Everything occurs in the surface, no matter what. This assumption is true for every work of art: the canvas becomes the place where things happen, where stories are told and messages are conveyed. Whether it be the reproduction of reality or an abstract composition, when the matter of art reveals itself with logical sensitivity, this opens up horizons with a deep level of beauty to be discovered over time and to be analyzed looking at every single detail.
Roberta Boffo (b. 1986, Italy) is a real catalyst of emotions. She graduated in Chinese and Asian languages in Venice (Italy) and she finally moved first to Beijing and later to Hong Kong where she could follow her passion for art and develop her professional career.
Her art is instinctive and intuitive. The full representation is a result of the flowing of feelings. ‘’I am at the mercy of my emotions […] When I make art, I cease to exist. I become a language that only I can speak. I become symbols. I become simplicity.’’ Her canvases are the most genuine revelation of the paradox of the complexity of simplicity. Roberta’s art is pure detail. She wants people to be stunned by her works and she asks the audience to “take a walk” through all the details of her compositions in order to discover something they have never seen before. Indeed, her artworks are impressive and destabilizing.
When I first looked at her art, I immediately realized how these pieces were meticulous, impressive, delicate and bold at the same time. I scrutinized the artworks, I studied visually the composition and I started asking myself the meaning of it. Roberta, with me, hits the target. This is exactly what the artist wants: to evoke reflection, meditation and contemplation. I literally took a walk out of my comfort zone. I felt it unusual, crazy and absolutely stunning.
Her precision and craftsmanship are remarkable. The evident struggle she puts in balancing the black and white represents her willingness of harmony in life. The symbols and shapes Roberta draws and their repetition in the canvas, at the end, tend to foster a feeling of balance and measure. The final result is the immediacy of the idea.