Carlo Rea (1962, Rome ). He graduated from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Besides studying violin and viola, he also started getting involved into contemporary art, especially into abstract painting. He eventually decided to leave Rome and quit playing music, in favor of fulfilling his passion in visual arts. In 1992, at the Galerie Berthet Aittouares in Paris, he held his first solo show, which officially marked his full dedication to art, always using his music a strong influencer. During his artistic process, Rea uses extra-pictorial elements that have an intrinsic plastic value: wood, jute, asphalt, terracotta, ceramics, etc., in which the artist constantly searches for vibrations, sounds, breath.
After a long creative break, he met Enrico Castellani, who helped him get back into painting. From that moment onward his art became extremely filtered and rarefied – at the limit of visual permanence – turning itself into a reflection on the impermanence of the human being.