“OMO” di Paride Moretti

OMO di Paride Moretti

“OMO” di Paride Moretti

The title of the exhibition refers to a fragment of Dante’s literary work. In the XXIII Canto of Purgatory, the Poet mentions a widespread opinion among medieval moralists, according to which the letters O, M, and O could be recognized in the structure of the human face: the eyebrows and the nose form a kind of “M”, while the eyes, as was the style of the time, give rise to the two “O’s” contained within the two loops of the “M”. The visual language and the verbal language, the image and the word, are a communicative game already known in ancient times and widely exploited in the contemporary world.

The genesis of these illustrations resembles that of childhood doodles. They emerge without a precise intention, as a spontaneous practice of relaxation and contemplation. The graphic gesture is the tool that leads to places of inner reflection, to the treasure of symbols and images that animate the profound stages of human existence. But unlike the inner universe of children, that of us adults is populated not only by images, but also by words and concepts. The game of combining language becomes complex; what began as a liberating, childish gesture turns into a search for meaning.

Paride Moretti (born in 1972 in Grosseto) graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and is a member of the academic staff at the University of the Arts in Florence. He is passionate about drawing and graphics and is the author of illustrated tables and artists’ books. A hobby that inevitably influences his work is wandering through antiquarian bookstores to peruse out-of-print or collectors’ editions in search of editorial curiosities as well as thoughts and influences outside of mainstream culture.

Viaggio di andata

Tutti contro tutti

Sembrava la luna

Ritratto di gruppo

Questa non è un ambulanza

Punti di vista

Proprietà privata


Portami via

Perdersi è trovarsi

Oscillante solitudine


O ego o eco

La vera ignoranza

La maschera collettiva

La falla

La fabbrica dei cervelli

L’altalena sul confine


In gold we trust


Imparando a volare

Il tetto infinito

Il sesso spiegato alle api

Il peso del popolo

Il pensiero unico

Il lavaggio

Il grande pipistrello

Il giorno in cui gli impiccati saranno palloncini

Il cerchio della colpa

I nuovi idoli

Homo domesticus


Farsi le ali

Falling in love

Dividersi un figlio

Discorso alla Nazione


Da vicino non si vede tutto

Cuori che non entrano in valigia

Comfort zone


Aiuti umanitari

384400 Km

Perdersi è trovarsi