Michael Pastorizo’s abstract floral and botanical works for “Efflorescence” seek to capture and communicate the dynamism and magic of nature through fluid, expressionistic and colorful interpretations of nature’s treasures. For the artist, color is therapy and flowers are a universal language of the soul.

    Pastorizo is endlessly fascinated by how art is able to access the parts of the human psyche for which one has no words. Painting is, for the artist, taking a walk with the soul of nature.

    He enjoys recreating its sense of wonder through a type of energetic abstract display. For his latest solo exhibition, Pastorizo successfully found the balance of uplifting color tones and forms inspired by flowers and atmospheric elements. What came out was a light and airy feeling reminiscent of a dance or flight.

    There is beauty in the passage of time for these floras. With this in mind, Michael Pastorizo continuously strives to capture the intricate and special beauty that the passage of time has on these blooms. He hopes to celebrate the dignity and purpose of these flowers, just as they have given meaning and celebration to human life.

    Michael Pastorizo took up Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) in College. His career later on, however, took on a rather different path, fated or not. In 2000, he started to work for an artist as a canvas maker. He later on worked for different artists over the next 15 years, learning several art techniques and styles. He learned how to use oil and acrylic for paintings, silkscreen printing, making sculptures, molding and casting, among others. He then started to work on abstract paintings and later on honed his own unique techniques.

    The artist’s recognizable composition, excluding all extraneous details of the external world, focuses on a moment of elegance, harmony and dignity. The paintings are a still moment when the dimension of the outside world falls away. They illustrate Michael Pastorizo’s desire and hope for the possibility of that kind of order in the world, especially during this current grim phase in society.

    “Efflorescence” by Michael Pastorizo will be on view from September 12 – 21, 2021 at Galerie Joaquin Podium. The Galerie is located at Level 3, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.