Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei
After a time of being interested in machinery of heavy industry in post-communist Europe, Leonardo Silaghi presents new large format works where he dedicates to rather fresh solutions in a very abstract manner. He strives to catch the effect of the figurative by means of the abstract, possible to render through his excellent technique. Space is indicated by a minimal employ of lines, depth appears without implementing shadows. The artist creates object-related representation by means of basic forms. Substantially the series circles the possibility of rendering skulls using basic form like the circle, the triangle and the line in an ever newly combined tectonic composition. He creates a series of portraits, highly loaded in symbolic meaning.
The only palette Silaghi uses since the beginning of his career is different hues of grey respectively pure black and pure white. Through masterly composition of bright and dark spots Silaghi creates an overlapping of flat and three-dimensional situations, making the gaze wonder dynamically over the surface. His works are full of thick, dynamic brush strokes, showing his involvement with full bodily immersion and highly concentrated, calculated mind. The contrasting synergy between thick and heavy layers and thin washed out veils of paint renders the high haptic and sensibility of the work. Despite the seriousness of his research the works are imbued with a lightness and dynamic and a broad spectrum of artistic possibilities.
Leonardo Silaghi (born 1987) got his education at the College for Art and Design in Cluj (RU) and was subsequently part of the artist community at the city's "Fabbrica De Pensule". Silaghi can base his practice on an excellent academic education and went through an interesting transformation lately partly due to his residencies in the United States and Berlin. He distanced himself to the tradition of eastern painting and got more involved in the history of painting and general subjects and strategies within the medium.