Orlando Saverino-Loeb, Our Good Lady Saint Peter of Sass, 2018. Acrylic, Ink, Charcoal and Colored Pencil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.
Orlando Saverino-Loeb is a Philadelphia born artist. His work is influenced by surrealist imagery, the compositions in 19th century Romanticism paintings, and extended stays in Italy. He deconstructs the environments he’s experienced, and rebuilds them as reflections on humans and their activities. He uses characters, symbols, and visual metaphors to create a sense of familiarity that facilitates the creation of unique new ideas and insights in the mind of his viewer.
His work has been shown at the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, the InLiquid Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial and the DaVinci Art Alliance among others. He He is currently the Technical Director at HOT•BED, an art gallery in Philadelphia. In 2018 he was selected to participate in the BecomeBecome residency in Sardinia, Italy, during which he presented in their first symposium talk at the Stazione Dell'Arte - Museo d'arte contemporanea in Ulassai. He has continued to show work as a member of DaVinci Art Alliance, and during 2020 he had six paintings in an international show in Paris with the DF Art Project, as well as showing work with Air Mattress Gallery, NYC virtually.
The interaction of the individual in, and with, their environment is one of constant flux and change. It could be chaotic and pointed with directives given by others, where the individuals lose their souls like in a painting by Hieronymus Bosch. It could be explorative, tranquil, and grand with intimate interactions like a work by Hubert Robert or Thomas Cole. Some of us see the world differently, strangely even, finding joy in the imagined quasi-plausibilities and may see things surreally. They may also find dynamic power in that strangeness that hinges on political messages. Perception is something that is reality to most and, all of these lenses exist.
Saverino-Loeb writes of their work, I try to let a little of each shine through in my work through plausible, and fantastical landscapes. I try to deconstruct environments that I have seen, and rebuild them to be reflections on humans and their activities. I use characters, symbols, and visual metaphors to create a sense of relate-ability and put the tools to create unique new ideas and insights into the minds of my viewers. I would like to convey that human activity has a great impact.
The effects of our activity in the world have been diverse, both good and bad. This impact is something that is tangible but also abstract in the sense that everything we do as individuals is subject to our own will, though the unforeseen impact may be one that is fragmented and touch many people, places, and things. These effects can be as good and uplifting as planting a garden and nurturing trees, and conversely be bad such as leaking Perfluorinated chemicals into our waters or burning and bombing. In the presentation of complex semi-abstracted and deconstructed environments I hope to give viewers the opportunity to reflect on their own effects they have on their surroundings and our overall human impact on our planet.