Photo above, in Sarno: the Magistrate,  President of the National Observatory on Family Low (Salerno); the Lower, Family Mediator and Counseling; the President of the Sarno Municipal Council;  Gladys Mabel Cantelmi;  the doctor, an humanitarian aid volunteer;   the Sarno Councilor for Social Affairs.

Sarno, Italy: International City of Peace

We welcome Gladys Mabel Cantelmi, an international visual artist, who along with the greater community of Sarno have established their community as an International City of Peace. Ms. Cantelmi has many titles and experiences in teaching art, art history, and in directing many artistic institutions.

Gladys Canatelmi in Argentina.

Gladys Cantelmi in Nepal.

Note: Introduction page with information primarily at the time of joining International Cities of Peace. For updates, please contact the liaison.

Sarno is part of the Salerno Province, a vast territory which about half is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site; in this territory there are the various Municipalities including Sarno (city of about 40,000 inhabitants) but all united by the same origins, culture, dialectics, customs and traditions while keeping each Municipality its own identity and autonomy even if these are indissoluble part of a single territory that is precisely the Province.

The same case is for the entire Campania Region where Salerno Province is the most important and the similarities continues, even if slightly weaker, as we extend our look at the nearby regions which form a very distinct part of Italy: the South.

Ex-Councilor of  Work Department of Sarno; Gladys Mabel Canteli, and the Sarno City Ex-Mayor.


To create together a new world based on Love

From Gladys Mabel Cantelmi.: I consider myself a citizen of the world! I will focus my vision, which is also that of my friends and colleagues who always accompany me in the realization of the initiatives and projects, not only in our city but the whole territory and… beyond!

The professor and pupils of the Sarno Dance School; Gladys and the Ex Chairwoman of the Sarno Commerce Department.

Despite being a peaceful community, ours, in recent years, we can perceive a kind of apathy that gradually invades people more and more. We can see how, over the years, generation after generation, we lose the fundamental principles of good cohabitation and good customs such as mutual respect and towards nature; the patience; the understanding of others’ mood; all this resulting of apathy, that is to say for lack of a healthy instinctive and human sense of empathy.

Sadly, even if we do not want to recognize it, there is a sort of “cooling” of good feelings and good habits. The main “victims” of this invasion of impatience (which provokes aggression or, at least, very few kindness in behavior) are precisely the new generation, that is, children and adolescents who are increasingly struggling to live in society with the models imposed by modern social life.

Through the tools made available in the arts and the ability to organize and the contagious enthusiasm, we propose to put in place projects designed to reach everyone, without exclusions, with a message that reflects the reality in which we live, the positive side to underline and the negative side to recognize, accept and find ways to improve. All this is possible through the proposed art as a “tool” of social and humanitarian work. Art is to be an aesthetic object, is transformed into an “ethical” instrument.

The goal to be achieved (in part already achieved over the years by practicing this method) is to SENSITIZATION. Only by coming to the deepest roots of our being, recognizing and “touching” our divine essence, we’ll be able to find the humanity that we are largely losing.
In order to heal an illness we must first recognize it and then avail itself of the tools and the will to heal it.

– Through the Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism Seminars in different environments such as Universities, Hospitals, Schools, Holistic Centers, etc.
– Peace Lab
– International Events and world exhibitions
– Artistic projects aimed at disseminating crisis situations and promoting humanitarian aid organizations for fundraising.

For the realization of such projects, events and various activities, people of different social strata are involved, with different professions creating a collaborative environment to achieve a common goal “TO SENSITIZE AND CREATE THE BASES FOR A CHANGE TOWARD A FUTURE OF PEACE AND UNIVERSALITY” on the deepest roots of the individual and bringing to light the divine essence that vibrates within each of us.

Hence, a return to natural empathy that allows us to share the joy and sorrow of our brothers that is the basis of all expectations for human behavior.
Among the projects we carry out, Cuore di Donna – an itinerant international event project with about 40 participating nations, is one of the most important in terms of popularity and recognition received. Its leitmotif is “towards a culture of good traits, respect for human rights, for the environment and for nature (the Creation)”; attached together with my biography is a brief description of the project.

Another new initiative is an artistic project where different types of art come together to raise awareness of the world and ask for help for women and children of Cameroon who are victims of a strong social crisis.
For 2019 it is also planned to carry out events in the Netherlands and Denmark. We intend to continue to bring together more individuals and organized groups of this city and other nearby cities that want to share the same goals with us.

In the end, the expected result is very simple: change the vision of social life that from a selfish and individualistic point of view manages to be a community based on mutual respect and sharing; compassionate and empathetic who knows how to appreciate the benefits of living in harmony.

Gladys; the Ex Vice Mayor (of another Municipality); the Sarno City Mayor; the Sarno Council President.



The Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism is an artistic and conceptual style born from the inspiration of Gladys Mabel Cantelmi to which the experts have not framed in a pre-existing vein and has advised the artist to legally register the manifesto of her personal art form then, in 2004, she did it. This trend results from a change or evolution of existing surrealism.

The Ultrarealism (art and concept) and Peace in various cities and countries puts on conferences about various topics related to social integration, moral and respect for human rights in general and for non-violence. All thing based on her art style that is a way for contact and “touch” the essence of one’s deepest and inner being, that is the true self, the “ultra-real self”; in this way, the perception of the individual give place to the awareness that we all have the same essence and therefor what each of Us belongs to only one “Unity”; it’s the Creation; there we find our deepest root that is the purest energy (the energy of love). Then, we are able to reveal the foundations of good familiar, social, community and (why not?) global coexistence: Empathy (necessary to act with respect towards others) that will give us the opportunity to “feel” the need of others, then awaken compassion ( con- pasion = with passion) it means to share suffering and have the volition to relieve it together. The goal of these conference, workshops and symposiums is to reach everyone in every ambit: School, Medical and Scientific, Political, Social, Artistic and Cultural all over the world as a form of universal language for a general audience. From this concept born also some international projects for the sensitization and education to the positive construction of peace, first interior and then between peoples.

Since 2000, many magazines and art books are written by various art critics, many articles written by journalists and several notes dedicated to her work. She receives many awards, not for competitions but for her art and social work recognition.

The link for an event in Ecuador:

One of many events for Cuore di Donna project:




As a member of the Committee on Equal Opportunities of  Region Campania.



-International visual artist
-European Art Excellence – Paris – Rome-Barcelona (European Community)
-Artist in History – BELGIUM
-Dr. Visual arts – International University of Peace – SWITZERLAND
-Honorary Academician – International University of Peace-SWITZERLAND
-Director of the Human Rights Department – International University of Peace-SWITZERLAND
-Founding President of As.Mu.Do. Pace E Giustizia (multiethnic association of women for peace and justice) no profit- ITALY
-Ambassador at Large/ Delegate of the Federal President of Universum Academy –SWITZERLAND
-Ambassador of Peace in the World – ARGENTINA
-European Ambassador and Legal Representative of the International Award “La Rosa” – Ms Producciones – ARGENTINA
-European Leader “Hope For A Best Future” (pro women – children ) -CAMEROON
-National Leader Italy and Lifetime Member of “We For We International -Empowerment Of Women- INDIA
-National Leader Italy “International Peace Institute” -NIGERIA
-World Leader for Peace-COLOMBIA
– Mentor for leaders /Global Ambassador /Peace Ambassador/ “International Cities Of Peace” – U.S.A.
-Universal Peace Ambassador and lifetime member of Universal Peace Amb.Circle

-Past -Artistic Director of the Medieval Castle Museum Rufo Ruffo (ME) ITALY
-Accountant and commercial expert
-Transpersonal Coach
-Creative writer

Spanish (L1)
Italian (L2)
English (certificate C2- proficiency in English)

Art and Culture projects’ Creator (some of these are recognized by many Authorities and Government Institutions from several Countries).

Gladys Mabel Cantelmi is painter, sculptor, ceramist, performer, art- video maker and show maker.

Gladys Mabel Cantelmi is the creator of the Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism , her personal artistic current.

Gladys Mabel Cantelmi, is an Italian Citizen; She born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1963. She is graduated in classical drawing and painting, fine art at the Private Institute of Art in Buenos Aires. She is also Accountancy graduated and takes other diplomas of other courses, too (eg, Proficiency in English, Creative Italian Writing, PC, etc. ); from her artistic and spiritual growing up is born her own artistic identity so does her personal vein: L’Ultrarealimo di Gladys C. (the Gladys C.’s Ultra-realism)
The Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism is an artistic and concept movement born from the inspiration of Gladys Mabel Cantelmi that, at the suggestion of the experts, reported the manifesto in 2004, this trend results from a change or evolution of existing surrealism. In base of that text (artistic and philosophical) She make Conferences, Symposiums and Indoor and Community Peace Lab in the Universities, Schools, Hospitals, etc. in many Countries in the World.
Since 2000, many magazines and art books are written by various art critics, many articles written by journalists and several notes dedicated to her work by experts of art and culture. She receives many awards, not for competitions but for fame and merit.
Works published and valued in:
Virgilio International Catalog of Art 2004
Virgilio International Catlaog of Art 2005
Contemporary Artists 1917-2017 from Chagal to today – 2017 (book)
Oud Sint Jan Museum Biennial Catalog-2018 BELGIUM
ExpoArt – Art Magazine -2018
Art Now Catalog -Maestro of Italy section-2019
Arnoldo Mondadori Art Magazine (the most important in Italy)-2020
– Gladys C.’s Ultra-realism last Conferences, workshops and Symposiums (2016/2020)
-Cuenca city: Regional Hospital, for professional medical staff.
-National University, students of the Medical School.
-Regional Cultural Center.
-Salerno National University
-T.Tasso College (Historic Institution) – Salerno
-Rome :International Medical and Teoligical Istitute Camillianum, for doctoretes students and University professors .
-Rome: Pontifical Lateran University, for Fondations and Humanitary Groups
And several others.
Buenos Aires: National Justice Palace for the National Association of Magistrates,
Campana City, Buenos Aires (Argentina): The Major of the Campana City sign an agreement with Gladys Mabel Cantelmi and the City Governament adopt GLADYS C.’ULTRAREALISM as a basement for a social change. The same time, She makes a workshop in the main square for the citizens.
Neuquèn (Patagonia): the Head of the Social Policy of the Neuquèn City sign an agreement with Gladys Mabel Cantelmi for realize in the future times art and cultural projects whit University andSchools.
San Miguel (Argentina): Spiritual Center, for spiritual aid to all type of people
In three Schools for the school students and teachers
DENMARK: Cultural Center of Copenaghen

Last acknowledgments/ appointments (2015-2020)

-ITALY, NAPLES: International Lifetime Achievement Award Number One XXVII Edition ,. (endorsed by the Grand Silver Medal of the Republic President) Pomigliano d’Arco Napoli Motivation: “… Competence, ethics, pictorial and literary professionalism, put at the service of society, make Gladys Mabel Cantelmi an illustrious character of our time . With the congratulations of all the organizational staff, the press and the art critics, the recognition was awarded to her in a solemn form … ”

-ARGENTINA, MAR DEL PLATA, BS.AS .: Recognition for career International Women’s Award of Excellence Woman in Culture 2019- by Latinamerican Female Forum. Motivation: ” Creator of the artistic trend L’Ultrarealismo by Gladys C -.Constant researcher in art has managed to express her own conception of art by freeing herself from academic schemes.

-SWITZERLAND: Appointed Director of the Human Rights Department –International University of Peace.

-SWITZERLAND: Appointed Ambassador at Large Universum Academy

-ITALY, FLORENCE: Recognition for his career with the appointment of “Master of Italy” Motivation: “… enriches the Italian artistic heritage … his work is a stylistic expression of value and rare creativity.”

-BELGIUM, BRUGES: appointed Artist in History. Motivation: “… to enhance the eternal beauty of art in the sign of continuity and research. This recognition aims to highlight, through its strong expressive ability, the evolution of the international artistic panorama, testifying the relevance of his work over time and history. His creativity has been able to communicate his vision of the world in a constant dialogue between ancient and modern. ”

-EUROPE (European Community) Rome-Barcelona-Paris: Recognition “European excellence of the Arts. Motivation:” … undisputed value of his work in the international artistic manorama … ability to go beyond the canons of common thinking, have contributed to creating new creative experiences and to catalyze a positive change in Europe and in the world … ”

-ECUADOR, CUENCA, Ministry of Culture of the Azuay Region: “The House of Ecuadorian Culture underlines the visit of the international artist Gladys Mabel Cantelmi who in the Efrain Museum Jara Idrovo presented his personal exhibition entitled” from the Ultrareale Ego to the Cosmos ” sublimating the arts of the city of Cuenca ”

-ARGENTINA, Campana, Buenos Aires. In a public event, with local citizenship, Gladys Mabel Cantelmi was welcomed with the Italian Anthem and representatives of Italian communities on site and received the Recognition of the Secretariat of Government, City of Campana, Buenos Aires: Named “Distinguished Guest of the City of Campana for which delivery of the heraldic shield of this Province is available ”

-ARGENTINA: International Lifetime Achievement Award “Platinum Rose”

-CYPRUS: the only artist choice to represent Italy in the international gathering of professional artists in the world. Diploma of Merit.

-SWITZERLAND: Degree h.c. in Visual Arts, International University of Peace

-SWITZERLAND: Appointed Honorary Academician, International University of Peace

-ARGENTINA, NEUQUEN (PATAGONIA): Archaeological Museum and Plaza Huincul Town Hall: Award “… for honoring the community with its passage, raising the prestige of our city …” –

-ARGENTINA, CAMPANA, BUENOS AIRES: Mayor: “… thanks and underlines his visit that raises the local plastic arts.”

Other activities:
Dr. Cantelmi has worked for the regional journal “Eventi” directed by Livio Pastore, and Presence Magazine, independent periodical of the South directed by Luigi and Anna Pumpo, with her column “Silver Trees” dedicated to true stories aged. Still she works sporadically with articles on social issues.
– Creator and promoter of the International travelling project-Cuore di Donna*, where the beauty of art is serviceable against the current social problems, such as violence in every form of, to vulnerable people and in defense of human rights, the environment and of nature. This project received many honors from various Governaments Countries

*”Cuore di Donna, International Travelling Project © by Gladys Mabel Cantelmi”

SEVERAL OPEN LETTERS supporting the work of its creator and general organizer, Gladys Mabel Cantelmi, from:

-Premier of the Republic of Nepal
-President of the Italian Senate
-Governance of Campania Region; Italy
-Mayor of Scaletta Zanclea; Sicily, Italy
-Chairman of Museum, Cuenca City, Eucador. And others more…

Received the High Honor of the ” CULTURAL INTEREST RECOGNITION” from:

– National University of the Comahue, Neuquèn, Patagonia Argentina
-Municipality of Neuquèn Capital City, Argentina
-Direction of the Salòn del Pueblo Museum, Cuenca, Ecuador
-Culture House of the Province of Azuay, Ecuador
-Mayor of Municipality of 3 de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
-Mayor Municipality of Scaletta Zanclea, Sicily, Italy

And others…

It has counted, over the years, with the moral and institutional support of:

Italy: – High Honor of the Senate of the Italian Republic -Government of the Campania Region -Embassy of Argentina in Rome- -Legislature Province of Salerno -National University of Salerno, Italy -Chamber of Commerce of Salerno – nomerous Municipalities

Argentina: – National Association. of Argentine Magistrates (Annex Palace of Justice) -Italian Institute of Culture (Annex Italian Embassy in Buenos Aires) -Municipality of Bariloche; Rio Negro province (Ptagonia) -National University of Comahue, Neuquèn(Patagonia) -Municipality of the City of Neuquèn (Patagonia) -Governance of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Perlotti Museum) -District of February 3, Buenos Aires

Nepal: Presidency of the Republic of Nepal Kathmandu Contemporary Art Museum Lumbini Peace – Lumbini Region

Denmark: Municipality of Copenhagen Norrebro Cultural Center

Ecuador: Governorate of the Azuay Region, Sec. Culture Municipality of Cuenca, Museum “Salòn del Pueblo” Cuenca City.

And other important entities..Also with the continuous support of some newspapers and media of different countries.


Gladys was born in Buenos Aires and studied from childhood (age 7) classical drawing and painting in a fine art private teacher. I her teens, she pass at the Private Institute of Art directed by the  Italian Master Antonia Marocchi, there She’s graduated; in parallel to the High School of Accountancy. She takes other diplomas of state and other private courses (eg, English, Creative Italian Writing, PC, etc. ); arrived in Italy but does not abandon altogether the art even if it is a long period, her spiritual maturity and the artistic lead to a continuous search for her own artistic identity so does your personal vein: the Gladys C.’s Ultrarealism .




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ABOUT SARNO, ITALY (from Wikipedia)

Sarno is a town and comune and former Latin Catholic bishopric of Campania, Italy, in the province of Salerno, 20 km northeast from the city of Salerno and 60 km east of Naples by the main railway. It lies at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, near the sources of the Sarno River, called Sarnus in ancient times, a stream connected by canal with Pompei and the sea.


The main entrance of the City Hall, Saint Francis Palace, built by Luigi Vanvitelli between XVIII and  XIX century.

The Marconi Square

The area of Sarno has been inhabited since Neolithic times, and in pre-historical times housed Oscan and Samnites settlements. Later it was acquired by the Romans, who held it until the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD. The first nucleus of the future Sarno grew in the 8th century around a castle founded by the Lombards of Benevento. Before its incorporation to the domains of the crown of Naples, Sarno gave its name to a county held in succession by the Orsini, Coppola, Tuttavilla, and Colonna families.

The Mariano Abignente monument

On May 5, 1998 Sarno and the neighbouring villages of Quindici, Siano and Bracigliano were devastated by a series of landslides. 180 houses were destroyed, 450 severely damaged, and 161 people died in what was one of the biggest catastrophes of its kind in modern Italy. The landslides had been caused by several days of torrential rainfalls, but were also blamed on agricultural, residential and industrial overexploitation and the lack of any substantial environmental programs. The catastrophe prompted the Italian Ministry of the Environment to introduce a couple of legislative measures for environmental protection which have come to be known as legge Sarno.

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