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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. In 1991 Michele left his university studies and he had a strong breakdown. He leaves the blackest darkness of the mind, with the help of his family and two dear friends. In 1999 he obtained the title of technical designer. He says about himself:
“I am an enceph in a glass vial. I am a visual-auditory-tactile artist. I do not despise the material thought wandering in the spirit and in the humour”. During the first part of his life he did not have much painting. He drew horrible figures that seem to come from his emotional states. they were monochromatic designs with a strong black presence.
Petrelli was not peaceful and that you could see from his life that was quite messy. For ten years, Petrelli lives happily with his partner away from the city. He has painted a lot in these years.
Eclectic and visionary artist, he directs his profession in the world of visual design, CAD modelling and visualization of three-dimensional photo-realistic of real environments. “My job” he says “was a constant training on the use of compositional spaces.”. It is precisely in this area that he is operating, collaborating with leading architects and interior design businesses. The last years he has taken part in national and international competitions. His virtual installation Attraction is most notable and it was selected among the top thirty finalists of Brain project.eu. International Visual Arts competition. Artists, come from 55 different nations, were taken in it. In 2007, the work was published on the event catalogue and shown in Trieste.
In the same year he took part in Pontile Lamezia-New hypothesis event at Lamezia Terme, with a plan of a tight structure made of steel and glass and shaped whale skeleton as if it was stranded on the beach. Michele Petrelli is a wide-ranging artist, whose production is full of novelty and experimentation. Author of illustrations and comics, he published the graphic novel A work of the Devil and Kiu.His painting, which shows a complex mastery of the subject, is clearly influenced from the world of cartoons and occult. He loves strong signs of the palette knife and the sign of graphite, matching few colours of the same brightness but of different shades and ranges. Expressionist reinterpretations lead artist to an introspective reflection which will get him to see himself in one surrealist world.
Despite the beneficial influences of the past, its maturation will makes him an original creator of an his iconographic language. Drawing is dominant and emerges from his chromatic painting board, becoming more often the primary importance for the composition. The subjects of his later paintings are mysterious and disturbing characters, humorous transfigurations of common people, deities or monsters. Among his works, virtual installations and sculptures are innovative, completing and permeating his art. Like a sculptor, Petrelli models polygons with parametric games of great complexity. Numbers, brushers and textures are more powerful tools used to build set where there are hyper ironic characters or Marvel superheroes in the role of babysitter.His several paintings is shown at Gallery Tornby, Bindslev – Danimarca.

Michele Petrelli describes the modern world through splashes of colour accurately matched following the nature of colour itself. It settles on objects and reflexes itself through ambiance following the physical laws of light.
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 impressionism. The synthesis doesn’t simply affects the strong line of the palette knife, the fast brushwork, or the reduction to monocromy or bicromy. In these “impressions” Petrelli freezes the most inner expressions. His romantic portraits of woman many times seem to emerge from a homogeneously diluted and immaterial background. The faces lose their contours and are "eaten" by the color. It drains down in some apparently random shapes. These modern women are transformed by the artist into eighteenth-century ladies. But he borrows only the styling of that time. He does not want to imitate the way the artists of that time. And here it becomes strong the adjective "New Impressionism" or "Modern Impressionism". All this is reinforced by the pictorial technique that Petrelli adopts. Besides the traditional painting he uses for a first study, the painter uses digital painting. To do this, modern artists study and utilize different software that includes the use of an optical pen. Only those who is already very familiar with the traditional drawing techniques can eventually become a master in these computer tools.

The "No fear of Dark" project was born because of a huge desire of socio-cultural change. Being unable to modify the external space, the contemporary italian artist Petrelli transfigures himself, portraying himself with alien and vegetal appearence, using monocromies with the prevalence of black. The black-prevalent paintings are real "wooden totems" on which Petrelli often ceates a big materic relief. Sometimes subjects are hovering into void, other times they sink into marine abysses, or emerge from a twine of shapes, lines of light dissolve into abstract. Infinite perspectives of powerful architectures or very fragile structures, which may be moved by a blow of wind are the background of an intense onyric scheme. In "Unhuman Compassion" and "The Dream Devourer", Petrelli depicts the infinite impotence of the human being in front of the occult, the "non-manifest". The artist gains a prophetic power, an intuition coming from the falling of all mental patterns. If we were ufologists or psychics, we may say those visions can originate from a parallel dimension. A means to unveil to the ordinary man something happening in one of the three Times (present, past or future). Sometimes the subjects look pure and free, sometimes even ugly and gloomy. In this naturalness, without aesthetic patterns, is unveiled the real mood of that person, in that specific instant. The dynamism of the lines highlights this unstoppable succession of continuously evolving states. Frequently the author will hear from their words that “their gaze is hunting” or that “they are alive”…

Reviews


Exhibition

2016
Art project 35×35
Publication and permanent collection of the Copelouzos Family Art Museum
Athens, Greece
25.04.2015
Welcome Home
Exhibition curated by Roberto Lacarbonara
Palazzo Ulmo – 55 Taranto – Italy
13.12.2014
Il Segno
Palazzo Ulmo – 55 Taranto – Italy
21.04.2014
Sæsonåbning, udpluk af udstillingen
Gallery Tornby – 9881 Bindslev – Denmark
09.11.2013
Exhibition curated by Kim Bernhard Tornby
Gallery Tornby – 9881 Bindslev – Denmark
23.03.2013
“Save the Beauty” curated by Ilaria Miccoli
Co.61, via Paritario 61 Grottaglie – Taranto
01.09.2012
AR[t]CEVIA – International Art Festival curated by Laura Coppa
Palazzo dei Priori, Corso Mazzini – 60011 Arcevia – Ancona
04.11.2011
“Tutto Quadra” Collective art show curated by Ilaria Miccoli
Tavlì Cafè – Strada Angiola 23/a – Bari
06.08.2011
Startup SpazioTempo curated by Roberto Ronca
Castello di Acaya – Lecce 
03.08.2011
Urbane Con-Fusioni Contemporary Art Show curated by Ilaria Miccoli
Cantiere Maggese – Taranto
11.12.2010
Casarita “Art for pleasure” curated by Luigi Amati
Via Berardi 81/83 Taranto
19.11.2010
“Le Visioni” – Literary Cafe
Via Ostiense, 95 Roma curated by Vincenzo Pultrone
Wine Art Gallery “Opere Vive”
Via di Palma, 118 Taranto
12.10.2010
Adhara Exposition “Opere Vive”
Via Giacomo Leopardi Crispiano (Ta)
23.08.2010
Gabbiano Exposition “Opere Vive”
Viale dei Micenei, 65 Taranto
04.08.2010
Gabba Gabba Exibition “Vitty’s Party”
Via Tre Fontane, 8 Taranto
10.10.2007
Event – exhibition “Pontile Lamezie Terme – nuova ipotesi”
Lamezia Terme
23.11.2007
Finalist of the international contest “BrainProject.eu – Attraction”
Trieste