Serge Micheloni is a painter and an architect
fascinated by composition and light. His work is "figurative".
He loves the beauty of simple objects in the environment of his house in
the Trento region in Italy or in his workshop in Rueil-Malmaison near Paris.
His "serial" still life paintings proceed from the basic ideas
that the same objects can be repeated in different situations, playing
with position and attitudes, background and light to create new visual
effects. Painters like Heda in the XVII century and most recently Morandi,
whose paintings Serge appreciates for the silence, the stillness and the
poetry, had used the same approach in their production. Micheloni goes
a step further because he loves to create "serial" paintings.
They can be seen like diptychs, triptychs or polyptics where some objects
remains still while others are moved in the space, rotated or transfigured.
The still life concept is then destroyed by the intrinsic motion of the
objects and by the fact that the viewer can hang the paintings the way
he wants (re)creating thus a new spatial organization of the canvases and
the objects. Another aspect of Micheloni's paintings is the nearly total
absence of food and ornamentation which is usual in most still life. No
pies, oysters, fruits or Venetian drinking cups with transparent white
wine; no hourglasses or skulls, jewels or crimson velvet, to remind the
viewer of the vanity of life like in the XVII century Dutch paintings.
Very seldom a bottle and a glass half empty with red wine or a loaf of
bread brings a simple natural touch to an otherwise abstract world. Micheloni's
paintings are submerged in a poetic atmosphere created by the delicacy
of the brush strokes and the skilful use of the "sfumato".