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Artist Profile

Antonio
Balletta

Born 1962, Naples, Italy

Antonio Balletta The offering - Oil on canvas - 63x78cm -

Artist Profile

Antonio
Balletta

Born 1962, Naples, Italy

Antonio Balletta has had 32 solo and 43 select group exhibitions. Antonio’s work is collected and widely exhibited in Australia and overseas – some representations include Reflections Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Mossgreen Gallery and Gallery 101 VIC, Greenhill Galleries SA and Solander Gallery ACT. Antonio has also been represented at the Melbourne and Australian Contemporary Art Fairs AUS and Piccolo Spoleto USA.

Balletta’s art inveigles us into its world through optimism for life journey. It makes us want to enter into the artist’s dialogue and decipher its allegorical tales.

Antonio Balletta works in a variety of media, large graphite drawings, painting and sculpture. His images are skillfully rendered, elaborately staged works that use quiet drama, subtle expression as well as visceral symbolism as a conduit for both personal and universal narratives.

By emphasising aesthetics, he wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator, he creates compositions or settings that generate poetic images which balance on the edge of recognition and the subconscious. The images are an invitation into a story.

Much of the symbolism derives from a synthesis of personal experience. Over the years he has developed a vocabulary of potent signs, each one iconic in its connection with humanity.

Flowers, branches, boats, nests, kangaroos and other curious creatures populate his work. While his symbols imply tangible things he urges us to interpret them through our own experiences and a mixed bag of memories.

A branch may represent life’s forked and tenuous path yet it may also evoke metaphors for growth and energy, while the flowers can be read as repositories for feminine power, fertility and life’s transient beauty.

The man in so many of his images represents himself, his sons and every man.

His works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, allegories merge, meanings shift and the present fuses.

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