5-7 April 2019
Pavilion 3 - Stand D55
Galleria d’Arte Contini is pleased to exhibit at MIART 2019 with a selection of works by three internationally acclaimed artists: Manolo Valdés, Igor Mitoraj and Julio Larraz.
Regarded as one of the most relevant artists of the 21st century, Manolo Valdés is an eclectic and multifaceted artist. His innovative creative research perfectly complements erudite citations of the classical past: Velázquez, Matisse, Picasso, Piero della Francesca are some of the Old Masters taken as a starting point for his artistic creations. Acting as a metaphorical image-hunter, he selects a subject, a theme, and then re-works it and re-develops it through its various meanings, returning at the end of the artistic process a new and contemporary image. The constant reference to the recognizable masterpieces of our past, is accompanied by a meticulous research of techniques, materials and compositions. Valdés’s expressive language, built through a thorough study and use of different materials, makes his style immediately recognisable.
He acts as a real image/visual chaser/hunter: he chooses a subject, a key topic and he then develops a series of the same, following his personal interpretation. The final result is a unique and modern image. The constant reminder of the Old Masters is always combined to an accurate technical, material and compositional research. Valdés’ evocative language is instantly recognizable thanks to the artist’s study and combination of several and various mediums/materials.
The reference to the past is faced with an existent and very own gaze. This feature can also be found in the sculpture of the famous Polish artist Igor Mitoraj, who takes inspiration from classical iconography and enrich it with elegance and sensuality. Materials as bronze and marble are shaped in order to create fragmented, bandaged and mutilated/disfigured bodies and faces: the traditional Greek subjects are thus reinterpreted for the purpose of meditate on deep human contents such as life, death, time and the past. The main theme of his artworks is always mankind and the uncertainty of life, the introspective research on human condition and contemporary society.
Julio Larraz is a talented and versatile Cuban-born artist whose vibrant and colorfully painting is a reflection of his warm and splendid personality. Larraz deals with several subjects whose common ground is a shared dreamlike, metaphysical and surrealist style that pervades indiscriminately political and social events, landscapes and female figures. The topic of power is central of his production: it is treated with desecrating irony and it is a relic of his former engagement as a caricaturist for news organizations. With an only apparently innocent behavior, Larraz manages to detect the crudest and most violent aspects of myths and stereotypes linked to the obsession of power.
In addition to the artworks of those three contemporary masters, Contini Art Gallery features more works of Robert Indiana, Julian Schnabel, Pablo Atchugarry, Mario Arlati, Enzo Fiore, Carla Tolomeo, Giacomo Braglia, Francesco Salvi.