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Isaia Antonaci was born in Sesto San Giovanni (Mi) in 1985, after studying at the Brera Academy in Milan, he dedicated his research to martial arts and eastern philosophies, traveling in Asia and living in New York. In his art a post-vandal matrix emerges, in which the sign has been able to reach an intimate and contemplative identifying value. The study and the proximity of the martial disciplines have transported a gestural / urban figuration towards a process of transformation and reduction of the material itself, evolving a singular pictorial technique, built of “empty” and indirect actions, experienced in absence and fullness as a reflection of the Zen teaching.

“Action is fullness in the void. From this principle all the work comes.
The result of the journey is liberation. The pictorial gestures dominate the form, the act is incisive, measured. Extremely aggressive elements break up the image, becoming the subjects themselves, if not myself. Body language replaces figurative language as a channel for transmitting information. The sign becomes testimony of the present; traced and translated from one surface to another, it imprints the consequence of an action in the pictorial dimension. The “mold matrices”, used as a means of translating the traces, overturn the work, where the residue of the body and the dissolved elements become protagonists.

The goal, as for the painting, remains a facade, the starting point, a mirror in which to confront, where to reduce, eliminate any rigidity, any representation of a Self wanted by an unconscious rationality. “the gold is locked in the casket until its release”: it is a martial concept and of personal evolution. Purity has no form , spontaneously re-emerges through fasting from superfluos. The surfaces are excavated, remodeled, deposited outdoors, left in molds one on top of the other to transfer their own substance. Their task is to respond adequately to the unconscious state of our form, in relation to the external contrasts that surround us and alter ourselves, where Man finds himself and confronts himself with the abstraction of his image. What is the difference between alteration and evolution, what cancels us and what instead allows the change towards a different consciousness? The change becomes a key to dialogue between the work and the viewer. Metamorphosis is the basis of this language and everything is well defined in a mental order in which the pattern is the change itself. But are we really masters of every data that manipulates our Form?  The truth is a path of identity that we can rediscover through the movement of the body. Meditating and acting, in the totality of the moment we are reunited in the divine being. The gaze seeks the infinite in the depths of Man, so that the works contemplate towards singular representation for an ever deeper clarity of identity, in a moment where the vision of self and self in the collective is in continuous reorganization and disintegration, interconnected with a voracious society that leaves a constant dimension of uncertainty.”