About The Artist :

Giampiero Impero Panella

Giampiero Panella


Giampiero Impero Panella, Painter and Sculptor.

Born in Spoleto, Italy where he lives and works as a painter and sculptor.

He studied architect technique at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Afterwards he organized many shows of his works in Italy and abroad.

He patricipated in many art exhibitions obtaining recognintion and awards.

His work is in many public and private collections in Italy, Australia, United States and Europe.

      Article written by Paolo Pais:

Giampiero Impero Panella studied architectural tecnique at the royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His pictorial technique ranges from indian ink to water colours, from pen-and-ink to tempera painting, from oils to mixed techniques.

Giampiero Impero Panella's art is an authentic universe of signs and colours. And this world of his which is secret and populated by geometrical shapes and unreal figures, marked by a colouring rythm which is often obsessive or quite simply liberating, although so different and distant from ours, emanates intense strength and strong emotions.

And here are spaces and figures which are vaguely geometrical, soaked in colour, overflowing with it-yellows, fiery reds, lyrical and solar, which are not there merely by chance but which are the result of an interior logic known only by the author, created with a painstaking attention to detail.

This is an art form which should be savoured slowly and which reveals a deftness and fullness of touch which create a world of music and poetry.

Paolo Pais  

      Article written by Eugen Palmberg :

The simplicity of these compositions, the richness of the colours, the line and imagination, the measured composition of form offers a means of escape from all that which not lively creation, from formalism and convention.

The artist reproduces reality in the same direct manner as his eyes perceive it, he lets himself be overcome above all by that which strikes his imagination with all the emotional charge which that implies; he abandons reference points and external models and accepts only that which comes from the unconcious, transforming reality into pictorial form, the memory of that he sees into an emotional impulse.

His aim is not to seek a vision outside of reality but rather to find evasion in the nature of things and objects joyously revisited and amplified by fantasy.

The schematic presentation of forms is produced by means of geometrical shapes, circles, cones, triangles or simple lines, representing the fantastic, that which reaches the mind, chance impressions, so that the most normal of objects is transformed into work of art appealing directly to the imagination, to fantasy, to the spirit of the observer who feels that he is to a certain extent a part of his fantastic, lively, ever-moving world which the artist has created.

Eugen Palmberg   

      Article written by Luciano Lepri :

Already known for his pictorial journey, consistently aimed to a precise direction, which stands as a moment of clear and careful research, among undeniable sources of inspiration which he finds in Kandisnsky and Miro´, Giampiero Impero Panella introduces himself as a refined sculptor, very careful both to the research of shapes and to the symbolic meaning of them.

He is the author of a personal technique that reproduces in its outside aspect the consistency of bronze. Also when using the more docile clay; Panella leads with a sort of plastic purity, to sinuous and smoothed presences with a sunthesis of secure expressive effectiveness. And as much joy and light as he brings to his canvas, he is as well dignified, concrete, accurate and realist in his plastic works where, not only is he able to give a visible substance to his idea of sedictive beauty - expressed in the graceful female curves - but through them he gives us momentum, states of mind, tension and fears of the same women he is reproducing sometimes bending down, sometimes looking for a truth, meditating on their lives, sometimes finding rest on a sheltered bed or destroyed by fatigue on a station bench.

And then there are the faces, real sublimation of the suffered and noble sensitivity of Panella, that with their desperate anguish or their pitiful living lead us to a different but no less real dimension of the author of these flaming and colored paintings. The grat Manzù used to say to his students at the Accademia di Belle Arti, where he taught: "An art work gushes only from a love impulse": well, it seems to me that the beautiful plastic expression of Giampiero Impero Panella, much more than in his paintings, is gushing from an authentic, spontaneous and unrestrained impuls of love towards all of humanity.

Luciano Lepri   

      Article written by Elena Pottini :

I had the fortune recently to meet Giampiero Impero Panella, at work on his sculptures, in his Open Art in Spoleto; an open space name and reality on Art. From above, below the Duomo of Spoleto, one is surprisingly attracted by the chromatic effects of the paintings on the green background. It is a beatiful garden where the installations of the sculptures, discrtete guardians of the artists secrets, semm to have been always garrisonong the passage of the one who wants to get close. Clever in modelling the clay and in engraving it the truthfulness of the physiognomic features, the sculptures of Giampiero Impero Panella, who realizes terracotta figures of medium size, introduce themselves to the visitor in the form of bronze; thanks to the care and skill of the artist to ultimate them with the color, until realizing the oxidation steel green (color that generally is attributed to bronze).

The artist takes inspiration from the world around him. Attentive to all situations, he remained impressed by a young Black woman sitting on a bench. The image takes shape in the descriptive sculpture, according to a smoothed modelling, in which on the side of the woman in a purse, it is posslible to see a red shoe coming out of it. Such sculptures are works defined by plastic sign that is decided and strong. The man looking above is an exemplification of it, because the sculptor insists on the strong lines of the face, to increase the interrogative sense.

The artist prefers the small dimension to represent differsnt moods of the human kind, such as the spontaniety of the young Asian woman or the serenity in the face of the young daughter with straight hair. In the faces, that follow the syntetic and brief line experimented by Modigliani at the beginning of the '900, Panella carefully considers the idea to give ambient and spatial solidity, always positioning them on top of a base. Also in the woman with a hat, the half-length, elegantly refined form expressed the spatial collocation marked by the big hat with the red top. Nearby the bronze, Panella accepts the presence of red; and for the woman figure that reproduces the story of Arianna's thread, also is found in the blonde hair that recalls the myth. Few cromatic elements and then the details attributing to the connotation: because it cannot break the narrative balance of humanity that strongly tells about itself. Neither is it difficult for the artist to let the peculiarity emerge out of his work that has brought him everywhere in the world, until finally reaching far away cultures, such as America.

Elena Pottini   
Storica dell'Arte  

      Article written by Brit Sjavik :

Giampiero Impero Panella

Open Art for all in a home in the center of the historic center of Spoleto.

Brilliant colors, that express the positive vision of life, and an artistry of the clay like the bronze. Like this the Umbrian painter and sculptor creates his works.

The roots count. Indeed. When we think to have parted from them, also involuntary and life seems to take us always further away from the places where we were born, this is when they begin to work. Exactly like this is how it happened to Giampiero Impero Panella. Today a painter of all the fields but for years traveling all over the world as a functionary for the Nato’s English section. And he is a true Italian. Moreover, a Spoletino DOC, he adds smiling.

The fact that he moved at a very young age in Australia and being consequently totally bilingual, are at the base of the choice that he had taken far away, 40 years before in Umbria. But along with him there’ve always been colors and brushes. Because of the passion for painting that he had from when he was a young boy and with time he had arrived to also create sculptures.

Parallel to this, the desire to become an architect. He was admitted to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. But a family began to be formed precociously and the necessary consequence was the commitment to choose other more secure paths. But as soon as it was possible, Panella was searching for a gallery to show much of his created fantasies of art. Numerous inspiration from Klee, Kandisky, Mirò, with the shared qualities of the attraction to the form on canvas and the vivaciousness of colors.

“I prefer the simplicity of the schematic forms, inspired by geometry, like this to give the maximum emphasis to the value of colors. The pure colors, brilliant, expressing my positive vision for life, the landscapes of a daily life that I re-arrange in my mind and reproduce in an abstract form. As for the sculpture instead I consider myself a figurative. With the clay, that I treat afterward with special varnishes so that resembles the bronze, I want to express the moods of the subjects I reproduce. Then it’s up to the elements to create unusual and variegated oxidations”.

For elements Panella refers to the sun, the rain, the wind, which he considers his helpers. In fact, part of his studio-gallery is in the open, uncovered, not by chance it is called Open Art. The place is suggestive, in one of the not only most panoramic points but inside the most beautiful part of the city. Between the Duomo, Palazzo Dragoni and the Teatro Caio Melisso.

It was a big fortune that he found his house here. In the middle of the historic center. Today the house is cozy and the garden with his works, sculptures and paintings, it is one of the more appreciated parts of Spoleto. Many are surprised to be able to enter and view the art with freedom. But this is exactly what Giampiero Impero Panella wants: open art for all.

Brit Sjavik   
A Freelancer Working With Norwegian Tourism   

Giampiero Impero Panella

(c) Copyright OpenArt.ItalyExposed.com. All Rights Reserved.