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Painting oil on canvas – Ancient Prisoners


This oil on canvas painting is from the Women series created by Roberto Piaia.

Artist: Roberto Piaia

Title: Ancient Prisoners

Technique: Oil on canvas

Material: cotton canvas

Signed: Yes, hand signed on the front and the back.

Year: 2011-12

Dimensions Height: 120 cm.

Dimensions Width: 80 cm.

Frame: Yes   

Certificate of Authenticity: Yes

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Cataloged work:

  • The Feminine Essence (Essenza al Femminile) | by Carmen De Guarda and Angelo Mistrangelo | Editor Giorgio Mondadori.
  • Stories of Light (Storie di Luce) | by Fabrizio Fantino and Carmen De Guarda | Editor il sole 24 ore

Executive Poetics of the painting:

Roberto Piaia makes few works because each of them needs a patient processing: the idea is clear but the final representation of it needs long phases, layers slowly put one over the other, and absolute meditation. The shapes emerge with a perfect definition, the contours are neat and clear and show separate and scarcely communicating realities.

There is a solemn dignity when showing things, a deep respect for the reality he depicts and the awareness of having generated known shapes but with new souls. The world described by Roberto Piaia is the one surrounding us; it is the things that accompany our everyday actions. The artist takes inspiration from everyday life and has a special relation to every shape he meets: animated shapes seen in a face, in a look, in a hug, in a woman’s body.

Closed profiles detected in recognisable and useful objects. Everything is fascinated by colours and light; nothing can avoid the artist’s determination to depict the magic of the moment, the uniqueness of a scene, the expression of a face because nothing is there for ever, if it is not preserved by the charm of memory or the power of an image that provides a body to time and space.
Lorena Gava | Art Critic

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