Andrea Stella

" Art has always been a source of salvation, not only for the artists, but also for their spectators. We are a bit all stars of the "court of dreamers," waiting to move and get excited. "-Andrea Stella

La Corte Dei Sognanti - Andrea Stella Art Exhibition

 

On November 18, 2018

Andrea Stella was awarded by the Municipality of Florence for his contribution to the art world at the biannual Prize of all Arts ceremony.

In addition to receiving an award to acknowledge his important work, he was the guest of honor.

The theme of the ceremony was "The magic of art in the shadows of life," recognizing the ability of art to heal when adversity arises.

stella and tamara in Italy
Stella with Tamara Gear in Italy

In tandem with the ceremony, Andrea Stella had a exhibition "La Corte dei Sognanti," (The Court of the Dreams) at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

It was swarming with notable European art enthusiasts, clearly elated by the dramatic contrast of "Muses," (life sized sculptures of women) against the backdrop of his mixed media, abstract expressionist canvases.

Tamara G Gallery is honored to have had US exclusivity with Andrea Stella for over 25 years. We invite you to soak up the light of Stella's brilliance.

 

andrea stella in his studio
Stella working in his studio in Italy

1950-2019

Andrea Stella was born in Italy in 1950. He was the only child of Greek immigrants, and has remained deeply devoted to Greek culture throughout his life.

He began his career as a craftsman, studying antique conservation techniques at the famous Florence Studio of Artistic Woodworking.

stella's catalogue
Stella's catalogues

Some of his work from this period can be found in several medieval churches in the Tuscan area.

Stella draws inspiration from his immediate surroundings, the breathtaking Tuscan countryside, the renowned Casentino's forest, and a bit further away, the beautiful city of Florence.

Although he sites it as an influence, he has chosen to live far from the city to avoid the distracting and chaotic rhythms of life there.

Stella's exhibition in MiamiStella at an exhibition in Miami

By living a somewhat secluded life he is seemingly unburdened by the gratingly beingn definitions of art and meaning. Instead, he opts for a complete reconstruction of painting, without the constraints of traditional images and linguistic definitions.

He chooses to depict mythical images and the original condition of creativity. Therefore undressing historical painting of its tinsels and forms.

His work refers only to itself, without recalling anything but its materiality and revelation.

They are works that could never be a metaphor for anything else.

His latest works are created through a painstakingly intricate process of fusing twenty four carat gold and copper to one another onto canvas.

stella and tamara
Stella and Tamara, California.

 

He then applies multiple solutions to oxidize and color the leafing. Glitters of gold and flashes of orange, red, copper and green are all arranged in a masterful succession of oxidation.

His luminous figures make their way through faint illusions of oceans and dark skies.

He conjures light and shadows, as painters have always done, but he does so in the service of an ideal that transcends both, and can only be felt and not thought.

Stella's works are on display at Tamara G Gallery, Carmel CA
 Stella's works are on display at Tamara G Gallery, Carmel CA

 

Stella's work can be found permanently installed in The Palazzo Pitti Museum in Florence, The Vatican Museum in Rome, and in many notable private and corporate collections. Andrea Stella's work is currently being exhibited in The United States, exclusively at Tamara G Gallery.

 

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