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Simon Pasini



Simon Pasini was born in Genoa in 1976. In 1980, when he was only 4 years old, he moved to South Africa with his family, and growing up there, he started cultivating a passion for painting. His early works are watercolour paintings characterised by an attention to detail and the use of light with dramatic cuts. In 1992, he moved back to Italy, where he attended the Art School "James and Pio Manzu" of Bergamo. After graduating, he started working as a restorer, specialising in frescoes and decoration. Throughout the years he exhibited his works at several art galleries and art fairs in Northern Europe.

Simon's main inspiration is Italy and Italian daily life; he depicts spontaneous and mundane actions through a very sharp use of light, learnt from his experience with frescoes.

The famous art critic Wim van der Beek wrote an article about the artist, comparing his art to the one of the Old Masters. Van der Beek writes that Simon is able to capture the light in an outstanding manner in his interiors and city scenes, "in a similar fashion to his celebrated predecessors (such as the Venetian Masters Giorgione, Titian and Veronese)". The critic also praises the highly conscious choices that Simon makes with respect to composition, tone, perspective and atmospheric conditions. About the subject of his paintings, Van der Beek observes that his paintings only show people who seem to be unaware to be there, not posing, just engrossed in their daily activities, and his brush does not focus on "predictably beautiful things", but on concidental everyday objects in a 'frozen moment'.

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