Carlo Alberto Perillo.
From Expressionism to Postmodern Figurative.
The Carlo Alberto Perillo art studio, originally from Porto Santo Stefano born in 1963, presents the artist in his evolution, from his first exhibitions in the 1980s to today, where artistic maturity enriches him with content and strong emotions . By exhibiting his paintings of him from 1984 to 2021 in various galleries both in Italy and abroad, he has received positive recognition, criticism and appreciation.
Carlo Alberto has attracted the attention of critics and art lovers, he has repeatedly demonstrated not only his artistic skills and his technique, but even more the ability to penetrate and express the different human realities, the inner layers of consciousness, often conflicting, disturbing, in search of an external and concrete form.
His particular and uncommon technique is suitable for representing the intimate reality of the human drama, with its sometimes extremely warm, dark or violent tones, but wisely expressive of a powerful interiority;
the artist dissociates himself from the usual pictorial schemes, extraneous to his real world as well as to his imagination, and almost forcefully places the observer in front of the gravity of social problems and the contradictory nature of the human condition.
Current events, symbolism and contrasts follow one another and intertwine without a pre-established order, in the sign of spontaneity and conscious artistic freedom: hate and love, darkness and light, sociability and solitude, escape from life and waiting in hope, the destruction wrought by evil and from the resurrection, the oppressive nightmare and the serene vision of life, physical and psychological slavery against a spasmodic search for freedom. In some of his works the artist prophetically glimpses a humanity risen from its own ashes, saved from the evils that afflict it today, a world in which men will rediscover an almost liturgical sense of communion and walk together towards the light and towards a higher level of self-awareness, in a sort of Rosicrucian vision.
His work is part of the neo-expressionist current established by great Italian and German artists, including names such as Chia, Clemente, Cucchi or Salomè and Middendorf.
Beyond the names mentioned, it is impossible to make true comparisons, even if his style brings him closer to German artists. As in their case, there is a considerable psychological depth in his work that delves into the raw unconscious of the "man in the street", sometimes resulting in a kind of harsh exasperation of realism. Utopia or philosophy consecrated to art? Sensitivity and anxiety of innovation or unconscious tendency to break the rigid schemes of a certain art? A particular mention in the work of the artist deserves the central and dominant figure of the woman; her feelings about her are born and are realized in her, because she has the strength to undergo and dominate them, hide them and at the same time manifest them in the multiplicity of daily contradictions. The faded and disappointed gaze in some female figures, the dilated, vivid gaze, enchanted and caressing eyes in the others; but above all the gesture of kindness and protection in her representations of motherhood, compared to the attitude of refusal and abandonment, denote the presence of a profound capacity for psychological penetration, underlining an expressive force not common in young painters, leaving the usual scholastic patterns Perillo could simply be defined as a "painter of the human soul".