Until 21 May, ART CITY Bologna hosts Gaia Volonterio with the exhibition “Her Self”.
Gaia Volonterio grew up between Perugia, Tuscany and Ticino. Her artistic training took place first in Arezzo, then at the Art Academy of Florence, where she obtained a master’s degree in painting, and finally at the School of Applied Sciences of Italian Switzerland, where she also graduated in Interior Design. Volonterio lives and works in Lugano and Italian-speaking Switzerland in general, integrating her work as an artist with that of an interior designer. Her works have been exhibited in private spaces in Italy and Switzerland.
His work focuses on painting but does not disdain other forms of artistic communication. His research moves like a pendulum between the two extremes of figuration, the portrait and the landscape. The latter is depicted through a filtered and imprecise vision, which emphasises the presence of the artist’s eye and his technique. The human figure, and especially the face, is also a meta-representation, in which the subjects do not come to the canvas directly from reality, but through the intermediary of a photograph, a mirror, a page from a book or newspaper, a dream or a memory.
For the exhibition at Lavì! City, Gaia Volonterio has chosen to take up and expand a specific area of her research on the body and the portrait, focusing on the theme of the self-portrait. The reduced space of the gallery, its propensity for spatial intimacy, and the awareness of presenting itself to a new public mean that the introspective power of the “self-portrait” appears as an exact and effective device for conveying Volonterio’s ideas on painting and art in general. Through the self-portrait, one can go back to works from various phases of the young artist’s career. The Bologna gallery seems to be the ideal space for this approach, a place where works can be looked at closely, where technique and size have a special importance, where the visitor’s face will come dangerously close to the painted or drawn surface.
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Spazio Lavì – Via Sant’Apollonia, 19a – Bologna