Antonio Vittorio Alfieri’s work can be described as contemporary surrealist pieces that push the imagination through a maze of dreamlike images expressed by the use of vivid color and ironic subjects.
Born in Rome in 1938, Alfieri studied at the Academia de Bella Arts de Brera in Milan, Italy. Alfieri also studied at the Instituto Superiore d’Arte A. Venturi in Moderna, Italy. Both these institutions, the Academia which has an emphasis on cultural and historical disciplines and the Instituto with its emphasis on decorating, plastic, and crockery, for example, moved beyond the traditional art schools in their training techniques. Alfieri’s cultural studies as well as his study of decorating and mural painting have a clear influence on his art.
Although he began as a mural painter, Alfieri soon shifted his direction and his art. Since 1970 he has worked in a highly pictorial style which focuses on the search and acquisition of a new figurative expression. Alfieri’s works are startling and somewhat disquieting. The surrealist influence combines with color contrast and bold forms to startle viewers into reaction.
And his oil canvas that is part of the Fidelio collection, Convgono Della Streghe (1983), a nude woman lies in the foreground of the painting wearing red high heel shoes and looking at another new woman behind her seemingly caught in a maelstrom. Viewers may not understand what it means, but it is impossible not to react.
In the early 1980s, Alfieri began to look at traditional means of structural support for painting. Since that time the majority of his works have been created via easel painting. The traditional sizes of canvases that are used in easel painting are, therefore, juxtaposed against the unusual subject matter that is frequently depicted in his fantastic works.
Alfieri has had exhibitions in both Italy and Spain since 1963 as well as a number of one man shows throughout Italy and the United States since 1972.