A Long Windy Road to Bliss
A Long Windy Road to Bliss
"Long Windy Road to Bliss" stands as a testament to the artistic prowess of the late Mauro Chiarla, a celebrated artist whose recent passing has left a void in the art world. His prolific journey, influenced by luminaries such as Matisse, Cezanne, Monet, and Manet, culminated in a captivating Post-Impressionist style. Chiarla's deft brushwork breathed life into enchanting South African scenes with his broad, expressive strokes and a warm colour palette reminiscent of the Mediterranean. His innate talent lay in seamlessly merging colours to create both harmonious backdrops and striking contrasts—a technique that resonated not only with his audience but also with fellow South African artists.
Despite his extraordinary talent, Mauro Chiarla remained remarkably humble and authentic. His artistic satisfaction derived from his art's resonance when it communicated narratives and stirred emotions, dimensions that may have eluded him during the creative process.
Chiarla's artistic scope encompassed an array of subjects and sizes, spanning South African landscapes and seascapes, bustling African township and market scenes, evocative rural depictions featuring his iconic Wood Carrier women, picturesque vineyard vistas, and the captivatingly vivid Namaqualand spring flower scenes. Through his creations, Chiarla invites us to traverse the spectrum of life's interpretations, leaving behind a legacy that continues to captivate and inspire.
Mauro Chiarla was born in Piedmont in Italy in 1949, where he resided until he was eight years old.
Economic hardship following World War 2 made life especially tough for Chiarla's family in Italy, so they decided to immigrate to South Africa in 1957 to start a new life. Chiarla has been in Johannesburg ever since, save for his biannual trip back to Italy to visit his extended family and absorb the beautiful sights of rural Italy.
Chiarla's deep love of fine art first emerged at primary school, where he discovered a lifelong passion for painting and sketching. Although never formally schooled in art, Chiarla has always been a humble yet exceptionally talented artist. Working from his home studio, he began selling his works in the local Art in the Park events at Zoo Lake before being discovered by Fine Art Portfolio more than 25 years ago.
In terms of his artistic influences, it is safe to say that the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and Expressionists, particularly their use of light and colour, have had the greatenest impact on Chiarla. Matisse, Cézanne, Mot and Manet from the European stable and in South Africa, G. Goodman, Hugo Naudé and Titto Fasciciotti were also significant influences.
The biggest influences on Chiarla, however, are the scenes that he captures and the interaction of people in the scenery – the colours, attitudes and movement. Chiarla is always ready to learn and apply to new subjects and formats. He finds great fulfilment when his pictures tell a story to others and yield dimensions of emotions unknown to him in the creation of the work.
Chiarla uses oil pastel, acrylic and oil paints as the primary media for his works on paper, board and canvas. He can combine colours in support and contrast in a way that thrills not only us, the "viewers", but also other artists.
Fine Art Portfolio is proud to have exclusively represented Chiarla for several decades.
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