About me

Giuseppe Bonaccorso (if you want to know more about the origin of my first name, you can read this post) was born in Caltagirone, Italy, in 1979 to a family of renowned pottery artisans who have been awarded prizes in several national exhibitions.

His mother is a retired Italian literature teacher. Hence, he spent his childhood in an environment rich in artistic stimuli.

However, like many other peers, he was immediately fascinated by 80s computing, particularly videogame programming, which appeared as esoteric creations resulting from a secret art, the mysteries reserved only for a few initiates.

“I have tried to be as eclectic as
I possibly can with my professional
life, and so far, it’s been pretty fun.”

(R. Barthes)

Portrait of Giuseppe Bonaccorso
Giuseppe Bonaccorso during his stay in Berlin.

Early childhood and the love for computer science

There was something magic in that activity, full of mystery and secret codes. Hence, after getting his first Commodore 64, he studied Assembly, later switched to an Amiga 500, and learned the C language with Pascal (I have told many details in this post). He has always loved WordPress’s motto, “Code is Poetry,” and kept learning new programming languages, focusing on the results and the aesthetics of code.

His interest in computer science, however, was always aimed at a continuous quest for creativity, something that transcended the single application area to become a real-life “mission.” Strange as this may seem, considering his young age, his desire to create, invent, and compose has always been more potent than any vague drive toward pure enjoyment.

Although introverted, he has always been open to knowledge, particularly art history and Italian literature. Thanks to his parents’ teachings and countless trips to cities of art, Giuseppe Bonaccorso was fortunate to come into contact with the wonders of painting, architecture, and poetic compositions (patiently explained by his mother) from an early age.

Giuseppe Bonaccorso during his early childhood when he began to develop his interest in arts
Giuseppe Bonaccorso during his early childhood at his paternal grandparents’ home, where he began to develop his interest in arts.

Not just technics but love for total art

While remaining very passionate about “the art of computer programming” (as he always called it), he always kept his interest in visual arts, literature, and music alive. He decided to attend university with a pragmatic eye, obtaining a M.Sc.Eng. degree in Electronics Engineering. Subsequently, he got a Master’s in Business Administration and another in Data Science and Big Data. The latter was essential because he developed a strong interest in topics like the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence while at university and wrote several technical posts and books.

While studying at school, he attended classical guitar lessons after being disappointed by a debut with an electric guitar, whose context appeared too narrow and, unfortunately, too limited only to specific musical areas.

Music and poetry: the perfect match

He was fascinated while listening to recordings of Segovia, Bream, Williams, and many other guitar masters. Even when young, he alone understood that any other instrument could not reach the beauty of the classical guitar, whose sonorities transcend time and space. The incredible timbral variety of the guitar and pieces of great artistic value allowed infatuation to turn into true love, a passion capable of enduring considerable effort and stressful practice sessions (often extended into the night).

Even at a young age, he understood that no other instrument could achieve the beauty of the classical guitar. After his university graduation, a fruitful period of creative side activities, he also started writing poetry (Eugenio Montale, Giuseppe Ungaretti, and several other foreign poets impressed him dramatically and influenced his poetics), novels, and essays.

Artistic and literary activity

Giuseppe Bonaccorso published several books, contributed to literature magazines, and was awarded many poetry prizes for this hermetic and colorful style.

After different work experiences in Italy and abroad, where he reached high-level managerial roles, he finally decided to quit any other “distraction” and pursue his solid artistic interest by dedicating full-time to music and poetry.

Giuseppe Bonaccorso during the award ceremony at a poetry contest
Giuseppe Bonaccorso during the award ceremony at a poetry contest.

What you can find on this site

On this website, which is meant to be an artistic and intellectual work repository, you can find musical articles and scores, poetry, essays, and novels. You can also check his life timeline, where all the most important milestones have been recorded.

Some literary and poetic achievements

Giuseppe Bonaccorso has obtained awards, special and honorable mentions, and recommendations at the following Italian contests:

  • Premio Nazionale di Filosofia VII ed. 2014
  • Festival Internazionale delle Emozioni II ed. 2013
  • Premio Nazionale di Filosofia VII ed. 2013
  • Premio Letterario Nazione AlberoAndronico VI ed. 2013
  • Premio Letterario Nazionale “Casa mia… Casa mia…” IV ed. 2012
  • Concorso Nazionale “Alberto D’Angelo” I ed. 2012
  • Concorso Nazionale “La luna e il drago” IV ed. 2012
  • Concorso Internazionale “Il Saggio” VI ed.
  • Premio Nazionale Scriviamo Insieme 2012
  • Concorso Nazionale di Poesia “Fiori di Cactus” 2012
  • Premio Internazionale di Poesia “Carlo Orsi” 2012
  • Rassegna Biennale “Echi di Perle Artistiche” 2012
  • Concorso “Sussurri dal cuore… e dalle tenebre” 2012
  • Concorso San Lorenzo in Poesia 2012

Origin of the surname Bonaccorso

The surname “Bonaccorso” (along with its variants “Bonaccorsi” or “Bonaccurso”) is widespread in southern Italy (in particular, in the province of Catania, Sicily), the United States and Canada. It derives from the Latin name “Bonacursus,” which meant “Well rushed” or, more commonly, “Well arrived.” This name, traces of which are found as early as the 13th century, was generally given to long-awaited babies who arrived as if by miracle.

Abstract image representing all Giuseppe Bonaccorso's activities in his hometown Caltagirone (Italy)
An abstract image represents Giuseppe Bonaccorso’s activities in his hometown, Caltagirone (Italy), famous for the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte.

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