Who I am

Sara Bartolini, in art Bartó, was born in Pescia (Pistoia) in 1985. Since childhood she has shown an innate interest in painting that she has the opportunity to put into practice thanks to the lessons received from the painter Sirio Bocci.

Just as it happened in the Tuscan Renaissance, Bartó learns drawing and painting directly in the workshop” from his master and mentor of painting.
After graduating in advertising graphics, Bartó devotes herself to following her family’s business, but after a short time she returns to painting, completely changing her style compared to her first artistic works: the landscapes and portraits of the early years are replaced by abstract works and much textured, made of oil, acrylic and wax.

Above all, this latter element becomes a real brand” that characterizes Bartó’s works in recent years: as in an ecstatic dance, the wax flows are combined with the emotions transmitted by the artist’s body and which he reports in her canvases for transmit them to the observer.

Sara Bartolini’s works have been exhibited on various national and international occasions: on the reinterpretation of Italian art “Art Now”, on the occasion of the “Leonardo Da Vinci” International Award (Florence); the artist also participated in the Luxembourg Art Prize 2020”, in the International Contemporary Art Competition”, Yicca”, She was among the selected for the
International Art Award, Arte Laguna Prize” 2020/2021 and for the “La Quadrata” 2021 competition organized by the “Il Melograno” gallery (Livorno).

She took part in the international competitions Ars Gratia Artis” 2021 organized by the cultural association Art Space” at the “Hub / Art” gallery
(Milan) where she was among the seven finalists, in addition to the international competition “Ars Et Lux” 2021 (Milan).

Among her group exhibitions, those in February, March, April and May 2021 at the “Il Melograno” Gallery (Livorno) are worthy of note. She participated in the “Ambientart” exhibition at the Russian center of art and culture in Rome organized by the cultural association Art Space”.

In July she took part in the collective Hideaway” at the Palazzo Ducale in Genova organized by “Divulgarti Group”. From 17 August to 26 September she held his first personal exhibition “Percorsi nelle Anime” at the Forte Stella in Porto Ercole (Grosseto). From 27 to 29 August she participated in the second edition of the international contemporary art fair, “art3f”, at Chapiteau de Fontvieille in the Principality of Monaco.

From 2 to 8 October she will participate in the contemporary art exhibition “La quadrata d’Autunno” at the Melograno Art Gallery in Livorno. She will be present, from 27 to 29 August at the second edition of the international contemporary art fair, “art3f”, at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in the Principality of Monaco. From 15 October to 30 November she will be present at the contemporary art exhibition “Fuera de la caja” at the Museo del Mar de Santa Pola in Alicante (Spain) organized by “Divulgarti Group”.

Bartó is planning numerous other competitions and both collective and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad.

Sara Bartolini, in art Bartó, was born in Pescia (Pistoia) in 1985. Since her childhood she has shown an innate interest in painting that she can now  put into practice thanks to the lessons received from the painter Sirio Bocci.

Just as it was in the Tuscan Renaissance, Bartó learns drawing and painting directly “in the workshop” from his master and mentor of painting.
After graduating in advertising graphics, Bartó devotes herself to following her family’s business, but after a short time she returns to painting, completely changing her style:  the landscapes and the portraits of the early years are replaced by abstract works,  very texturedmade of oil, acrylic and wax.

Above all, this latter element becomes a real “brand” that has been featuring  Bartó’s works in recent years: as in an ecstatic dance, the wax flows are combined with the emotions conveyed  by the artist’s body  which she shows on  her canvasses  transmitting them to the viewer.

Sara Bartolini’s works have been exhibited on various national and international occasions:

  • at Palazzo XimènesPanciatichi in Florence, September 2020, on the occasion of “Leonardo da Vinci” International Award and then published on the Italian Art Magazine “Art Now”
  • at “Luxembourg Art Prize 2020”
  • at “Yicca Art Prize- International Contest of Contemporary Art” in 2020
  • at “Art Laguna Prize” and “Arte Laguna World” 2020/21 exhibitions
  • at “La Quadrata” 2021 competition organized by “Il Melograno” Gallery in Livorno.
  • at the International Exhibition “Ars Gratia Artis” in 2021, organized by the cultural association “Art Space” at “Hub Art” association in Milan where she was amongthe seven finalists.
  • at the International competition “Ars and Lux”, in May 2021, in the Spazio Arte Tolomeno in Milan.
  • at the February, March, April and May 2021 group exhibitions in “Il Melograno” Gallery in Livorno.
  • at the show “Ambientarti”, June 2021, at the “Centro Russo di Scienza e Cultura “ in Palazzo Santacroce in Rome, organized by the cultural association “Art Space” with the presentation of the art critic Vittorio Sgarbi.
  • at the collective “Hideway”, July 2021, at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, organized by “Divulgarti Group”
  • from 17th August to 26th September 2021 at Forte Stella in Porto Ercole, Argentario, Grosseto, for her first personal Exhibition “Percorsi nelle anime”
  • at the International Fair of Contemporay Art “art3f”, August 2021, at Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Principality of Monaco.
  • at the Contemporary Art Festival “La Quadrata d’Autunno”, October 2021, at Melograno Art Gallery in Livorno.
  • at the Contemporary Art Show “Fuera de la caja”, October 2021, at the mar de Santa Pola Museum in Alicante, Spain, organized by Divulgarti Group”
  • at the collective show “Art Collection”, December 2021, organized by Divulgarti, in collaboration with ARconTE at Palazzo Pisani-Revedin in Venice
  • at February, March, April, May 2022 collective shows at “Il Melograno “Gallery in Livorno
  • at “Framing “show, June 2022, at Medina Art Gallery in Rome
  • since July 2022 she will be present on Singulart digital art gallery
  • her works will be on show from 21st to 23rd October 2022 in Paris at Carousel du Louvre

Criticism

“In Sara Bartolini’s work, the flow of emotions and the importance of human relationships are the starting point of her artistic poetics.

Bartó translates her experience into Matter: after several artistic experiments, many of them self-taught, she comes to create her works with an energetic and vital charge that translates into oil, acrylic and wax compounds.

Her chromatic explosions and swirls of light refer not only to experiences from her own life, but also to a more global reflection on the need for interpersonal connections and, therefore, also on the continuous change of human existence and social relations.

The materiality of her more abstract works makes it possible to place the artist within a more contemporary line of the artistic and pictorial current of Informal Art. In her abstract paintings, form gives way to the flow of oils and acrylics on her canvases and, as in an ecstatic dance, the wax casts become part of the work, which on many occasions also becomes an expression of her body with the tangible presence of hand and footprints, as in a work of body art.

The works of Sara Bartolini, who is Tuscan by origin, are not only influenced by more contemporary artistic currents: the use of wax in painting is an ancient technique that has its roots in Greek and Roman antiquity and in Tuscan Da Vinci painting, but which she reworks in an entirely personal and contemporary key, always as a reflection of her own inner feelings.

The titles of her works allude to the emotional charges that the artist tries to make tangible with her paintings: at a time when the human being is alone in front of his troubles, Sara Bartolini communicates that the sense of ancestral bewilderment before the experiences and trials of life is something universal.

A message that she entrusts to her painting, to the wax of the candles, thus putting together a completely unique artistic grammar that gives the observer the opportunity to reflect on the world around him, the events that involve him, and above all on his deepest self.”

Francesca Della Ventura,

journalist, curator and art critic (Düsseldorf, Germany).

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