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ALVARO PETRITOLI

Original ink and mixed media paintings on paper

After completing a first class honours degree in Humanities at La Sapienza University in Rome, Alvaro moved to London where he studied for a second degree in Fine Art at Central St Martin’s. Since then, he has been painting professionally for the last 17 years. 


Alvaro is an inventive artist, constantly experimenting and exploring with inks and mixed media. He has a scientific approach to his work whilst mastering his chosen medium, combined with a powerful imagination.  He may see a landscape and figures in a fragment of an abstract ink composition.  This results in a unique and ever-evolving world of endless possibilities, filled with dreams and fairytales.

"I have been working with Art Movement since 2014. This partnership has unfolded with many exciting and unimaginable possibilities.  The scale, scope and new array of themes are the manifestation of this inspiring dialogue and collaboration.

The pleasure of drawing, flashes of enlightenments and half forgotten memories find a meeting point in these images often organised in series. Viewers are invited to envisage their own path through this elusive network of symbolic images.

They spontaneously surface from my subconscious but they are also carefully planned in their execution. Each piece emerges from a continuous process of layering, erasure and reprocessing. The aim has been to evoke something atmospheric and symbolic in nature. Just as life is a continuous process of enquiry and revelation, each individual piece attempts to transmit this into a corporeal form.

Colours and marks are often bleached off to represent a void where microcosms turn into macrocosms and vice versa. To create this network of miniatures and images , I employ a variety of approaches including paper laminating, alternative photographic processes, wax treatment alongside acrylics, oils and watercolour."