Dario Campanile expressed an affinity for art as a young boy. As soon as he had mastered the tools, Campanile was off on a free-spirited ride, never quite sure where he was going, but always secure in the knowledge that his natural gifts and instincts would take him into exciting new realms. Campanile’s journey started in the hills of Rome, Italy. When he was 14, the artist was bedridden with a kidney ailment for three months, and his father gave him a set of oil paints to cheer him up. He painted his first still life in just a few days. For decades, art critics have tried to find a term that defines Campanile’s work: classicism, realism, neo-realism, abstract expressionism, and real-surrealism. Here, he describes what it is like to create his renowned abstract paintings:
“Working in abstract for me is the most direct and pure form of artistic expression coming from my unconscious. The challenge is to be able to trust and surrender and allow the channel of creativity to come through me, like an open vessel. This process most of the time is very daring because I want to make sure that the pure essence of child-like energy comes through the body and mind of the adult. When this happens, magically, a deep, unknown world of symbolism and metaphor unfolds. It is fascinating! I find painting abstract is more difficult than painting realism because it is an act of courage and exposes my vulnerability. There is no control or rational behind it, yet there is tremendous freedom. I am facing an open canvas waiting to be filled…”
Dario Campanile resides in Maui, Hawaii and even after 50 years of artistic expression, is unceasingly inspired by the beauty in the world and continues on in his journey through art.