Uprooted by Pablo Solari (Argentina)

I am the son of Italian immigrants, and my grandparents and my parents came from Italy to Argentina. As often with the memories of those who migrate, they remembered their distant homeland, their happy moments and happy memories. They 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.

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.

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.

I am joining 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, Pablo Solari defined his artistic vocation from a very early age just 4 years old. He began his studies in children’s art workshops, until he decided not to copy anymore. He found himself in his painting, and started to be recognised for his own painting style.

Pablo Solari

He began to study the Classics when aged 13. This took him to his 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.

He identifies 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, above all Pablo Solari specialised in drawing, which is the basis for his works, to the point of not making sketches, but once a work is defined mentally, he puts it directly to canvas. This as an expression of creative freedom, already reasoned, but without following a sketch – which he would consider as copying.

Solari deepens his study of drawing, human anatomy, objects, the incidences of light and dark, light and shadow, in such a way that when painting he does not take an object to paint it, he imagines it, deducting the chromatic and shape influence as a whole. His painting is “Rational”, therefore, and personal. It comes from within, the way he sees it.

Having studied all the styles, Solari took only what interested him technically, not the fundamentals, and discarded the rest, in order not to be influenced by their mode of expression. He fully identifies with the Italian classics, to which he has incorporated a Latin American vision.

He defines himself as an “Inner Realist” because he is seeks to paint the interior of a human being and not the exterior. He leaves aside hyperrealism. Aiming to capture the feeling, suffering and joy of man, not in desperate situations, but in normal everyday life, with everlasting hope.

In the composition of his works, he doesn’t follow colour or compositional rules, in order not to lose his creative freedom. Seeking overall harmony, clarity of message and unity of the work.

In colour, he aims to “play to create colours”, not use pure colours, but always puts a touch of another colour to make mixtures between opposite and complementary. He seeks and achieves a brilliance of colours, a personal way of linking them in the work. He seeks to highlight light, look around, play with high definition, where everything can be seen, even the smallest detail.