GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM

GALLERI ANDERSSON/SANDSTRÖM

Chiara Albertoni, Caught in a Web, 2007
Chiara Albertoni, Caught in a Web, 2007, oil on canvas

The art of Chiara Albertoni galvanizes around the fine handicraft of her hyper-detailed oil paintings. As a modern Romantic, she exposes the complexity of nature by the use of extreme close-ups, where details are transformed into colossal landscapes, and the concrete becomes alien and abstract.


Chiara Albertoni uses nature as a mirror. Her work vibrates with expression, on the same breadth of scale as human emotion. Here, one finds a raw sincerity which is neither good nor evil. The stylized nature in Albertoni’s painting has a tangible integrity, although the artist herself is worried about the future of our environment, and the environmental politics in her homeland of Italy add fuel to her anxiety. Her engagement with the environment materializes on the canvas. There she portrays the nature which many take for granted, and she is aware that her paintings may in the future resemble a family album, glimpses of a world gone by. In this sense, Chiara Albertoni’s art may perhaps be best seen as a contemporary memento mori.

Chiara Albertoni was born in 1979 in Padova, Italy. She lives and works in the village of Montegaldella, outside of Vicenza in northern Italy and exhibits throughout Europe.