goes to the extreme to reach his goal. Could we expect anything less from a man who has the fires of Mount Vesuvius burning in his eyes? Gilberto has a fighting spirit. He’s a winner. –BM-
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