Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Sergio and Margarita, Havana, 2001,
Chromogenic print, 20 in x 16 in,
Vincenzo Pietropaolo once remarked “I photograph the human condition”. Pietropaolo lives in Toronto, Canada, but travels extensively to document various cultures, cities, people and their way of life. Mexico, Cuba, Italy, Portugal, New York, Toronto all have been subjects of his work. The preservation of the natural environment has also been a significant subject of Pietropaolo’s work, a theme seen in his series on trees in both Italy and Canada.
In Pietropaolo’s colourful collage like chromogenic print, Sergio and Margarita, Havana, 2001, reproduced above, the image conveys a profound sense of optimism. A couple standing at their hand painted and unique mosaic tiled door gazing upwards at a new day, seemingly unaffected by the decay of the building and the city streets. As a rule, Pietropaolo asks consent of the individual before he includes them in a photograph and often will ask the subject a question related to that moment. The male subject of this photograph comments “Look at the bicycle I use for work, the tire’s bald, it has no rubber left, and I don’t have money to buy a new one, but I forge ahead with no complaints. Human dignity, one has to take care of it.”
Vincenzo Pietropaolo’s exquisite photographs of Havana have been exhibited in art galleries in New York City, Philadelphia, Hamilton, Toronto and Havana. Pietropaolo’s photographs are included in many public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON, The Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC., Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, MN.
James Rottman Fine Art carries a significant inventory of original gelatin silver prints and chromogenic prints(photographs) by Vincenzo Pietropaolo. Do not hesitate to contact us with inquiries regarding this artwork or other works by Vincenzo Pietropaolo.
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