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Sebastiano Pallavisini is a multifaceted artist who works mainly with painting, drawing and sculpture, using poor or natural materials. In his solo exhibition at LuogoArteContemporanea, BESTIE SENZA PADRONE (beasts without a master), Pallavisini explores the primordial aspects of nature, focusing in particular on the animal kingdom and seeking an authentic connection with the environment around us.

The anthropocentric tendency to see animals as reflections of human nature has led to a distortion of their essence, reducing them to metaphors or terms of comparison and distancing us from the perception of these creatures as independent beings, disconnected from our projections and prejudices. Pallavisini's artistic approach aims to free them from any form of symbolization, inviting us in the contemporary world to rediscover our ancestral instinctivity that has linked us to them since ancient times - a bond which has become dormant with the evolution of society and the advent of new technologies.

In an era of environmental crisis in which it is essential to establish a deeper dialogue with nature to understand its needs, the artist invites spectators to rediscover this relationship, promoting a renewed respect for the Planet.



BESTIE SENZA PADRONE (beasts without a master) proposes a reflection on the interconnection between man and the environment, attempting to free animals from anthropocentric perception and symbolic representations which, since ancient times, have reduced them to reflections of human nature and bearers of otherworldly meanings . 

Animals have always been present in the life and imagination of man, giving rise to an elaborate system of stories and symbols, both in the East and in the West. Their vigor arouses fascination and fear at the same time, making their interpretation complex and changeable in various eras. Pallavisini distances himself from traditional representations that often use animals as metaphors to express human virtues or vices, and from scientific approaches that analyze them exclusively from a zoological point of view. His research, rather, aims to capture their primordial essence, freeing them from any form of symbolization imposed by man.

The artworks on display depict primates and other creatures as a reminder of the origins of the human being, evoking a time of harmonious coexistence and equal sharing of living space in a perfectly balanced natural cycle, and underlining the urgency of rediscovering this balance to preserve our planet. Their understanding and the rediscovery of a bond with them can lead to the revelation of secrets forgotten by humanity, also promoting a sustainable relationship between man and the environment, with the contribution of mutual benefits. Adopting this perspective implies recognizing animals as custodians of an ancestral wisdom, once shared by all living beings and forgotten by man with the advent of modern civilization, which requires a profound connection between species to be rediscovered.

Through the use of painting, drawing and sculpture, Pallavisini represents the energetic flow of the creatures of the animal kingdom, distancing himself from an accurate zoological transposition and often making their conventional forms unrecognizable. They appear as fleeting visions, emerging from memory and hazy memories, almost as if they were fragments of dreams or free associations. The creative act is an instinctive investigation and constitutes a moment of introspection for the artist, who tries to tune into the essence of the subject represented, in a personal and spiritual search for his own daimon

The animals painted by Pallavisini move freely and indifferently towards the viewer, populating the surface of the canvas with a wild autonomy. The artist suggests their forms, which often escape our visual perception, creating a pictorial interweaving of bodies and silhouettes of different species that transmits their vitality and intrinsic strength. The fluid and sinuous lines of his ink drawings recall the ancient oriental artistic tradition, in particular the Chinese and Japanese ones, but also refer to the rock depictions of the first human civilizations. The sculptures present themselves as autonomous entities, the result of a creative process in which the artist renounces imposing himself as absolute master, embracing the unpredictability and autonomy of the materials and enhancing their spontaneity and uniqueness.

Sebastiano Pallavisini's works invite us to look beyond our anthropocentric perceptions, promoting a renewed respect for the Planet and a more authentic understanding of the beings that inhabit it. Through his art, he reminds us that the destiny of humanity is inextricably linked to that of nature, and that only by recognizing and respecting this interconnection we can guarantee a sustainable future for all creatures on Earth.

~ Lisangela Perigozzo, 2024


Sebastiano Pallavisini's solo exhibition

with critical text by Lisangela Perigozzo

01 - 29.06.2024


Saturday 1st June at 5 pm

The exhibition is visible at LuogoArteContemporanea by appointment.

Free entry.

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