The “suspended” beauty of Massimo Colonna’s art

by Barbara Palladino

Massimo Colonna was born in 1986 in Scandiano, in the province of Reggio Emilia. He is 100% Italian, yet creates images that might reflect a faraway universe: one where everything is suspended, still, in a rarefied atmosphere of eternal beauty. Lyrical works, built on the simplicity of lines and composition, but with an aesthetic so impeccable it’s breathtaking, leaving viewers hungry for the secret behind the calm they convey.

With a passion for photography that has grown with him since childhood, Colonna approaches new technologies and 3D renderings as new tools to compose surreal landscapes and fanciful architectures.

One of his most famous series, “Apathy”, portrays Italy’s streets, cities and the indifference that imbues ordinary, aseptic scenes. “Ambiguous”, with its minimalist settings, has the sun slice across the image and elements with a presence that starts and ends at the same time – like two sides of a statue that crosses a space without really “being there”. But it is with “(Non) Gravità” that Colonna reaches the height of his artistic and poetic expression, with objects suspended in the void for instants of pure elegance: a plastic bag fluctuating in the air, two paper airplanes flying who knows where, a balloon caught mid-air. In this age of chaos, the rarefied perfection of Massimo Colonna’s works is as reassuring as the blue skies he immortalizes, with few and rare clouds.

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