“Lo scatto singolo non è più abbastanza per me; sono interessato al dinamismo della realtà. Mi intriga esplorare la terra di mezzo fra cinema, pittura e fotografia,” says Mario Rossi, born in Naples and now based in Rome – a city that he sets off from and goes back to. A single shot is not enough for him anymore. He is interested in the dynamism of reality. He wishes to explore the “middle land” between cinema, painting and photography. Geometry is an important aspect of his research. In Mario’s “middle land”, the busyness of life, the many movements of human beings are arranged in clean and neat patterns. Noises are softened, commotion is given order. The repetitive designs call to mind the rhythmic texture of musical and choreographic sequences.
Mario has been into photography since the late seventies. His involvement with the art form has a lot to do with a deeper search for a language to identity with. His point of view, he says, is influenced by his painterly vision of a place, which he transforms into a photograph. This interpretation derives from his personal study of the modern tradition of the abstract-figurative “-isms” typical of the early twentieth-century avant-garde movements in the arts. The photographers that he has looked to for inspiration are many. At the beginning of his career, he was inspired by Franco Fontana, and although he is not a reportage photographer, to Henri Cartier-Bresson. Recently, more than photography, he has been studying the history of painting – paying attention to figures like Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Umberto Boccioni.
According to Mario, an artist must show “the real” from a different, unusual perspective; art cannot save the world but it can allow you to live better. His work has been exhibited in several galleries in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Lecce, Naples, Amsterdam, Paris, London, New York, Philadelphia, Berlin and Dubai. His artwork Travellers#1 is included in the collections of the Philadelphia University of the Arts and of the France Public Library.