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GIANCARLO IMPIGLIA—NATURAL FORMS

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GIANCARLO IMPIGLIA—NATURAL FORMS

Born in Rome, Giancarlo Impiglia moved to New York in the seventies, where he established himself with a signature style built on the shoulders of the great modernist movements of the 20th century. In all of his work, his eclecticism is evident, underpinned by his technical skill, which has allowed him to indulge in an appetite for complexity and to consistently find new ways of expression to comment upon social, political, and economic contemporary culture. For CONTEXT Art Miami 2017, Impiglia delves into an ever-present theme of his work: NATURAL FORMS.

Impiglia has explored this theme extensively in the past. However, by and large, he has defined natural forms with the human figure, who is dominated by expansive architectural structures—cityscapes, dining halls, and ballrooms form the backdrop of his most iconic works. Here, these structures are at first minimalized in order to emphasize the human figure engaged in society’s most primal activities like dancing (Keep on Dancing, 2017), or conversing (A Chance Encounter, 2017), juxtaposing modernism with primitivism.   

Then, Impiglia takes this idea a step further and strips away all man-made architecture, thrusting the human figure into the depths of the natural world, as exemplified by Artemisia (2017). Indeed, the figures can very much be seen as emerging from the natural world or combining with it to the point where there is no differentiation between the forms of flora, fauna, and humanity. We are left with semi-mythic scenes dominated by women—alluding to numerous origin stories and the woman’s role as the giver of life—which flow with the same audible winds as the foliage within which they exist.

This blending of foreground and background, figure and setting, builds off Impiglia’s recent series of paintings on various fabrics such as Golden Nights (2016), an aesthetic progression which speaks to our equality both with our peers and with the space we inhabit—we are all part of the same ecosystem, indivualism but a fallacy playing into the hands of marketers and trendsetters.

Impiglia’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries around the world and is part of prominent collections including that of The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Absolut Art Collection. He has also exhibited at CONTEXT New York, Art Southampton, and Art Hampton, among other art fairs. Three publications are dedicated to his enduring career: Giancarlo Impiglia, Paintings for the Queens & Collected Works (2012), The Art of Giancarlo Impiglia (1995), and Giancarlo Impiglia: Recent Work (1982).

 

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