Born in Piacenza (Italy), Paolo Terdich has travelled widely and has lived in various countries, where he had the opportunity to experience diverse cultures and, hence, to develop and refine his art.
His painting vocation manifests initially through employing dramatic chiaroscuro, to generate introspective portraits poised in powerfully balanced compositions. The key characteristic of his style is exposed through his capability of mastering, with the confidence and flair of a mature artist, different techniques. They are used to render detailed figurative subjects, characterized by luminous surfaces and compelling images that offer a combination of disquiet, uncertainty, urgency, calm, and spirituality. He focused mainly on figurative subjects, which are hauntingly composed to evoke an immediate respect. He also shows a clear attitude at exalting the light, obtaining paintings pervaded by uncommon atmospheres and shot with an evanescent brightness. Meditative in tone, he provides a contrast between background and figures which enables his works to have an immediate and awe-inspiring realism. By accurately depicting the individuals isolated from the background, he, hence, introduces a surrealistic atmosphere, but also captures their soul and truthfully depicts each flaw, exposing their human vulnerability. His realism, driven by uncommon technical capabilities, is silent, intimate, and his paintings contain an unspoken, mysterious narrative, which offers an emotionally and psychologically loaded presentation that attracts the viewer. This atmosphere has been finally emphasized in his last works “waters”, ultra-modern and complex compositions, where the subjects are broken within the crystal water in a multitude of dynamic reflections.
He has presented his work at various personal exhibitions worldwide and at some renowned art fairs. He has also won numerous international prizes (e.g. he was among the winners of the ”VII Biennale Internazionale di Roma” and finalists in the prestigious “Premio Arte 2008”). Some of his exhibitions: "Art in Mind" presso "The Brick Lane Gallery" - London (UK). "Cultural Evening with Paolo Terdich - a contemporary Italian painter" - solo at the Italian Embassy in Nigeria (Abuja). "Trasparenti Emozioni" - solo at the Galleria Spazio Rosso Tiziano (Piacenza, Italy ). At S.Paolo (Brasil), at the Parlament - and at the Gallery“Spazio Surreale”. “VII Biennale Internazionale di Arte Moderna di Roma 2008” – “Ars Tertium Millennium”. “ImmaginaArte 2008”, (Reggio Emilia-Italy). At Castel Sant'Angelo (Sala Paolina), as winner of the Biennale 2008 (Roma). “Emozioni”, solo at the Galleria S.Ilario (Piacenza, Italy). “Flora Holland”, solo at Naaldwijk, Netherlands. “Arte a Palazzo Farnese” – at Piacenza, Italy. At “Galerie Noordeinde” (L’Aja, Netherlands. “Arte Padova 2006”, Italy. “L’universo femminile”, solo at the Gallery “Atelier d’Arte” (Piacenza, Italy). “Stati d’animo”, solo at the Town Hall (Sauze d’Oulx, Torino, Italy). Solo at the American Women Cultural Center, the Hague, Netherlands. “Riflessioni”, solo at “Libri & Caffè” (Milano, Italy). “Expo Arte Pisa 2002” (Pisa, Italy). “Inquietudini”, solo the Centro Pisa/Arte (Pisa; Italy). “Appunti di viaggio”, solo at The Italian Cultural Centre (Cairo – Egypt).
Some works are permanently exhibited at the ItaliaN Embassy in Nigeria, at the Italian galleries “Spazio Rosso Tiziano”, “Atelier d’Arte”, “La Spadarina“ and at “Flora Holland” Netherlands.
The famous director Maestro Riccardo Muti has one portrait painted by the artist.
His realism, driven by uncommon technical capabilities, is silent, intimate, and his paintings contain an unspoken, mysterious narrative, which offers an emotionally and psychologically loaded presentation that attracts the viewer. This atmosphere has been finally emphasized in his last works Water: ultra-modern and complex compositions, where the subjects are broken within the crystal water in a multitude of dynamic reflections. The water works represent his last project, an extreme challenge which combines the message he tried to transmit in his portraits and figures and the technical complications to render the movement, the transparencies and the light reflections of water and the fragmentation effects of bodies under water. These works are unusual and modern paintings, of the complex realization, with the subjects that crush the crystal of the water in decomposed glares that they decompose the bodies underwater.
He has been always attracted by water where he feels in his environment where he can fluctuate without weight and in full absence of noise. Being a dive master, he experienced the feeling of freedom underwater and he tried to pass this feeling through his painting. The focus here is again the human being dipped in a streaked blue liquid in thousand streams, from the more or less intense color. He reached a remarkable achievement in his poetic: disappeared the fidelity to the model, all it becomes more fluid and fantastic. These atypical swimmers are new subjects, unknown and, for their dynamism and chromatic liveliness, they communicate infinite feelings of movement and freedom.
Compared to the portraits, where is evident the inner psychological torment of the subjects, through water works he tried to transmit a feeling of freedom, serenity, although the feeling of loneliness remains. The whole atmosphere is still intimate and silent but now it is also relaxed. Also through the color he try to have the observer feeling the melancholy, but in a serene atmosphere.
In a nutshell, water and women are two sides of the same medal; a dialogue that covers the entire production of Terdich, a mixture of languages that the artist uses for its personal way of communicating feelings.
oil and acrylic on canvas - 2005 - cm 120x80
oil on canvas - 2007 - cm. 100x80
oil and acrylic on canvas - 2007 - cm 100x100
oil and acrylic on canvas - 2008 - cm 100x80
oil and acrylic on canvas - 2008 - cm 100x80
oil on canvas - 2008 - cm 80x100
oil on canvas - 2009 - cm 50x70
oil and acrylic on canvas - 2009 - cm 100x150