Pietro Piccoli was born in 1954 in the small town of Montopoli di Sabina in central Italy. At a very early age, he became fascinated with the arts and, at the age of sixteen, was enrolled by his parents in Latina’s high school for the arts. By the age of twenty, Piccoli was off to Rome, Piccoli immediately immersed himself in this new environment, experimenting with new ideas and absorbing the innovative concepts of the many artists.
He investigated new mediums and sought new ways of weaving together the major strands of his style, realism and abstraction, visual detail and imagination. Variously, he tried impressionism, expressionism, and fauvism. His colors became brighter, his brushwork more free. Soon he began adding patches of pure abstraction as a sort of”out-of focus” overlay in front of the pure landscape. These patches serve as a visual relief from the strongly geometric architectural forms. In his most recent works, the subject matter has become incorporated into the abstraction. He is the definite artist of ‘the Mediterranean World’. The essence of the Mediterranean is color and light; hence, everything in Piccoli’s works focuses on these two elements painting cities, beaches and seas with a compelling blend of realism and abstraction.
Piccoli’s style moves the viewer with the passionate use of color; depicting warm and silent landscapes, the riches of nature, the charm and fascination of sunsets full of light, the sudden echoes of the sea, the simple architecture of the marine world, the humble fishermen boats, all coming together.