Critical introduction edited by Agora Gallery- New York City- Chelsea
For Italian painter Stefania Nesi, the bond between color and the unconscious is the guiding principle behind the creation of artwork. Nesi points to J.W. Goethe's Theory of Colours as an integral text for her as she explores the psychological impact of color on emotion with her paintings. For Nesi, art is the tool that allows for spiritual contemplation. This philosophy is reflected in her work, as moody combinations of colors in both figurative and abstract forms generate intruiging emotional textures. Hard and soft brushstrokes fill her canvases with rich, primary colors, serving as a backdrop for bright gold figures and flecks, the resulting contrast lending each piece a sense of almost medieval, religious, or monarchical authority. In her own words, she aims to paint, "the invisible mystic that lies inside us."
Stefania Nesi was born and still resides in Italy. In addition to her career as an exhibiting artist, she is a practicing lawyer in Florence.
Agora Gallery- New York City- Chelsea
Critical introduction edited by Massimo Rollino
Managing Director of “SestoIdee”, Institute for Culture and Education of the municipality of Sesto Fiorentino (Florence)
An exhibition dedicated to a young and talented painter, Stefania Nesi, an artist who has the ability to convey strong emotions through the interaction of imagination and colors.
Looking at the paintings you can see how she has managed to harmonize the passion for her message with a technique that expresses the delicacy of moods, producing images that remind us of explosions of inner radiance mixed with conscius nostalgia.
In the 13 paintings on display you can sense a positive energy, ready to pick up ideas and suggestions.
In particular the woman on the catalog's cover is an expression of a deep and refined contemporary painting that goes beyond the ordinary standard, showing a propulsion of ideas expressed with new visual codes.
The common thread that connects her works reveals a tireless pursuit for the harmonization of colors and the fresh immediacy and transparency which belongs to the young painters.
Each painting exhibited plays the role of an experience that explores new artistic boundaries, each stroke of the brush is a new step forward in the boundless space of contemporary art arousing the emotions that only art, in all its true forms is able to give.
A cultural project so complex can only be the result of a great effort.
And for such great effort i thank the artist stefania nesi for this cultural event that has enriched our area.
Managing Director of “SestoIdee”, Institute for Culture and Education of the municipality of Sesto Fiorentino.
Critical introduction edited by Fattori Art Gallery (Florence)
by Patrizia Fattori
“Time and place, confined in an ambiguous and fake reality satisfy neither the sight nor the heart. The impulses we are invested by in front of an artwork have to astonish us, involve us and then fascinate us, otherwise they belong to the ordinary. The body of Renaissance works was a thorough study of perspective and painting technique. Nowadays what reproduces the beauty of reality is photography realized by photo masters. The sensations we should receive from an artwork must take us beyond the reality, make us loose and regain, evoking dreams and places that exceed mot only the reality, but also the common imaginary. In front of a piece by Stefania we ask ourselves: what is there behindbeyond time? And beyond space? And beyond the stars? And these works give us the answer, since there is no deeper space than that painted by Stefania, in which time doesn't exist. There are in these works endless dephts of which can not be touched ever the bottom, either is it a pond, oris it the sky. The dim light and the mist make cathedrals not reachable, while the weeping willow swears blood like Christ from his hands. The backgrounds vibrate, her creatures quiver, everything tells us about the magnificience and splendour of what is not ours, because our own satsfies us, while there are things that we will never have and understand.”
Patrizia Fattori's Art Gallery
Critical introduction edited by Giulia Ballerini
The possibility of a form free from schemes, without any claim of representation of reality was the basis of the research of the Informal painting movement that span through Europe and the world as a response to the crisis generated by the second world war.
Passions, tensions and problems were expressed in the most spontaneous and violent ways as possible, against all the rules untill then accepted by the art world and outside any preconceived scheme.
In the work of Stefania Nesi it is hard to tell if this is a conscious legacy , a deliberate inspiration, or whether it is rather the unconscious assimilation of a process of composition that reminds us of this particoular artistic movement.
The impression we get is that Stefania must have assimilated the works of Pollock, and de Kooning, but the result is very personal interpretation of the informal style.
The result is no longer that of a form defined, and it becomes an expression of her feelings, with little space for rational knowledge.
Certainly crucial to Stefania was the influence of the theories of Rudolf Steiner and of the anthroposophyc movent, a spiritual vision of art, based on the theory of color, filtered by the teachings of the painter Fiorenza De Angelis, one of stefania's former teachers.
Stefania's works are the result of the impulse of the soul, on one hand, and of the outside world on the other. The explosion of colors that the viewer experiences in the works of Stefania Nesi comes like a liberation through a gestural painting made up of many overlapping brushstrokes.
It's the painters expression of an inner need, which comes from inside and revelas its self on the canvas.
It is a creative energy that transposes her feelings in the work. It is, in two words, identity and color, the title of this exibition.
Memories, emotions, moods, spiritual impulses - which define Stefania fluctuations - emerge from these works, reinforced by the subtitles that come in aid of those who watch, as if to provide the keys, the excerpts to the interiority of the artist.
The works, ignited and violent, give the viewer a visually homogeneous and harmonious insight to the artist's world.
Not surprisingly, looking at those paintings brought to my mind the theory of "spirituality in art" by Kandinsky, in which spiritual dimension and the pictorial expression have a close connection.
Kandinsky suggests that colors have a double effect: one physical, based on the registration by the retina of one color rather than another, the other psychic, due to the vibration of a human being's spiritual and psychic forces, by which the color reaches the soul. So, for Stefania Nesi, colors on their paintings are an expression of her inner emotions: like musical notes, driven by the strings of her mind, to form a concerto of sounds.
Critical introduction edited by Gregorio Rossi
“.......Stefania Nesi's pictures only need to be defined as abstract, although in some can be glimpsed fairtale, extremely veiled characters, as the hazy memories of a dream. Extremely particular and personal pictures, together with an emotional abstraction have been interacting for two months with the atmosphere of Palazzo Merati in Venice, Casanova's birthhouse, and with the history within the house, beeing able to interest the visitors, pervaded by the narrative these paintings have been able to transmit eerily....”
Critical Introduction edited by Salvatore Russo
“ A painting that finds its most authentical representation in the informal signs. A painting that explores the mind and projects his innermost thoughts. A painting that reworks the sign and leads it on new paths. This is Stefania Nesi's painting; an artist able to restore order to the disorder of the world.”
Critical Introduction edited by Mariarosaria Belgiovine critic - Director ArtExpo Gallery
Energy of color, chromatic main theme of her emotion when describing moments of meaningful expression. The language becomes essential and follows the unconscious conscious of the insights and energies perceptible "
Mariarosaria Belgiovine, critic - Director ArtExpo Gallery
Critical Introduction Artwork “East Gate”, 2013
Acrylic and golden leaf on canvas, inch 59,05’ x 27,55’x 1,57’
Edited by di Sandro Serradifalco
There is an East Gate enclosed in each of us . It is simply the gateway to all that is fascinating and difficoult to know.
A set of lit golden colors , recalls all the preciousness hidden in the concept of the East seen as a land of riches.
An image of a land that has a sense of antiquity that crashes with the modern concept of the East, seen as a land of frenzy activity or a land where everything gets lost in bloody conflicts
Stefania Nesi embraces and transmits this ancient concept of the East , that is the truest and most faithful to the East seen as the historycal father of the West, a west that is often presuntuous, dressing itself in arrogance and superiority
Stefania Nesi is a painter who searches the dynamics of existence through matter, her art is a refined one, that through technical knowledge and conceptual richness can perfectly render the evocative power of places , moments and memories.
Critical introduction edited by di Sandro Serradifalco,
tratto dalla rivista “Effetto Arte”- Anno 4-numero 6- novembre/dicembre 2014 (pag. 178)-
diretta da Paolo Levi
Paolo Levi, Salvatore Russo, Gregorio Rossi, Giulia Ballerini, Anita Valentini, Roberto Sabatelli, Patrizia Fattori, Massimo Rollino, Agora Gallery New York, Galleria Immagini Spazio Arte Cremona, Maria Rosaria Belgiovine di Arte Expò Gallery, Rosi Ranieri, Dino Marasà.