Indeterminate, amorphous and esoteric visions come together in abstract works by artist Paolo Notaristefano. Paolo, a young Italian artist who specialises in painting and drawing, often turns to paper to capture his subjects. His paintings, typically paradoxical at first sight, explore the co-existence of observation and perception.
Paolo, born in 1993 in Massafra in the province of Taranto, graduated as a graphic designer in 2012. In 2013, he worked for a Web and Graphic Design Agency before enrolling in the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari and graduating in 2017. Paolo’s abstract paintings are highly discursive. Inspired by post-impressionistic values of form and distortion, Paolo paints expressive and undefined scenes that prompt viewers to assign their own meaning and value to his art. Touching on Renaissance ideals surrounding individualism, Paolo looks at the privilege and possibility of every observer, able to cultivate narratives unique to their personal experience of art.
Paolo continues to expand on his critical vision of the creative possibilities of art. Ever-present on the Italian Jazz scene, the artist-cum-drummer projects bringing music and art together. Magnetising the movement of sound and the movement of his subjects - more important, in his process, than presenting action itself - Paolo continues to unearth new and exciting ways to explore light and motion. Since October 2019, Paolo has been a resident at the NDSM TREEHOUSE "playground for artists". Based in the new, artistic heart of contemporary Amsterdam, Paolo promises more thought-provoking works to come.
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