From Buenos Aires to the Itria Valley
Patrizia Pareo has been creating for five years, since 1976 when she became a student at the Academy of Art in Buenos Aires in Argentina.
At art school she took up painting and sculpture, loving them both. Despite her skill in modelling clay the wish to stretch herself led her to take up the challenge presented by the world of painting.
In 1984, having completed her degree, she moved to Italy. In her trips to Buenos Aires she frequented various studios and workshops where she perfected her intaglio techniques (etching and acquatint) and her lithography.
She worked for several years with a studio that produced ceramics and the oriental skill of raku opened up a whole new world to her.
But her painting began to evolve and events, both in the world and in her personal life, led her to look for something more. Figurative painting was no enough for her to say what felt anymore, what she saw inside herself. Her frustration meant that she did no paint or even pick up a pencil for months, such was her anger with the world. But her strength lay precisely in this, her months of artistic silence, of suffering, and her break from painting. She knew, however, that she would start to work again with renewed enthisiasm, with a new awareness. In fact, it was precisely at this time that the first really abstract works (like “Anima bianca, anima nera”) were conceived and saw the light.
The year was 2009.
Today she left figurative art behind her and moved into the world of the abstract.
Time, life (with its joys and suffering) have changed her inner vision of things and of what is around her, leading her to speak, as it were, a new language.
The world ceases to have boundaries and limits and the brush strokes are bolder. The canvases are full of materials like sand and chalk. Bitumen and ashes are mixed with the colours as if in a reconciliation with the sculpture that she has always loved.
The spaces are composed and recomposed through the paint-meterial, sometimes screatched, at other times cut or etched, and we are carried into that inner world that the artist has discovered and wants us to know…