ART | Fulvio Di Piazza’s “Ashes to Ashes”
Most recently at the prestigious Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, highly imaginative Fulvio Di Piazza created whimsical paintings of anthropomorphized landscapes with an extraordinary level of detail and depth. Previous works have depicted lush woodland fantasies, revealing saturated forests filled with faces as distinct features emerge from hills, rocks and tree trunks, sprouting limbs in place of roots and branches.
In Ashes to Ashes, the artist’s work follows a dramatic new direction of fiery volcanic imagery. Twisted figures rise through mushrooming clouds of soot and smoke with faces comprised of burnt debris, their bodies as vulnerable and combustible as pyres. Smoldering peaks loom in the distance specked with glowing cinders and embers, as lava flows from black soot-covered craters like the life’s blood of the earth.