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Atilio Pernisco composes and houses his artwork in his Los Angeles based studio

Atilio Pernisco composes and houses his artwork in his Los Angeles based studio

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Atilio Pernisco composes and houses his artwork in his Los Angeles based studio

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Art plays a role in society that has existed since the dawn of man. From cave paintings to renaissance discoveries, and the widespread adoption of techniques that have been cultivated for centuries, art’s creative movement is stronger than ever.

Meet Atilio Pernisco, Los Angeles based artist who has spent decades honing his craft of painting and composition. Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pernisco’s inspiration comes from his memories growing up in South America. Pernisco is also a member of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) Visual Arts Faculty and currently teaches students topics such as color theory and composition in art.

In the heart of Los Angeles, Pernisco’s personal studio is home to a large body of works that he’s created over the years. Notably, his current works in progress; sizeable canvases hanging on the walls.

At the core of Pernisco’s art, he finds himself describing his work as uncertain. Through the uncertainty in his painting, he is truly free from any restriction and can approach his paintings any way he pleases.

Atilio explained the significance of uncertainty in painting:

“It comes and goes, kind of like in your dreams. You really are vivid in dreams. Your dreams are symbolic of your daily life.”

Stepping through Pernisco’s studio, one can sense a feeling of movement, vivid memory recollection and the unique sense of daydreaming that he attempts to capture in his compositions. In one painting in particular, Pernisco portrays a man formed completely out of pillows lying in bed. According to him, this portrays a sense of contemporary masculinity that he feels is played on by the irony of the pillows.

“Why is there an idea of a frame?” asked Pernisco. “What is the idea of a painting protected by a frame?”

Beyond the paint, Pernisco took time to address the concepts that make up the overall work itself. Through the frame and the depicted scene, a specific story is told.

Pointing at the compositions of each canvas upon the wall, he explained his reasoning:

“It was always this place where, for me, I asked what and why. It is about mortality of course, leaving something behind. It needs to be protected, it needs to be singled out.”

To Pernisco, the canvas is where creative exploration and uncertainty reign free.

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