“Shared Lives,” a unique exhibition at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic, features the paintings of a husband and wife from Buenos Aires, Pablo Noce and Paula Cecchi.
The oil paintings describe the space, people and places that inhabit the couple’s shared life. The works include their corners, home, plants, friends and especially the bond with their son, Dante. Each painting shares a different life experience.
Noce concentrates on plants, spaces, his wife and the couple’s son. Cecchi – who studied in school to become a medical doctor — details fragments of life and dreams through her paintings in which her friends, she, her husband and their son, merge into a cosmos of colors, shapes, flowers and wildlife.
Noce describes their style as realistic, but a contemporary realism that draws on other styles and subjectivity of the artist. Cecchi combines realism with a symbolic color and imaginary elements while her husband builds the painting from the color and brushstroke without drawing.
This is their first exhibition in the United States and they are planning another maybe next year in New York. “We like to share our world to people from other countries,” Noce says. “We would like viewers to connect with realities and feelings through painting, taking time to let the painting take them to their own memories and feelings.”
“In this new body of work, Cecchi and Noce are masterful in their abilities to recreate brief glimpses of life in their paintings,” says Alfredo Ratinoff, the exhibition’s curator and an artist himself. “The figures and the elements in their compositions at times seem to be taken from a fond memory, fresh in its boldness and color, yet not always in focus, events ever-changing in our minds as they are colored with new life experiences. Each image portrays both an intimacy of a moment between two people and the careful observation of the person, the event and the surroundings,” he observes.
“Capturing movement, reality and color in composition, especially those that include dynamic, figurative forms,” Ratinoff says, “is one of the most difficult tasks for the artist since the light is always changing in the composition, altering color values and perception in the eye of the artist, not to mention the constant movement of the figure, both in body and expression.”
The couple’s work is somewhat unique in that one rarely finds a husband and wife who both share the joy of oil painting. Their artwork, says Ratinoff, is “most of all, a portrayal of the pure enjoyment of the painting medium where color has no limit and where possibilities are endless because in the poetic and fleeting images in their work, they reflect the most beautiful, pure and joyous essence of human life.”
Noce artworks often arise from the need to pictorially capture situations that are generated in the field of home-workshop. The home becomes the theme of his work and everything that happens there is an image to represent. This is his universe. He shows his daily world, a young man who sees life as art and thus feels the need to share it.
Cecchi paints loved ones, be they people, pets, flowers or wildlife. Everything is wrapped in an atmosphere where the color is distributed in volume to the central image, a membrane that surrounds the nucleus of the cell. The image is her structure. Many of her figures face the viewer while others pose in an intimate profile. These techniques confirm that what one sees here is the work of an artist and not a mere copy of a resemblance.
The exhibition remains open to the public at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic through Jan. 28, 2016. Please contact the embassy for details.