Alex Bertaina

Alex is a self-taught painter and was born in Turin in 1963, he lives and work in Cuneo in North West Italy.
Since I was a child drawing has been to me a prime channel of expression, I remember that at school I enjoyed making pictures from the incomprehensible scribbling of my classmates.
My training came at first from the late Marco Lattes, who helped me to correct gaps in my knowledge of working with watercolour. In the early 1990’s I had a close pictorial association with my friend Pierpaolo Giraudo with whom I shared a trip to the Aosta Valley in search of picturesque views.

A memory often arises in me when I come home, a picture where I see a pristine landscape in which prevails a diffused warm lighting that envelops everything. This desire for unspoiled nature in which man has not yet humanized landscape has been travelling with me since my childhood, when in the jumble of scribbles made by my classmates at school I tried to create my own world clean and tidy.
In the works I sense the tension and stress of modern life where nothing ever stands still and we are quickly overwhelmed by the frenzy of passing time. I do not surrender to it and I seek for purity in a contaminated place due to human intervention on the environment , where the profit was not able to defend the territory causing him serious injuries.
Antonella Michelon recently wrote “… Sky and sea united as united is our existence between transport towards nature and departure from it because of our discordant lifestyle, but the sea, where everything flows, takes away the fears, the stress and gives us back moments of peace … “Maybe my sky and my sea are united, as our existence, between transport towards nature and departure from it and they shall treat these wounds.”
In 1997, Elizabeth Planca wrote “composition that mingles perspective planes in an almost futurist simultaneity but without movement and fury. In their place, the quiet of memory. “I seek for this movement with cuts of light that often cross my works as a guiding light or as big arms wrapped around trees, houses, roads and waterways, segmenting nature and making it react using a juxtaposition of colours.
Vertical or horizontal cuts and superimposing interplays, dismantled and dense images that look like rainbow geometries full of light and colour; which reflects its vibrancy and brilliance.
This is my dreamed landscape.
Painting is for me
Alex Bertaina