"There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us."

Rene Magritte

Although Milan, Italy based artist Paolo Pibi paints from the natural world, he describes his landscapes as images of the inside of his mind. Like Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, and other painters before him, Pibis acrylic paintings break free from the straight representational landscapes that are familiar and take us into other worldly territory.

Pibi combines the terrene with the impossible, featuring geographical elements like gravity defying land bridges, misty waterfalls lit by unnatural light sources, and hills and vistas often framed by openings as if the viewer were emerging into this world from a cave. It's a uniquely wondrous place devoid of life except for an occasional lone spotted dog that has no apparent significance. Recent images have drawn inspiration from the golden age of Ancient Greece and Rome, parts of which are "covered" by floating portals into another dimension.

Caro Buherman