Born in Nottingham, Zino Pece began his studies with a foundation course in Art in Nottingham followed by a BA (hons) and MA in Photography in the Arts at Swansea Metropolitan University.
It was following a college trip to a Post Impressionist exhibition in London at the age of 16, when Zino witnessed for the first time the raw primitive beauty of Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh in the flesh, that he was inspired to break away from representational art.
During the last two years Zino has become, according to the art critic Kenworth Moffet; “one of a handful of painters who I think of as at the cutting edge of modern abstraction. Following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Morris Louis, he orchestrates improvisational paint pouring on a large scale. Unlike his forebearers, he is able to exploit the unique properties of the new water based polymer paints to achieve the freedom and fluidity which he craves. Pece’s pictures freeze a spontaneous, yet perfect moment in the flow of paint”.
Kenworth Moffet Ph.D October 2010
“I studied Photography in the Arts at degree and postgraduate level, but painting has always been my real passion. Now devoting my time to making abstract art, I explore fresh possibilities and refute the suggestion that painting is dead. Painting has continued to break new ground, expand our vision and convey meaning. Living in Wales, I am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery that I have seen anywhere in the world. It inspires me, not in a way that it would a landscape artist, but in its fluidity. The ever-changing colour, forms and light, shows me a creator’s world; one that is established, yet open to new variations, not through randomness, but through choices, choices which offer a clear message. This is my approach: the materials and methods represent a stable foundation from which to spontaneously respond. Guided by a demanding aesthetic and an open attitude, one places forms and colours and begins a process of observations, decisions, actions and risks. In the hope of arriving at a point of realisation.”
Artist’s Statement of Practice
Throughout the several stages of a painting, colour is the key element in my work. Other factors such as form, method and shape/scale of the supporting surface are important, but colour is certainly the ruling force.
My usual practice is to prepare a canvas with around two to five layers of colour. Sometimes this is the same hue throughout. Other times, a different colour is applied, but often in varying degrees of density in order to allow the under-colour/s to also be visible. This provides both a background and resistance for the next stage, which involves the pouring of low-viscosity paint.
With regard to the importance of colour itself, one draws from many of its characteristics; for instance its psychological and spiritual suggestions, the relative warmth and coolness of colour, its capacity to evoke memories, emotions etc. And its sheer magnificence relative to other hues and forms which lifts both abstract and representational drawing into an expansive range of possibilities.
As well as having developed my current method of painting, much experimentation with colour has also occurred; exploiting new chemical developments in the production of metallic, iridescent, interference and pearlescent paints. Prior to the paint pouring, I usually prepare up to sixty colours, which allows much choice, even though I may only use three or four.
These paintings are abstract, but they always evoke substance, be it a past event, a place, an object, a sensation and so on. The aim is to communicate a subject, and one arrives at this through combining an established mode of practice with a degree of improvisation. This allows for a freedom to explore from within. In the same moment, one chooses the colours in tandem with the method and forming structures, but colour is the main guide. The forms play their part, but are primarily a vehicle for holding colours.
2007 The Exposure Gallery, Swansea. “Recent Paintings” (Solo)
2007 The Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea “Swansea Open” (Group)
2008 Ripples Cafe, Swansea (Solo)
2011 Gallery at 94, London (Solo)
2011 The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2012 Oriel Bach Gallery, Swansea (Solo)
2013 Indy Cube, Swansea (Solo)