Art has always been important to me, but it was not until my two sons were born that it became a true passion. Since then, painting has nourished my soul and filled my life. It taught me how to observe and appreciate the beauty in our everyday existence. It also gave the desire to capture this beauty and the remarkable stories behind seemingly everyday objects. Nature has often been my inspiration when selecting subject matter, but this process is very instinctive. There is something primal, even subliminal, at work when choosing what to paint. I know what my next paintings will be before I even know why.
My painting process is an evolution from simple to complex. During that process, I find excitement, happiness, satisfaction, and peace. Every time I transfer my thoughts and emotions to canvas, I feel a sense of achievement, but only true accomplishment when I share it with others. Through my artwork, I hope to reach and connect with people that share the same respect I have for the simple things in life. Only then will my journey be complete.
“There are three remarkable aspects of Lara Restelli’s art: her positive inspiration in depicting the beauty of nature and humanity, which makes her artwork uplifting and inspiring; her excellent mastership in the use of oil painting as her media, together with a skillful technique, making her realistic art to stand out and impress; and finally, her powerful management of feelings, color, and composition, resulting in a final contemporary masterpiece, in order to create original and unique artworks that delight and deeply connect with the viewer."
Mariavelia Savino, Art Curator
Lara Restelli is a Miami-based artist who has successfully exhibited in many well-established art shows, including Red Dot Miami (during Art Basel Week), Art Palm Beach, ArtsParks Miami, and Loyola School of the Arts Miami. Restelli’s artwork has also found its way into the homes of private collectors, as well as many prestigious condominiums in Miami, FL, like Aria on the Bay, Melody, Square Station, Flagler on the River and Skyview.
Lara Restelli’s education within the classical European school of realism allows her to create extremely realistic artwork with a blissfully contemporary perspective. Her dedication to accurately depicting the natural world makes her paintings fascinating to analyze and deconstruct. Viewers often find themselves increasingly drawn into the paintings as they sink further and further into the multiple levels of detail. This spellbinding effect stems from Lara's clear evolution in each of her paintings from simple lines and blocks of colors to very complex and colorfully detailed scenarios drenched in high contrasts that are still artfully balanced.
As one of her clients stated:
“It is my favorite piece of art in our home. I love how real it looks. It has become a conversational piece for people who visit our home. No other artwork had generated such attention in the past. Everybody notices her artwork and is immediately drawn to it.”K. Key, Miami FL.
Lara Restelli’s journey to the art world did not grow in a straight line. Lara was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1971. Her upbringing was filled with opportunities to be joyful, imaginative and creative. Spending long summers building fantasies, painting anything she would find, like wood scraps, old tiles, and cardboard, kindled an initial flame that later grew into a roaring passion for the arts. However, her university studies shifted her focus to International Business, for which she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Buenos Aires. From these early professional years, she developed a successful career that finally brought her to the United States. Moving to the US in 2001 and creating a family of her own, far from everything she knew and loved, created a big void in her life. The remedy to fulfill that void took the form of weekly art classes, which took her back to those inspiring summer days. Unknowingly, art would be her catalyst to a new life. As weekly art classes turned into years of experimentation, the restrained elegance of classical realism ultimately caught her eye and became her language of choice.
Armed with innate talent and sheer passion, Lara had the honor of attending Alberto Pancorbo’s European School of Art, a well renowned Spanish painter who teaches a very classical European approach to art education. “At the Atelier, the old masters from bygone eras became the real teachers, whispering their secrets to students in between the brushstrokes of their most referential masterpieces.” Alberto Pancorbo, in turn, became the mentor, while the students became the apprentices, much like in Renaissance times. In due time, Lara would come to master their technique, which she now applies in her own unique way.
The juxtaposition of finessed technique and graceful elegance with Lara’s impactful family life has led to her ability to showcase the beauty in everyday moments. Now, she whispers her own secrets of serenity, stability, and spirituality through her art that hangs in private residences and graces the halls of well-known condominiums and exhibitions.
The Great Masters and the best examples of modern art serve as the influences for my work. It is through this framework that I paint my own interpretation of the world. Evolving from simple shapes, playing with light and shadow, each layer of paint drives my work towards more complex, colorful and detailed scenarios. My utmost objective is to convince observers that what they see is real. In order to achieve this, hours of painstaking dedication are required. Although no easy task, my efforts are not in vain if that sensation is evoked.
While I remain firmly rooted within the descriptive and rational essence of classical oil painting, I like to add a modern twist: something for the contemporary viewer to relate to. High contrasts, yet delicate colors and balanced compositions are common denominators in my work, leading to a strong air of serenity in every piece that I create. These paintings, in turn, become a pure reflection of my personality: structured, neat, detail-oriented, subtle, and cohesive. Through providing a glimpse into my personality, I hope to spark a dialog that everyone else can complete from their own perspective.