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Omar Galliani - Notturno
[In English & Italian]

Edited By Marzia Faietti
November 2008
Mondadori Electa, Milan, Italy
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
142 Pages, Illustrated, 6 1/4 x 8 5/8"
$75.00 Paper Original

Galliani is an established artist, and his style of portraiture combines arresting realism with sensitive technical finesse to seamlessly blur the line between reality and supernatural mindfulness. For the past 30 years, Galliani's experimentation with form has evolved to greater imbibe the "soul" of his subjects within his works. Since the 80s, Galliani has exhibited an almost clairvoyant awareness of rich, spiritual nuances and dynamically combines the serenity of Oriental meditation and mantra with Western spirituality and iconography.

Technically, Galliani uses pencil, pastel and ink in his works, employing the same classic skills of chiaroscuro and sfumato as his forebears Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Tiziano and Michelangelo. Yet through his exploration of form recessing into the canvas, Galliani somehow manages to pluck soulfulness out of the 2 dimensional obscurity of the canvas. Through such experimentation, Galliani injects sensuality into his expressive force, drawing together emotion, eroticism, thought, reflection and a sense of infinite contemplation into the expression and stature of his figuration. Galliani's devotion to the medium of drawing is obviously at the fore of his immaculate pieces, and in the tradition of Leonardo's dedication to perfection in pictorial form; one can sense the artist's relentless pursuit of the art of excellence.

A great proportion of Galliani's works comprise portraits of faces - an anatomical region which both eastern and western traditions and ideologies have understood as being the window to the personality, and indeed the soul. In fact, some deem such a perfect representation of the human form as sinful, and yet Galliani's works emit a saintly glow of bliss and serenity, much like one would sense from a religious icon with its beatific radiance of sublime enlightenment and spirituality. Recalling the sacred and transforming the physical into the esoteric is a rare act of artistic transubstantiation, and it is through Galliani's study and movement through the realms of dream and shadow that such divine talent and creativity emerge. Mystical wisdom, contemporary subject matter and silhouettes of private meditative force tremble with the light and dark contrasts that span human psychology and spirit to present humanity in still entirety.

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