The Story

Pietro Pecorari
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Pietro Pecorari was born on the 25 of January, 1935 into a typical peasant family of Selci-Lama, a village of north Umbria bordering on Tuscany.

He started painting in 1957, encouraged and supported by prof. Gianni Angelini, art director of Perugina s.p.a.

"this letter changed my life"


Salvatore Di Bartolomeo writes:

“Wanda Papini, eclectic, polyglot, sensitive to the arts and a fine woman, has been able to give to her gallery Arno in via della Vigna nuova, one of the best in Florencce, a rigorous and very exact trend. To the exhibitions of (...) she added that of Pietro Pecorari’s (...).
It seems incredible, but this shy and humble-looking man has got a “diabolic” interior drive (...).
With his extraordinary convincing technique, Pecorari ranges over the fantastic visions of surrealism, with a “pureness” and “spiritual simplicity” that is really surprising. The graphic tissue, thanks to particular colour effects, looks like a tale decorated with arabesques, conceived in the Clitunno’ s land”

(21 March 1969- Napoli Notte)

In June 1980 Pietro exhibited once again in Florence, at the Logge Rucellai:

“Pecorari is an artist hard to place among the currents, because to set him among the naïf would mean to ignore the great importance he gives to the structure of his paintings”

(Il Messaggero di Roma)

In the 80’s he exhibited in Milan, at the “centro sperimentale di giornalismo”.
Here Silvio Ceccato, enchanted by “the wonderful, pure things”, gave a lecture on the Umbrian artist, for the students of journalism.

“I think his way of painting is very interesting and witty too: on the one hand it might be surrealism, on the other sheer amusement.(…)”
Fabrizio Dentice 1985

1988: Rita Valli, a long-time teacher of the Brera Academy in Milano , notes that Pecorari’s subjects “express in a graceful way human weaknesses”.


And in 1989 Tommaso Paloscia writes with an extraordinary keen sense of awareness:

“Pecorari, in fact

is only apparently

an unarmed and simple-hearted man…

...he holds deep inside

all the contemporary

painter’s aspirations,

suffering the toil of

the dramatic anxieties

brought about by the contemporary

ages with its social ,political

and cultural upheavals (…).


Pecorari is to be cherished for all these things which altogether represent his artistic personality.”