"I believe that in art there is the need to arouse something more than an aesthetic emotion — one has to go beyond that; it is the miracle of the suspended moment. When space has nothing more to do with the physical, but be comes an emotion originating from the heart and from the hidden depths of the mind." — Vincenzo Calli
Vincenzo Calli is known for oil paintings that celebrate the relationship between sensuality and innocence. Using the modern idiom of painting Calli explores ancient mysteries with figures that inhabit a mythic world that lies beyond time but are drenched in the light of the sun-soaked Mediterranean. Gently rendered in a soft dappling of strokes, Calli’s moments and figures are at once classical and modern— timeless while also being very much of a specific place. As Michele Loffredo, Director of the National Art Museum, Medieval and Modern, Arezzo, Italy, writes, “You can not deny that the genius loci has an irreplaceable part in the work of Calli… every man inherits not only their genes but also their environmental, artistic, and cultural traditions.”
Vincenzo Calli is from the rolling hills of Tuscany. He graduated from the Institute of Art in Sansepolco and then attended the Academy of Fine Art in Florence. Since 1974, he has participated in over 50 exhibitions throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. Calli's paintings are in public, private and museum collections in Italy and in the permenant collection of the Boca Raton Museum, Florida.