Andrea Romanello was born in Cles (Trento). He’s graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of “Brera” in Milan. Lives and works between Italy and Berlin.
Romanello: an artist waking up consciences
Every painter knows that painting is “for life”: it is an irrepressible necessity, an eternal return which keeps coming back bringing both nightmares and splendor. Every painter knows that the artistic gesture is only a means, the channel employed by beauty to realize its message. However, not all paintings are the same: if Picasso was right, that “painting is not made to decorate apartments,” then it seems that the artist has a role which is much deeper and more political than the mere decorative gesture. Andrea Romanello answers to this call with intense dedication: in his work there is a clear effort of revealing a message, of waking up the consciences to extremely important themes. In his first paintings, the black and white, “pulled to pieces” portraits remind us to pay attention to the Italian political events. Those portraits lay bare popular figures such as Luciano Moggi, Silvio Berlusconi, David Mills. They rouse our minds, hardened and numbed by this age of ultra-information.
In his most recent works, Romanello turns to the most terrifying and urgent themes of our present time: the relationship man-nature and the tragedy of climate change. His art suggests that these issues are tremendously real and dramatic. The paintings dance in the mixture of colors, new in his style, and the intellectual commitment translates into the coherent decision of employing only non-polluting materials: egg temperas based on natural pigments. "Black Rhino" and the “Bees” series, together with their artistic refinement, cry out the pain of the animal world, wounded and exploited by a selfish, ruinous human greed. These paintings tell us about our arrogance, about the human delusion of standing above and beyond the natural realm, which is proving to be the source of our own self-destruction. The series “Pollution” greatly represents this anthropocentric tension: female bodies trapped inside the desire of the male gaze, plastic surgery and vulgarity, standing out on a squalid, polluted landscape.
The tragic relevance of the topics goes hand in hand with the artistic excellence of Romanello’s works: he leaves behind any technical rigidity in favor of the highest expressive freedom, not only technically rigorous but also rich of inspiration. The extraordinary mixture of colors evokes the deep symbiosis of man and nature, like the ballerinas who get lost in a dance with the universe, of which we are all part. These paintings celebrate such big dance with an incredible, touching energy.
Elena Guerini - 2017
I believe that killing any living creature is a bit like killing ourselves and I don't see any difference between the pain of an animal and that of a human being.
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