Vibrant & Immersive Narratives by Michele Del Campo
In his ongoing series of paintings, Michele Del Campo generally depicts an idle and melancholic youth, kissed by the bright Mediterranean sun. However, his figures appear contemplative and immersed in an inner world. He paints both from life and from photos, according to the complexity of the composition. His works from photos are careful combinations of a number of different reference photographs that he has taken to models, objects and spaces in different times and places. He paints often on large formats with the freshness and spontaneity of a wet on wet technique, or Alla Prima in Italian.
His confident brush strokes bring his subjects to life with light and color jumping off the surface to capture the viewer's attention. Del Campo carefully observes people browsing through shops or deep in conversation, and then with his brush, he is able to carry over these narratives with genuine sentiment onto the canvas.
Michele Del Campo was raised in San Nicandro Garganico, a small town in rural South Italy. When he was 18 he moved to Milan, where he started his Fine Art studies, then he went to study in Falmouth, Dundee and Madrid. In 2008 he moved to London and in 2016 to Glasgow, where he now lives and works. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, and a degree in Illustration and Printmaking from the University of Dundee. Del Campo has had solo exhibitions in Italy, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Peru, and group exhibitions around Europe, US and Asia, and has won many art prizes, among which the 35,000 Euros Premio BMW in 2006, given by Queen Sofía of Spain.