Buongiorno is an artist who prefers to be known under the pseudonym like Banksy. Being born near Venice, the influence of Venetian art, together with his studies of architecture and art history show a strong presence in his artwork. With his belief that the past embodied in the architectural heritage provides the sort of environment indispensable to a balanced and complete life, his work encompasses historic cities and daily life in them.
His work grew out of city streets and squares, reflecting his view that the architectural heritage is a capital of irreplaceable spiritual, cultural, social and economic value. By portraying the historic heritage, he is unlocking the traditional approach to "vedute art" used in Canaletto’s etchings of the 18th century in a new form. But with his artworks being created in 21st century, Buongiorno is successively exploring the connections between art, technology and history, remaining unphased in creating an aesthetic, poetic and visual shock.
Culture, artists, memory and heritage are priority targets to erase the soul of people and country through inhuman exaction. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the world has suddenly become tense and bipolar similar to the period before the devastating WW1 at the beginning of 20th century. The artist's latest collection is dedicated to Ukraine and its brave nation. It is not about the war itself, it is about the catastrophe that people are going through and preservation of their national heritage and culture.
While photorealism is a genre of painting that resembles a photograph, Buongiorno takes a different approach. The artist follows the aesthetic principles of photorealism, but instead of creating a photo-like painting, he does the opposite. By transforming a photo into a monochrome form and adding a "hint or a splash of colour" he is creating a new modern creation. He joins a reactionary movement stemming from the ever-increasing and overwhelming abundance of photographic media, which has grown into such a massive phenomenon that it is threatening to lessen the value of imagery in art.
With the emphasis on dramatic effect of the artwork, artist chooses a 'classic' light French Sienna neutral background, adding a sketch look, that together with intricate, repeated use of the third colour produces rich textures with bold and sometimes softer "vernis mou" style contrasts of light and shadow. Basically, the artist is stripping a photo and building a new artwork on a skeleton. Thereby, he is creating a symbiosis between photography and fine art.
There is a limited number of artwork for sale. All the Giclée prints on archival paper are Collectable Limited Edition Prints. To increase the collecting value, each edition is limited to ten prints, hand signed, numbered and dated. For each purchased edition, one artist proof, E.A (‘épreuve d'artiste’), is printed to review and adjust colour, contrast, and saturation. These print is kept by the artist as a record in an archival box. Artwork is shipped in a large mailing tube and recommended frame size is 50 by 70 cm.
The artist's oeuvre consists of several collections—cycles of artwork like Cityscapes - Streets of Europe, Paris Bleu, Roma Viola, Royal London, Venezia Gialla, Firenze Rossa, Angkor Legacy, Saffron Siam and others. Each cycle consists of a series of ten to thirty works in a particular colour scheme.
Some of artists artworks have already found their way into private collections of those who consider assembling his collections a fantastic choice for investing funds, being aware that purchasing artworks is a ticket to a steady financial stratosphere.
The architectural heritage provides a wealth of material for explaining and comparing forms and styles and their applications. Today when visual appreciation and first-hand experience play a decisive role, it is essential to keep alive the evidence of past achievements in a modern art form.
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