March 29, 2013 § 1 Comment
Born in 1957 in a village near Cividale, Pier Toffoletti has led an interesting life. An art enthusiast since early childhood, it wasn’t until his love for caves led him to Central and South America, where he had an epiphany that life should be devoted full-heartedly to art and developing one’s talent. Thus, Toffoletti went back to Udine and took up art full time.
He was also an instructor of Hatha Yoga for seven years, owned two radio stations, scuba-dived, led survival courses, became part of the Apennine rescue group, and had all kinds of crazy outdoor adventures.
Toffoletti’s passion for the outdoors, in particular for rocks and their structure, led to a delightfully distinct style of painting. His art looks textured, much like the rough surfaces of caves and rocks, and yet depicts the classical human figure in all of its smoothness (and yet, the woman figure represents nature as well, no?). After coating the canvases with material such as marble dust or clay, he uses paints to both maintain and cover parts of the textures.
I like his lifestyle and his art, very much so.
If you want to see more of his artwork, or read up on his art story and philosophies, click here!