Silvio Porzionato is a figurative painter who prefers to work on large scale canvases in oil and acrylic. His paintings are personal reflections on men and women, and inevitably, the flow of time. He often bases his portraits on photographs of himself and his friends.
Porzionata makes the ordinary extraordinary, he takes photos of friends and people he meets on the streets and turns them into the focus of his photorealistic artworks. One of the things I like about these images is how he will do studies of his subjects from different angles showing different facets of their faces.
I first heard of him through a project where he created 100 paintings to show the growth and life of a man between 0 - 99 years old. These were displayed in a huge imposing semi-circular arc which the viewer stood at the centre of faced head on by all the ages of man, imposing and inspiring.
Porzionato finds a beauty in any face, I am inspired by the fact he hadn't picked up a paintbrush until he was in his early 30s. He had a chance meeting with a painter in India who claimed he looked like a painter and should be a painter, this was the start of his new career.