Romana Marzaduri  (Bologna 1956) 


Daughter of a decorator, since childhood breathes art and colors.

She, too, restores and then draws and creates.

She graduates as fashion designer and for twenty years works in the fashion world, after a 6-year experience as commercial graphic designer.

Suffering a serious illness stops her. Then the struggle and healing. Painting becomes therapy and main activity in a rediscovered serenity. She regularly practices yoga.

The color of her works, alludes to some profound aspects of the soul, its relationships with feelings, matter and materiality, and serves as a link between the worlds of passion and realism.

In this sense, the contemporary panorama offers as a reference point the "magical realism" of Hopper.

Romana depicts faces in rarefied interiors or urban landscapes in their everyday mediocrity. And even when life seems to be there, loneliness and detachment take over.

The figures become almost anonymous in a disenchanted realism.

To believe in the representation of reality and in the objective fidelity of the vision, expressing solitude, banality, the usual, in an explosion of colors wrapped in silence.

Painting the contemporary seems vaguely a bit out of fashion, but the photographic cut highlights emotions, feelings, pain and joy going beyond the simple description of what is represented. Is reality what is seen or what we want to see ...?

As the word itself says, "Magical Realism" is poetry located halfway between the magical element, surrealistic and realistic representation, without neglecting any detail, but with the inclusion of "magical" elements (sometimes even only one) while described just as realistically

(for example the Walt Disney characters used by Romana).

The idea of her paintings is always born "from fact", that is, from the truth:

interiors of houses, metropolitan scenes, lights reflected from the street, urban views, where the image is stripped of any symbol, to become a set of shapes, colors and light.

A sort of sadness and melancholy hovers in its urban landscapes, in interior rooms, in cafes, Romana's art is in the truth of things, leaving to the viewer the imagination and the possibility to decipher emotions through the reality painted in her works.

From the beginning of her artistic activity, Romana's sensitivity and pictorial ability, have taken her to the path of painting human portraits.

Through the eyes entering into a interior view, she succeeds in emphasizing the soul

of the person portrayed, expressing joys and pain or simply an absence.

The settings, mostly urban, highlight their magical realism drawing attention also to the context of the work.

Like painters of the past, thanks to the characteristics of her style, Romana often receives commissions to paint portraits, and she frequently engages and enjoys setting them through her vision of the surrounding world and making them become participating subjects in her works.