Giuseppe Linardi was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. Very young he moved to Follonica, in Tuscany, where he lives and works. He attended the Art School of Grosseto and graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Florence. Although the first phase of the artist’s work was devoted to Hyperrealism, his style has developed into a more spontaneous manner, passing through various techniques and subjects: from still lifes and landscapes to large hyperrealistic portraits, from dripping painting techniques to sculptures and installations.
In recent years, fully convinced that every idea should be developed through appropriate means, the artist has been carrying out various projects, always moving on the border between abstraction and figuration.
Today, “decoding” is the keyword for the artist’s pictorial work. The images he painted in the past, trying to make them as real as possible, almost palpable, are now dissected, dismembered and reduced to the limit of figuration. That painting, so perfect, carried out in an almost maniacal way, now explodes and shatters into brushstrokes. These signs of schizophrenia, called “codes” by the artist himself (hence the name “decoding” given to his technique), are the constitutive elements of his new artistic research. It is a painting technique which allows him to paint more freely than in the past, when he sticked to the rules of academic hyperrealistic painting. His present technique is the result of long-term research, experimentation on subjects, deconstruction and reconstruction of images.
All the images he paints with this technique require a deep reading skills, a visual effort that is rewarded by the discovery of the subject, which is slowly revealed and continuously enriched with new details. Giuseppe Linardi artworks are a not-to-be-missed optical experience. His bright canvases are sources of optical sensations as disconcerting as magic-eye pictures or interactive screens.
In front of his paintings the viewers get mesmerized by the decoding of the signs that take them back to the chaos of certain aspects of daily lives. The artist’s clever pigment manipulation transforms static images into vibrant animations which become metaphors for the intricate design of the universe.