Ivo Alvarone Bio
A very private contemporary abstractionist creating mostly acrylic and mixed media watercolors and drawings in small format.
Ivo Alvarone was born in the Italian Piedmont, in Moncalieri, near Turin, at five Ivo moved with his family to Bologna. Initially, at the suggestion of his father, a medievalist with a passion for art, he began studying art history. After a year Ivo Alvarone felt too confined, disappointed and gave up. He traveled extensively through Europe, sketching landscape, painting watercolors and enjoying a happy-go-life time. Then, as he promised to his father, Ivo resumed studies. This time at the faculty of painting. During his studies Ivo Alvarone became vividly interested in the philosophy of transhumanism which pushed him, in an indirect but very logical way, into being an active member of the pro nature movement in his community.
Ivo Alvarone lives and works in a small studio, shying away from big exhibitions, prefers to confine to a private, small, audience that follows his experiments with true interest.
Ivo Alvarone Art Statement
In Ivo Alvarone watercolors and drawings, he takes the viewer into his own world of nature. Nature being his preferred subject. His unique technique consists of a subtle and slowly deepening mixture of overlapping form that conveys his sensitivity. Form and ideas are abstract, the emotion and thoughts should come from the viewer. The creation process is driven by personal experiences, altered states of consciousness. Ivo Alvarone works in series by discovering and applying new pictorial techniques, goes beyond conventions, opens different artistic doors leading through his own experience.
Ivo Alvarone Credo
The subject of my painting is nature, especially traditional landscape. For that I use traditional materials, paints and a brush on paper or canvas. I try to render movement and life. Everything is captured in a spontaneous dance and brush movement when it meets the canvas. When painting on canvas I do not feel the need to go back and correct. It is an emotional, spontaneous, honest record. I treat painting personally as an expression of my emotions.
Lay hold of light is everything! As a painter, I always remember the light at places where I was painting. Light is my inspiration. Its elusive quality changes the landscape in just a few seconds. I try to convey this sense of place and time by capturing its fleeting magic.
Abstract painting has always its secrets. My work often deals with non-obvious, general issues. One of the most important is the pursuit of unattainable internal harmony. I am fascinated by the inner life of people and my paintings are a reflection of it. They are not figurative compositions. They are studies of symbolism and cognitive mechanisms. Form and ideas are abstract, the emotion and thoughts should come from the viewer. The creation process is driven by personal experiences, altered states of consciousness.