From 15 April to 15 May 2022 the personal exhibition Maurizio Pierfranceschi will be open to the public in the Greenhouse of the Botanical Garden of Rome . For the vegetable garden .
The exhibition marks the last chapter of a long journey, which began almost forty years ago with "The man and the tree", his first painting, almost a very precocious declaration of poetics, which Pierfranceschi has never disregarded and which covered all his work with three cornerstones: nature, culture and architecture.
The Botanical Garden, which for the artist embodies better than any other place "the harmony between nature, human beings and architecture", is the perfect setting for this cycle of paintings that evoke the classic themes of his poetics: the relationship between man and nature, the cyclical nature of life, the system that regulates the phases of the earth and the life of women and men.
22 paintings , all made between 2018 and 2022, "designed" specifically for this place, with a common thread that unites them, as underlined by botany and university professor Giulia Caneva in the catalog, "nature, human restlessness and its essence spiritual".
The protagonists in the works on display are the plant elements, such as the "large grasses", which become architecture of evocative landscapes illuminated by a livid and unreal light, in which the human figures lose their centrality, resized in favor of the gigantic tree structures: the faces, genders, physiognomic traits, while the psychological insights of individuals, their intellectual dimension and their spiritual essence shine through. Here and there also angels appear, superhuman entities bearers of the divine message who share with man features and limitations of the body, but also animals, anthropomorphic apes.