Serena - Maisto
It was 1998 when Serena Maisto (born in Mendrisio, Switzerland, in 1982) painted her first painting just for fun, in response to the request of a physiotherapy practice. As soon as Serena saw her work hanging on the wall, she felt a strange sensation that was difficult to explain. But does it really need explaining now? Serena realized that her art was made for places, for people; it was art that desired to be intimately tied to the men and women who found themselves in front of it each day. An old Sergio Endrigo read: “Life, my friend, is the art of the encounter”. This here is Serena’s secret: her work is alive because it is woven with encounters, because her creative emotion is personal above all else, like in a mysterious meeting between the painter and the person who buys her paintings.
Over the years, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s action painting, Serena Maisto has experimented on new ways and new techniques. For some years she has enjoyed playing with light and shadow, tracing its lines on the clear surface of Plexiglas, and experimenting with steel, aluminium, wood, glass and the world of sculpture and light sculpture. These limitations – the place, person, medium, size, colour – do not reduce the freedom of the person painting, but are enriching, a continuous challenge. True artistic freedom, in fact, is not in the absence of rules, but in succeeding to find the right rules.