In Catania, at the Collicaligreggi gallery (www.collicaligreggi.it), Hugo Canoilas unveiled his “Can it be all so simple” on April 29th. This is his second individual exhibition in the Sicilian island.

This Portuguese artist has presented his paintings inspired to natural world. The images show certain animals and plants unknown to many people: a journey into images to go into the mysterious world of nature and not only.

“Nautilus” 2017 Ink on linen 210 x 170 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

“Nautilus” 2017 Ink on linen 210 x 170 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

The works displayed were made with ink on canvas that were not previously prepared. This Canoilas technique choice is very similar to some oriental painting and calligraphy techniques: a fusion between thoughts and gestures illustrated on canvas.

“Dragon” 2017 Ink on linen 150 x 120 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

“Dragon” 2017 Ink on linen 150 x 120 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

Canoilas is mindful  that by using ink and not oil paint “mistakes” are always present in his works. However, this work is also a chance to be unique rather than posing a problem to be solved. Instead, it becomes willingly indispensable.

“Dark glow” 2017 Ink on linen 150 x 120 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

“Dark glow” 2017 Ink on linen 150 x 120 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

A painting becomes a reflection on the limits of human kind and if they are to be considered a failure or not. The Portuguese artist shows us a further key to interpreting that goes beyond the boundaries of superficiality.

“The savvy” 2017 Ink on linen 150 x 120 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

“The savvy” 2017 Ink on linen 150 x 120 cm – Courtesy of Galleria Collicaligreggi

The paintings displayed in Catania have a strong presence, they swallow the space to give it us back modified: more colorful and glaring. Visitors seem to be tested: it us up them indeed to understand Canoilas expressive freedom which is difficult to frame.

To draw a conclusion, Can it be all so simple, is not an exhibition for those who think that a vernissage is a social chic occasion, but rather a chance to test the profundity of one’s thought.

Article by Virginia Glorioso

English translation by Chiara Vilmercati