a Portfolio

          We live in a system which finds convenient to raise insecure people.
Sometimes I find myself painting a self-portrait as a confused entity.

We live in a system which finds convenient to raise insecure people. In Italy one person out of ten suffers or have suffered of Depressive Disorder. I’m one of them. As I started psychoanaltical therapy, everything went better, but yet I can’t say I will ever win this disease. I chase to build my University’s final project around Depression. This theme isn’t addressed properly in Western society, nor fought effectively. Every portrait is a self-portrait. Sometimes I find myself painting a self-portrait as a confused entity.

All Projects         

Giocare coi Capelli

50 x 70 cm
Acrylic Painting, Sewing, Burnings on Fabric.


La Sindrome di Stoccolma

80 x 100 cm
Melted Plastic, Vynil, Golden Leaf and Oil Painting on Canvas

“noun, feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor.”
Everyone experiences at least once in a lifetime some sort of toxic relationship. Perhaps with a person, or maybe an object. Everyone experiences this dynamic with society. Everyone knows exactly what’s wrong with our behaviour - the pollution, the ethical issues.
However, are we ready to radically change the way we behave?
No one really is. I am deeply addicted to my self-destructing attitudes.
My Instagram narcissism, my supermarket laziness, my recycling hypocrisy.
I feel profoundly kidnapped,
but I like it.

Le Briciole nel Letto

50 x 70 cm
Acrylic, Oil Paint, Golden Leaf on Board

This was my very first work after coming back to live in Rome. I spent a couple of months without any sparkle of inspiration. I felt alone and completely void. Step by step, anyway, I’ve been able to build again some stability and regularity for myself: an Internship, a relationship and with them, some self-confidence. Even if staying in my hometown was hard, I somehow could feed on the small things. Crumbles of a pizza that I ate on the bed, with a girl, that can disturb the sleep, become a precious trace of a serene evening, become a symbol of a simple joy.

La Neve e Le Polveri Sottili

29,7 x 42 cm
Acrylic Paint on Collage

These two paintings are two self portraits. Even if they’re a lot different from each other, they talk about the same moment of my life. I felt a big contrast, a duality. The news of my very first solo exhibition in Milan filled me with joy, but also with fear. For the first time I’ve painted a bright, but still confused self portrait and it matched with a dark counterpart. After I knew about my exhibition, I also discovered that it would have snowed. When snows in a big city, the pure white melts with the dirt of the smog. A fine layer of black deposits on the pureness of the snow.

Ne Varrà la Pena - ( Fare l’Amore coi Calzini )

100 x 70 cm
Oil Paint, Oil Pastels, Acrylic Spray Paint on Original 3D Rendering
Leaving Turin have been one of the most painful things I've ever done. I've spent 4 years there. That city changed me deeply. Yet, I felt like it was the right thing to do, so I repeat to myself everyday: "It will be worth it". There, I left the people I loved the most, I hated the most, people I'm angry with and people I'm still in love with. Friends that became family, houses that became homes. It's not the first time I leave a city. I'd have rather break myself a leg than leaving. Maybe, if Turin had asked me, I wouldn't have left.

Group Exhibition          

Quadraro Summer Festival

6/07 - 9/07/2018
Parco 17 Aprile 1944, Rome, Italy
Group Exhibition          

Manifesta 2018

13/06 - 16/06/2018
Palazzo Oneto: Palermo, Italy

Group Exhibition          

Cuercia - Sublinee

Metro di Roma, linee A e B: Roma, Italy

Group Exhibition          

Take P’Art - Euresia

15/06 - 27/06/2018
Via dei Cappellari: Rome, Italy

Solo Exhibition          

I Graffi sulla Neve

03/03 - 03/11 2018
Il Tempio del Futuro Perduto: Milan, Italy

a Portfolio
Jacopo Ernesto Gasparrini

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