PainterBorn : 1956, Milan (Italy)
Petrini uses an avant-gardist, neo-figurative approach to look into the compact darkness of the masses of urban rubbish; the result of modern consumerism. He investigates the metallic & mechanical scraps, looking for combinations of shapes and points of light to bring us his version of the “new nature”: the rubbish on the town’s limits; a silent symbol of the existence and experiences of modern humanity.
Petrini’s phenomenally detailed technique and extreme concentration is brought back to simplicity with his use of shades of mono-chromatic colours. His history is evident within his stories, returning us to his adolescence and the events that have shaped his life: his father’s death; the abandoning of his artistic studies to work in a factory; and, his early love of Magritte, Mird and pop-art. For five years Petrini worked in a printing house, and it was the daily hard contact with the machines that, in a psychological sense, absorbed his own individuality. Sinuous and seductive wires mark the complexity of his emotions; his story, lost in the superficiality of consumerism, inevitably destined, like the objects he paints, to be substituted and abandoned.