By Silvestro Pistolesi

Silvestro Pistolesi was born in Florence on November 28, 1943 and from a very young age he showed his artistic inclination by enrolling first at the Porta Romana School of Art, then at the Cappiello Academy. But his real artistic apprenticeship began with attending the studio of the painter Nerina Simi at the same time as the nude course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.

In 1961 during a meeting of the Franciscan youth of Montughi, of which he belongs, he met the painter Antonio Ciccone, a pupil of Pietro Annigoni, who introduced him to the studio of the famous Maestro. From 1963 Pistolesi stayed there for ten years completing and enriching his artistic training, learning the unsurpassed techniques, from pencil to tempera grassa. In particular, he deepened the overlapping process called "glazing", which gives light to some areas of a painting , as in the works of Rembrandt. His first solo show was held in 1972 at the Arts Unlimited Gallery in London, which successfully established him as a young talent of international fame; since then he has exhibited in numerous Italian and foreign cities.

His painting, figurative modern-Renaissance, seems to translate dreamlike transpositions populated by hermits wandering in search of the Truth in the large paintings executed in the studio with the tempera fat technique, and then flooded with light in the oil sketches executed from life, and reach the ancient maximum artistic expression in the realization of large walls painted with the difficult but fascinating fresco technique.

He has also painted numerous portraits of international personalities, including that of Prof. Denton Cooley of Huston, of Cardinal Alfons Maria Stickler (librarian of the Vatican Apostolic Library), of Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, archbishop of Florence and Pope Woytila, St. John Paul II. Of considerable artistic value are the large public works in important locations such as the Abbey of Montecassino, the Sanctuary of La Verna and the Abbey of Vallombrosa.