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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Irena Chrul

Of German nationality, Irena Chrul, artist living and working in Italy, attended the Academy of the Art schools of Posen in Poland.
Her prime activity is painting. She exposes all over the world, Warsaw, New York (east Village Gallery), Hamburg, Montreal, Lucca, Venice...

Her fulgurant career began before even the end of her studies creating costumes for not less than 14 plays including an opera in two years. In parallel she made her first exhibition at the prestigious Zacheta Gallery of Warsaw.

© Irena Chrul

Ilaria Morganti

My research field has been painting about the concept of illusionism. I pursued the conceptual process that the work produces in the spectator’s mind, and not its value as a shape. I’d like to give the result of consideration about knowledge of painting nature and what that nature shows. The intention of detailed painting has not been to push the representation to its extreme limits, but to investigate the fundaments of the representation. From an already tested realism (thinking at early works) I moved to conventionalism in the tecnical terms, moving towerd a realistic abstraction. This way of thinking about my images represent, springed from reflection about Hyperrealism, an american artistic current, as the starting point of my historical interest. Hyperrealism is situated on an extreme of a virtual line along which there are all the expressive ways and the possible configurations of painting. Opposite to Hyperrealism, on the other extreme of the line, is abstraction. Two forms of art at the extremes. If this line is brought back to a circle, the poles should touch one each other, joined in their being and case. For this reason I underlined the abstract nature of Hyperrealism and the systematic conventionality of signs that determine the figures, in their turn realist. The selected subjects come from the particular attention about any aspects of reality: particulars of a car, often degrading, black air balloons enchained to each other by a net, incandescent small lamps, wasted balloons. They are all details of a world which speaks about the past, sometimes in a nostalgic way, things used and then thrown away, residues of life that remember the human passage, indelible tracks of their daily life. The creation born from photography, through which I bring the external world in my studio, where I elaborate mentally and visibly the material at command. It never is a question of a simple copy of a photograph, but it’s a moving rivisitation of what cals my attention and stirs my curiosity. I have a predisposition to analyse details, both in life and in painting. For this reason, in my pictures, each feature is accurately focalizated. Art is delight, amusement, pleasure; I find all this in painting and much more in the idea to see the persistence of manual activity in this super-machanized era, in which all is technological.

She concentrated afterwards her activity in Germany in the sector of design and creation in multi-media communication. Hamburg will be during more than 20 years her harbor of work and the most productive and creative years of her career under the leadership of several international companies.
She recently established her residence in Lucca in Tuscany.

Ilaria Morganti was born in Rome on October 10th, 1975. Since early childhood she showed an interest for art and vision representation methods. She learned fundamental drawing and painting rules from her father, who is a painter too, and from her grandfather, a known decorator of churches. She matured this interest, through the choices of her studies. She attended the artistic high school in Frosinone and continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, where she acquired 1st and 2nd level and the licence to teach. She cultivated her passion year in and year out, experimenting techniques on different subjects through determination and continuous efforts, even during her art studies. At the beginning she was inspired by the masterpieces of great historical painters (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Murillo, Boldini, Durer), subsequently interpreted photography. To increase and improve her artistic experience, she partecipated in national and international art exhibitions and painting competitions which allowed her to compare her work with other artistsand to experience exhibition spaces. The artistic level achieved is the result of manual and conceptual work, and undeniably long lasting. Her artistic activity keeps her busy all day since her paintings are rich in precise and minute detail.

© Ilaria Morganti

Alessandro Marziano

Alessandro Marziano, nato a Catanzaro il 13 Luglio 1977, iscritto all’Università “La Sapienza” di Roma, Facoltà di Architettura. Ha cominciato a dipingere fin da bambino crescendo nello studio del padre pittore, col tempo il gioco si è trasformato in vera passione con l’iscrizione al Liceo Artistico di Catanzaro dove si è diplomato nel 1994. Dal 1992 ha frequentato una scuola di Teatro dove, accanto ai corsi di recitazione e regia, ha iniziato ad amare la scenografia: dal 1995 in poi ha firmato numerose scenografie per molti spettacoli in varie parti d’Italia, vincendo, nel 2000, il premio per il miglior allestimento al festival teatrale di Terracina. Vive e lavora a Roma, dove accanto agli studi d’Architettura, lavora come scenografo e dipinge. Il percorso pittorico di Alessandro Marziano, parte dallo studio di suo padre, pittore, dove ha iniziato a dipingere fin da bambino,rimanendo per ore a guardarlo lavorare. Negli stessi anni della sua infanzia nasce il grande amore per le opere di Ferroni e Vespignani, dai quali ha appreso l’amore per la grafica e la cura dei particolari. Sempre legato alla poesia dei gesti, delle espressioni e del realismo, a volte esasperato, è sempre alla ricerca della tecnica che si presti meglio a esprimere le proprie sensazioni, passando dal pastello all’olio, dalle grafiti all’acquerello, a volte mischiandole tutte insieme.

© Alessandro Marziano

Giovanni Marziano

Giovanni Marziano nasce a Catanzaro nel 1949.
Esperto di educazione all'immagine, direttore della Pinacoteca Comunale di Soveria Mannelli.
Dal 1972 partecipa a rassegne d'arte nazionali ed internazionali: Premio Villa San Giovanni, II Fiorino, Contea di Bormio, Premio Michetti, Premio città di Pizzo.
Dallo stesso anno espone le sue opere in numerose città, tra le quali: Roma, Torino, Novara, Ancona, Bergamo, Bari, Firenze, Miami, Hong Kong, Parigi, Bologna.
Ha illustrato la raccolta di poesie di Giusi Verbaro "Appunti d'autunno" (Delta 1986). Ha realizzato dipinti per il Comune di Catanzaro ed affreschi nel Palazzo Municipale di Soveria Mannelli.
Studioso dell'opera di Mattia Preti e del '600 napoletano, ha tenuto conferenze in molte città calabresi.
Animatore dei "Mercoledì Culturali" (momenti di aggregazione culturale per la città di Catanzaro), ha promosso la costituzione del Centro d'Arte "Delta", del Circolo Culturale "Età dell'Acquario" e dell'Associazione di Artisti "Cultura Sila".
Collabora dal 1972 con la rivista "Lacio Drom", edita dal Centro Studi Zingari di Roma.
È direttore artistico della Galleria d'Arte "Prometeo" di Catanzaro.

© Giovanni Marziano

Marica Fasoli

Marica Fasoli was born in Bussolengo (Verona) in 1977.
In 1995 she was awarded a first class diploma by the Academy Section of the State Art School in Verona.
In 1997 she was awarded a first class Diploma in Preservation and Maintenance of artistic works on wood and canvas at the Santa Paola Institute in Mantua.

In 2006 she completed her specialization in Artistic Anatomy at the Cignaroli Academy in Verona.

In 1995 she was awarded 1st Prize in the painting section of the Rotary Club of Peschiera del Garda (Vr). Between 1997 and 2000 she worked on various restoration projects, amongst which:

- frescoes in Santa Chiara, Assisi;
- frescoes of the Giottesque school at the O.Trento Institute, Vicenza;
- fifteenth century wooden Christ in San Tommaso, Verona;
- church of San Niccolò, Verona;
- paintings by Jacopo Scarsella, Bassano, Palma il Giovane and Cignaroli.

Since 2000 she has been working on her own as a painter, and has gained much recognition from the local press.

Main exhibitions:
- 2003 personal showing at the "Ai Teatri" restaurant, Verona;
- 2004 personal showing at the “Giubbe Rosse” bookshop, Verona;
- 2005 personal showing at the "Corte Turco" holiday farm, Sona (Vr);
- 2006 personal showing at Villa Balladoro, Povegliano (Vr);
- 2006 invitation to exhibit at "Vivi la Casa in Fiera" at the Veronafiere

exhibition centre;
- 2006 commissioned portrait of the Prefect of Verona;
- 2006 commissioned portrait of the Bishop of Verona;
- 2007 1st prize in the painting section of the "100 artists in Verona" Contest

held at the Hotel Tower in Bussolengo (Vr);
- 2007 group showing organized at the “Centro Turistico Giovanile” in Verona;
- 2007 1st prize in the painting section of the Negrar Town Council (Vr) upon the occasion of the twentieth edition of the "Palio del Recioto";
- 2007 1st prize, painting contest, "The colours of Verona" announced by the Giorgio Zanotto Foundation;
- 2007 1st Prize in the painting category on the occasion of the second edition of the international ‘Piero della Francesca’ international awards held in Arezzo during the "Piero della Francesca e le corti italiane" international exhibition.

The jury was presided over by Professors Massimiliano Badiali and Rita Carioti;
- 2007 Special Award in the painting category in the contest "I colori della velocità – omaggio a Tazio Nuvolari", organized by the Franco Bombana Foundation

– Guidizzolo (Mn) – The jury was presided over by Desiree Bombana;
- 2007 Chosen as one of the ten finalists of the contest "Giovani artisti", organized by the SVBA in Verona, with relevant public exhibition in December in the Gran Guardia palace in Verona;
- 2007 2nd place in the young painters’ category on the occasion of the 7th “Città di Novara” National Award for Painting and Sculpture, at the Salone Arengo del Broletto in Novara.

- 2008 she began working with the Gagliardi Gallery in S.Gimignano

“The only thing that brings painting out of obscurity is its quality”.It is precisely this definition of quality as the essence of painting that Marica Fasoli interprets. Her training in restoration has permitted her to thoroughly understand the techniques used by the great masters of the past and to apply them to her still life and to her female nudes, creating an effect that certainly recalls classic painting but which, thanks to the explosion of colour, originality of compositions and strong contrasts, differs from it.

Her art is not hyperrealist and nor is it intended to be.Marica Fasoli interprets reality, but her painting is not flat or sterile as a photograph may be. In her paintings you can see the gesture, the skilful brushwork that creates movement in the composition.
Salvador Dalì said: “He who learns from the artists of the past succeeds in doing what he wants, others, however, just take what comes”.
Marica Fasoli is passionate about quality, far from those that define themselves “artists” but have no technical knowledge.


© Marica Fasoli


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