Quo vadis?

Quo vadis? by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018 © Massimiliano Pironti

Quo vadis? by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018
© Massimiliano Pironti

Massimiliano Pironti was born in Colleferro, a town south of Rome, Italy. Pironti taught himself oil painting as a teenager before attending an art school in Frosinone where he focused his attention on portraiture. Painting is not his sole occupation. At the age of sixteen, he began to dance professionally and is now well known in Italy for his performances in musical theatre, including Cats and Saturday Night Fever. Pironti currently lives in Germany where he has been appearing on stage in a long-running production of the Disney musical Tarzan.

Pironti’s portrait Quo vadis? depicts his maternal grandmother, Vincenza, a former miller and factory worker now aged ninety-five. Pironti made sketches and took photographs in the kitchen of his gandmother’s home in the town of Gavignano, returning to his studio in Germany for the painting process. Pironti says: “My grandmother is an example of strength, dignity and authority. Every wrinkle tells her story and I wanted to capture her image to freeze time. This portrait is truly important to me. It touches emotional chords.” 


Shortlisted Artists

Sophie and Carla by Emma Hopkins, 2019 © Emma Hopkins

Sophie and Carla
by Emma Hopkins, 2019
© Emma Hopkins

Quo vadis? by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018 © Massimiliano Pironti

Quo vadis?
by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018
© Massimiliano Pironti

The Crown by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019 © Carl-Martin Sandvold

The Crown
by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019
© Carl-Martin Sandvold

A Portrait of two Female Painters by Ania Hobson © Ania Hobson;  1600 x 1200, oil on canvas

Imara in her Winter Coat
by Charlie Schaffer, 2019
© Charlie Schaffer