Pascal Pugliese was born in Napoli. His passion for art started at an early age. He received an art diploma at an Art Institute in Napoli.
In 1999 he participated in Art Philadelphia, The International Art Expo in New York, the show La meraviglia dell’arte in Fiesole and personal exhibits in the Spezzacatena showroom in the Montecatini Terme. His work is appreciated in the U.S.A and Europe. In 1994 he was honoured at the Academia of the Abruzzi for scienze and art with a favourable academic honour.
THE MAN AND THE ARTIST
Pascal’s passion for art started at an early age. His family quickly recognized his artistic potential, which he inherited from his grandfather.
When he was ten years old his aunt gave him some books on Cezanne and Michelangelo as a gift. He immediately tried to copy them and then instead of spending his pocket money on toys, like the other children his age, he spent all his money on the necessities for painting from a small shop in his town. When he recalls that shop Pascal can still smell the perfumes of the mixed spices and oils.When he finished middle school he enrolled in the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Napoli where he began to study the Classics, rielaborate some of Leonardo and Michelangelo’s operas using different techniques and studied the Impressionists. In this period he spent time in France to study the Provenzal light.
Between ’90 and 2001 he participated in interesting research in incredible natural environments in South America, painting and enriching his work. This convinces him to change his life style. Too many commitments! Too many worries! 1992 is the year of big change. In Managua, in Nicaragua Pascal meets a man from his region who is already a teacher at the Academy in Rome. This is where he and Pascal create his giant and stunning murals. Pascal insists on finding an amalgamate without chemical elements. He is the man who turns to nature with the kind and attentive soul of one who respects and loves nature. By making it his own he is able to discover his own limits. A change is taking place.
Pascal feels the need to explore new artistic worlds. Sleepless nights and suffering accompany his artistic exploration.
The starting point, the key to everything is once again in nature. Pascal feels a strong and unstoppable need to recreate natural surfaces by mixing various marble powders. It is extremely difficult to mix classic figures and unrefined surfaces. The two, however are part of his history and Pascal stubbornly produces panel after panel that often end up being destroyed by the artist himself. But once again he demonstrates to be a man who makes difficult and emotional decisions, constantly looking for adventure both in his work and his life. It finally pays off. The materials themselves like the marble powders, clays and sand that the artist uses for the surfaces of his paintings are brought to the surface from the depth of his research.
Art gives Pascal the opportunity to help emerge what his years of experience have given to him. It is therefore natural that the artist now brings all his research together with the search for new picturesque surfaces. The painted figures, mostly female, become an integral part of the background with only a few touches of the brush. The artist reveals in an interview by the Japanese magazine ‘Art Pictorial’ (November 2000) that his subject, the woman, is a pretence to represent the natural essence that is in every one of us. It is nature itself stripped of all its prejudice and masks.
The incisions and the graffiti have become Pascal’s arts’ mysterious language. Lately he sustains that ‘the media bombards us with images and writings, texts that bounce off of me because I have a simple mind and can not sustain too much input. So I look at these texts, I strip them of their meaning and then I find them interesting for their texture and image.
I then recycle them into my paintings, transforming them into an art form.’ This mirrors the particular moment that the artist is going through. A change is taking place. Pascal feels the need to explore new artistic worlds. He wants to further probe the present and revisit the Renaissance on an even more modern key. This continuous evolving is what gives Pascal his enthusiasm and desire to express himself and are at the root of his artistic research.