A painter who manages to construct and fully convey spatial depth, especially in the sky and distance. Exhibition and book are edited by Vittorio Sgarbi.
Giorgio Ortona is a painter with a considerable gestural force and pressing rhythm. He seems to constantly break up the cityscape and redefine its basic coordinates from a starting point of great emotional subjectivity. Ortona’s landscapes are never objective but reconstructed from unusual standpoints; they are reinvented and overlapped using intensely emotional spatial harmonies and discords, all in a vibrant painting style consisting in sudden shifts. According to Antonio Lopez Garcia, he succeeds in “building a perception of depth, especially in the sky and distance. The dark tones in the foreground, the hints of green in the grass, the concordance between those bright yellows and all the luminous colours suggest nature and distance, all the distance between the landscape and the artist.”
Born in Tripoli (Libya) in 1960, Giorgio Ortona lives and works in Rome.