Simon Pasini painting

Paintings by Simon Pasini

Simon Pasini was born in Genoa in 1976. When Pasini was 4 years old he moved to South-Africa with his family, where he created a passion for art and painting. He is one of those contemporary artists who gladly stand on the shoulders of the Old Masters in order to get a better view of the boundless potential of painting.

He captures the light in a masterly manner in his interiors and city scenes, in a similar fashion to his celebrated predecessors (such as the Venetian Masters Giorgione, Titian and Veronese). This gifted painter makes it very evident that he has been classically trained and that he is a master of the fresco technique in the way that he goes about his work. Even though his work builds on all the achievements in painting over the course of the centuries, he remains very modern, in every respect.

Simon Pasini would be perfectly capable of painting anything that crossed his path, yet he has a strong preference for interiors and scenes featuring people who seem unaware that they are there. They are completely engrossed in their daily activities. But, in spite of their unremarkable appearance, they are essential for the vitality and the atmosphere of the scenes. In Pasini’s world, they act as catalysts that fix, freeze or preserve a fleeting moment. The subjects and other elements (such as a façade, a wet street, market stalls, a window or a table in a café) are vital links for the painter in order to sublimate the chiaroscuro in his paintings.

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