Pietro Moretti

(b 1996Italy. Lives and works in London)

Drawing on his personal life, recollections from Italy, and contemporary culture, Moretti populates his work with figures caught in knotted actions: touching, turning away, holding, suffocating, embracing, falling, reaching. In an on-going conversation between the figurative and the non-figurative, his paintings reflect on selfhood, intimacy, and the ambivalence of emotion.

Through the depiction of familial narratives, romantic relationships, or situations of collective living, he delves into the psychological slippages, projections and conflicting desires that arise from interactions between people in everyday situations.

In his paintings, Moretti manipulates tensions between the represented image and the visual and tactile languages of surface and colour to suggest the physicality of bodies and the peculiarities of perception.

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