Marina Profumo

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Marina Profumo was born in 1960 at Ceranesi, near Genova, where she still lives.

Despite her natural gift for artistic subjects, her studies and then her work are far from them. Yet her bent and eagerness to express herself, to show her feelings, to portray her anxieties, to materialise themes dealing with human nature instinctively lead her to paint.


Her first oil paintings go back to 1978. They are very introspective and intense works. For example, the paintings titled “Verso il futuro” (“Towards the Future”) and “Tempesta” (“Storm”) belong to that period. She tirelessly keeps painting aloof from everyone. In fact, it is only in 1998 that she decides to organise her first exhibitions. A broader audience can finally admire her works, such as “La Via” (“The Way”) or “Resistere” (“Hold On”), where the hard and difficult aspect of our life shines through, “Dualità” (“Duality”), with the eternal attraction/repulsion, coexistence/separation of good and evil, “Supplica Sterile” (“Useless Plea”), the weak’s prayer to the powerful to stop abuses, as well as “Il Dono” (“The Gift”) or “Gli Innamorati” (“Lovers”), where wonder and sweetness tenderly surround the onlooker.


They are surrealistic images, which indeed do not draw inspiration from any current in that it is painting coming from an introverted isolation and the fruit of Marina’s personal inspiration. As she often says, they are paintings to read carefully.


Lately, her love for colour and impressions, as well as her need to try new, different, and less explicit ways to express her emotions, has caused Marina to become extremely essential. Around 2003, new works are painted. The intricacy of her subjects changes, images get easier and are reduced to the minimum: colour, movement, depth, and, above all, light.

Light is not merely an optical effect, but enlightenment of the mind, heat of the heart, a mirage of fullness and happiness.

Before these canvases, our eye and soul move freely and fluctuate, hypnotically attracting each other. They are dragged into the paintings and we are forced to meditate.

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