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Born in Avellino, Italy, educated at the prestigious Academy of Fine Art in Florence, the contemporary artist Gianluca Capozzi shows an amazing versatility. Her paintings range from hyper-realism to a kind of minimalist Surrealism to Pop art. Gianluca Capozzi’s artwork offers an archaeology of contemporary life.

If anyone were to discover her works decades or even centuries later, they’d see our societies as they are: fragments of our every day lives, be it enjoying a day at the beach or walking on crowded city streets, on the way to work. But for the modern viewer, her artwork holds unexpected visual surprises that give us–quite literally–a fresh perspective on our daily activities: such as images that are off-center, where the focal point is the people dispersing into the city streets from an empty center or a young woman standing in the foreground with a fire blazing right behind her.

One of my favorites, called Pinup, featured below, captures perfectly the nearly inseparable fetishism–a longstanding cliché of the media machine–between women’s sexual allure and cars.

On the other hand, the painting entitled Office, below, is demurely realist and traditional. In a manner reminiscent of Degas’ voyeuristic framing, the viewer is invited to peek inside our mundane reality of “just another day at the office” as if we were mere external observers to our own everyday lives. This painting effectively defamiliarizes the familiar through its perspective rather than its style.

Finally, the painting entitled Sunday Afternoon, featured below, superposes a black and white image of a man working on his car with whimsical, colorful streaks of color. Both the car and the man have a retro look about them, but the splashes of color framed in white render them very fresh, ornamental and modern.

Gianluca Capozzi has the talent to render the familiar unfamiliar for the viewers of today while also making it more memorable for the viewers of tomorrow. You can see more of Gianluca Capozzi’s contemporary and versatile art on her blogspot, at the link below:

http://www.capozzigianluca.blogspot.com

Claudia Moscovici, postromanticism.com

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