Characterized by its liveliness and particularity, Angelo Maisto’s watercolors unclose a whole new world of imagination and interpretation. Among typical animals and well-known plant species, the tiny unique creatures appear. With legs made of clothespins, a walnut or a teaspoon instead of the head and a pendant like a tail, these peacefully standing beasts serve as a reminder of the things that do not belong to the natural world. The things that came there as guests from the human universe.
Nonetheless, they are the real protagonists, the characters re-created by Maisto with forgotten, unused objects, victims of consumerism, that reflect infinite replacement and do not anticipate recycling.
The artist breathed life into a new natural order (which was defined by the art critic Valerio Dehò as "Codex Maisti") by reassembling and reconstituting in unusual and unexpected ways everyday objects.
The artwork is framed.
Angelo Maisto. Naturalia, Palazzo Conti Martini, Mezzocorona (TN) 2017
Angelo Maisto. Diakosmesis, curated by Valerio Dehò, Palazzo Mezzacapo Maiori (SA) 2017
LITTLE THINGS by Angelo Maisto, Blu Gallery (BO), February - March 2018
M. Palasciano, V. Dehò, Il Pipacottero e altre creature, Bologna, Blu Gallery Artecontemporanea ed edizioni d’Arte Bologna, 2018, p. 23
C. Nacci, Naturalia, Palazzo Conti Martini, Mezzocorona (TN) 2017V. Dehò, Diakosmesis, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI), ed. Grafica Metelliana, 2017, p. 15
by Davide Raffaelli