"For me, photography is a different way of painting where light is like a brush that allows me to create and shape my photos having total control of creation. My images are intended to be like dreams for the viewer, or a different way of seeing reality."
Carmela Rizzuti is a multidisciplinary artist. She was born with a predisposition for drawing and painting, and over the years, during training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo, she also embraced her passion for photography by enrolling in the Photo Conca d'Oro Club, managed by the master photographer Giuseppe Cilia.
Two disciplines that may appear distinct and separate, but in the end, there is always overlapping search for visual effects between painting and photography.
In painting, Carmela Rizzuti employs photographic techniques and mechanical reproduction of reality. She builds her hyper-realistic portraits by depicting people's everyday life attitudes, made up with a brush and oil colors on smooth supports such as plexiglass. Her aim is to obtain the effect of the card as closely as possible.
Her works have received excellent response in the art world and they are exhibited in various galleries in Italy and abroad, including the Am Roten Hof Gallery in Vienna and at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan with publication in the magazine Arte by Giorgio Mondadori. Despite the various successes and awards, the artist does not see a good economic response, so she decided to devote herself entirely to photography.
Her photographic works belong in two wide categories, black and white and color images. Her black and white works are about the exaltation of the image from lights and shadows, while her color series explore the fundamental role of color in giving almost a pictorial and artistic rendering. In her color photography, the artist uses a self-timer to capture the images. She does the scenography and visual composition herself. A recurrent theme is the relationship between nature and art.
With these photographic works, Carmela Rizzuti has participated in several biennials in Italy and abroad.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist