Art/Culture"Tandem Corriere Canadese"
Innocenzo Odescalchi is a young roman abstract artist who is visiting Toronto for an exhibit of his work.
…Odescalchi attributes more to the city of Rome itself as an influence. “The whole scenery in Rome, the ancient paintings, the architecture. That has affected me,” he details. And, although his sweeping abstracts might be construed as rebellious, he claims it’s the contrary. He points out that ancient Roman art work was controversial when it first came out too. “I’m continuing that process, it’s part of my heritage” he insists. Odescalchi has been personally compelled to create art since he was a small boy, observing and drawing everything around him. He attended an Art Lyceum and then the Academy of Art in Rome, where his bold style developed. “The paint, the material comes from memory and imagination” he says of his works’ theme. “I try to explain with strong colours and to give the impression of a dream, suggestion and imagination.” He paints large sheets of plywood and cuts them down into miniature panels, and names his pieces “Di-Visions of The Sea” and “Di-Visions of Winter” in reference of this subviding approach to the subject. Clearly an artist of ambition, he also paints larger pieces on fabric.