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Paolo Salvati

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Paolo Salvati

Rome, 22 February 1939 - 24 June 2014
Artist among the twentieth century Italian Masters, exponent of expressionist painting, portraitist, miniaturist, luthier and restorer of gold and silver wood leaf frames.
He devoted his life to art and adopted a severe style firmly anchored to traditional values but his works show an unique style as well. He was deeply inspired by artists like Lorrain, Poussin, Turner, Lautrec, Monet, Van Gogh, Munch while maintaining his artist’s sensitivity and being present in his own time.
Through colour he found the lyric redemption from rationalistic and scientific intrusion; free from academic formalisms he painted invented subjects, he created the different series of works: Pietra Blu (Blue Stone) since 1973, Sogni di Primavera e d’Estate (Spring and Summer Dreams) since 1974, Alberi Blu (Blue Trees) from 1973 to 2011,
Fronde Rosse (Red Fronds) from 1993 to 2002 and Unica (Unique) in 2010.
He was recognized Illustrious Citizen in 2005 for artistic merits, decorated Knight O.M.R.I. in 2012, Knight of Merit S.M.O.C.S.J. (branch of Spain) post mortem in 2016.

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Paolo Salvati (born 22 February 1939 in Rome - 24 June 2014 in Rome) was an Italian painter.



Paolo Salvati was born in Rome on February 22, 1939, in a house on Via Labicana. Expressionist painter, from 1967 exhibited a series of works in oil on canvas throughout cities in Sardinia such as Cagliari, Oristano, Bosa, Ghilarza, Paulilatino until 1969. Since 1970 he participated in exhibitions of plastic and figurative art in the church Trinità dei Monti and in Galleria Colonna renamed Galleria Alberto Sordi in Rome.


He painted subjects figment of the imagination, such as Pietra Blu (English: Blue Stone) in 1973 and 1974, Sogni di Primavera d’Alta Montagna (English: Spring Dreams in High Mountain) in 1974, d’Estate (English: In Summer) in 1975, the paintings Alberi Blu (English: Blue Trees) in 1980, and Montagna Gialla (English: Yellow Mountain) in 1991; subsequently created a series called Fronde Rosse (English: Red Fronds) in 1993, 1994, and 2000. He also realized landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. He used the techniques colours oil on canvas, gouache, pastels, acrylic, and personally prepared canvases and frames which were used in his works.


From 1977 to 1993 he worked as a portrait painter in Piazza Navona in Rome; he used pastels on paper, oil on canvas painting miniatures depicting Roman monuments and landscapes of fantasy, produced numerous portraits also oil on canvas.


Expert in designing and making frames on wooden base, research techniques to the preparation of adhesives or for the application of real gold and silver leaf. His passion for guitar music concert lead him to engage in lute making.


He became closer with painter and his maternal uncle Gabriele Patriarca, and with Rinaldo Caressa (artist), Roberto Venturoni (painter and sculptor), Alessandro Sbardella (painter, poet, and actor), with whom he shared some of the exhibitions, such as 100 painters Margutta and paint-off demonstration.


In the summer of 1993 he left Piazza Navona due to the encounters with a collector of works of art Don Agostino Chigi Albani della Rovere (1929–2002).


In the 1990 he won first prizes in different editions of paint-off: in December 1996 he received the prize Artitalia at the Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Galleria l’Agostiniana in Rome; in 1995 he exposed the painting Scogliera in Notturno (English: Reef at Night) oil on canvas 50×60; in August 2000 he was awarded the first prize at the fourth edition of the competition of paint-off of Anticoli Corrado with a 50×60 oil on canvas painting depicting La Fonte Vecchia (English: The Old/Ancient Fount/Spring); between November 2000 and January 2001 he performed at the Galleria Gesù e Maria in Via del Corso in Rome, at the beginning with a solo exhibition then participated in the exhibition of painting and sculpture “Jubilee Events in time and in the present” organized in order to celebrate the closing of the Great Jubilee.


On 13 December 2005 is recognized illustrious citizen from the Lazio region.


In 2006 Salvati met the critic Andrea De Liberi and his biography appeared in the journal Cultura published by Istituto Europeo delle Politiche Culturali ed Ambientali.

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