Claudio Angelini

Venice and New York are two cities difficult to reconcile. Lucio Fontana was able to connect them with his works in copper that create vivid reflections almost like special effects. Another Italian artist who has succeded in this task, with his own painting technique made of soft touches and forays into Impressionism, is Tony Zanardi who finally introduces his work to the world after years of working silently in the "foyer" of his life. The artist is able to surround his subjects with a protective smokescreen of sensuality - sensual are his female nudes but also his sweetly languid potraits of cities and landscapes, appearing to the viewer scantily dressed and frail almost like after intercourse. All of a sudden, the high waters in Venice, the waters of the Volga River, the dunamic skies of New York all resemble each other. All his landscapes and still lives become like bodies, lightly touched by a tremulous dream igniting desire. The most meaningful painting in Zanardi's exhibition is perhaps "Thought" which reveals an inverse metamorphosis - a beautiful girl seems to transmute into a city traveler who needs to be  captured by his subjects while he captures us, the viewers, with his magical images. Let us experience and meditate on them together, dreaming.

Claudio Angelini