contemporary romantic painter. Why?
Often I have been considered as a "contemporary romantic painter".
Here you can find two articles that explain why. Both have been
published in the New York art magazine ARTisSpectrum.
Mazzoldi’s beautiful acrylic paintings, dubbed “Contemporary
Romanticism”, are an epic journey into distant realms of the
consciousness: She possesses a tactile and forthright approach to
painting that features skilful modeling of light and shadow that often
appears to virtually lift the subjects from off the canvas. Feminine
beauty, coming of age, and life simple pleasures and subtle mysteries
are fertile subject matter for Mazzoldi. Her oeuvre includes sensitively
crafted still-lifes and figural studies, which are contrasted by other
works that present cryptic allegories near approaching the ploys of
Surrealism. These latter works show Mazzoldi at the height of her
creativity, employing fascinating ciphers and soulful posturing to
explore a concept without overt storytelling. This slight premeditated
disconnect allows room for interpretation by the viewer, while allowing
the works to remain deeply captivating and unforgettable. “I can
transmit through my paintings the images, emerging from my subconscious
mind as an inexhaustible source of experiences, stories and paths,”
Mazzoldi explains. Stylistically her work has been influenced greatly by
the Old Masters; while in content her own internal reflections and
extensive travels throughout such far-flung locales as Germany, India
and Cyprus have been inspirational. Aurora Mazzoldi has exhibited in her
native Italy and also on an international level in Hungary, Germany,
Austria, Spain, Argentina and the United States. Mazzoldi lives and
works in Arco di Trento, Italy.
elegiac works of Aurora Mazzoldi address the balance between memory and
loss, longing and absence, and the knowledge that the grace of being
human lies in the ability to both mourn and commemorate our experiences.
She is an artist bravely addressing the human condition without despair
or criticism; acceptance accompanies the mood of sadness in these
Her subjects present themselves to us unadorned by
defenses; they stare back at us, inhabiting a space in which the
background seems to spread forward in deep, earthly colors, and where
the sense of melancholy fuelled by desire is strong. When there are no
people present in her works, this sense of melancholy is even greater,
for Mazzoldi has brilliantly chosen two iconic objects which strike
chords of absence for us—flowers and an unworn hat. Throughout her
works, Mazzoldi reiterates the importance of these two objects as living
symbols. The absence of people, replaced by hats, and remembered by
flowers—this is where Mazzoldi’s paintings convey her theme: the pain of
loss alleviated by the palliative of love: The impermanence, yet
importance, of human connection pervades these striking works.
second motif in Mazzoldi’s painting is the intently staring eyes of her
subjects. Whether in melancholy or innocent joy, or even closed in
sleep, Mazzoldi exuberantly announces her faith in the eyes as windows
to the soul. In canvases dominated by dark browns with slight touches of
gold, eyes are often the only source of life to be found. Mazzoldi is
asking that we acknowledge both the pain and joy of being human, and yet
for all the unavoidable burdens of memory which these paintings
suggest, there is no despair in these works. Even in melancholy, hope
burns brightly here, quite literally emanating from the eyes. If the
talismans of hat or flowers are the theme, then eyes tell the stories in
Mazzoldi’s dreamlike paintings: it’s there that we take in the world:
We grow, Aurora Mazzoldi is telling us in her paintings, from innocence
to experience, and from experience to knowledge.