Silvio Porzionato was born in Italian Piedmont in 1971. Trained in Fine Arts, he began his career as chief designer of an important Italian company and learned about photography.
After traveling the world, Silvio decided to settle in his native village to devote himself solely to painting.
His first exhibition in 2007 earned him the Mondadori Prize and then was selected for the Venice Biennale in 2011.
Consecration came quickly with orders from the Museum of Urban Art of Turin and especially the acquisition of 112 paintings by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Sicily in 2013.
Although borrowing from the rules of portraiture, the immense faces which he makes his signature seek more to probe feelings, emancipated from the conventional framework of representation, to give free rein to a fictional and dreamlike interpretation.
This look seems to have been taken on the spot, like a stolen photo?
This is because the artist is also a photographer and knows how to capture the fleeting moment which reveals solitude, joy, surprise, the expression of interiority, life itself.
Silvio Porzionato’s figurative approach is fundamentally humanist, through his imaginary realism he paints faces as one fights against forgetting, against the standardization and the negation of the face to face imposed by totalitarianism.
From a particular face, the artist seeks to draw the universal, and through a mirror effect makes us discover that we are not alone in being alone.
As a figurative painter keen on photography, he knows the dramatic intensity monochrome can bring by guiding the eye towards the essential.
He tactfully masters this technique of grisaille which frees the subject from the rhetoric of color, emphasizing the variations and nuances of skin tone.
The visual power of black and white is unrivaled for expressing contrast and depth.
It gives a form of authenticity, a timeless dimension and effectively helps us to go beyond the simple contemplation of forms.
A great traveler, Silvio Porzionato has recently participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions in Hong Kong, Miami, Chicago, London, Paris, Bogotá, New York, Seoul and Istanbul.