Last week, Creative People in Florence organized an artist studio visit, as part of their Studio Visit series to see the work and workspace of SACI Instructor Pietro Manzo. He showed some of his older paintings, more recent developments, and some new pieces he is working on for an upcoming exhibition, as well as stacks of his amazingly rendered graphite on paper drawings, and a documentary video.
Pietro is a graduate of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and won the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno award in 2009, which allowed him to spend five years working in the studio of the late Tito Conti. The residence culminated in a solo exhibition, Grand Tour, at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Piazza San Marco, and a catalog with text by Carlo Falciani. He has exhibited widely throughout Italy and internationally since 2005. His current studio consists of a 2-level store-front space in a quiet residential neighborhood in Florence.
Pietro Manzo’s work focuses on the relationship between a place and the artist’s opportunity to reshape a path through the traces of past events, developing a balance between objective perception and the ideas that we may infer from a given space. His creative process is developed first through the accumulation of information gathered from on-site inspection, after which the residual memories of a place become the material in which he may intervene. By generating a mental repetition of the events, Manzo establishes a psychic movement between inside and outside where painting and drawing are used as a form of writing, recalling and reshaping an experience. The result is a sort of continuous archive, a sum of suggestions, which are echoes of a personal experience.
CREATIVE PEOPLE IN FLORENCE, which began as a collaboration between American artists, Sara Amrhein and Anna Rose (SACI Alumna 2006-07), is a vibrant international community of artists, designers, artisans, and creative thinkers. The group was founded to foster collaboration, promote members’ projects, and activate the contemporary arts in Florence.