joe pansa


Many times I get asked how I make my artworks. I’m not so sure, but I am sure the past, the place of our birth, the people we met, the experiences we had, the thoughts we continuously have and our inner essence are very important.

I grew up in Mola di Bari, a beautiful seaside town in the south of Italy. When I was a kid I liked to explore, jump walls, discover new “secret gardens” with beautiful flowers.

I used to take stones from the ground that reminded me to a particular shape and finished them with a nail to give theme the final touch.

Since that time, even if it was surely not clear at that time, my work has explored the relationship between the universality of the art and its infinite ways of expression. I am fascinated by the fact that art is deeply intertwined in our different kinds of intelligence and how mysteriously works to modify us, mentally, physically and spiritually, through the experience we have of an artwork and also in making an artwork.

I think of my art as a little window of colored lights that manifest themselves spontaneously on this monotonous modern cultural reality to change it.

Objects, drawings, paintings, photographs and other inventions.

I rely on our desires for beauty and poetics.

I have found the histories of surrealism to be useful to explain the quality of the no sense in our culture where the value of the no sense is not accepted but that actually contains a hidden meaning to discover. But it’s just a part of my work.

I make my artworks in hopes of making visible what is overlooked in the everyday life

Something wonderful everybody can understand like gladness.

My art has always been grounded in inner pleasure, aesthetics and participation.

I didn’t set out to be a certain kind of artist or to create artwork related to something but as my portfolio developed during the years and people started to review my artworks (and me too), the puzzle started to emerge and I began to notice a pattern that I hadn’t intended before but I am now pleased with.

My research tends to focus on people and their actions and reactions, the evolution of our species and his real wealth, to transmit to more and more people the beauty of the art as an everyday way to be creative and the positive consequences that this has on our behavior. I always try to depict a positive message too – the persistence of being creative instead of being destructive, recapturing what once belonged to the human being but that we lost slowly: the sense of wonder.

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