Artist’s ‘Urban Zoo’ on Display in Warren

WARREN, Ohio – The “Urban Zoo” is on display at DNA Studio here with an exhibition of Italian artist Vittorio Ottaviani’s oil paintings over gesso-prepared wood.

Ottaviani was born in Italy and now makes his home in New York City. His first exhibit in the United States took place in 2005 at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.

In describing his work, Ottaviani suggests, “True art is for rebels,” a point of view evident in “the revelation of human personality as depicted through intricate facial expressions and gestures as well as the conspicuous conditions of life,” he says.

“As an Italian artist educated in both the traditional and modern styles, I use classical oil techniques of glazes over gesso-prepared wood to execute my artworks. My mind works skillfully to measure color and composition as well as the delicacy of the human psyche. I challenge my style with attention to the detail.”

Ottaviani’s “Urban Zoo” exhibit will be on display at the gallery, 137 S. Park Ave., through Sept. 19. Subsequent exhibitions will take place in New York , Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Rome.

Pictured: Ottaviani’s “Evil Empire”

‘3 Minutes with’ Vittorio Ottaviani

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