New York artist Davide Balliano’s work has a practice and wisdom about it that is characteristic of a senior artist. Soulfully complex, whether graphic or physical it is self assured and assertive in a delicate manner. So when his info simply states ‘Born in Torino, Italy 1983’, at 32 you know that this artist is bound for a magnificent life.
His shapes are refined; contextually historical he pares back all the embellishment until they become one perfect singular form. Representative of the spiritual and the architectural, defining qualities of humanity, and so not surprisingly the dialogue in his exhibition between the paintings and sculpture is robust and electric. It’s like being present at a conversation between your favourite minds both past and present.
Charged with emotive patina his surfaces are worked or nourished creating a life-force of their own. Baseboard, linen, brick, wood are exposed, layered with gesso, scraped back, or oiled and aged. A festival of the human touch their strict linear exercises are disrupted scratched and smudged with the DNA of antiquity. Blessed are we to engage with the work of Davide Balliano.