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Born in 1943 in Toro, in the Southern Italian region of Molise, he starts his artistic journey at age 15 in Campobasso, Molise, where he receives his vocational training from two Master Painters, Angelo Fratipietro e Nicola Rago. In the early 60’s he works in Germany, Rome and Canada. He eventually returns to Rome, where he now has his own studio a few steps away from the Colosseum.
Over his long artistic career, Master Painter Paternuosto makes skilled use of different types of painting techniques. These include the fascinating encaustic and other less known ancient techniques such as scagliola – an art form dating back to the Renaissance, but nowadays not widely used, which he used to create works of high artistic quality and rare beauty – Pompeian fresco and art restoration techniques.
Paternuosto’s works can be found both abroad and in Italy, especially in Rome inside museums, churches, patrician houses and in the homes of well-known Italian political and artistic personalities.
It’s during the 70’s, however, that he focuses his research on encaustic painting, an art form he remembers from childhood: he was only a child when his father first took him on a trip to the archaeological site of Pompeii and showed him ancient wall paintings done with an ancient technique. He was so fascinated by those paintings, that he swore his father he would try to reproduce that same technique when he would grow up.
Paternuosto’s first encaustic paintings date back to the 80’s. In 1986 he organizes a solo exhibition in one of Rome’s most charming areas: Trastevere.
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