Carlo Proietto’s contemporary creations in monochrome or slightly alternating colors feature culturally loaded vignettes of a graphic and distinctly European pop sensibility. Wavering between complex, half-hidden symbolism and figuration, the artist invokes spiritual and indigenous iconography to develop a personal and inter-cultural visual language concerning pain, ritual, spectacle and the plight of modern man in contemporary society. Using classic pyrography – the burning of designs into wood or fabric with a heated tool or flame - Proietto’s carefully composed scenes feature stark graphics whose slight modulations in hue create a clean and equalizing effect within the visual plane. The author of two books on the subject, Proietto’s passion for fire contributes to his commitment to raise up pyrography from a minor to major art form.
Carlo Proietto was born in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy in May 1976 and currently lives in Foggia, Italy. He graduated from the Italian Academy of Fine Arts in 2002.