Catalogue of the exhibition at the Labirinto della Masone, the volume offers a selection of paintings by Enrico Robusti, a contemporary painter from Parma. The works portray real situations and characters from a dizzying, grotesque but non-judgmental perspective.
The paintings by Enrico Robusti, a contemporary painter from Parma (1957), all oils on canvas and mostly in large formats, are a window onto today's society. The scenes and glimpses are shown through an unreal perspective.
This careful selection, exhibited in the temporary exhibition at the Labirinto della Masone, has three main themes, food, couples and leisure time. Robusti's works trace, with their vehement brushstrokes (or robust, nomen omen), a grotesque portrait of our world, Western and Italian, simultaneously realistic and dreamlike. But while the deformed proportions and exaggerated expressions refer to a nightmare realm, the situations and characters could easily be placed in our homes, our living rooms or our restaurants.
Robusti paints with a curious, humorous and caustic eye, which starts with the very titles of the works, but with no judgmental intentions because he is aware of being part of the world he portrays.
Supporting Robusti's works, the text by Camillo Langone, writer, journalist and curator of the exhibition, builds an original and modern narrative.