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Alberto Repetti is a virtuoso. His broad creative and teaching experience in various drawing and painting techniques permits him a bold, experimental mood and a solid artistic eloquence.
Repetti’s vision is a fine pairing of skill with inspiration, a solid union between technique and art. By expertly using different materials and methods, he produces results that are unique and unrepeatable. His creative practice combines the stable quality of a natural process with a chance, even impressionistic, impulse, based on his momentary sensation. This way, his abstract work is liberated from any representations and meanings. At the same time, his figurative paintings trigger a startling line of associations, free to open dialogue with the spectator’s senses.
Repetti’s artistic practice is a continuous research into the possibilities of an encounter between the real and the imaginary.
In his ballpoint pen series, this encounter is pivotal. These astonishing drawings acquire an earthly materiality, flirting with photorealism while keeping a strong imaginary element. Repetti draws his inspiration from the natural world. He investigates the landscape, its forms, and transformations. In its detailed, extremely attention-demanding, and time-consuming nature, his pen drawing becomes a meditative exercise, a deep contemplation on time, beauty, and the sublime.
In some cases, it permits a carefree ambiguity of perception: his figures can be anything. Suspended between sensual corporeality and spiritual vagueness, the work’s subject is abandoned playfully but elegantly on “the eye of the beholder”.
This sensitive balance between the real and the non-real eventually creates phenomenological questions. How accurate can an image be? What lies between the impression and the reality? Is there a “true” experience?
Alberto Repetti’s drawings thus, beyond their staggering virtuosity and their dreamy approach to nature’s beauty, challenge the exact idea of the landscape philosophically by investigating the realms of experience.