Issue #85

Piero Resta

L'Artista Mitico

The son of a renowned WWII ace pilot, Resta was born in Voghera, Italy, in 1940. As a young man Resta pursued studies at the Instituto Leonardo Da Vinci, where he explored the importance of lines and architecture, instilling a discipline in his work as an artist. During the 1960’s Resta departed from the idea of discipline and turned his energies toward personal expansion, exploring new horizons through the expression of theater and art. He traveled to Paris where he found existentialism and participated in the fervor of Montmarte; to London to embrace the freedom and vastness of personal experimentalism; to Spain to absorb the Mediterranean and solar presence of the sky and sea; and to New York to participate in a broad cultural awakening. In New York, Resta quickly became know for his innovative fashion photography, which was featured in numerous International publications. During this period, Resta was a frequent guest at Warhol’s Silver Factory, and he was actively involved in the poetry and art revolution that was emanating from the city. Resta was next drawn to California where he lived as a hermit studying mysticism, esoteric philosophies, mythologies, cosmologies, and symbolic archetypes. After California, Resta’s voyage continued westward to the Hawaiian Islands where he resides today. From the moment of his arrival on the fragrant, dramatic, lyrical, and lush landscape of the Islands, Resta has experienced some of the most prolific periods of his artistic career, creating entire bodies of work, including “Eros and Aphrodite in the Garden of Dreams,” “Anatomia Cosmologica,” “Mundus Subteranneam,” “Moon Burning,” “Usque Dun Vivam et Ultra,” and more. In Maui, on the back of the volcano’s rugged terrain, Piero has founded a living institute of sculpture, intellectual growth, and cultural development known as the Kaupo Art Sanctuary. The works of Piero Resta illuminate the essential human connection to one’s mythological and cosmological sense of being. “I am an artist because I am attracted to the alchemy of creativity and to the presence of the Muse. With each new encounter, I discover new universes, new ways of seeing and breathing, and I work with the colors and the shapes of my explorations”.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I paint and sculpt, travel and dedicate energy to the making of a sanctuary, a monastery of freedom of artistic expression.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC, California and then Hawaii?

The need to expand my sense of self, the urge to find places that offer a possible growth for the seeker of a spiritual connection.

Please share your best memory in the City.

Meeting poet Alan Ginsberg in Washington Square reading from “Howl”.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

A mutual attraction.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

I find very inspiring to see fellow italians that have made a definite change.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

As an ambassador of italian style and culture I feel it is my calling to continue on the pathway of so many italian figures that have made the fact of italy a source of creativity.

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