Foligno, 5th April 1978
Modern self-taught painter
Armando Tordoni is a modern self-taught painter.
Armando was born in Foligno on 5th April 1978. His passion for painting dates back to 1992 when a teacher in the secondary school spotted his talent and encouraged him to paint on canvas. So, in the same year he started his activity by taking part to a live painting contest organized by Castelnuovo d’Assisi pro loco. Despite the untimely passing of his father, he successfully completed the scientific high school and realized scenic design for different local theatre companies.
In 1997 Armando, during his first work experiences in local companies, met few painters such as Minciarelli Gabriele, Franco Balducci (better known as Gimmi) and Carlo Cappa who helped him to study further and increase the passion towards this art. And it is exactly here, in this wonderful countryside at the bottom of Assisi’s hills that this Umbrian painter, supplied with his decorative stuccos, putty knives and paint brushes, acrylic and oil colors, faces up with the world outside reproducing his emotions on canvas. Nothing here is accidental and thick clumps of color reassign the right order to the chaos of events. This painter from Assisi uses every single spare moment of his time to experience and live deeply the surrounding nature, alone with his canvas and with his emotions.
His works are inspired by Impressionism and his greatest exponent, Van Gogh. He visited twice the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and then the D’Orsay Museum in Paris trying to reproduce some of his works such as “Sunflowers”, and “Seascape at Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer”. At the beginning, the paintings of Armando Tordoni are classical landscapes but his constant research of new expressions pushed him to use the matter to make them modern and contemporary.
He made the poster for the CORSA DEI VAPORETTI DI SPOLETO in 2013 and for the LOGO of PIATTO S.ANTONIO S.M.DEGLI ANGELI in 2015.
Armando’s works can be found in different art catalogues:
A work from the artist, Quiete e Silenzio, has been published in 2003 in “Parole e Immagini” edited by Luciano Lepri and Giovanni Zavarella, another one has been included in the book “il segno d’Inizio” Macerata antichi forni 2011 and one also in the Ukraine magazine MY3ЙHИЙ провулок N. 11/2011.
Some of his paintings are exhibited by public places in Assisi surroundings and in art galleries in Spoleto and Corciano. He also took part to different live painting contests and to individual and group exhibition, at local and national level, getting an excellent feedback from contemporary critics.
He is still experimenting on his paintings new techniques and new ideas to enrich his style.
Armando Tordoni is an artist gifted with a natural talent for painting, inspired by French Impressionism, creating his own constantly evolving visual style.
The artist enthusiast for the “en plein air” painting, and committed in an eternal research of new expressions, prefers oil and acrylic trying out new techniques and materials, such as plaster and decorative stuccos inside original inserts, so that his works become often polymateric.
His style of painting is visual with a deep poetic coat ranging from attracting glimpses and landscapes to intriguing characters 1950s style and to curvy, seductive females.
We discover a scenery where the statuesque materiality of landscapes meets the fleeting moment of characters living in there, and where the overlapping of past and present, the contrast among everlasting and evanescent, encourage to contemplation, spark off emotions and spread out a romantic feeling.
Charming atmospheres seem to appear from a novel or from a scene of a retro film, recalling unclear memories and igniting our imagination.
The artist leads us to a panning shot where enchanting warm colors merge together, where idyllic shades of yellow and blue triumphs, and where the central thread is red, as the eternal flame of passion, an itinerant spark of life and love.
This is Armando’s art, that one which the real creative process does not finish with the last brush stroke but goes on in the eye of the beholder.
Alessandra Anca Palel,