Augusto Poderosi is an artist from Rome with multiple sides and facets, which are precious not only from a technical point of view but also expressive. His wide spiritual and artistic contents are proved by its several international exhibitions and cinematographic projects. He graduated at the “Ateneo Pontificio Benedettino dell’Istituto di Sant’Anselmo di Roma”. He is a restorer, art conservator and artist, as well as actor in movies realized by well-known and influential directors such as Federico Fellini, Bolognini, Damiani, Tony Scott (just to cite a few of them).
The main theme of its expressive excursus is a constant introspective and spiritural research, which is made possible via a symbolic and powerful element: the light. Augusto Poderosi was early identified for his talent and creative originality, not only by the public and press but also from the critics and many influential and well known institutional figures, whom commissioned him several restorations; as an example, the portals of the “Basilica Papale di San Paolo” (the portals of the Papal Basilic of San Paolo). Then, many more art works which are found today at the “Basilica di San Paolo” in Rome and “Basilica di S. Antonio da Padova” in Padua. However, it is in 2008 (thanks to BIMAC) that one of its art exhibitions surprises and induces multiple universal and intimate reflections for the eloquent languages of what is sacred: “Corpo di Luce” (Body of light). The artistic installation was placed in the same site of the Moses (Michelangelo), where no other art piece was allowed before. “Corpo di luce” is composed of a corpus (body) of artworks which is an “unicum”, which envelops the evanescing essence and highly spiritual, in a continuous research of the man towards the divine light. Glass artworks like transparent alembic still of a demiurge, which distillates elected essences inside, made visible but invisible, metaphorically and metaphysically because “substance of light”. The “leit motive” of the light appears not only in the plastic and cinematographic art but also in the pictorial one. In the collection of paintings “Infinite Stories” each canvas illustrates episodes that arise from the “silences of the soul”. There is a temporal parallelism between past and present narrated by Al Hakawati, who handed down legends of peoples united by passionate tragedies and wonderful stories that lead us to focus on our passions that leads us to madness.
In Augusto Poderosi’s canvas we can admire eyes of fire that burn with ardour and spectator moons that envelop with melancholy and mysteries. The artist paints blues and reds that become eloquent expressive languages, which seem actors who scream “silent screams”.
Who looks at his artworks is influenced by intense and profound gazes that deal with love, pain, death and rebirth. Moreover, there is the representation of the metamorphosis of flowers and butterfly women, of men, snakes or hawks … in each of them the theme of catharsis is present. Particularly iconic is the figure of the man who becomes a hawk and flies free. He aims to reach his dreams, in which passion can nullify reason.
Francesca Mezzatesta Art Critic