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Fulvio Di Piazza

Bonelli ArteContemporanea

At first glance, the paintings of Sicilian artist Fulvio Di Piazza seem like precise pictorial representations of a forest whose density is accentuated by a strong, direct light that isolates every detail within an extremely crowded woodland scene. Then, as soon as we focus and enter the picture visually—as if we were walking right into the midst of the forest—things change, and the tree trunks, leaves, and animals that populate the paintings suddenly shift register. They are transformed into something unexpected: The trees have eyes instead of knots, as in Per guardarti meglio (The Better to See You With; all works 2006) and Vigilante sonnolente (Drowsy Watchman); the shapes of the trunks are at times anthropomorphic, as in the chopped-down tree that appears to scream in Spettatore interessato (Interested Spectator); the animals seem venomous and threatening in their gaudy plumage. This

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