PIERO PASSACANTANDO

Piero Passacantando (b. 1979) is an interdisciplinary artist. In 2014, Piero partook in The Hive at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts with his project MyNerva. From 2012 to 2014 he performed his project I Paint You. You Paint Me. at Bric Arts, Ed Varie, the Brooklyn Museum, Art in Odd Places and the DUMBO Arts Festival. In 2012, he was a resident at the Summer Decompression Camp at the Corniolo Art Platform in Corniolo, Italy. In 2011, Piero was a Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project in NYC. In 2010, he received a Fulbright Grant to research Thangka painting in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Piero holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco with a concentration in Social Practice, and a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC. He lives and works in Rome.

Artist's Statement

In this series, I continued my inquiry into colors and composition while turning my attention from abstraction and formlessness to the female figure. The colors are mainly acrylics made from pigments. This allows me to control the saturation of the color as well as its shine. It also gives a particular texture to the paint. The choice of colors was done very instinctively; I simply wanted the colors to feel beautiful and happy while painting. The compositions and the figures were created with an almost surrealist technique. From an abstract underpainting with a lot of brushstrokes I "saw" the figures, very much like images in the clouds. I purposefully simplified and reduced the shapes to almost completely flat and solid block of colors. 

The exploration of the female nude and the archetype of the Bathers is a whimsical turn in subject, but not without consideration to both art historical, social and introspective narratives.