Fragments of life, out of focus and far, which – though - cannot be erased from memory. Painted recollections which flow fast on Wally Manzato’s canvasses, pervaded by a shade of elegiac nostalgia for the joyful old days versus the incumbent present.
Wally Manzato, an artist known and prized by critics, was born and brought up in the lively town of Udine until, when already a woman, she moved to Venice to follow her artist’s dreams. It is easy to imagine her absorbed and carried away by the canvasses of the mature Titian, whose influx can be found in that strength of the dense, material painting. In her artistic journey, Wally Manzato has drawn inspiration elsewhere too; she studied the most modern trends and with Impressionism she felt her closest affinity.
There is no trace of black in her shades, and no contour. The shapes are created by setting the colors, playing with the complements, because light lies in the shadow as well. In firm, full-bodied traits, the artist transfers her visual perceptions onto the canvas, the reality she has lived and filtered through her personal sensitivity, by the link she created with the places she observed.
Of the land of Friuli, she has portrayed every aspect: the colors, the smells, the tastes, the airy, brightly lit landscapes, the humidity of its winters and the freshness of the sunny days. Yet, sometimes something changes in her paintings: the light goes off, the landscape becomes gloomy and suffocating; the artist has landed in New York. Far from home, and yet faithful to her feelings, she portrays what she sees in that huge American city of momentous buildings which do not let breath, where millions of lives – so different from hers - flow fast, indifferent to one another.
Her portraits are expressive and delicate. One can infer her nostalgic love for her parents, who are represented as engraved in some eternal delicate youth, and the proud, devoted love for the man she chose, the companion, the husband, proud in his flawless uniform of General.