For the 57th Venice Art Biennale, the young Italian painter Thomas Braida returns to Venice with a solo show curated by Caroline Corbetta, in the historic rooms of the 16th-century Palazzo Nani Bernardo.
Thomas Braida (Gorizia, 1982) spent thirteen years in Venice, where he graduated from the Fine Arts Academy and was one of the young talents of Padiglione Crepaccio at yoox.com at the Biennale in 2013.
Now he returns to Venice for a “solo” show that establishes a dialogue with the city. In the fascinating setting of the rooms of Palazzo Nani Bernardo, with a breathtaking view of the Grand Canal, about 50 works are on display, many of them made for the occasion, including sculptures the artist defines as paintings.
In a constant interaction between pop references and “high” culture, mythology and history, news and narrative, Braida’s research stands out for an original style that cites particulars of the European pictorial tradition, especially of the Renaissance and the Baroque, as well as a wide range of other references.
The often grotesque characters in his works, and the thick substance of his painting, encounter 18th-century tapestries and alabaster urns, Meissen figurines and malachite tables.