Nunzio Di Stefano

Galleria L'Attico

Nunzio Di Stefano’s work, previously little known, moves through the fields of painting and sculpture, drawing ambiguities rather than firm certainties from both. Here he showed 11 large painted sculptures, vaguely naturalistic plaster forms which allude to tree bark detached from the trunk, to seashells of abnormal size, to chips of corroded stone. The analogy to nature is basic. Di Stefano’s procedure is one of impressions, traces, and marks; he does not work in full relief or through the exploration of volume, but smooths the skin of sculpture. Evoking a body that slips out of sight, he lets the surface emerge illusionistically, and only from a frontal view.

The colors are also taken from an organic palette, that of the mineral and marine world—aquamarine, amethyst, emerald, smoky black, charcoal, tinny gray, swampy green. Very dilute tempera is applied with extreme casualness. The artist

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