Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

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Combining a dense mix of natural elements, Bologna, Italy-based artist  Nunzio Paci reckons with the fragile line between life and death. Many of his 2019 oil paintings visualize both alert and recumbent animals, often with open eyes, intertwined with each other, leafy vines, and tall flowers. “Let me rest between brome and stones” depicts a dead deer with glazed over eyes lying among tall grasses and prairie flowers. “Blueberry chicken that thinks about tomorrow” has a more literal correlation to its title, featuring a blue- and purple-hued bird with its breast feathers replaced by the similarly colored fruit.

Paci tells Colossal that he hopes this surreal series reflects his “current exploration of the natural world and its connections with the dream sphere, nostalgia, and memory.” He created these pieces during his residency at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

If you’re in Los Angeles, head downtown to Corey Helford Gallery, where Paci’s work is part of the group exhibition The Influence of Fellini: A Surreal 100th Birthday Celebration until February 29. Otherwise, follow the artist on Instagram.

Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

“Condition of stillness of a nameless cannibalized” (2019), oil on board, 90 x 60 centimeters

Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

“Heart of gerbera” (2019), oil on board, 30 x 45 centimeters

Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

“Blueberry chicken that thinks about tomorrow” (2019), oil on board, 30 x 45 centimeters

Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

“Let me rest between brome and stones” (2019), oil on board, 30.5 x 30.5 centimeters

Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

“Pollination syndrome” (2019), oil on board, 60 x 45 centimeters

Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

“Tulip that confuses tears for dew” (2019), oil on board, 90 x 60 centimeters

Wildlife, Fruit, and Vines Merge in Surreal Paintings by Nunzio Paci

“When pheasants learn to fly” (2019), oil on board, 90 x 60 centimeters

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