Rome, June 15, 2012 – “Fasci e scintille di luce” (Beams and sparks of light) is the title chosen by the artist from Campania Pietra Barrasso to present her works in Rome, in the Egon von Fürstenberg Exhibition Hall in Palazzo Valentini, the seat of the Province. This personal exhibition, curated by Prof. Marcello Carlino of La Sapienza University, will be open free to visitors until July 21, from Monday to Friday, 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by the Province of Rome, the Lazio Region, Roma Capitale and the Province of Avellino. About Pietra Barroso… Pietra Barrasso was born in 1963 in Venticano (Avellino), in the Irpinia area. She began her artistic career at a very young age, meeting with continued acclaim on the part of both critics and the public, as well as of major personalities. She has exhibited her works in prestigious museums and galleries both in Italy and worldwide (especially in the USA), obtaining a number of important awards. In 1985 the President of the Campania Region entrusted her with producing a series of pictorial works as a homage to the Presidents of the various Italian regions. In 1992 she moved to Rome, where she met some of the greatest names on the art scene, including Orfeo Tamburi, Ernesto Treccani, Aligi Sassu and Antonio Corpora, of whom she became an apprentice. Her large-size works are present in the Chamber of Deputies, as well as in Embassies, Regional and Municipal Offices and the headquarters of several Public Bodies. During a career spanning over three decades, the cycles of works dedicated to flowers are the high point of a process of research aimed at blending figuration and abstraction on the one hand with material and light on the other. Mindful of the lessons learned from Antonio Corpora, Pietra Barrasso seeks plastic and tone solutions able to represent a pictorial itinerary entrusted to memory. As her style has evolved, her touch has become increasingly immaterial, engulfed in a succession of dynamic, layered compositions. Sunlight is present throughout her work, inundating reality with the impalpable sensitivity of a magical, alchemic fluid that aims to transmit the values of the spirit. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring critical texts by Mara Ferloni, Giuseppe Selvaggi and Luigi Tallarico, and a foreword by the President of the Province of Rome, Nicola Zingaretti. The artistic director of the event is Massimo Barrasso.