Striking Textures in the Work of Ilde Maurizi on View at Agora Gallery

New York City, NY (PressExposure) December 16, 2011 -- Rough, worked textures collide with opulent, vibrant colors in Italian artist Ilde Maurizi's works. Through nuanced, vividly physical and painterly surfaces, Maurizi's paintings speak to our contemporary connection with the excitement of the past. A sense of mystery thus pervades these lushly worked paintings, evoking both intrigue and fascination. The artist uses a number of painterly techniques, and blends materials into her paints in order to achieve the hewn, classical impastos that whisk the viewer away to a time long past. In her work, Maurizi challenges herself to portray reality truly and authentically, as it appears in actuality, yet through her intoxicating use of color and figuration, this reality is alluringly steeped in poetic beauty. "I am inspired by everything that arouses an expressive female face or a landscape reflected on the water," she says.

Ilde Maurizi attended the International Art Academy of Rome and since 2001 has shared her expertise with the pupils of Scienza dell'Arte of Rome, a private painting school where she is presently working as a teaching assistant.

Exhibition Dates: December 23, 2011 - January 12, 2012
Reception: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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About the Exhibition:

Celebrate the holiday season by bringing the warmth and energy of the Mediterranean to your day through art that will stay with you for a lifetime. This winter, Agora Gallery is proud to present two exhibitions that will brighten your weeks and leave you full of optimism and wonder. Born of Fire: Carlo Proietto / a Solo Exhibition presents the work of a talented Italian artist whose medium of choice is classical pyrography. He uses fire and intense heat to create his intriguing artworks in a way that shows why this unusual medium deserves to become part of the contemporary art world. Evocative, powerful and bursting with vitality, the works combine a realistic perspective on the present with determined hope for the future. Equally inspirational is the art of The Odyssey Within: an Exhibition of Fine Art by Greek and Italian Artists, which embraces the rich potential of the world and encourages its audience to share the same enthusiasm for the hidden aspects of what we see. Poignantly personal yet appealing universal, these works will find echoes in viewers' own experiences and journeys.

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The Odyssey Within: an Exhibition of Fine Art by Greek and Italian Artists:
Vito Aroma | Fausto Arrighi | Fulvio Biancatelli | Perry Bianchini | Nietta d''Atena | Ermeti Martina | Mara Fabbro | Veronica Ghio | Maurizio Giarnetti | Guglielmi Giovanni | Giovanna Grannò | Paola Guerra | Antonis Hambas | Maria Kavvou-Vlataki | Lisa Londi | Luciana Manelli | Vito Matera | Ilde Maurizi | Joshef Matè | Monica Morganti | Armida "Pupa" Nardi | Palma Nasoni | Inna Orlik | Bruno Pozzi | Adolfo Pretorino | Luciano Primavera | Alessio Ranaldi | Floriana Rigo

Born of Fire: Carlo Proietto / a Solo Exhibition
Carlo Proietto

About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City's Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Gallery II, an elegant adjacent gallery space, gives artists the ideal area for a solo or group exhibition of their own, organized and publicized by Agora Gallery. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY
Tel. (212) 226 - 4151

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