Maria Pappalardi


Maria Pappalardi, born 1985, graduated cum laude from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Roma and studied for a year at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Seville. She specialized in Artistic Creation in the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Barcelona where she received a faculty collaboration grant. Her work has been exhibited in many different countries including Spain, Turkey, Italy, Holland, South Korea, and Venezuela.

The feminine face, identity and texture, initially manifested unconsciously, have over the years been assimilated by the artist and brought to life through paint. Ausencia, Ramas, and Medea, all portraits but not of individual people, show one facet of femininity and its history as both creator and destructor.
After expressing herself through portraiture, the artist began to focus on the expressivity of the hands which, along with a portrait, can contain the entirety of one's history and identity. The language of the hands, gesticulation, is shown alongside another silent language, that of painting.

These subjects have implicitly suggested concepts like beauty, mystery, essence, absence, the oxymoron of the irreality of painting, and the limits of being human. The last of which has the influence of Eugeni Trias's theories very present. The painting is a window, a border between the real and the unreal, that projects the limits of man. This bi-dimensional space allows the artist to choose what part of "reality" to enclose within the limits of a frame. From here Ausencia was born.

The series Toccando/Luz y sombra is the masculine squeal to Ausencia which describes feminine beginning, a space from where all things are born. The position of the hands shows an absent content which the viewer can then perceive and interpret through their own experiences.
Toccando plays with the double meaning of the words “sono mani che suonano.” Hands that touch and hands that play like an instrument. The intention is not to describe music or create the "life of sound" but rather to narrate musical inspiration which stars the beauty of the physical life.

With Toccando/Luz y sombra the artist has realized the drawing as a finished work and not simply a sketch for a painting. This is because her interest really is not to show light through colors as an expressionist might but through shadow. The monochrome possesses a synthesis that values the illusion of form. Darkness and night stops being an absence of light and instead are converted into present forces.
Luz y sombra is a profound silence where the duality of the human condition, day (beauty) and night (the sublime) converge into a romantic thought that searches for the light in the shadows and proclaims the beauty of the sublime.

The series that followed became Toccando Orden y Chaos: Origen. A primordial chaos and creator that while short and transitory, fermented into Retratos.
This return to the subject of the face reminds the viewer of Leviathan, Behemoth, and Ziz that are manifested without fear not unlike the parts of us which are intangible, natural, and hidden. Retratos reveals our hidden demons that sometimes are unknown to us and provoke intimacy in dreams and the collective unconscious. The original force of chaos that God used to start the process of creation.

María believes in the importance of the multiple meanings of a work not one that is singular and finite. Nor a meaning which shows itself completely but rather one which maintains a sense mystery and leaves space of the viewers own intuition.. This way there is a dialog between the artist and viewer through the work. An exchange of energy that gives an emotion to the one who is observing the work that the artist felt while painting it. Paraphrasing Friedrich, true art creates a loop that leaves the unconscious of the artist, passes through the spheres of consciousness in order to take up residence in the unconscious of the spectator.


Individual exhibit, Centro Civico Guinardó, Barcelona.
Galería Background, Barcelona.
Laie, Libreria del CCCB, Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona

Laie, Libreria del CCCB, Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona
Ciutat Vella Oberta/ Festival de les Arts, Valencia
Stripart 2015, Centro Civico Guinardó, Barcelona
X Salon Internacional de Arte postal, Maracay, Venezuela
La dona artista, Galería NauArt, Barcelona
Galería Montcada, Barcelona
Galería on-line Oh là l’art, Barcelona
Galería Mutuo, Barcelona

Molécula 21, Galería Mutuo, Barcelona
Donna, Centre Cultural Albareda, Barcelona
Ausencia, Centre Cultural La Farinera del Clot, Barcelona

Ausencia, Granja de Gavà, Barcelona
Máster Creación Artística, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Barcelona
Beca de apoyo al profesorado, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Barcelona

Pittura e Grafica d’Arte, Palazzo Minerva, Canosa di Puglia, Italia
Pittura e Grafica d’Arte, Palazzo Sinesi, Canosa di Puglia, Italia
Primer premio Concurso Obiettivo Pianeta Terra, Expo di Venlo, Holanda
Tercer premio Concurso Obiettivo Mare, Expo di Yeosu, Corea del Sur

Fotografia Creativa, Cultore della Materia, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italia
Las Mariposas, Mitreo Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italia
Revista de Arte Night Italia, n.6 Apocalypse How

GAF, Villa Guglielmi, Fiumicino, Italia
Premio Giovani Artisti, Pinacoteca “De Napoli”, Terlizzi, Italia
MarteLive, Alpheus, Roma, Italia
Sopravvento, Museo del Grabado y de la Grafica de Arte, Formello, Italia
Beca de Ayuda al Profesorado, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma

ComunicAzione: tra confine e unità, Miteo Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italia
Metamorfosi del Doppio, Centre Cultural Grotta dei Germogli, Calcata, Italia
L’Acquatinta, Museo del Grabado y de la Grafica de Arte, Formello, Italia
Primer premio Shopping Bag, Galería Vittoria, Roma, Italia
Pro-Memoria, Palazzo dei Servizi Generali, Perugia, Italia
Fatih Mika e i Suoi Studenti, Facultad de Arquitectura, Estambul, Turquia
Adrenalina, Ex Mercato Ebraico del Pesce, Roma, Italia

XVIII ARTIST/ Istanbul Art Fair, Estambul, Turquia
Premio Grabado, Museo del Grabado y de la Grafica de Arte, Formello, Italia
LegA’mi, Parque Arqueológico, Tivoli, Italia