Biography

Michele Petrelli contemporary italian artist,

was keening about painting from when he was very young and he graduated from the Art School in 1991. He says about himself:
“I am an encephalon in a glass vial. I am a visual-auditory-tactile artist. I don't despise the thought that wanders into the spirit of things.”. During the early part of his life he drew horrific figures that seemed to come from his emotional states. They were monochromatic drawings with a strong presence of black. This dark side of him is still present today and is collected in the gallery entitled "De Insomniis".
From 2008, Petrelli lives happily with his partner away from the city. He has painted a lot in these years.

Petrelli's style

Eclectic and visionary artist, Petrelli demonstrates an intuitive instinct for handling his pencil and paintbrush, and a palpable fascination with the human form and physiognomy. Some of his subjects often lose their contours, with details engulfed by colour and expressive brushstrokes. He painting impressions of the mind accurately imprinted and conserved on canvas. Drawing is a key element of his work and often dominates his compositions. The subjects of his later paintings are mysterious and disturbing characters, humorous transfigurations of common people, deities or monsters.
The visual talent observes matter in analytic way, but also trascending and abstract it with a personal taste, mere realism. The choice of sequences is permeated by the heart’s vibrations, more than the ones of the mind and contributes, together with tecnique and big size canvas of the artworks, to create an emotional explosion in the observer. The iconografic style is derived from a personal, “luminous” modern expressionism. The synthesis doesn’t simply affects the strong line of the palette knife, the fast brushwork, or the reduction to monocromy or bicromy. Petrelli makes unique mixed media artworks. They are a mixture of traditional techniques (acrylic, pastel, watercolor, oil, etc) or mixed techniques (photography, collage, new-media, etc) or both.

Inspirations

The artist paints the female face crossing the oceans of human emotions. Favorite artists, masters and sources of inspiration are: Rembrandt, Van Eyck, Rubens, Hals, Van Dyck, Vermeer.

Heavenly Apparances

Delving into the past, with a style reminiscent of Art Nouveau, Petrelli breaks away from any academicism or eclecticism by creating his own iconographic language often imbued with mysticism and imaginary forces. His subjects have a noteworthy presence, but the artist has manipulated their very entity. We can feel the strong empathy he has put into his portraits. They appear enveloped by an alien, transcendent force that sends vibrations through our eyes to come and propel our impressionable, judgmental and inquisitive minds.

De Insomniis

In the "De Insomniis" collection the subjects hover in the void, at other times they sink into marine abysses, or emerge from a web of shapes and lines that dissolve into the abstract. Infinite perspectives of powerful architecture or very fragile structures, which can be moved by a gust of wind, are the background of an intense oneiric scheme. Petrelli depicts the infinite impotence of the human being in front of the occult, the "non-manifest". The artist acquires the gift of a prophetic power, an intuition coming from the fall of all mental schemes. A means of revealing to the common man something happening in one of the three times (present, past or future). Sometimes the subjects look pure and free, sometimes ugly and gloomy. In this naturalness, without aesthetic schemes, the true state of mind of that person, in that precise instant, is revealed. The dynamism of the lines highlights this unstoppable succession of states in continuous evolution.

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