ROBERTO GRILLI FINE ART PHOTO
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Part of the article about the Rome's 6th Annual International Festival of Photography in ARTROM Gallery:
"Roberto Grilli attended the opening, coming to Rome for 5 days from Ireland. His works touched people immediately. Marcia Theophili, Brazilian poet nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature, spoke very highly of the artist's ability to transpose his passion and appreciation of the beauty found in Nature to a visual context with the power to connect the observer to a deeper respect for the Beauty that is all around us and goes unnoticed."

 

"The photographs of Roberto Grilli reward us with glimpses of nature captured at magic moments in time. Choosing these moments, for the photographer, means physically being there to witness them. To go where the rewards are the greatest requires determination and patience. Documenting these "magic moments" also require a keen eye and a deep appreciation for the magnificence of nature and space. Grilli has all these attributes.
The spectacular beauty of Ireland - the land, the sky, the sea is a main theme in Grilli's work. His images pull the viewer in to become part of the environment, providing a breath of fresh air. This is why his images are collected. To be part of that moment."
Artrom Gallery,  Rome, Italy

 

“Roberto Grilli began experimenting with photography around his childhood home in Czechoslovakia at the early age of nine. His muses can be found in the natural world: trees, clouds, waves, waterfalls, and above all, the sun, as its splashes brilliant hues across the heavens at daybreak and dusk. Through the powerful medium of photography, Grilli has found ways to overcome the inescapable turmoil of human existence. “When I came to Ireland my hunger to take pictures revived.” Grilli explains,
“The beautiful and also wild country gave me back my life.”
Grilli’s photos capture the timeless qualities and rhythms of the natural world, while conveying the very human emotions of hope, longing and repose. The artist’s technical skills are easily discerned in his work, with crisp forms and a graceful explication of color. Grilli’s work has continued to capture the public’s interest as his photography is published and exhibited in a variety of international venues. Roberto Grilli lives and works in Ireland.”
Agora Gallery, New York

 

 

Latest critic from David Genovesi, director of Artrom Gallery / Rome:

"Viewing the photographic images on the web site of Roberto Grilli demonstrates that, despite the evolutions of current digital technology, the value of the "eye" of the photographer is the critical factor when viewing the results.
By "eye", I refer to the ability to compose, to recognize color quality, to capture perspectives, to identify light conditions and shadows, to crop that particular slice of Nature at that particular instant of time, to single out an angle that best presents the subject matter - the ability to choose and seize the instant when all these things come together. It is not enough just to be there with a camera. It is much more. Grilli not only brings the eye of the photographer, he also brings the deep passion and sensitivity for his chosen profession. All of this coupled with the experience gained through years of intense exploration and research make Grilli deserving of the title artist/photographer, whether he wants it or not.
He is willing to put himself in Nature and document a marvelous and impeccable world that is disappearing - that resonates in the viewer.
The web site makes all of this clearly evident. Here you will find no tricks. This is the work of the "eye". The award-winning photographer's profound appreciation and intense respect for Nature is transmitted through his photographs. An essence and a sense of space is instilled into his photographs that is palpable, that the viewer feels.
The photos taken at Lahinch in Ireland for example, make the viewer want to be there - at that place - at that moment. The experience is almost being there. In "Lahinch 1", the span is clear from the viewer's footsteps to the vast and limitless horizon, one almost smells the sea air. The incredible graphic movement of the clouds in a diagonal direction and the surfboard shadow in another, belies the sense of calm that is perceived. The darkness of the surfboard against the reflection of the sun in the center of the picture vies for attention with the awesome sky.
In the sepia-toned photograph "Sunset and Clouds" from the�series of the majestic cliffs of Moher, the horizon is again unlimited and the sliver of earth at the bottom right of the image is just enough to place the viewer on the cliffs with the artist, looking out and admiring the velvet-textured sea as it meets the rocks. Grilli never leaves the viewer out of the photograph.
The immense beauty of Ireland is primarily his subject but he goes beyond just documenting a pretty place.
In much of his work, he produces an overall effect that is a welcoming, quiet and tranquil stillness. A momentary glimpse into another reality, not an imagined or fabricated reality, but a reality that actually existed.
Grilli's photographs are hopeful, optimistic, positive, with the sincere desire to make you witness to the stunning, at times breathtaking wonders of Nature.
This uncompromising desire to share what he sees is another aspect that sets him apart. His stunning photographs are a search for the perfection of Nature as it is - in its varied unpredictability."

David Genovesi
ARTROM Gallery Director