Born of Fire: The Pyrographic Art of Carlo Proietto

Top Quote Chelsea's Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Italian, Pyrography artist Carlo Proietto in Born of Fire: Carlo Proietto / a Solo Exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled to run from December 23, 2011 through January 12, 2012 (opening reception: Thursday, December 29, 2011). End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) December 16, 2011 - Carlo Proietto's contemporary creations in monochrome or slightly alternating colors feature culturally loaded vignettes of a graphic and distinctly European pop sensibility. Wavering between complex, half-hidden symbolism and figuration, the artist invokes spiritual and indigenous iconography to develop a personal and inter-cultural visual language concerning pain, ritual, spectacle and the plight of modern man in contemporary society. Using classic pyrography - the burning of designs into wood or fabric with a heated tool or flame - Proietto's carefully composed scenes feature stark graphics whose slight modulations in hue create a clean and equalizing effect within the visual plane. The author of two books on the subject, Proietto's passion for fire contributes to his commitment to raise up pyrography from a minor to major art form.

    Carlo Proietto was born in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy in May 1976 and currently lives in Foggia, Italy. He graduated from the Italian Academy of Fine Arts in 2002.

    Exhibition Dates: December 23, 2011 - January 12, 2012
    Reception: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
    Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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    About the Exhibition:
    Celebrate the holiday season by bringing the warmth and energy of the Mediterranean to your day through art that will stay with you for a lifetime. This winter, Agora Gallery is proud to present two exhibitions that will brighten your weeks and leave you full of optimism and wonder. Born of Fire: Carlo Proietto / a Solo Exhibition presents the work of a talented Italian artist whose medium of choice is classical pyrography. He uses fire and intense heat to create his intriguing artworks in a way that shows why this unusual medium deserves to become part of the contemporary art world. Evocative, powerful and bursting with vitality, the works combine a realistic perspective on the present with determined hope for the future. Equally inspirational is the art of The Odyssey Within: an Exhibition of Fine Art by Greek and Italian Artists, which embraces the rich potential of the world and encourages its audience to share the same enthusiasm for the hidden aspects of what we see. Poignantly personal yet appealing universal, these works will find echoes in viewers' own experiences and journeys.

    Featured Artists:
    The Odyssey Within: an Exhibition of Fine Art by Greek and Italian Artists
    Vito Aroma | Fausto Arrighi | Fulvio Biancatelli | Perry Bianchini |
    Nietta d''Atena | Ermeti Martina | Mara Fabbro | Veronica Ghio | Maurizio Giarnetti | Guglielmi Giovanni | Giovanna Granṇ | Paola Guerra |
    Antonis Hambas | Maria Kavvou-Vlataki | Lisa Londi | Luciana Manelli | Vito Matera | Ilde Maurizi | Joshef Matè | Monica Morganti | Armida "Pupa" Nardi | Palma Nasoni | Inna Orlik | Bruno Pozzi | Adolfo Pretorino | Luciano Primavera | Alessio Ranaldi | Floriana Rigo

    Born of Fire: Carlo Proietto / a Solo Exhibition
    Carlo Proietto

    About Agora Gallery
    Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City's Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Gallery II, an elegant adjacent gallery space, gives artists the ideal area for a solo or group exhibition of their own, organized and publicized by Agora Gallery. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

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