Daniel Pitín

Charim Galerie

Artistic explorations of cinematic conventions have grown to become their own field. The canvases of Daniel Pitín, a painter born in Prague in 1977, are steeped in cinematography. “My work begins in front of the monitor,” the artist has said. “I watch different films and wait for a scene to capture me. I like rather undetermined situations, just fragments of whatever story. A movement, a scream, a fall . . . .” Once a moment has been extracted, Pitín paints an unflinching, obsessive, magical picture. He evokes the Hollywood myths conveyed by the great storytellers of American cinema, but he fragments their settings, dissolving them into intangibility. The paintings are created by adding and subtracting layers, by retouching and blurring the pictorial reminiscences of movies.

More recently, however, Pitín has started to paint against the illusion of the very kind of cinema that had long been

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