Gian Piero Viglino
Life, style & influence
Gian Piero Viglino was born in Alba in 1951.
At the age of 23, he dedicates himself first to a primitive surrealism, then as a drummer, he tries to translate the rhythmic pulse of the human heart onto his paintings.
Over this period, he employs a technique that aims to associate the force of thoughts to that of chance: in his creative practice, he flings colorful lumps of gypsum onto the jute canvas.
Towards the mid ‘80s, Gian Piero Viglino realizes that the classical technique of veiling, more than any other techniques, has preserved the fascination of Old Masters’ works against the passing of time. Thus he faces the challenge to create contemporary works by adopting a classical technique.
His paintings seem to emerge from the atmospheres imbued with a lyricism that expands into space, a lyricism that echoes the “Bello poetico” written by Leopardi.
His subject matters range from the landscapes of the Langhe, so dear to Cesare Pavese, to animals such as parrots, elephants, or swans that are reminiscent of the misty Wagnerian atmospheres.
His art seemingly harks back to certain fin-de-siècle atmospheres, having Turner as precursor, and embraces the orphic-symbolist features of Redon’s and Moreau’s art, actualized by vibrant colors of the jazz trend.
Since the ’90s Gian Piero Viglino has faced the challenge to create contemporary works by adopting a classical technique. His paintings seem to emerge from an atmosphere imbued with a lyricism that expands into space, a lyricism that echoes the “Bello poetico” written by Leopardi.
He uses acrylic colors for his paintings on board and finally he uses wax or resins to give them luminosiy.
He also uses acrylic colors for his rare paintings on canvas.