In his canvases, Manuele Cerutti transports the viewer to another perspective of reality. Born in 1976 and practicing in Turin, Cerutti is not just a painter; his art touches the deepest strata of the real, aiming to the deepest essence of his subjects. He mostly depicts inert objects which, as they are revealed by the painter in their simplicity, suddenly become actors and models.
In Affermazioni (I), Cerutti conjoins the inert to the living, by depicting a stone tied to a man’s head. The two subjects look out of place as Cerutti paints them bound to one another; the man, dressed in very simple clothes, looks up to the stone with confusion. Under Cerutti’s vision, the two characters assume the same qualities and surpass the concepts of ‘inert’ and ‘living’, finding their place of existence on the artist’s canvas.
It’s impossible, for the viewer, to understand what caused that bond – hence, the two subjects and their uncanny encounter seem to be stuck in time, everlastingly present as Cerutti meditates on their balance in space.