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In Conversation With: Paolo Del Gallo Di Roccagiovine

We are thrilled to share with you our interview with Paolo del Gallo di Roccagiovine. As part of our "In Conversation With" column, the young roman artist is taking us in a magical world of exotic plants and animals while talking about his new experiences as he enters the art world, as well as his advice for emerging artists.
20th November 2020 | Image Curators Advisory
Paolo del Gallo, Untitled, 2017, engraving on paper, 15 x 20 cm. Courtesy: The Artist
Paolo, You Recently Had Your First Solo Exhibition In Rome, Could You Talk About It? How Do You Feel?
I worked for two years in the Galleria del Cortile owned by Luce Monachesi in via del Babbuino, Rome, to evaluate the last act of the artistic practice: the exposure and the relationship with the public and potential collectors.
Shortly before the recent restrictions due to the second wave of Coronavirus, one day the gallery owner asked me if I wanted to have, from there to a week, my first solo show with the gallery. An intuition perhaps due to her strong instinct to evaluate, the situation and be able to find that idea that would turn everything around, of course at the very last moment. Bear in mind that the night before the first lockdown, her instincts led her to convince me to go out for a delicious salmon taco. Naturally, we found ourselves at the table next to two bounty hunters from Hungary in disguise. All this is effortlessly surrounded by an air of general alert due to an ongoing pandemic.
“Even for an instant, that moment in which we come into contact with a work of art, whatever it may be, it will change our perspective”
Once decided that Nature was the theme of the exhibition and gathered my best paintings, the second step was to find a solution to the lockdown restrictions. For an already famous artist or at least a known one in the field, this could have been an amazing opportunity. In this total restriction, you would be able to select the collectors interested in the works and the gallery. Unfortunately, I was an unknown and emerging artist needing publicity. I needed a lot of people and a lot of mess to become known. Indeed, thanks to the arrival of six policemen around seven and a half in the evening, I finally became known. The exhibition was inaugurated on the 26th October 2020 in conjunction with the Rome Art Week, in which the gallery participates and after discussing my dissertation for the degree in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. The guests were scattered throughout the week. Great turnout on Friday, the day of the arrival of the policemen, which were not invited but very welcomed by the gallery owner who exclaimed: "How nice, I had never had the Carabinieri at my opening, now we can be really safe!”

I am satisfied with the exhibition. It was a great battle, as these are very challenging times. People are scared to leave the house. The last thing you think of is spending time on art without understanding that art, beauty, and the intensity of the related observations, are indeed those that can save us. Even for an instant, that moment in which we come into contact with a work of art, whatever it may be, it will change our perspective [forever].
Could You Talk About Your Art, And What Inspires You?
The leitmotif of my interests has always been Nature, in its many forms, aspects, and colours. Those extinct species and those that migrate, like people are forced to do so, now more than ever.

In my works, I attempt to convey the intrinsic values of Nature. I’m trying to capture it through its magical shapes and colours. The choice of these subjects noticeably represents the states of mind that I go through and of those attributed to the characters I want to represent Thus, birds, insects, and also fantastic animals are all part of my canvases. The fauna appears from indefinite backgrounds in which exotic plants materialise, some are transparent, almost imperceptible, others visible, and very detailed.
Paolo del Gallo, Giungla Piccola, 2020, Oil on Canvas, 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy: The Artist.

“My research is not only related to representing my feeling on my work but also to understand the feelings of others around me.”

How Did This Passion Start?
From an early age, I felt a natural necessity to transfer what I observed on a surface, whatever it may be. A very strict transposition at the beginning, stemming from the need to recreate the world in realistic detail. Today the need for faithful reproduction is increasingly lacking, which in turn leaves space for feelings and emotions. My research is not only related to representing my feelings on my work but also to understanding the feelings of others around me while abiding by the rules of classical compositions.
Choosing a life in the art world and for the sake of art wasn't at all easy. If only I think of the decision to attend the Academy in Rome, I still remember it as a difficult step. The uncertainty of a life that certainly does not promise anything but, at the same time, it was too exciting and captivating not to be pursued.

Paolo del Gallo, Giungla Grande, 2019, Oil on Canvas, 150 x 170 cm. Courtesy: The Artist.
Are You Working On New Projects At The Moment?
I have always devoted myself to many things at the same time, ranging from the restoration of antique furniture and frescoes, an element that certainly in Rome is not lacking, to the decoration and interior design. At the moment, I’m launching in my studio in Rome a small pop up inviting a group of young artisans-artists, in order to create what an ideal home can be.
As far as painting is concerned, the theme of Nature for me is always relevant and engaging. It is an objective beauty on which you cannot go wrong. I will continue to develop it as freely as possible because I think I can always improve.

Drawing From Your Experience, Do You Have Any Advice To Help Emerging Artists That Are Making The First Steps In Their Career?
The advice I can give is to never allow yourself to be stuck and to be confident in your choices and skills. Obviously, always listening to those who are more knowledgeable [of you]. An artist should be like a sponge that is imbued with experience, advice and passion for everything that surrounds him or her. The way to convey a message with art is different to every artist, but once you shake the soul of the observer, you truly have changed things, both for your career and for your audience.
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Paolo del Gallo, Giungla, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 71 x 108. detail. Courtesy: The Artist.
Paolo Del Gallo Di Roccagiovine (Rome, 1995)
Paolo del Gallo di Roccagiovine is an emerging artist, painter, interior designer, and restorer from Rome. Shortly after graduating in Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Roma, in October 2020 he had his first solo exhibition at the Galleria del Cortile (Rome) “Dio Salvi lo Stagista'“ (lit. "God save the Intern”). With his work, he is seeking to capture Nature through its shapes and colours. Fauna and flora are his main subjects: birds, insects, exotic plants, real and fantastical animals are all depicted in magical atmospheres, which are pervaded by the artist’s states of mind. His feelings are then conveyed through the juxtaposition of the colours, as well as through the whole composition of his canvases.
Paolo del Gallo is currently living and working in Rome, Italy.

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Press: La Repubblica, Natura Nobile al vernissage di Paolo del Gallo, Cecilia Cirinei, 31 October 2020.