In the incessant hunt for a personal, pictorial and independent language, Pardini has followed Severini, Klee, Matisse and Van Gogh in reclaiming the expressive incisiveness of color: like Picasso and Guttuso, he feels the implacable tension between the experimental instance and the attention paid to sentiments, to history, to nature; from his father, a navigator and traveler to faraway countries and islands, he learnt the value of imagination and creative re-enactment, transported by him to enchanted, timeless places, colored by flowers and dreams; his land is that Viareggio peopled by fishermen, covered in pine forests, docks and marinas, fantastic sunsets and sudden gales blowing in from the south-west, a land which instilled in him the love for nature so frequently varied, often serene, at time merciless, but less prohibitive than Viani’s, less dreary than Santini’s, to name but two other great painters from Versilia. An artist who recognizes the centrality of the female form, the custodian of values and emotions, humanizing her mythological and divine traditions (the Muses) and elevating the woman even in her most humble, everyday aspects to nobility. Aspects such as the protective mother, tender companion, patient peasant awaiting her man’s return from the sea.
(Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, province of Lucca 5 January, 1959) is an Italian politician, and was president of the Province of Lucca from 1997 to 2006.
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