LINO TARDIA (Review 1)

Through her painting, Rosalba Arcilla seeks to make the space her very own in order to draw in the soul of the viewer. For her, the canvass is the meeting point between the reality of her interior world and the external world. Because she knows the boundaries of painting, she knows painting. 

Her painting is a continuous start at the beginning: a continuous metamorphosis and a continuous renewal. She does not care what happens; she only cares about continuing this game. 

The modernity of the forms that she creates, conceived in the shelter of a stirred up actuality, is recognized in the liberty with which they are transfigured from reality, resuscitated from the dream; creatures that re-emerge from the conscience absorbing the unforeseeable whims of the psyche. 

A subtle symbolism – the result of an interior analysis conducted at the limits of the imaginary, synthetic and expressive. Effects that are extremely fragile emotionally and of rare poetic consistency. 

Lino Tardia, Rome 2005

Lino Tardia is one of the most well-known Italian artists of our time. In 2003 he received the gold medal for lifetime achievement from Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, president of the Republic of Italy.


LINO TARDIA (Review 2)

Rosalba Arcilla discovers a highly refined tonal range in her material. The colors sublimate into an ethereal and persuasive dimension.


Nuances slip from one colour to another in a refined and harmonious manner.


This operational rigour generates formal affinities, taken from expressive convergences, strictly figurative acts of rationality, being united with a most profound and evocative representative lyricism.


Rosalba places her figures in a state of material-temporal suspension, as if wanting to go beyond the limits of human experience so as to reach the significant depth of being and to discover their secret soul.


Her unmistakable mark is so refined; her reach is sensitive, intense, vibrating with life and light.


Lino Tardia


May 2012


This review is based on Nude Images 2012 and Figurative Series ii.    


Review Kristina Piwecki


A refreshing, trendy exhibition of works by the artist Rosalba Arcilla will be on show in the KELLER GALLERY, Selnaustr. 15, 8001 Zurich, until 26. September 2009.


The body of her latest images stem from a graphic, aesthetic momentum, which guides the gaze to a harmonious, roaming system of lines. The feminine silhouette as a striking abstract figure, captured individually or in groups, is her declared theme.

The generous and striking contours have rhythm and encompass a finely balanced web of relationships between the individual figures. Matisse and Modigliani are the distant, guiding force and emit vital impulses. But what is unique about Rosalba Arcilla’s artistic style? On the one hand, the bold sweeping lines as a dynamic inner structure are exciting and a positive aura is achieved through the contrasting colour play. The bodies reduced to cubic volumes have nothing static about them. All of the figures have a dance-like grace, which hints at their motions beyond the picture frame. It is a pulsating and stirring game of figures leading to more and more new images. The theme of flowing shapes combined with opaque and various layers of colour have an almost suggestive effect on the viewer. The artist’s Mediterranean temperament  is unmistakable and is rooted in her Spanish heritage. The expressive shape goes hand in hand with the obvious joy of experimenting with attractive surfaces consisting of individual, clever layers of paint. Thanks to a complicated mixing technique or materiale nuova, metallic reflections are achieved in gold, silver and bronze giving her images an individual depth. Using her own formula, a modelling material is produced which is shaped to a relief-like structure on the canvas. The leaves applied in gold, silver and bronze are burnt and carefully polished and a finish of pigment powder allows the surface of the material to develop its mysterious luminosity. Rosalba Arcilla is a student of the gold medallist decorated Sicilian artist Lino Tardia in whose studio she expanded and refined her artistic forms of expression and techniques.


Kristina Piwecki is a Germanist, art historian and editor BR. She is a lecturer in art history and study trip guide.



 This review is in relation to my figurative painting in Series I     



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