Marco Battaglini is a fine artist hailing from Verona, Italy. Throughout his artistic career, Battaglini has maintained a complex working-concept of reality, approaching it from its basis in perception and coming into close proximity with the multidimensionality of being; his purpose has been to expose the contradictions intrinsic to human existence while demonstrating the power of imagination through his view of the reality that surrounds us – a reality that sometimes insists on playing tricks on our perceptions. This is an artist that devotes special attention to the notions of time and space, viewing them as fictitious entities and showing us that their worth and weight in our daily lives are actually quite relative. This modus operandi of snatching reality away and giving it back to us in the form of art gives us the opportunity to see reality from another perspective. Battaglini’s insistence on laying bare the inherent relativity of our lives is a fundamental characteristic of the work featured in this publication; these compositions capture the very essence of an artist whose desire to shatter the conventions of perceivable reality seems linked to a passion for art and his interest in diverse genres. In this fashion, the artist projects a personal universe capable of submerging us in reflection on diverse issues, ranging from the concept of artistic expression to the notion of individual human existence.
His ARTPOPCLASSIC series captures the main characteristic of Battaglini’s work, specifically the inclusion of elements drawn from classic art alongside elements drawn from Pop art - an inter-textual puzzle rich with references. Battaglini’s fascination with art and artists, artistic movements, techniques and concepts has led him to develop a keen ability to conceive of the coexistence of diverse artistic styles and realities in a single composition. His work reflects the artistic influences that he has received throughout his life. Having entered art school, he studied the traditional canon, repeating and copying traditional referents for years, until this process was completed with the study of art history, where the artist acquired a particular interest in the avant-garde movements of the 20th century, especially surrealism. This interest is now reflected in his art, primarily the way in which, as Breton would say in the Second Surrealist Manifesto, the past and the future cease to contradict each other; they form parts of the same scene and come together to show us reality from a more distant viewpoint. Yet Battaglini’s is nevertheless a post-modern take on surrealism, as evidenced by the manner in which he juxtaposes diverse elements in order to achieve a unified whole.
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