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Migrants by Pablo Solari (Argentina)

I understood the uprooting, because I'm the son of Italian immigrants, and since my childhood I've always lived in the traditions of this country. But I noticed in my parents and my grandmother the sadness for the distant homeland. They had to emigrate before the Second World War, the situation there was very difficult, so they decided to come to Argentina.

My family came for a better future, leaving behind the wars they had there, the Second World War, looking for a new place in the world but with deep roots.

"Migrantes" (Migrants) - by Pablo Solari

This was their way of being refugees. And this is what I always lived among – memories, landscapes described by stories, traditions, foods and flavours of those parts. I always felt a sad longing in my parents and grandparents for their homeland.

I always remember, and a fact that marked me, is that in 1992 the Italian government sent tickets to my parents so they could visit their city again, my mother accepted but my father didn't, my father told us I love Italy and I'm afraid to leave and not return because I love you more... Then my father, a humble man full of kindness, taught me many things. I've always understood their pain, and that's why I always come back to this subject, that of migrants, of uprooting, of remembering their homeland, although both had accepted Argentina as their new home and today their bones fertilize this land and their sweat is shed in their daily work.

I joined World Citizen Artists because a true Artist and true Art is when it is no longer for oneself, for one’s friends, or for one’s country. This is when Art becomes a World Heritage.

Self-taught, I started my artistic vocation from a very early age just 4 years old. I began my studies in children’s art workshops, until I decided not to create authentic art. I found myself in painting, and started to be recognised for his own painting style.

Pablo Solari

At the age of 13, I began studying classical languages. This led me to my muse, Giotto Michelangelo who also studied (from whom he takes anatomical study and chromatic freedom), Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Raphael (finishing touches), Fortuny, Van Gogh (use of colour), and the Mexican muralists Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros.

I identify with murals, therefore depicts his works as only part of a particular setting, as a small portion of a large mural – following the concept of a camera which selects only a part and not the whole. But that small portion represents the entirety.

Self-taught in the classics, but also in comics, cartoon and advertising techniques, I specialize mainly in drawing, which is the basis for my works. I don't make sketches, but bring a work, which is already determined in the head, directly on the canvas. This is an expression of creative freedom, already thought out, but without following a sketch - which I'd consider copying.

I deepen my study of drawing, of human anatomy, of objects, of the incursions of light and darkness, of light and shadow, so that when I paint an object I don't take it to paint it, but imagine it, subtracting the influence of color and form as a whole.

After studying all the styles, I took only what interested me technically, not the basics, and discarded the rest so as not to be influenced by other expressions. I fully identify with the Italian classics, into which I integrated a Latin American vision.

I call myself an "Inner Realist" because I want to paint the inside of a person and not his outside. I leave hyperrealism aside. My goal is to capture the feelings, suffering and joy of man, not in desperate situations, but in normal everyday life and with everlasting hope.

In the composition of my works, I don't follow colour or compositional rules, in order not to lose my creative freedom. Seeking overall harmony, clarity of message and unity of the work.

I don't use pure colors, but always add a touch of another color to create mixtures between opposites and complementary colors. I seek and achieve a brilliance of colors, a personal way of combining them in my work. I try to highlight the light, to look around, to play with high resolution, where everything can be seen, even the smallest detail.


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