The Misnaming of Objects

Displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, visions seen in half-waking states – these are the dominant themes in the work of Carlo Trevisan, a painter and poet who was born in Cesena in northern Italy. He went to school in Sansepolcro, the birthplace of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca (1415-1492), and later attended the University of Pisa. Today, Carlo is based in the city of Camaiore in Tuscany.

He began to paint in 1990 under the influence of surrealism. From 1992 to 2001, he was editor of Sinopia, an art magazine directed by his friend, the painter and writer Serafino Beconi. Since 2004, Carlo has devoted himself fully to painting. His travels across Europe have allowed him to understand and operate within the world of international contemporary art.

Carlo Trevisan

The artist is interested in “challenging the real world”. He likes to “misname” the objects around us. Carlo plucks things out of our everyday world, places them within a fantastical dimension and attaches to them a new and memorable label.

Cow-zebra hybrids, pig and ball fusions, anthropomorphised pears, flying vespas – all of these and more are displayed against a plain, mostly blue, background. As the paintings play with logic, disrupt our routine expectations and defamiliarise the mundane, they calm us with their delicate but sophisticated sense of humour.

Learn more about Carlo Trevisan on his website (, Carré d’artistes ( and Saatchi Art profiles ( The featured painting is called “Strength and Innocence”.

Images used with permission.


Vespa Volant (“Flying Vespa”)


La tentazione (“The Temptation”)


Porc-balle (“Pig-ball”)


L’esprit de familie (“The Spirit of Family”)


C´est une grande idée (“It’s a Great Idea”)


Rhino Volant (“Flying Rhino”)


Vache Zèbre (“Cow Zebra”)


Chiot (“Puppy”)


La porta aperta (“The Open Door”)


Le crèature (“Creature”)


Légèreté (“Lightness”)


L´esprit français (“The French Spirit”)


Marina con scacchi (“Marina with chess”)


Monsieur et madame poires (“Mr. and Mrs. Pear”)


Pranzo surreale (“Surreal Lunch”)


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