Mariano Pietrinistarted to draw in the late ’60s, following a trip to L’Aquila (Southern Italy).
His artistic development is accompanied by a countless number of sketches, studies and reflections often preceding his works.
His first works are abstract representations, collage of leaves and natural materials on cards with a black background. Then patches of color begin to appear, where red was dominating.
Mariano Pietrini passes from abstract to figurative using a simple perspective, representing seascapes, wind, trees, interiors as domestic hearths, all made from natural materials.
Later, the artist gets inspired by the great Impressionist, Monet oil on canvas technique, Van Gogh, so his paintings are tinged with yellow, red accesses, deep blues. The paintings become more about Sicilian landscapes, with cultivated hills, rough water and tranquil seas on which sailing boats are portrayed.
During the 80s, he passes to the three-dimensional approach using his own technique, which is a mixture of his own invention and natural materials. The artist is switching from a simple perspective to a moresophisticated one more often. The subjects are inspired by his social commitment. In this period, in fact, Mariano Pietrini become an active participant of a growing community for recovering drug addicts, there he faced the suffering of many young people and their inner conflicts. It is reflected well on his canvases with gloomy scenes of death and fear, a sign of a strong empathy for the sad stories of people who seek happiness.
Even in this dark period, Mariano Pietrinihas a positive vision, he uses the three-dimensional technique in his paintings. For example, everyday scenes such as the “Vucciaria” market in Palermo, or festivals; themes with erotic or semi-naked women; still life that allows you to enter real baskets full of fruits, eggs or vegetables;the family themes like aconnection between him and his father.
At this stage art includes many paintings of cathedrals that Mariano Pietrini visited during his travels.
Later on, the art of Mariano Pietrini returns to the abstract. At first the color on the canvas is applied with a thickbrush, mostly in yellow and red, and other warm colors. Moving on to the blue and the green colors, the brush suddenly becomes blurred, imagining countless paths on an endless blue.
To this period belong three murals created in Barcelona P.G. Of these murals, two are still visible (one in the Massalini district and one in St. Anthony),These murals represent the same neighbourhoodsfrom the childhood memories.
Mariano Pietrini produces three-dimensional paintings of handmade crafts and Sicilian social contexts linked to the daily life of the past. Aligned with the arrangement of objects within the Park-Museum Jalari, most of the three-dimensional pictures are on display in the Conference Room of Park-Museum Jalari.
Right now, in moments of reflection, Mariano Pietrini paintings represents a little bit of all the techniques over the course of his artistic life.
He also moved quite often, so the techniques used for his paintings evolved in other art forms, such as making cribs, jewellery, and others.