Vico Fabbris

Watercolor & Graphite Paintings

Born in Italy, Vico Fabbris received his MFA from l’Accademia di Belle Arti and attended l’Istituto d’Arte Porta Romana both in Florence. He presently divides his time between that city, Boston and Provincetown. Vico paints imaginary botanical still life’s, imbuing each with a soul and personality making it distinctive from the rest. In “reading” these works, the viewer is faced with the task of having to reflect on what is real and what imagined. Fabbris executes his paintings with so tremendous a representational acuity and skillful ease that they are utterly suggestive of the identifiable. Yet, Fabbris’ world is purely imaginary. It is a truly magical one of mysterious plants which appear to have once existed and which he showcases in phantasmagoric spaces replete with backgrounds filled with such exotic elements as nomadic tribes, ancient ruins, and tangled masses of tropical vegetation. What at first glance appears quite traditional and almost classical becomes, upon closer inspection, totally surreal. Vico was the recipient of two Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards in painting, selected for New American Painting and his work has recently been exhibited in "Second Nature" at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and at The Studios Key West where he was awarded an Artist in Residence.