Symbols and Stories: The Meanings Behind My Art

As an artist, I have always been fascinated by the power of symbols and the stories they tell. Each stroke of my brush, each choice of color, and every juxtaposed element on my canvas carries with it a deeper meaning, a hidden narrative waiting to be unraveled.

Angelo Accardi paints his artworks

In the surreal landscapes that I create, symbols are more than mere visual elements; they are the language through which I communicate with the viewer. From the enigmatic figures that populate my canvases to the incongruous objects that find their way into my compositions, each is a carefully chosen character in a larger story.

Take, for example, the recurrent motif of the rhinoceros in my works. This majestic creature, with its armored skin and gentle eyes, is a paradox in itself—a blend of brute strength and serene calm. To me, it represents resilience and the ability to remain unshaken in the face of chaos. It is a guardian of the surreal world I create, a symbol of stability amidst the whirlwind of imagination.

Similarly, the frequent appearance of birds, often caged yet appearing content, speaks to the human condition. These birds symbolize our own dreams and aspirations, often confined by the invisible cages of societal norms and expectations, yet finding a way to thrive within those boundaries.

A Day with an Old Friend, Mixed Media Painting of Angelo Accardi

My art is also a dialogue with the past, a nod to the great masters who have shaped the course of art history. Elements from classical paintings find their way into my surreal narratives, creating a bridge between the old and the new. These historical references are not merely aesthetic choices; they are a homage to the timeless nature of art and a reminder of the enduring power of storytelling.

In weaving these symbols and stories, I aim not just to create a visual spectacle but to evoke a sense of introspection and wonder. I invite the viewer to delve deeper into the canvas, to uncover the layers of meaning, and to find their own stories interwoven with mine.

Art, for me, is a conversation—a never-ending exchange of ideas and emotions. Through my paintings, I communicate in a language that transcends words, where symbols and stories become the medium of expression, bridging the gap between the artist‘s vision and the viewer’s imagination.

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