Tommaso Ottieri. Cosmologie urbane
The latest in a long series of exhibition opportunities – in institutional or private spaces, in Italy and abroad – which since the early 2000s have helped to consolidate the artist’s success is the Tommaso Ottieri exhibition. Urban cosmologies , curated by Gabriele Simongini , marks the further point of arrival of the career of a painter with a simply unmistakable stylistic and iconographic style.
Rome, Prague, Oporto, Naples, Versailles: Ottieri’s poetry moves between the cities of Europe and the sumptuous theaters rich in velvets and gilded stuccos, visions with an authentically Baroque spirit conceived by an artist “Deeply Neapolitan but equally intensely cosmopolitan ”as Simongini defines it. To arrive at the essence hidden behind the appearance of the real Ottieri does not choose the path of minimalism: “I am interested in witnessing the amazing effect of certain architectural atmospheres. I try to make what I paint seem majestic, huge and enveloping “. Attempts that, when the composition is lit by those torrential flows of light of which it has made its trademark, hit the target by aligning, in terms of sumptuous spectacle, his painting from the ancient technique to the most daring and technological experiments of light art that the 1920s of the new millennium are giving us.