In seemingly thickly textured depictions of close-up moments with a cinematic quality, Norberto Spina paintings immediately draw you in, bringing these different everyday moments in time to life. In a very distinctive visual language, consisting of many layers of cross-hatching of markers and oil paint, he recalibrates and reinterprets reality, using photographs taken on his phone from his everyday life as a basis for a composition. In a way, painting them with this technique is a way for him to relive these moments. His work feels cinematic, like a movie with intense emotions captured in close-up shots. This way of quickly sketching and refining each layer into a finished piece through redrawing gives his works a distinct texture and weight.
Norberto Spina at his studio in the RA