Italian artist, Sofia Cacciapaglia’s oil paintings depict female forms and flowers in a ‘figurative-symbolic’ style. Sofia’s females appear frozen in time and maintain a metaphysical distance between themselves: it is as if nothing happens or changes, but everything is presented with aristocratic detachment, creating a subtle eroticism where shades of pain and pleasure are barely perceptible. Sofia isn’t an expressionist or violent artist: her work unfolds tautologically and is the naked subject itself.
Born in Ponte dell'Olio in 1983, Cacciapaglia started painting as a child, and studied Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. She moved to New York where she had her first solo exhibition at IndustriaSuperStudio. In 2014 she was the youngest artist to show work in the Italian Pavillion at 54th Venice Biennale. In the last few years she has exhibited her work at the Museo della Permanente and Palazzo Stelline in Milan and Fondazione Pastificio Cerrere in Rome, to name a few.
Cacciapaglia works with oil, a bold medium which she uses to create a sensual aesthetic. Her use of diptychs and triptychs and the negative space around her confident brush strokes create an elegant and ethereal feeling. She explains ‘The forms are imposing yet light, they inhabit an unreal, timeless space’. The classic figures suspended in space compliment each other and softly embrace the beholder, creating a strong and dynamic portrayal of the female figures contours, even her flowers have a flesh like appearance. Sofia adheres to a pure and primitive approach capturing a real sense of timeless freedom.
Influenced by 20th Century painters Cacciapaglia has created a new body of work for ‘Pink Bliss’ that combines the Apollonian and Dionysian: the passionate culture of Sicily, ancient Greece and the civilisations of the Mediterranean. For this show the artist has used strong reds and pinks reinforcing her profound poetic sensibility. The Palm Tree Gallery look forward to introducing an artist whose work is enigmatic, melancholic and distinct.