Dream-Like and Nostalgic Paintings of the Amalfi Coast

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Roberto Pagliarulo’s paintings are both beautiful and intriguing, and that mystery is at the heart of their reali

Roberto Pagliarulo’s recent work is inspired by Italian culture, mythology and landscape and is both figurative and surreal, drawing parallels with the Metaphysical art of Georgio de Chirico. It is also full of colour. Unconventional imagery, unexpected compositions and unpredictable colour scheming depict his own particular reality. Roberto’s paintings are worlds within worlds, peopled by figures of antiquity where apples might be blue, trees are pink and windows open upon ancient ruins.

Bright, luminous and in almost neon colours, the landscape artworks in An Amalfi Dream are romantic and dreamy, populated by classical statues, mythical messengers and vibrant pink trees – all taking influence from Roberto’s cultural heritage.

He also adds a dream-like atmosphere through his enchanting and unconventional use of colour. In works such as ‘Ravello, Amalfi’ trees are painted purple, with complementary yellow foliage. In others, pathways appear in deep magenta. The minimalist and Matisse-like blocks of colour seem to cast a magical spell over Italy.

“A grandiose view of sinuous curves, cliffs, the sea, always there in the background, with lemons, flowers, tomatoes and trees in the foreground that pushes the eyes into the blue and green of the Mediterranean landscape”.

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