"Art exists because life is not enough"
Mauro Fornasero was born in 1964 and he is an architect. He began to draw and paint since he was a child; in the last 15 years he undertakes a new language more inclined to the expression of the sensations, for the use of the strong colors, of the dynamism of the lines, and of the constant reference to the urban environment, to the “cubist” geometry, in this he was influenced by his university studies. He also expresses with the use of color and line his personal interpretation of Sicilianity, using in some works the main symbols of Sicily. Thanks to all this he maintains his own recognizable style, even with the combination of more detailed and “realistic” elements, to other stylized, even in an ironic way.
In addition to paintings, he expresses his creativity by decorating wooden objects, vases and more. Fornasero is also an excellent photographer. He has exhibited in several collective and personal exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad, and has had several publications, awards and recognitions, both for painting and photography.
“Art is the only thing that makes me feel good, takes me away from my problems, renders me “alive”, fulfilled, and I’m glad that these feelings are transmitted and received as I had intended them to be.”
The opinion of the Governance
In the works of Mauro Fornasero – architect, painter, decorator, photographer – we find that “excess of identity” of which Gesualdo Bufalino wrote about a Sicily with a thousand souls and a thousand faces (“L’isola plurale” “The Island plural”).
And that’s how, icons of Sicilianity – prickly pears, cart wheels, paladins, oranges and lemons – coexist in happy union with contemporary urban landscapes and cubist geometries. Above all, color dominates unchallenged, with the unmistakable colors that tell, better than a thousand words, the emotions, passions and contradictions of our Island plural.
Eliana Calandra, Madrina of Traditions