Roberta Filippi

Once having observed the dynamic images, so fresh and colorful, one is left intrigued, amazed, but also attracted and stimulated in a remarkable way. These images are stories of evolving everyday routines by Oscar Piovosi. The artist paints in series, very often in dialogue with one another, almost a thematic continuity that evolves and enriches with particularity. Common people waiting around in stations or airports, vacation people taking photos, looking up to the sky thinking about who knows what. The idea of journey is a recurring theme for Oscar Piovosi, exploring the charm of curiosity, to discover something new, and in painting it unknowingly becomes the story of his own life. An objective, but engaging story.
A photographic cut of the image, decided colors in shades but blurred, almost contaminated with each other when they are laid on the canvas with large, overlapping strokes. Blue instinctively dominates the piece, synonymous with evasion and infinity, not only as a background but also as a detail, in clothing or in objects. The light that illuminates and exalts the forms also determines the direction of the viewer’s look, thus the way of reading the tale.
Scenes of everyday life, where the place remains generic but the subject fits in that context with his own personality. Anybody looking up to the sky, can point their finger and indicate, but each can indicate something different, and can their own sensation, relive their own personal moment. Anyone who stops on the street, sends messages with their cellphone, but everyone says something that is simply their own. Characters in which anyone can identify with and relive their own memory.
An almost metaphysical and evocative dimension, a desire to discover the beauty of every moment of our existence through the looks of its characters. The significance of these paintings is never overwhelming and superficial, but rather invites us to socially reflect, to analyze and to consider introspection. For Oscar Piovosi , art is the pleasure of expressing himself, telling something about himself to share with others.

In the last painting “Ground” , Oscar Piovosi tells the life and work of street artists, the so-called madonnars, who portray their intentions in the realization of their creations.
The artist continues that journey in everyday life which is the guiding principle of his entire production. “Ground” means earth, soil, floor, and contrasts with the previous “Up” series, where he portrays common people looking up, pointing to the sky. Two opposite terms, but precisely because of this, they are linked by a continuity of meaning. If with “Up”, looking upwards means going beyond, imagine something different and far from us. With “Ground” looking down instead, there is a digging inside, wanting to analyze the human figure through someone who is telling. They tell us their way of life, all those moments and aspects of everyday life that we often do not dwell on. A different point of view, one of the many facets of our existence.
The focus in this series focuses on a place, the road. It is the place where the characters enter, intent on their work and almost estranged from what surrounds them. A chromatic continuity binds the subject in the foreground and the background. The city that observes silently without disturbing, or that goes on in its daily frenzy. An almost metaphysical dimension is perceived in blue and purple shades, interrupted by details in more decisive and warm shades, such as red or yellow that refer to reality. A dark and continuous sign contorts the figures, giving strength to the image and allowing the focus to be on the subject: With his or her head down, the street artist does not show his face but his soul.
With the usual curiosity and attention, Oscar Piovosi raises the theme of the journey into ourselves, staring at the unusual instant of our existence. He creates dynamic and fresh works, entering with simplicity and humility in the personality of the character he depicts, going to look for his essence, telling it in a figuratively objective way but with a personal and engaging emotion.

Roberta Filippi