‘Floral Sonnets’


    For Michael Pastorizo, there is something truly poetic about flowers in bloom. Their transitory nature makes the moment an occasion to be savored and remembered with attention and care, drama and boldness. Throughout the painting process, Pastorizo remains aware of this and invests the painting with his experience of that moment.

    The fragility of flowers, coupled with their ephemeral beauty, intriguing delicacy, and striking colors, attract sensitivity and amplify the drama. The fleeting existence of flowers triggers urgency. The blooms in Pastorizo’s artworks represent images with which viewers of diverse backgrounds can relate. Overcoming dissimilarities, they serve as sonnets, acknowledged with universal appeal.

    The artist’s recognizable composition, excluding all extraneous details of the external world, focuses on a moment of elegance, harmony and dignity. The paintings are a still moment when the dimension of the outside world falls away. They illustrate Michael Pastorizo’s desire and hope for the possibility of that kind of order in the world, especially during this current grim phase in the society.

    Michael Pastorizo took up Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) in College. His career later on, however, took on a rather different path, fated or not. In 2000, he started to work for an artist as a canvas maker. He, later on, worked for different artists over the next 15 years. Through his stint with artists over the years, he learned several art techniques and styles. He learned how to use oil and acrylic for paintings, silkscreen printing, making sculptures, molding and casting, among others. He then started to work on abstract paintings and later on honed his unique techniques.

    “Floral Sonnets” by Michael Pastorizo will be on view from September 15 – 30, 2020 at Galerie Joaquin Podium. The Galerie is located at Level 3, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.