The European Son

80 x 107 cm
Wood, nails, plastic, cardboard, plaster, painting (gouache)

You killed your European son
You spit on those under twenty-one
But now your blue car’s gone
You better say so long
Hey hey, bye bye bye
(Lou Reed)

It is a wooden panel that you see, a found object that attracted the artist’s interest because of the reflections of natural colours that it gave off. The intervention is given only by the yellow stain, the sky-blue strip on cardboard, the three red dots on the already existing holes, the blue plastic cartridges on the nails, which also already existed, the choice of the frame, in terms of material and size.

The reference to the raw material is obvious. An original material that speaks for itself.

The minimal intervention dominated by pre-existing presences, and therefore by chance, is a fundamental reference for the artist.

The rudimentary, unfinished, imperfect, but unique, inescapable and definitive act. Disregard for conventions and style. The respectful dialogue with the material and the intrinsic and original form of the work.

Travel sketchbook workshop – the Mali

This is the drawing I made during the interesting workshop held by my friend and fellow artist Barnaba Salvador, an expert watercolourist and traveller, to learn more about techniques for making travel carnets

Watercolor on paper, ink, pen

A connoisseur of African lights and cultures, he accompanied us on a discovery of MALI, with a montage of different views from different distances: a mosque, a pirogue and a close-up view of a woman wearing large gold wedding earrings. The images treated in watercolour and finished with retouches in pen and Indian ink are then accompanied by written information. There is a good reflection of the distribution of the written parts and the composition of the picture.

The workshopg was organised by the very active ONDA CREATIVA association in Padua, of which I am a member and at which I offer my WEBINARS on art history and drawing in Italian and French.

For more information on my WEBINARS on Art History and Drawing.

The ateliers of Barnaba Salvador and the other artists at ONDA CREATIVA:

Instant Landscape

A photographic image obtained without the use of a camera, by placing objects on a photosensitive surface (paper or photographic film) and then exposing it directly to light.

Digigraphy from a photogram made by the author
18×18 cm (print 21×29,7 cm)
2017 – 2022

Inspired by the work of Man Ray, “Rayography”, from which it takes its name, is a “photograph obtained simply by placing the object between the sensitive paper and the light source”.
Man Ray says: “Captured in moments of visual detachment, during periods of emotional contact, these images are the oxidations of residues, fixed by light and chemistry, of living organisms. “(quote from Man Ray, Self-portrait, 1963, Actes Sud, 1998).
In fact, if you look closely at the little white dot, it is a tiny insect that was passing in front of the light source.


Digigrafie. Nuove sperimentazioni. Disegno-Ritocco e colore digitale-stampa su carta fine art firmata e numerata in tiratura limitata.

21×29,7 cm

Each step, including the digital acquisition and printing procedures, is part of the artist’s reflection and realisation.

Digigraph from original drawing on Fine Art paper

21×29,7 cm

Crossed views

It is not only the eyes of the two women that cross paths on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photograph, but it is the artist’s own gaze that passes over the famous photograph in a journey that is at once manual, perceptive and analytical.

(study after Henri Cartier-Bresson)
30 x 40 cm

By studying in a pictorial key the composition of the image, the depth given by the perspective played out diagonally, and the relationships of chiaroscuro, starting from a black and white photograph, rebalanced by colour, Stefano Zago reflects on the dynamics of observation by confronting the perceptive mechanisms of his predecessor. Taking into account the physiological time needed to produce the work, the artist dives slowly and carefully into the depths of the artistic process, producing new results and unexpected discoveries.
The use of gouache, an inherently opaque paint, requires a precise choice of colours in order to effectively render areas of light and shadow.