Following in the footsteps of the great masters of the past, the tradition of classical and romantic nineteenth-century painting that evolves into a figurative language relives in the beautiful works of art of master Ivan Pili, whilst the segno runs fast and decisive in the graphic ability from suffused values and chiaroscuro effects in an authentic interpretation of reality with an evocative descriptive realism.

Thus in his paintings there is a dive into the past, a taste of nostalgic painting in an antique coating in demonstration of the author's desire to overcome the constraints and fashions of modern times to relive the thrill of a glorious past, rich in nostalgia and steeped in both sacred and secular significance.

The essence of Caravaggio is manifested in the constant search for chiaroscuro effects that stand out in the encompassing and suffused light that shines in the intense portraits, where the romantic emphasis traces a bright coloring in its portraiture, between light coloristics and transparencies that render the painting exquisitely  modern, of great lyrical intensity with an almost photographic cut, whilst undergoing a transition towards a dreamy dimension in which images give way to memory.

The illustrious influence of late neoclassical is evident in the painting style of Ivan Pili, recreating in the footsteps of the Venetian Francesco Hayez a stylistic mode of great realist suggestion and noble pathos in the bright coloring of Venetian descent, where high formal synthesis and construction based on chiaroscuro effects is highlighted, that particular soft light that modulates the forms in their entirety. Through his artistic sensibility, it is clear that Ivan Pili has mastered the executive ability to stop time in its history, evoking periods, moments that narrate historical subjects in diversified styles.

This important journey of art, without which today we could not comprehend his artistic creativity, inspires him to create paintings that recall the hyper-realistic vein, taking care of the graphic and coloristic minutiae to give images a visual impression of a descriptive and natural realism, while the author takes us into the evocative dimension for understanding the meaning of life.

So then, they appear in the enchantment of reality, visions of remembered characters in a silent dialogue with nature, with the animal world, portraits of tender faces in the innocence of children and the harmonious figure of a woman, between clear springs of water, arousing a sense of wonder, as if it were a mystery to be discovered in its intimacy.Everything blends into the light in the paintings of Ivan Pili to grasp with extreme caution and with the maximum sensitivity that certain point of light, that exact gradation of tone, that vibration in the atmosphere, whilst dragging ancient embroideries into the light of  an open window.

That's why the images of Ivan Pili gradually evolve into visions of dreamlike beauty, towards an ideal logos of emotions, through the alchemy of earthy tones of green musk and soft blues, in the surrender to the forces of dream and the unconscious in spiritual escapism. In this way, the images open passages to the air, to the light, and together they make up forms and shapes that gradually express purity in brightness. And the light interprets not only the physical aspect, but translates lyrical feelings, where the same representation of the subject takes on an existential meaning, sensing what the senses cannot perceive.

Here lies the charm in the paintings of master Ivan Pili: the pictorial language captures the lyrical transfiguration of the real symbols and allusions of life, the invisible and the secret of anything, where nature enters the framework filtered, and therefore savored without constraint to sense the primary need for dialogue with nature, intended also and above all as an illusion, alienation, magic, in which pure poetry hovers.


Carla d’Aquino Mineo