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Quomodo descendit imber et inebriat terram

Gold, acrylics, digital painting and print on D-Bond, 2022

The artwork refers to Isaiah 55:10-11, quoted in Latin in the title. The visual representation takes inspiration from Danae in art history. The link between the two is based on the image of rain falling from the sky as a symbol of fertility: it’s golden rain sent by Zeus to impregnate Danae in one case, and rain and snow falling from the sky to fertilize earth as the word of God is sent to achieve its purpose among men. The male body is investigated with the same canons and topoi traditionally used for women, reversing gender roles and interpretating reality from a different perspective.

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Fuso Sanguine. Giovanni Battista

Ink Wash, casein paint, digital on D-Bond, 2022

The head of John The Baptist. Blood becomes gold brush strokes, emblem of the elevation to God during the experience of death. John The Baptist is serene in accepting his destiny.

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Ne infernorum ictibus graventur

Digital, 2022

Lest they be burdened with the blows of hell. Quote from Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, a manuscript collection of devotional texts.
Freeing ourselves from our burdens.

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De Sacramento Ordinis

Casein paint, enamel, acrylics, molding paste and digital painting on D-Bond, 2020

The Sacrament of (ecclesiastical) Order.
Bounding ourselves to a higher cause, represented by the white (purity) collar and the upward tension of the leash, and being ready to bear the sufferings related to it, represented by bruises, on the cheeks for emotional commitment, and on the back for physical commitment.

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Casein paint, enamel and digital painting on D-Bond, 2020

Repenting as an act of healing. The hand represents the conforting Divinity, gold as the healing wounds on the male figure’s back. The wounds can represent the punishing power of the Divinity, and also the grieving but educational experiences sent by it.

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Exsultabunt Ossa Humiliata

Casein paint, acrylic and digital painting on D-Bond, 2020

The bones that have been humbled shall rejoice – Psalm 50 (51).
The experiences of suffering are educational in life and strenghten the soul. Grief can build stronger sympathy with the world around us, and teach us how to feel and understand emotions on a deeper level.

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Accipe vestem candidam

Markers, pencil, resin, glitter, digital manipulation on D-Bond, 2019

“Accipe vestem candidam, quam pérferas immaculatam… ut habeas vitam ætérnam”.

Receive this white robe, which you may wear without blemish… to have eternal life.

Because of original sin, man found himself naked, devoid of that spirit that enveloped and covered him. A spirit symbolized by a white, luminous garment that covers nudity, a sign of human misery.

It is during the sacrament of Baptism that we solemnly receive this new garment, dressing with Christ and returning to the pre-existence: “You have clothed yourselves with Christ”, says St. Paul.

This is the time of transformation, which the artist wants to express in the work “Accipe vestem candidam” with a game of metaphors, where the dressing is figured, not intended as a real material garment, but rather as a breath, a divine air that envelops, covering human nakedness with a gold that illuminates and strengthens.

The centrality of the symbolism of the baptismal garment as a metaphor, which we find in Saint Paul, is assumed and interpreted by the artist not as a passage from impure to pure, but as the splendor of the divine: no sadness transpires from the face of the baptized, but a great peace and a desire to continue to shine with spiritual splendor throughout earthly existence, to earn eternal life, as Cyril of Jerusalem teaches.

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Cerne ligatos fune peccatorum

Digital and resin on D-Bond, 2019.

Cerne Ligatos Fune Peccatorum – from Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, a manuscript collection of devotional texts. The artworks represents men bounded (ligatos) by the rope of sin (fune peccatorum), standing in front of Virgin Mary to be seen by her forgiving eye.

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Ex corpore

Charcoal, pencil, digital manipulation; 2018

An excursus into the most intimate and powerful area of ​​Catholic mysticism. We can thus define the work “Ex Corpore”, a painting that draws its inspiration from religious ecstasy and, even more so, from the involvement of body and spirit during transverberation. An eternal moment, brief but infinite, in which God is reached as universal Love, as the beginning and end of everything, of ourselves, of our materiality and spirituality.

The artist intends precisely to photograph that moment, to immortalize it or make it immortal, even in the transience of the world. The Wound of Love, as transverberation at the highest level is called, is literally interpreted as a laceration of the flesh, just as Saint Teresa of Avila describes it. No blood comes out of the wound, but our interiority, our self that becomes the world, in a universality surrounded by the love of God.

In the end, this is the message that the artist sends us from his ‘Ex Corpore’: God is love, “Love that moves the sun and the other stars”, “… spiritual union of the soul and the thing loved “, Of the soul with God and of God with his sons.