Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mario Bertorelli

This evening I logged onto Facebook and noticed that 'Saatchi Art' had chosen Mario Bertorelli as their artist of the day. If I'm being honest, I've never heard of him before, but I clicked the link to the artist's profile and really enjoyed looking at his artwork. However, it was when I read the 'about me' section in the artist's profile when I felt really inspired by what he had to say (inspired enough to write a blog post about it and that's saying a lot).

The beach.

"For almost forty years I have dedicated myself to combining objective, dreams and surrealistic reality through collages, shadow boxes and kaleidoscopes . Collages have a dreamlike essence which completely disregard logical principles, as all surreal creations do. In the waking life 2 plus 2 equals 4. In dreams, 2 plus 2 could well result in red alligators atop underwater polka dots clouds, and so ad infinitum. Shadow Boxes have been defined as a box to keep dreams. Dreams form the other half of our lives that we, unconsciously, live when our experiences are arbitrarily represented with our senses only while we are dreaming. Dreams already appeared in writing circa 5000/6000 years ago in the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. A magnificent example of surrealism is the stream of consciousness writing in the last 25 pages of Joyce's Ulysses: there are no punctuation signs whatsoever in there, just as it happens with our mental processes. They are not hampered by any punctuation, they just occur, even smells, voices, songs, cries, fear, love and all the human and not so human utterances. I have also been a Cultural History professor for three decades. What's relevant about cultural history, dreams and reality? They are all inextricably linked in surrealistic images. There are no punctuation marks, no paragraphs separating a renaissance soldier from a NBA player or a Petra column from a Manhattan skyscraper or a horse's nose. It's all part of human experience and our mind can integrate them, rather easily. "
I dream a lot myself and thus could truly relate to Mario's ideas.

Alice, you are late.

Happy Birthday Venus.

Miranda and Ferdinand.

Out of time.

To take out.

 You can read more about Mario and buy his artwork here.


  1. i am so glad that u shared these pics. the work is truly inspiring, n I can't stop looking at the beach pic, and the easy flow of the meanings of every piece of art.

    1. I love them! Thanks for taking the time to read the post and comment :)

  2. Beautiful artwork. Loved this post, something a little different is always good to read. xx


  3. You are right, his artwork is really interesting and different! I had also never heard of him. I like the beach one you featured at the top the best!

    Emma x

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