MAX PELLEGRINI

Max Pellegrini’s paintings are a flashback in classic and pop culture — a trip in time with poignant narratives embedded in symbolic references. For the better part of 50 years, the Turin-based artist has used photography and painting — and a visual vocabulary of trippy landscapes, beautiful people, and meaningful symbols — to compose his stories. Pellegrini’s work embodies the culture of the 20th century, drawing on the ideas of the Masters and giving them new context and relevance. His psychedelic works often reference music, literature, fashion, and iconography. With his dynamic style of layering and superimposing image fragments over the background, narrative clues surface and then seem to disappear. The artist has said his way of painting springs from an earthly attempt to attain something transcendental.

Born in 1945, Pellegrini attended the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti and was professor of urban sociology at the Polytechnic University of Turin. He mounted his first solo exhibition in 1966 at Il Punto gallery in Turin, where his paintings depicted urban landscapes, cars, and the city. A year later, beautiful young women populated his canvases, reflecting the experimental counterculture but ever mindful of literature and art history, particularly 18th century painting and the early work of Caravaggio. Pellegrini is an independent, exerting a distinctive style of figuration that is almost surreal performance art in its execution. Ultimately, his paintings assert a conceptual way of thinking—assembling relevant elements as one might in Adobe Photoshop, and composing images that might be personal in conception but almost universal in experience and meaning.

MAX PELLEGRINI
Il Dormiento, La Caduta di Icaro a Torino
oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 98 1/2 in.
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Il Cavallo di Padova
oil on canvas
59 x 59 in.
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Resurrection no. 3: The Faun’s rebirth
oil on canvas
39 1/4 x 51 in.
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La Geisha e il Cavaliere
oil on canvas
63 x 51 in.
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Quadro teologico in onore di Puccetto, Canarino Morto da Tempo
oil on canvas
62 3/4 x 78 3/4 in.
MAX PELLEGRINI
Rimembranze: dal bacio del Canova alla Salita al Calvario di Bosch….
oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 32 in.
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La Regina della Notte Trasforma Leda in cigno e uno scoiattolo preannuncia tempesta
oil on canvas
63 1/8 x 102 1/2 in.
MAX PELLEGRINI
Sogni di Gloria
oil on canvas
70 3/4 x 70 3/4 in.
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La Regina della Notte e della Luna
oil on canvas
63 1/4 x 79 in.
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Psiche e Amore
oil on canvas
51 1/4 x 127 in.
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La Sagra
oil on canvas
59 1/4 x 59 1/4 in.
MAX PELLEGRINI
Vita di un’anarchica: la scelta
oil on canvas
51 x 63 in.
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Gli Amanti che si amano non ci Sono per Nessuno
oil on canvas
59 1/4 x 78 3/4 x 1 in.
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Vita di un’anarchica: I ricordi delle Anime Accese
oil on canvas
51 x 63 in.
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Presepio
oil on canvas
59 1/4 x 59 1/4 x 1 in.
MAX PELLEGRINI
Costiera Amalfitana in Amalfitana Festa
oil on canvas
59 x 35 1/4 in.